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NPR Special Coverage of breaking news stories and special political events such as the State of the Union Address, primaries, elections, and other important events that affect our community and nation.

Airs Thursday, September 24, at 9 a.m. Pope Francis hasn’t been shy about airing his political views. So, what will he tell Congress this Thursday when he appears before a joint session? Join us for live coverage from NPR News on Red River Radio and you’ll hear the pope’s remarks and NPR News' analysis. 

Airs Sunday, September 20, at 8 p.m. Few Americans remember that Iran launched its nuclear program in the 1950s with the direct backing of its then ally, the United States. That American support would turn to sanctions and threats of war over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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.

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