Be part of the conversation – WQED invites us to a chat with Jim Lehrer

WQED asked me to let you know that we are invited us over for a chat with Jim Lehrer.  They are the weekly host of one of our favorite het-men, John McIntire so it should be good times.  I'm not always a personal fan of Chris Moore's moderating style (he talks over people), but I do like to listen to him talk on his own.  I have to work Saturday so I'm not sure I can make it, but it would make for a great live blog …

WQED Vote 2008: A Town Hall Meeting and Broadcast with Jim Lehrer to Air Live on Sunday, April 20 at 6pm

Public is invited to be part of studio audience

PITTSBURGH – While Pennsylvania presidential campaigns usually begin in Philadelphia, they don't end there. What do these candidates know about the Pittsburgh region? What does the public want them to know?

The NewsHour's Jim Lehrer will host WQED Vote 2008: A Town Hall Meeting and Broadcast along with a guest panel of politicians, education leaders, philanthropists, foundation heads, high-profile members of the media, and community leaders on SUNDAY, APRIL 20 from 6 to 7pm in The Fred Rogers Studio at WQED, 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland. The Town Hall Meeting will air live on WQED-TV and WQED-HD and will be simul-streamed on WQED Interactive at www.wqed.org. The Town Hall Meeting will re-broadcast on WQED-TV at 11pm on April 20.

The public is invited to be part of the studio audience for this historic discussion in advance of the April 22 Pennsylvania primary. To reserve a seat, please call 1-888-622-1370 or log on to www.wqed.org.

Doors open at 5pm.

Lehrer will moderate a panel discussion on the primary and the presidential election. WQED’s Chris Moore and Tonia and Michael Bartley will facilitate the panel and audience discussion conducting interviews and lending their expertise on covering local issues.

Republican Jim Roddey and Democrat Joe Mistick, OnQ political analysts will also provide commentary.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will broadcast from the WQED studios on April 21 and 22 to a nationwide audience.

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