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For immediate release
August 14, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR

NPR's Talk of the Nation and WFAE 90.7 FM Broadcast Live From Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC, Thursday, August 31, 2000

Charlotte is a shining example of the new South, showing both the positive effects of economic growth and the difficulties associated with it. Juan Williams, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation will lead a live broadcast forum on Thursday, August 31, joined by special guests, including Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory, to discuss Charlotte's transition from a regional railroad hub to a financial metropolis second only to New York City.

Along with the economic transition, the city is facing an influx of new residents with diverse backgrounds, new businesses and new difficulties usually associated with larger northern cities. The discussion, which will broadcast live from Spirit Square as part of the NPR News series The Changing Face of America, will focus on emerging issues facing Charlotte as it expands.

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 meetings occur in conjunction with programming on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Changing Face of America is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

NPR is partnering with WFAE 90.7fm for this special The Changing Face of America broadcast.

WHO: Juan Williams, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation Patrick McCrory, Mayor of Charlotte Guest panelists and live audience

WHEN: Thursday, August 31, 2000 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

WHERE: McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education 345 North College Street Charlotte, NC

RSVP: Admission is free; reservations are required - call 704-549-9323 ext. 17
RSVP Deadline is Wednesday, August 30
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. on August 31
Or join the discussion by calling 1-800-989-TALK

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaymie Gustafson, Ketchum: 202/835-7279
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR: 202/414-2307
Renee Rallos, WFAE 90.7fm, 704-549-9323 ext. 17