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For immediate release
September 20, 2000
Jessamyn D. Sarmiento, NPR
Meredith Isola, Ketchum

Talk of the Nation and Science Friday from NPR News Broadcast Live from Kansas City
September 28 & 29, 2000

Kansas City, MO.-Talk of the Nation® from NPR News will take a closer look at America's changing workplace and workforce during a live broadcast forum on Thursday, September 28 from Science City at Union Station. Host Juan Williams will welcome Hallmark CEO Irvine O. Hockady, Jr., Sprint Corporation Senior Vice President I. Benjamin Watson and other guests to discuss evolving corporate America and its role in the Kansas City community and the nation.

NPR's midday call-in program Talk of the Nation is traveling to cities and towns across America for monthly radio broadcasts before live audiences. These forums will occur in conjunction with programming on NPR's flagship newsmagazines, Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards and All Things Considered®. Entitled The Changing Face of America, the special program series is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

On Friday, September 29, NPR's Science Friday® will examine the ongoing local debate regarding controlled floods along the Missouri River, as well as Kansas City's mining industry and its effect on the City's commercial development initiatives. Special guests from Kansas City will join Host Ira Flatow to discuss these important issues.

The Talk of the Nation and Science Friday broadcasts will air live in Kansas City on NPR member station KCUR 89.3 FM. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at


Juan Williams, host, Talk of the Nation
Irv Hockady, CEO Hallmark
I. Benjamin Watson, Sprint Corp. Senior Vice President for Human Resources
Joanne Ciulla, author of The Working Life
Alfred N. Page, Dean, University of Missouri/Kansas City Bloch School of Business
Other guest panelists and live audience

Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday
Guests panelists and live audience


Talk of the Nation     Thursday, September 28, 2000
ScienceFriday           Friday, September 29,2000

1:00 PM -3:00 PM CST
(2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST)


Science City at Union Station City Stage
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO

Call: To join the discussion call 1-800-989-TALK