Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan heard on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will host a live broadcast the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the Detroit Riots of 1967. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.
Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.
“Talk of the Nation” is a lively mid-day call-in program hosted by award-winning NPR journalist Neal Conan. The program features an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music, and healthcare, “Talk of the Nation” offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, scholars, authors, and artists from around the world.
Michigan Radio was one of the flagship stations for “Talk of the Nation,” carrying the program since its inception in 1996. “Talk of the Nation” is heard weekdays on Michigan Radio from 2-4 pm and has a loyal following of over 160,000 listeners per week. Nationally, the program is broadcast on over 200 NPR stations, to more 3 million listeners each week.
Neal Conan has had a long involvement with NPR as reporter and editor for NPR News, anchor for NPR live events coverage, and host of NPR's Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News. Conan played a major role in anchoring continuous live coverage of developments during the terrorist attacks and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
This event is open to the public. For more information on Michigan Radio’s live broadcast of “Talk of the Nation,” visit michiganradio.org.