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PITTSBURGH CITIZENS TO JOIN UNIQUE LOCAL-NATIONAL ‘OPINION POLL WITH A HUMAN FACE’ CONSIDERING WHAT’S AT STAKE IN 2004

Excerpts from the Pittsburgh Citizen Deliberations will air in a national PBS special on Thursday, October 21 at 8 p.m. on WQED tv13 |
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PITTSBURGH, PA – WQED Multimedia, Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are partners in a national “PBS Deliberation Day” event, sponsored by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (MLP ). More than one hundred scientifically selected citizens making up a representative sample of Pittsburgh citizens will meet Saturday, October 16, at Carnegie Mellon's campus in Oakland . This unique deliberative opinion poll will put a human face on pre-election polling data. Nearly 2000 Americans in 17 cities across the country are participating in day-long Citizen Deliberations that will focus on what, not who, is at stake in the upcoming presidential election.

The PBS Deliberation Day discussions will center on the two topics at the heart of the 2004 election—the war against terrorism and national security and jobs in a global economy. These issues will include discussions about preemptive military strikes, civil liberties, trade, outsourcing and taxes.

The participants will meet in both small groups and in a large session where they will meet with experts. The Citizen Deliberations will be coordinated with national Deliberative Polling® data on what people from all over the country think, on reflection, after they too have had a chance to become informed about the issues.

PBS Deliberation Day gives local reporters an unparalleled opportunity to observe the dialogue when a scientific sample of this region's citizens talks with…not at…each other about the 2004 election.

Excerpts of local discussions from the Pittsburgh Citizen Deliberations will be included in “Time To Choose: A By the People Election Special,” a national PBS television program that will air on Thursday, October 21 at 8 p.m. on WQED tv13 . Two segments featuring the local discussions, produced by WQED's OnQ magazine , will also be included.

In addition, OnQ will devote three episodes to the local Citizen Deliberations:

October 18 at 7:30 p.m. - Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso feature profiles of 4 Pittsburgh delegates, and short segments with delegates focusing on terrorism and economics.

October 19 at 7:30 p.m. - Bartley will recap the Oct. 16 event in a long-form package focusing on the terrorism discussions.

October 21 at 7:30 p.m. - Caruso will recap the Oct. 16 event in a long-form package focusing on economics discussions and preview that night's “Time To Choose” election special.

Media interested in attending the Pittsburgh Citizen Deliberations on Saturday, October 16 should contact Lane Cigna at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Media interested in obtaining more information on the upcoming local and national “By the People” programming should contact Gigi Saladna at WQED Multimedia.

OnQ magazine airs live Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., with encore broadcasts at 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. the next weekday on WQED tv13.

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PBS Deliberation Day is sponsored by By the People , a two-year-old project in democracy organized by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and supported by the Flora and William Hewlett Foundation. It seeks to energize and enhance the national conversation on America's role in the world through a series of national and local broadcasts and events that demonstrate the relevance of foreign policy issues to local concerns. More information can be found at www.pbs.org/newshour/btp .

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