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Basic Black; 2008 Post Election Roundtable


CC Master Basic Black : 2008 Post-Election Roundtable Show #4002 Tape Date: 11/6/08 Broadcast Date: 11/6/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
2008 Post Election Roundtable
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

The 2008 presidential election has been one of the most exciting in US history. In this continuation of Basic Black's special election coverage, our guests return to assess Election Day results. Joining guest host Callie Crossley are Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, former ABC News anchor and senior correspondent Carole Simpson, Peniel Joseph, associate professor of Africana studies at Brandeis University, and Howard Manly, executive editor of the Bay State Banner.

We look at how the press covered John McCain's and Barack Obama's campaigns and early media polling vs. the actual Election Day outcome. Did the "Bradley effect" take hold in states predicting an Obama win? Were significant numbers of voters swayed by speculative reports concerning Obama's race, religion, or patriotism or doubts about electing McCain, the oldest presidential candidate in US history?

Also, what does the world think of America's choice for president? What does Obama's win mean for US foreign relations and our standing in the world?



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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