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For immediate release
September 6, 2000
Tracey Terry, NPR
Ruth Bylander

NPR'S Weekend Edition Sunday Broadcasts Live From South Dakota

September 10, 2000

Vermillion, SD - NPR® and South Dakota Public Radio (SDPR) will bring the sounds and issues of the Northern Plains to radio listeners nationwide, when Weekend Edition Sunday® With Liane Hansen broadcasts live from South Dakota on September 10th, 2000. This marks the first time the show will broadcast live outside of its Washington, DC, studio. Through interviews with South Dakota natives and stops at area landmarks, host Liane Hansen and NPR reporters will give listeners a sense of life in the Mount Rushmore State.

Reports will examine a variety of topics including the attachment of individuals and families to the land of the Northern Plains, the evolving place of American Indians in a land they once dominated, and new economic opportunities for residents as a result of increased technology and gambling.

In the weeks leading up to the live broadcast, Hansen and a number of NPR reporters and producers have traversed the state preparing the special program and working with SDPR's award-winning news staff. Through conversations with the state meteorologist, natives, and recent immigrants, the reporters give demographic, geographic and historical context for South Dakota. Additionally, they examine the economic draw to the area and how the state is positioning itself for the future.

Weekend Edition Sunday boasts an informative blend of news and analysis, colorful arts and human-interest features, and compelling interviews. Regular contributors include veteran journalist Daniel Schorr, puzzlemaster Will Shortz, Rich Dean on high technology, and Douglas Brinkley on poetry and Americana.

Liane Hansen has an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including more than 20 years as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host. She joined NPR in 1980 and began as host of Weekend Edition Sunday in 1989. The show is heard on more than 500 NPR member stations nationwide. For station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at

Weekend Edition Sunday airs on SDPR from 7 to 9 a.m. CT and 6 to 8 a.m. MT every Sunday. NPR member stations carrying Weekend Edition Sunday will air the South Dakota special on September 10; an encore presentation will air in South Dakota on SDPR at 2 p.m. CT and 1 p.m MT, also on September 10. For information about this or other South Dakota Public Broadcasting programs, call 1 (800) 456-0766 or visit the SDPB Web site

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