July 8, 2008
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR


   

TED KOPPEL TO GUEST-HOST NPR NEWS’ TALK OF THE NATION
ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 9


SHOW TOPICS INCLUDE LIVING WITH CANCER
WITH “MY CANCER” BLOGGER LEROY SIEVERS
AND ELIZABETH EDWARDS




July 8, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR Senior News Analyst Ted Koppel will guest-host the Wednesday, July 9 edition of NPR’s midday news-talk show Talk of the Nation. The two subjects to be covered during the two-hour program are China/U.S. relations, particularly in light of the energy shortages; and living with cancer, with NPR.org “My Cancer” blogger Leroy Sievers and Elizabeth Edwards as guests.

Koppel will host the live program from the Newseum, the Washington, D.C.-based interactive museum about journalism; Talk of the Nation broadcasts from the Newseum every Wednesday and includes news and media issues among that day's subjects. The program has a studio audience in addition to its listener call-in and e-mail participation.

In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, guest Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute will discuss contemporary China and the potential pending collision between the United States and China over dwindling energy supplies. Koppel, who serves as Managing Editor of Discovery Channel, and his team of producers recently completed nearly a year of reporting from the country, and their four one-hour primetime documentaries, “Koppel on Discovery: The People's Republic of Capitalism,” will air July 9-12, 10-11:00PM (ET).

The second hour will focus on living with cancer through two people recognized for their public candor about fighting the disease: Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards, and Sievers, a longtime journalist who has spent the past two years chronicling his battle in the “My Cancer” commentary on NPR’s Morning Edition, podcast and blog: www.NPR.org/mycancer Sievers’ blog regularly attracts hundreds of readers, and has built an active, candid online community of cancer patients and people caring for family and friends dealing with the disease. Sievers spent 14 years working with Koppel on the news program Nightline before joining NPR and their conversations about his experiences were the core of Koppel’s three-hour primetime Discovery Channel special Living with Cancer that aired in May 2007.

Talk of the Nation previously brought Sievers and Edwards together for a program on the subject in April 2007; Sievers was joined in the show’s NPR studio by a number of the “My Cancer” community members: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9604340 For this week's show, both Sievers and Edwards will be interviewed remotely.

For local stations and broadcast times of Talk of the Nation, visit www.NPR.org/stations Listeners are invited to join the conversation by calling 800-989-8255, or emailing talk@npr.org

Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan, is NPR's midday news talk program that explores politics, pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music. Through call-ins and e-mails, listeners are able to join in dialogue with decision-makers, authors, academicians, artists and newsmakers in the headlines. With nearly 3 million weekly listeners, the program airs on 280 NPR Member stations nationwide. It is also available as streaming audio and as a daily podcast at www.NPR.org, and on the “NPR Now” and “NPR Talk” 24/7 public radio channels on Sirius satellite radio.