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For immediate release
October 17, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR

NPR News and WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland Present:
Talk of the Nation, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest
Together in Cleveland

For the first time, talk shows from National Public Radio's midday line-up will broadcast live, from the same city. Talk of the Nation, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest broadcast from Cleveland's Severance Hall on October 26-27, 2000.

Thursday, October 26 (2-4PM), Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams and special guests will engage in a discussion about the changing face of education in America. This live broadcast will tackle the question of whether public schools in the United States are adequately educating our children, how the school system is evolving to meet the needs of America's diverse communities and the growing controversy over academic standards and performance tests. Listeners wishing to join the discussion should call 1-800-989-TALK. As part of The Changing Face of America series from NPR News, Talk of the Nation broadcasts live, once a month, from a city where important issues facing the community illuminate American life in the year 2000. The Changing Face of America series is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Friday, October 27 (10AM-Noon), Award-winning host Diane Rehm talks with a panel of seasoned journalists about the week's top news stories in the Friday News Roundup. In the second half of the hour, listeners and members of the live studio audience in Cleveland offer their views and ask questions. In the second hour, Diane demonstrates her signature in-depth interviewing style in a conversation with Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. Sec. Shalala is a Cleveland native and the longest-serving cabinet member of the Clinton Administration. To join the discussion listeners should call 1-800-433-8850.

Friday, October 27 (1-2PM), Public Interest Host Kojo Nnamdi presents the next installment of the show's monthly series concentrating on America's cities in the 21st century. Using Cleveland's community activists and residents among the show's panelist's, this episode of Public Interest goes beyond the typical low income housing discussions to focus on how skill training and personalized provision of services can help low income communities change the nature of their public and low income housing developments. To join the discussion listeners should call 1-800-433-8850.

Talk of the Nation, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest will all air live locally on NPR member station WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at

Thursday, October 26
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Talk of the Nation
Juan Williams, Host

Friday, October 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
The Diane Rehm Show
Diane Rehm, Host

Friday, October 27
1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST
Public Interest
Kojo Nnamdi, Host Executive Producer

Reinberger Chamber Hall, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland

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