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KNOXVILLE – In a historic, unprecedented interview, WUOT 91.9 FM radio will broadcast the President of Russia taking questions directly from the American people on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET.

In the exclusive special report, provided by National Public Radio News, President Vladimir Putin will engage the American public in a live call-in program moderated by Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

President Bush and Russian President Putin hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House. Nov. 13, 2001.

WUOT FM listeners, along with listeners from other NPR stations, will have the opportunity to speak directly with President Putin. This is the only interview Putin has granted during his visit to the United States.

Following this conversation, Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation from NPR News, will join listeners, foreign affairs experts and NPR reporters to continue the discussion about President Putin’s meetings this week with President George Bush and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.

Titled “Special Report from NPR News,” the program can be heard in the Greater Knoxville area on WUOT 91.9 FM or by accessing the live audio stream on www.wuot.org. The Web site will also feature archival NPR News interviews about Russia and President Putin, as well as reports covering his past visits to the United States.

“WUOT is pleased to be able to provide such a unique opportunity to our listeners,” said Regina Dean, Executive Director of WUOT FM. “Public radio continues to play an important role in broadcast journalism and our listeners depend on NPR and WUOT for this kind of coverage.” The WUOT studios are located in the Communications Building on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.

An audio file of the program will be permanently available 15 minutes after the broadcast is complete at www.npr.org/news/specials/putin/.