March 27, 2000 -- Vast amounts of wealth have been created by the high tech industry. Nowhere is that new wealth as concentrated in one place as it is in Seattle. Once a small fishing village halfway between Alaska and San Francisco, Seattle now has more millionaires per capita than any other city, much of it in the hands of people who are quite young. NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg begins a series this week on the effects of all this new wealth on the city of Seattle. In the first report, she looks at the impact all that new money is having on the city's civic life.
March 28, 2000 -- In the second part of our series on Seattle's new wealth, NPR's Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg, looks at some of the people who made their fortunes early on in their careers, and then retired much earlier than most Americans to pursue other interests. From starting non-profits to donating huge amounts of money to cultural and philanthropic organizations. Seattle's relatively young and wealthy population is experiencing a dramatically different idea of the meaning of work and doing good.
Parts 1 & 2 were produced by Chip Grabow and edited by Loretta Williams.
March 29, 2000 -- The final piece in The Changing Face of America series for this month. Reporter Robert Smith visits Bremerton, a town in Washington State that has not benefitted from the high-tech boom, even though it's just across the water from Seattle.
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The Changing Face of America is an 18-month long NPR project that tells the stories of regular, everyday Americans and the issues they face at a time of rapid and dramatic change in the U.S. This special series can be heard on NPR's Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
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