From staff reports
National Public Radio host Neal Conan will explore Ohio's role in this year's presidential race when "Talk of the Nation" broadcasts live from Ohio University's WOUB radio studios Thursday afternoon. The show will air on WOUB-FM from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be streamed live on the WOUB Web site.
Each weekday on "Talk of the Nation," NPR's midday news-talk show, Conan leads a lively exchange of ideas and opinions on issues that dominate the national news. From politics and public service to education, religion, music and healthcare, the program offers call-in listeners the opportunity to talk with decision-makers, authors, academicians and artists from around the world.
The program's live broadcast from Ohio University makes good on a concept Conan said he'd consider when he last visited the university in the spring of 2006. At that time, WOUB representatives invited him to return during the next presidential election season.
In addition to hosting "Talk of the Nation" while on campus, Conan will attend a fund-raising dinner for the WOUB Center for Public Media Thursday night at the Kennedy Museum of Art. Limited tickets are still available for the dinner and can be purchased by calling Jeannie Jeffers, the center's director of development and communications, at 593-4786.
Conan has had a long association with NPR as news reporter and editor, anchor of NPR's live events coverage and host of "Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News." He has won a variety of awards in broadcasting, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Washington Journalism Review's Best in the Business award.