*NPR's Midwest Bureau Chief
*Director of the Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech, Alexandria, Virginia
*Co-author of the forthcoming book Redefining Urban and suburban America: Evidence From the 2000 Census (Brookings Institution)
*Professor of English and African-American Studies at Washington university in St. Louis, Missouri
*Editor of the collection, Ain't But a Place: An Anthology of African-American Writings About St. Louis (University of Missouri Press, 1998)
*Mayor of Goshen, Ind.
*Hillberry Professor of Urban Affairs, College of Urban, Labor and Metro, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
*Author, Reality and Research: Social Science and US Urban Policy Since 1960 (Urban Institute Press, 1996)
Mary Jo Bang
*Author, "The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans: Poems (University of Georgia Press, 2001)
*Professor of English, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Once scorned as the rustbelt, the midwest rises again! The latest census data has the usual quotient of fascinating information about who we are, where we live, and where we're moving. Despite bi-costal braggadocio, the middle of the country is "in." Why? In this hour of Talk of the Nation, the middle west.