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presents Neal Conan's 'Talk of the Nation,' beginning July 6, including
Ira Flatow's 'Science Friday'
June 30, 2009 --
Talk of the Nation ®
links the headlines with what's on people's minds, providing a
springboard for listeners and experts to exchange ideas and pose
critical questions about major events in the news and the world around
them. Each day, Talk of the Nation combines the award-winning
resources of NPR NewsSM with the vital participation of
listeners. The result is a spirited and productive exchange of knowledge
and insight that delves deeply into the news and ideas of the day.
Monday through Thursday, host Neal Conan invites callers to discuss
areas of topical interest, including politics and public service,
education, religion, music, and healthcare. Talk of the Nation
goes behind the headlines with decision-makers, authors, thinkers,
artists, and listeners around the world, who become part of the
conversation by calling 1-800-989-TALK.
Each Friday, journalist Ira Flatow is joined by listeners and studio
guests to explore science-related topics - from subatomic particles and
the human genome to the Internet and earthquakes. Flatow offers in-depth
discussion with scientists and others from all walks of life, giving
listeners the chance to hear from the people whose work influences their
Talk of the Nation won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton
Award in 1994-95 for "The Changing of the Guard: The Republican
Revolution," as well as the 1993-94 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for
part of NPR's coverage of the South African elections. The program also
won the 1993 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award.
journalist Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation, brings three
decades of news and radio experience to the show, which reaches nearly 3
million listeners a week on more than 280 NPR member stations.
A familiar voice on NPR for the past quarter century, Conan has worked
as a reporter based in New York, Washington, and London-he served as
NPR's Bureau Chief in both New York and London-and anchored NPR live
coverage of events including national political conventions,
inaugurations, and an impeachment. For five years, he hosted Weekly
Edition: The Best of NPR News. Following the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001, Conan played a major role anchoring NPR's continuous
live coverage, a part he reprised during the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq. In 2004, in Des Moines, Iowa, he hosted the first radio-only
presidential candidates' debate since 1948.
On the other side of the microphone, Conan has also served as editor,
producer, and executive producer of NPR's flagship evening newsmagazine,
All Things Considered and, at various times, acted as NPR's
foreign editor, managing editor, and news director.
Conan's awards include a Major Armstrong award for his coverage of the
Iran-Iraq War, a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award
as part of NPR's coverage of the Gulf War, another duPont and a George
Foster Peabody Award for his part in NPR's Coverage of Sept. 11 and yet
another duPont for NPR's coverage of the war in Iraq. During his time at
All Things Considered, the program won numerous awards, including
the Washington Journalism Review's Best in the Business award.
During the 2001 baseball season, Conan took a leave of absence from NPR
News to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Aberdeen Arsenal of
the independent Atlantic League. He filed a series of commentaries about
life on the fringe of professional sports for Morning Edition and
later wrote a book about his experiences, Play By Play: Baseball,
Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.
Conan was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1949.
--information provided by the staff of KASU 91.9 FM radio