January 22, 2010
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

BILL GATES TO DISCUSS ANNUAL LETTER, TAKE LISTENER CALLS
ON NPR NEWS' TALK OF THE NATION
MONDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 2PM (ET)

January 22, 2010; Washington, D.C. Philanthropist and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will be a guest on NPR News' midday call-in program Talk of the Nation on Monday, January 25, from 2-2:40PM (ET). Gates will be interviewed by host Neal Conan about the annual letter he writes on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the letter, out Monday, focuses on innovation in global health and development and will also take questions from listeners.

Listeners are invited to join the conversation by calling 800-989-8255, or by sending an email to: talk@npr.org For local stations and broadcast times for Talk of the Nation, visit npr.org/stations

For the last several years, Gates has devoted his time to expanding the work of the Foundation and helping it achieve success. Conan will talk with Gates about the Foundation's goals and the purpose and focus of his 2010 annual letter. This week on his website The Gates Notes, Gates wrote of the "importance of innovation for solving some of the world's biggest problems. Melinda and I see innovation as the factor that will make the difference between having a bleak future and a bright one. The letter explains how we decide which ideas to fund and talk about the benefits, time frame, and risks of each one."

The entire program will be available to stream beginning at 6PM (ET) at npr.org/talk All excerpts must be credited to NPR News' Talk of the Nation. Television usage must include on-screen credit with NPR logo.

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