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Airs Tuesday, January 20 at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, January 20, 2015, President Obama will deliver the anual State of the Union address. National Public Radio news will be there to provide live anchored coverage of the President’s speech as well as the Republican response. Robert Siegel will host and he'll be joined in the studio by White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. NPR’s Ailsa Chang will report live from the House chamber and we will also have analysis of the speeches from two political pollsters: Democrat Anna Greenberg, senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights, as well as NPR reporters.

Airs Tursday, Novemver 20 at 7 p.m. President Obama will address the nation from the White House tonight night at 7 p.m. CT.  He will unveil executive actions on immigration. Red River Radio and NPR News will provide live anchored special coverage hosted by Melissa Block that will include the President's speech and analysis.  Melissa will be joined in studio by Political Correspondent, Mara Liasson; White House Correspondent, Tamara Keith; Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving; Congressional Reporter, Juana Summers and National Correspondent,  John Burnett will join our coverage from Texas.

Airs Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.  Control of the Senate is up for grabs in this midterm election and Red River Radio will bring you NPR election coverage Tuesday featuring local updates and analysis from political scientists in our region. We’ll hear from Jeffrey Sadow of LSU Shreveport, Greg Granger of Northwestern State, Paul Babbitt of Southern Arkansas University, and Ken Collier of Stephen F. Austin State.

Airs Tuesday, January 28 at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, January 28, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address and is expected to address income inequality, immigration and education as key topics. Red River Radio and NPR News will provide full coverage hosted by Robert Siegel who will be joined by White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.  We will also have analysis of the speeches from Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor of National Review magazine and EJ Dionne, columnist at the Washington Post as well as NPR reporters. NPR will also cover the Republican response to President Obama's State Of The Union Address with analysis.

The federal health law's individual marketplaces are scheduled to start enrollment on October 1. Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014, or else they will be liable for a tax penalty. There is considerable confusion about the law. People aren't sure if they qualify and they have no clear idea of how much insurance might cost.

This localized calculator produced in collaboration with the Kaiser Family Foundation allows users to plug in some of their financial and demographic info and find out if they qualify for an insurance exchange subsidy or Medicaid -- and how much they might have to pay.

Click on this post for the calculator.

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