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For immediate release
February 1, 2001
Tracey Terry, NPR ,
Mary Stohn, WBUR

NPR Offers Listeners Another Way To Stay Connected WBUR's The Connection Added To Talk Programming Line-Up

Washington, DC-National Public RadioŽ (NPRŽ) listeners now have an additional way to stay connected to national discussions on topics ranging from jazz, medicine, sports and history to politics, poetry, religion and science. NPR today announced an agreement with WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston's NPR news station, to distribute its public affairs show, The Connection. NPR has added (as of January 8, 2001) The Connection to it's strong line-up of talk programming, which includes Talk of the NationŽ, The Diane Rehm Show, Public Interest,Fresh AirŽ with Terry Gross and The Todd Mundt Show.

Produced by WBUR and hosted by Christopher Lydon, The Connection is a daily, two-hour public affairs program that links the curious and engaged listener to conversations about events and ideas that challenge the nation and broaden its culture.

Lydon has been a distinctive voice in print, television and radio journalism for more than 30 years. A 1962 graduate of Yale University, Lydon covered city politics in the 1960s and presidential politics in the 1970s for The New York Times from its Washington Bureau. For nearly 15 years he was the anchor of "The Ten O'Clock News" on WGBH-TV, in Boston. Since Labor Day 1994, Lydon has been the host of The Connection.

The Connection can be heard on local NPR member stations. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at

Through national and international coverage, in-depth analysis, colorful features, and insightful commentary, NPR's news programs cover news, technology, culture, business, sports and more. Over the years, these news programs have earned journalism's highest honors, as well as the time-tested loyalty of more than 13 million listeners. With bureaus in major cities-including Washington; New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; London; Moscow; and Tokyo-and reporters covering events worldwide, NPR has the capacity to stay on top of breaking news wherever and whenever it occurs.

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