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For immediate release
September 25, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR

NPR's Talk of the Nation and KCUR 89.3 FM Host Live Broadcast:
Kansas City's Business Climate Serves as Backdrop for National Forum

Kansas City, MO - Next stop, Science City at Union Station, the nation's second largest passenger rail center, where Talk of the Nation® from NPR News will take a closer look at America's changing workplace and workforce. In a live broadcast from City Stage Thursday, September 28, 2000, NPR Host Juan Williams welcomes Hallmark CEO Irvine O. Hockaday Jr., Sprint Corporation Senior Vice President Ed Mattox and other guests to discuss evolving corporate America and its role in the Kansas City community and the nation. As part of The Changing Face of America series from NPR News, Talk of the Nation will examine the changing nature of work in America as well as workplace trends in Kansas City and the nation, as these changes relate to both the employer and employee. The first hour of the show will explore the reasons why corporations locate or expand to certain areas, whether location really matters anymore, what incentives companies should consider when locating, as well as what role corporations should play in their communities, particularly in Kansas City. For this discussion, Juan Williams will be joined by Hallmark CEO Irv Hockaday; Ed Mattix, Sprint Corporation Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Brand Management; and Russell Roberts, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business at Washington University (St. Louis).

The second hour will profile the ever-changing nature of the workplace and examine the dynamics of the employer-employee relationship, as well as attitudes among Americans toward the workplace. Guests joining Williams for this hour include Joanne Ciulla, author of The Working Life; Alfred N. Page, Dean at the University of Missouri Kansas City Bloch School of Business; and Deb Turpin, owner of a small Kansas City business, River City Studio.

This Talk of the Nation broadcast 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

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