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For immediate release
October 18, 2000
Tracey Terry, NPR
Tara Renk, WCPN

Cleveland Hosts NPR Talk Shows

Cleveland, OH- Three of NPR's finest talk programs will broadcast live from Cleveland on October 26-27, 2000. This marks the first time these shows will be in the same city for broadcasts outside Washington, DC. Talk of the Nation, The Diane Rehm Show and Public Interest will broadcast from Cleveland's Severance Hall and air locally on NPR member station WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland.

All three events are open to the public. Reservations are needed and can be obtained by calling 216-432-3700 extension 219. For nationwide station information please visit

On Thursday, October 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams kicks off the special two-day news event with special guests, a studio audience and callers from around the country, as they tackle one of America's hottest topics - the changing face of education in America. This live broadcast will discuss 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 can join the discussion by calling 1-800-989-TALK.

On Friday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Diane Rehm Show will be center stage as award-winning host Diane Rehm speaks with a panel of seasoned journalists in the Friday News Roundup about the week's top news stories. In the second half of the hour, listeners and members of the studio audience will offer their views on the latest news and ask questions of the panelists. During the second hour, Rehm will demonstrate her signature in-depth interviewing style in a conversation with Cleveland native Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services. To join the discussion listeners should call 1-800-433-8850.

On Friday October 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. Public Interest award-winning host Kojo Nnamdi completes the two-day history-making event as he presents the next installment of the show's monthly series concentrating on America's cities in the 21st century. With Cleveland's community activists and residents, the conversation will focus on how skills training and personalized provision of services can help low income communities change the nature of their public and low income housing developments. Listeners who want to join the discussion should call 1-800-433-8850.

Carried by more than 150 NPR member stations and listened to by 2 million Americans weekly, Talk of the Nation provides a forum for intelligent and thought-provoking discussions on today's most compelling issues - from breaking news, science, and education to religion and the arts. Williams began as host of the program in February 2000. As part of The Changing Face of America series from NPR News, Talk of the Nation is traveling to cities and towns across America for monthly broadcast forums before live audiences. Through this special series, NPR News explores diverse issues such as immigration, inter-generational conflict, economic development, urban growth, education, technology and leisure, all within the context of a changing America. The series is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

For more than 20 years, The Diane Rehm Show has offered listeners the opportunity to hear and participate in a thoughtful and lively dialogue on wide variety of issues with many of the most distinguished people of our times. The program is broadcast live each weekday from 10 a.m. until noon on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. The program has been nationally syndicated since May 1995 and is distributed by National Public Radio to stations across the nation. Since January 1996, it has been available to direct broadcast satellite subscribers throughout Europe and Japan through NPR Worldwide. The program is also available to all U.S. military installations overseas via Armed Forces Radio. Each week, The Diane Rehm Show is heard by more than 800,000 listeners across the country, including many of the nation's top policymakers and journalists.

Public Interest is a nationally syndicated talk show produced by WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. The show is a tapestry of voices featuring policy-makers, activists and callers, as well as live music, literature and poetry readings. The two-hour program airs on WAMU from noon until 2 p.m. each weekday; the second hour is distributed to more than 40 public radio stations across the country by National Public Radio. NPR Worldwide distributes the program internationally. Public Interest, formerly the Derek McGinty Show, made its debut in 1991; Nnamdi became host of the show in August 1998.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR Onlinesm at brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.