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For immediate release
Monday, July 23, 2001

NPR: Laura Gross,

KWMU: Diane Guerra,

St. Louis Serves As Backdrop For Live National Radio Show

St. Louis, Mo.--Talk of the Nation®, NPR's midday call-in program, will broadcast live from St. Louis on Thursday, July 26, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST at the St. Louis Art Museum auditorium (1 Fine Arts Drive). The live program will air locally on 90.7 FM KWMU.

During the first hour of the broadcast, host Juan Williams will discuss changes in demographics including the impending retirement of Baby Boomers and increases in Latino and Asian-American populations. Guests in the first hour will be Joel Kotkin, author of The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape and a Senior Fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University and at the Milken Institute; William Frey, a demographer, sociologist and research scientist at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center and a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute; and Jack Beatty, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly and editor of Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America.

The program's second hour will examine the politics, culture and community of Americans in the 21st century, discussing if the nation is becoming increasingly isolated and fragmented. Guests in the second hour will be Michael Barone, author of The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again and co-author for the last 30 years of The Almanac of American Politics and Wayne Fields, professor of American Literature in the American Cultural Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis.

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. The Changing Face of America series is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

(Note: Tickets for the broadcast have already sold out; however, post-show reception tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 314-516-KWMU.)