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Voice of America and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Launch In-depth Medical Series

Call-in show Talk to America brings disease specialists directly to listeners.

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2005 – The Voice of America (VOA) and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are teaming up to bring worldwide listeners a new monthly series of special programs examining the fight against AIDS, avian flu, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases in the developing world.

Beginning May 10, Talk to America (TTA), VOA’s weekday international radio call-in show, will broadcast live from The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Listeners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe will have the opportunity to call in and ask their questions directly to medical experts and researchers about life-threatening diseases they face each day.

The series will begin with a discussion of the avian flu with Dr. Trish Perl, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the university’s School of Medicine. For a complete listing of program dates and topics in the series, please visit TTA’s web page at

Talk to America, one of VOA’s most popular shows, is aired Monday through Friday at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The 60-minute program reaches millions of listeners across the globe and addresses a wide range of topics from U.S. foreign policy to American movies and sports. Callers can ask questions of guests via telephone, fax, and the Internet.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages, including English.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 401-7000, or e-mail