For immediate release
May 22, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento
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jsarmiento@npr.org

NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation Take an In-Depth Look at the Changing Face of America Fourth Live Broadcast Forum To Be Held in Orlando, Florida on May 25

Orlando, Florida - NPR® Talk of the Nation® host Juan Williams will lead a two-hour live discussion with local and national experts on the elderly in America and intergenerational issues on May 25, 2000 from Orlando, Florida. The live broadcast forum is part of an 18-month series called The Changing Face of America in which NPR explores such diverse issues as immigration, intergenerational conflict, economic development, urban growth, education, technology and leisure, all within the context of a changing America.

Once a month, Talk of the Nation broadcasts live from a city where important issues facing the community illuminate American life in the year 2000. This month's Talk of the Nation live broadcast forum, heard locally on NPR member station 90.7 WMFE FM, will take place at the Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex in Orlando. For additonal station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's webpage at: www.npr.org.

In the first hour, Juan Williams and his guest Robert N. Butler, M.D., President & CEO of the International Longevity Center, USA and Professor of Geriatrics at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City will engage in a discussion with local residents and callers from around the country about the elderly in America. Being older is different than it was just a few years ago. Not only are people living longer, but they are also more active. The discussion will focus on how living a longer, more vigorous life is affecting the American family.

In the second hour, the discussion will focus on generational and ethnic conflict issues. Guests include Susan MacManus, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Florida and author of Young versus Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century and David Colburn, Professor of History at the University of Florida. Potential clashes are developing between an older, wealthier, white population and a younger, poorer, ethnically diverse one. Chasms that divide races and age groups can be very destructive. The discussion will explore whether Florida - and the rest of the nation - can meet the challenge.

"Florida is a microcosm of the racial and ethnic breakdown of the U.S. as a whole. Florida also has the largest elderly population in the country. The state is considered by everyone to be the best place to study intergenerational issues," said Susan MacManus. "Polls show that nearly half of Florida's legislators expect intergenerational tensions to increase over the next five years," she added.

As part of The Changing Face of America series, NPR News correspondents are also going on the road to towns and cities across America and reporting on how change is affecting local communities and the nation. Reports from the series can be heard on NPR's premiere newsmagazines Morning Edition® and All Things Considered®, in addition to the live broadcast forums hosted by Talk of the Nation.

On May 24, NPR correspondent Linda Wertheimer visits the third fastest growing city in the nation, Pembroke Pines, Florida, and its smaller neighbor, Southwest Ranches. While Pembroke Pines deals with the issues of rapid development, suburban sprawl and traffic congestion, Southwest Ranches has sent a clear message - the concrete stops here. They will not have shopping malls, more streetlights and housing developments. And they already have restrictions on activities such as grass cutting and keeping RVs in the front yard. In this installment of The Changing Face of America, Wertheimer explores sprawl, development, population growth and overcrowding in schools from the Florida perspective. This report can be heard during All Things Considered.

NPR's Barbara Bradley, Wendy Schmeltzer and Robert Smith report on elder workers and the changing work place. In ten years, the massive baby boom generation will begin to reach retirement age, but few companies have paid attention to the fact that there may not be enough younger workers to replace them. High demand in some industries (high-tech, services, retail) has coincided with massive lay-offs in others (some manufacturing, mid and upper level management). To complicate matters further, research indicates that many boomers regard full retirement as a choice that no longer makes sense in an era where they're expected to live longer, more productive lives. Listen to Morning Edition on May 29 to find out where and how today's elderly and tomorrow's boomers will work.

For station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's webpage at: www.npr.org.

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