Anna Witter-Merithew will appear on NPR's Talk of the Nation at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss the role of facial expression and body language as part of interpreting from spoken English into American Sign Language.
The topic has drawn interest following a public address by New York City's Michael Bloomberg with interpreter Lydia Callis by his side gesturing and using facial expressions for ASL users. Witter-Merithew is the assistant director for UNC's Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Center and director of the Mid-America Regional Education Center.
Talk of the Nation is NPR's mid-day newstalk show carried on close to 400 stations nationwide. You can find a station in the area or find a station to access a live stream at http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/index.php. NPR will provide live captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals at http://captions.npr.org.