For immediate release
August 21, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR
202-414-2300
jsarmiento@npr.org

NPR'S Talk of the Nation and WFAE 90.7 to Focus on Charlotte, NC, in a Live Broadcast From Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater

Thursday, August 31, 2000

Charlotte, NC - As part of NPR's Changing Face of America series, Talk of the Nation® will take a look at Charlotte, North Carolina, one of America's fastest growing cities, in a live, national broadcast from Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater. The broadcast will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2000. Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams will discuss Charlotte's transition from a regional railroad hub to a financial metropolis. Guests will include Congressman Mel Watt, Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, Museum of the New South historian Thomas Hanchett, and Jim Palermo, executive vice president of management services for Bank of America.

Charlotte has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. The city is stretching to accommodate multitudes of new residents and experiencing new challenges usually associated with larger cities. The live broadcast will examine the many facets of Charlotte's expansion - business growth, suburban sprawl, a more diverse population, traffic congestion and changing educational standards.

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. NPR News explores diverse issues such as immigration, inter-generational conflict, economic development, urban growth, education, technology and leisure, all within the context of a changing America. As part of this series, NPR's midday call-in program Talk of the Nation is traveling to cities and towns across America for monthly broadcast forums before live audiences. So far this year, Talk of the Nation has visited Austin, Minneapolis, Boston and Orlando. Feature segments of The Changing Face of America also appear on NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition with Bob Edwards® and All Things Considered®.

The August 31st, 2000 Talk of the Nation broadcast will air live in Charlotte on NPR member station WFAE-FM at 90.7 FM. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at www.npr.org.

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