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VOA's Straight Talk Africa and Africa Journal now Available LIVE on the Internet

Viewers and listeners worldwide can log on during live broadcasts

Washington, D.C., November 2, 2005 – Internet users around the globe can now access Straight Talk Africa and Africa Journal, two of Voice of America’s (VOA) most popular television shows to Africa, live on the Internet. Viewers and listeners worldwide can log on to during live broadcasts for expert analysis and discussion of Africa-related news and events.

Straight Talk Africa, a favorite of viewers in Africa and the Diaspora, airs every Wednesday at 1830 UTC (1:30 PM EST). Host Shaka Ssali and high-profile politicians, diplomats, and analysts examine topics of interest to Africans, including conflict resolution, politics, social issues, and health during this live 60-minute call-in program.

Africa Journal, a weekly 60-minute call-in talk show, airs every Thursday at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM EST). For more than a decade, Africa Journal has combined expert analysis and studio discussion with comments from viewers for a lively debate about Africa. Show host Vincent Makori provides an in-depth look at topics of importance to African viewers and the latest issues shaping the continent.

A number of distinguished guests have participated in Straight Talk Africa and Africa Journal programs, including African presidents, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, African soccer star and Liberian presidential candidate George Oppong Weah, exiled Burundian Princess Esther Kamatari, and Sir Bob Geldof, a musician and founder of Live AID.

Viewers and listeners are invited to contribute comments and questions to both shows by calling in during the program at 1-202-619-3111 or writing to Programs are also available on demand at

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.