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May 7, 2003

The famous voice of Kathleen Turner to host "American Dialogue"

Patricia Conway
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WLIU/WCWP's station manager Wallace Smith announced today that beginning this Saturday, May 10th, at 10 a.m., WLIU and WCWP will broadcast a new 13-week series of radio programs, "American Dialogue with Kathleen Turner and Charline Spektor." The debut segment will feature Senator George Mitchell on the subject of American diplomacy.

American Dialogue was created to provide a forum for guests to engage in a lively discussion about current topics in the news. The aim of the show is to provide listeners with an inside and in-depth look at today's most important topics.

Kathleen Turner has been recognized not only as a preeminent actress, but also as an active and well-respected voice in Washington. For many years, Kathleen has lobbied and testified before Congress on major social policy issues. Now, along with her partner, Grammy-nominated producer, Charline Spektor, Kathleen has taken the initiative to offer radio listeners across the country an alternative to the conservative messages that have recently dominated the airwaves.

"It is so important to have intelligent and informed commentary in our increasingly troubled and global society," says Dr. Smith. "Providing an alternative to the mainstream is part of the mission of the Long Island University Public Radio Network, and we are quite proud to be assisting in the production of this new series, and the first station to offer American Dialogue to its listeners."

Future guests on the program will include Bernardine Dohrn and Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, NY Times Columnist Bob Herbert on race and injustice, Planned Parenthood's president, Gloria Feld, on the threat to reproductive healthcare, and Norman Lear on the role and responsibility of artists, and many more distinguished notables sharing insights on timely issues.

American Dialogue's premiere will feature Senator George Mitchell from Maine who was propelled into the public eye for his conduct of the Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, when he admonished Oliver North, asking him to recall that, ". . . God does not take sides in American politics." After retiring from the Senate, Mr. Mitchell turned his attention to international politics. For that work, he has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty medal, the Truman Institute Peace Prize and the United Nations Peace Prize. Currently, Mr. Mitchell acts as an overseer of the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, and is the author of four books.

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