Political Literacy: Sifting Thru The Spin
O Say Can You See...what's true and what isn't?
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Political Literacy: Sifting Thru The Spin

The results are in! According to recent surveys, young people just don't care about politics, and if they do care, they're pretty darn cynical about them. But why is that, and how can we change it? Democracy won't work unless we're all interested and informed voters. And guess what? That stuff about "the future being ours" is true. We have the power to help shape the world we're going to be living in.
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This episode of In the Mix focuses on how you can get the info you need on the political issues you care about-- or SHOULD care about-- and how you can get your voice heard. First, a look at how political candidates use the media to get across their image and message. Amid the fray of the 2000 Republican National Convention, our teen political reporters sift through the spin from journalists and politicians to discover just how to find out a candidate's true positions on the issues. Then, prepare to be enlightened: we give a crash course on how to dig below the surface of TV campaign advertising. [What's your spin?]

We also explore other sources of information, such as the Internet, and get direct answers as teens question New York State Comptroller Carl McCall at a town hall meeting. Celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, LL Cool J, and Johnny Rotten praise the power of voting.
[Where can you get the straight scoop?]
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While checking out other ways for young people to get involved with the political scene, we hear from reporters, pundits and personalities such as Senator Bob Dole, Larry King, Rudolph Guiliani, Dan Rather, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Tom Brokaw, Bill Schneider, Mike McCurry...and snag an exclusive interview with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.
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"Political Literacy: Sifting Thru The Spin" was funded by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The program is regularly re-broadcast on PBS affiliates across the country. Please check our schedule and station list for airtimes.

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