Southeast Public Radio to Air The Price of Security: A Ted Koppel Town Hall Meeting


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Southeast Public Radio will air “The Price of Security: A Ted Koppel Town Hall Meeting” at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 7, 2006 — Southeast Public Radio announces plans to air “The Price of Security: A Ted Koppel Town Hall Meeting.”  Five years after 9/11, Koppel will anchor the town hall meeting from the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. The program will air at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, following “Weekend Edition Sunday.”

The program will cover how the United States can effectively protect its homeland and the privacy and civil liberties of Americans. From the U.S. Patriot Act to NSA surveillance and the U.S. prison for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the competing interests of liberty and security have converged in the post-9/11 era. Koppell will discuss how the government can reconcile these tensions, what is gained and lost, and what it means for Americans.

The town hall meeting will be the first true national conversation on the balance between security and liberty. It’s also the first major project by Ted Koppel -– a National Public Radio  senior news analyst since June — and his new documentary team at the Discovery Channel. Participants include high-ranking current and former Bush Administration officials, former Pentagon commanders, privacy and civil liberties experts, and other distinguished guests.

Southeast Public Radio is a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. For more information, call (573) 651-5070 or visit