For immediate release
May 15, 2000
Contact: Jessamyn Sarmiento
202-414-2307

NPR® News Presents: The Changing Face of America Nationwide Live Forum Broadcast from Orlando, Florida
Thursday, May 25, 2000 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Orlando, Florida -- As part of "The Changing Face of America" series, NPR®'s midday call-in program Talk of the Nation® joins with NPR® member station 90.7 WMFE FM for a nationwide town hall forum, broadcast live from Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex at 99 East Marks Street in Orlando. The live broadcast will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM EST. (Check listings for local stations and times.)

The live broadcast forum is open to the public. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the interactive discussion with Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams and special guests. The public should call (407) 273-2300 ext.153 for reservations or more information. Interested media do not need reservations, but should contact Jessamyn Sarmiento at 202-414-2307 for more information. The national audience and Orlando residents who are unable to attend the live broadcast can join the discussion by calling 1 (800) 989-TALK.

In the first hour, Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams and special guests will engage in a lively discussion about the elderly in America. Being elderly is different than it was just a few years ago. Not only are people living longer, but they are also more active. How is living a longer, more vigorous life affecting the American family? In the second hour, the discussion will focus on generational and ethnic conflict issues. Potential clashes are developing between an older, wealthy, white population and a younger, poorer, ethnically diverse one. Chasms that divide races and age groups can be very destructive. Can Florida - and the rest of the nation - meet the challenge?

"The Changing Face of America," is an 18-month-long series that tells the stories of regular, everyday Americans and the issues they face at a time of dramatic and rapid change. As part of this series, NPR's Talk of the Nation is traveling to cities and towns across America for monthly broadcast forums before live audiences. Previously, Talk of the Nation has visited Prince George's County, Maryland; Austin, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.