Phil Donahue heads to East St. Louis, Ill., to ask, "Can Anything Be Done to Save This Dying City?"

The "Donahue" show will be taped Monday at a high school there.The New York-based syndicated program will look at the transformation from a national rail and stockyard center to "a desolate and dying city," said spokeswoman Alyssa Schwartz.

"Thousands of jobs have gone with the closing of factories, leaving the city a pocket of hopeless poverty, trash-strewn vacant lots, block after block of boarded-up houses, and crime and drugs running rampant," Schwartz said.

No date has been selected for the segment to air nationally.