For immediate release
May 16, 2001
Tracey Terry,
202-513-2304
tterry@npr.org
Lisette Maginn, WXXI
716-258-0253

Rochester to be Talk of the Nation on May 31

ROCHESTER, NY-On Thursday, May 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Rochesterians will have a rare opportunity to weigh in on important national issues as Talk of the Nation and its host, Juan Williams, discuss the new economy and American labor in the 21st century in a live broadcast from the Performance Hall at the Hochstein Music School on North Plymouth Avenue. The program will broadcast locally on AM 1370, WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and be streamed on wxxi.org.

In the first hour, the program will examine Rochester's changing economy. Rochester's big three corporations-Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb-have all been downsizing. This is forcing the city to look for new ways to stimulate and revitalize the economy. Guests Tom Golisano of Paychex and Jay Stein, senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the University of Rochester, will join Williams to examine how Rochester, like many Northeastern cities, is adjusting to the new economy.

The second hour of the broadcast will address the future of the American labor movement and how labor unions are adapting to the new economy. Guests for this hour include Gerald W. McEntee, international president for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research, School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. As manufacturing-based jobs declined in the latter years of the 20th century, union membership also dropped. Williams and his guests will discuss the outlook for the labor movement in the 21st century.

For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at www.npr.org. Listeners can join the discussion by calling 1-800-989-TALK.

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