For immediate release
April 17, 2001
Laura Gross

Reno Serves as Backdrop for Live, National Radio Broadcast

RENO, Nev.- As part of "The Changing Face of America" series, Talk of the Nation® from NPR News joins KUNR 88.7 FM for a special program focused on the growth of gambling and the dispute over public lands in the United States. In a live, two-hour broadcast on April 19, 2001, from the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, Talk of the Nation host Juan Williams and special guests will explore these topics with a studio audience and callers from around the country.

During the first hour of the broadcast, Williams and his guests will discuss how the gambling industry has become commonplace in America - to some, as American as apple pie. Guests include Jan Jones, senior vice president of communications and government affairs for Harrah's Entertainment and a former two term mayor of Las Vegas; Guy Rocha, Nevada state historian; and Will Thompson, author of several books on gambling, professor of public administration, and gambling scholar at the University of Nevada.

The second hour of the broadcast will explore issues surrounding the future of public lands, including who makes decisions about how we use our land and how we should preserve our natural resources. Guests for the second hour include Susan Lynn, executive director of Public Resource Associates, a non-profit organization that works on natural resource and public land policy issues; Nevada state Senator Dean Rhoads (R); and Stephen Trimble, the author of The Sagebrush Ocean.

This Talk of the Nation broadcast forum will air live on KUNR 88.7 FM from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST. For nationwide station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's Web site at

"The Changing Face of America" is an 18-month-long series in which Talk of the Nation broadcasts live, once a month, from a city where important issues facing the community illuminate American life in the year 2001. "The Changing Face of America" series is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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