May 18, 2011
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NPR AND FOREIGNPOLICY.COM TO INTERVIEW BEN RHODES VIA TWITTER
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH ON MIDEAST POLICY

NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) and FP's Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark)
To Moderate Event; Seeking Questions, Participation on Twitter #MEspeech

NPR and ForeignPolicy.com's Middle East Channel will host a conversation with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes on Twitter, immediately following President Barack Obama’s speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, tomorrow, Thursday, May 19. NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin), who has been extensively using Twitter and other social media to cover the uprisings for the past five months, and Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) of ForeignPolicy.com, will ask questions and share reactions from their international audiences on Twitter. The interview will take place at the State Department.

Audiences can join the conversation on Twitter using #MEspeech. NPR's news blog The Two-Way will carry the Q&A and a live video stream of the interview. Lynch's blog at ForeignPolicy.com will also carry the conversation, and the video will be streamed at WhiteHouse.gov/live

The platform for this conversation recognizes the unprecedented role Twitter, along with other social media tools, has played in the Mideast uprisings. Carvin and Lynch are soliciting questions before and during the President's speech from a world-wide audience. Questions may be submitted at any time by posting a tweet with the hashtag #MEspeech.

Beginning at 11:20AM (ET), NPR News will offer live coverage of the President's speech, hosted by Guy Raz of the weekend version of All Things Considered. This special coverage will be broadcast on NPR member stations nationwide (final local stations at www.npr.org/stations) and carried at NPR.org.