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Joyner/Smiley Program to Feature Republican Discussion

Joyner/Smiley Program to Feature Republican Discussion

What does it mean to be a black Republican? That question has raised plenty of heat in recent days, thanks not only to the usual election-season noise, but also to comments about Bush administration officials by singer Harry Belafonte.
Those questions no doubt will be among the topics on Monday during the first joint broadcast by NPR and the ABC Radio Network. Tavis Smiley will simulcast with Tom Joyner for “Black Agenda 2002: An NPR/ABC Radio Election Special Live from the Apollo” on the eve of Election Day.
The shared portion of their programs is described as a stage for top Republicans to discuss African-American issues, including questions from a live audience. Invited officials include Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and J.C. Watts. The event will take place in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater.
In addition to the simulcast, Joyner plans interviews on his four-hour show with Democratic figures. Smiley plans an all-Democrat hour today (Nov. 1).