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In the Mix

Political Literacy: Sifting Thru The Spin (#440)

This episode focuses on political literacy in order to raise awareness and understanding of how candidates use the media to convey their positions on issues. Teen political reporters sift through the spin from journalists and politicians to discover ways to find out positions on the issues. The program goes beneath the surface of political ads; gets direct answers from New York State Comptroller Carl McCall at a town hall meeting; sees how the Internet can provide accurate information and discovers why the public's voice really matters. The reporters, pundits and personalities interviewed range from Senator Bob Dole, Dan Rather, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Tom Brokaw, Bill Schneider and an exclusive interview with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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