Miller Center

Miller Center 2014 Debate and Discussion Series

Beyond Gridlock: Seeking Solutions to the Crisis in American Politics

Airing on PBS WORLD Sundays at 7 pm ET in October

A timely and important debate series on crucial national issues, produced by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, will air on public television stations across the country throughout October. The four-part series, “Beyond Gridlock: Seeking Solutions to the Crisis in American Politics,” is part of the Miller Center’s American Forum program.

The debates will air on public television’s WORLD channel on four consecutive Sundays at 7:00 pm ET, beginning October 5. There will be a repeat at 5:00 am ET on Mondays beginning October 6. Check local listings.

The series will bring together some of the nation’s leading thinkers to engage in classic, but civil, debates on four of the key issues facing the country and shaping November’s midterm elections: health care, immigration, campaign finance, and political polarization. This diverse lineup of voices - some famous, some new, diverse in gender, race, age, background and politics - include Washington Post columnist George Will, national tea party leader Matt Kibbe, conservative Vanderbilt law professor Carol Swain, Federal Election Commission vice chair Ann Ravel, New Republic senior editor Jonathan Cohn, and Shaun McCutcheon, plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court ruling to strike down most federal limits on political contributions.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Douglas Blackmon will moderate the debates. “There are a lot of things Americans argue about, but the vast majority of us agree on one thing: Washington D.C. can’t seem to get much done. If more members of Congress would try this kind of dialogue, they might get the country beyond gridlock,” Blackmon said. “This is public television at its best—compelling, informed programming without all the verbal swordplay of Sunday morning network and cable shows.”

The debates will be taped at the Miller Center in September. Each episode will include four prominent debaters - two arguing for a resolution, two arguing against it.

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