September 16, 2010
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NPR'S "TALK OF THE NATION" FOCUSES ON GULF SPILL AND STATE OF WORLD'S OCEANS

IN BROADCAST FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S GROSVENOR AUDITORIUM AIRING TODAY 2-4PM (ET), WITH STUDIO AUDIENCE

NPR's two-hour midday news-talk program Talk of the Nation is partnering with National Geographic for an on-location broadcast TODAY from 2:00-4:00PM (ET), examining the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the dire state of the worlds oceans. Both hours of Talk of the Nation will be broadcast live from National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street NW in Washington, D.C., with on-stage guests and a studio audience. Info on attending the free event is available online at National Geographic Events.

Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan will take questions from the studio audience during the live broadcast; listeners are also 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, visit npr.org/stations

Hour one at Grosvenor Auditorium, "The Present and Future of the Gulf of Mexico," brings together three experts to discuss the impact of the spill on the unique ecosystem of the Gulf: Joel Bourne, an environmental journalist for National Geographic Magazine and author of its cover story on the Gulf for the October 2010 issue; NPR science correspondent Richard Harris, who has been covering the spill; and Professor Ian MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who studies life in the deep-ocean. The program will look at comparable disasters, the range of animal species at risk and the actions that may help repair the damage.

The second hour asks "Is It Too Late to Save Our Oceans?" of two premier ocean explorers: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, whose career as a marine biologist began more than six decades ago diving near her home on the Gulf of Mexico; and Marine Biologist and National Geographic Ocean Fellow Enric Sala, a marine ecologist who has explored some of the last pristine places in the ocean and has seen first hand the devastation of its ecosystems. The broadcast will cover some of the biggest obstacles to the health of the oceans industrial fishing depleting wildlife, pollutants from agriculture and sewage and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and whether it's possible to turn things around.

Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan, is NPR's midday call-in program that explores politics, pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music, and invites listeners to join the conversation. The program has more than 3.2 million weekly listeners and is broadcast on more than 320 NPR Member stations nationwide.