A group of 30 College and Kennedy School of Government students will be featured as part of a new political television program, to be broadcast nationally beginning tomorrow night.
The program, entitled "American Issues '92," will be broadcast live each month from the ARCO Forum on Channel 68. The first in the series of ten hour-long installments will be aired at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
"American Issues '92" will focus on topics ranging from the end of the Cold War to racial politics, according to institute of Politics (IOP) consultant John P. Ellis. The IOP will co-produce the program.
"These programs are about major issues facing the country," Ellis said.
Sunday's program, Ellis said, will examine the American auto-mobile industry, using it as a metaphor for the U.S. economy.
Hosting the show will be Charles T. Royer, executive director of the IOP. Royer will be joined by moderator Robert B. Reich, an economist and a lecturer on public policy at the Kennedy School.
Guests on the first show will include MIT research scientist James Womock, author of The Machine That Changed the World and Richard Wirthlin, a former pollster for the Reagan administration.
Ellis said that the students will participate in a discussion with members of the panel.
"The students...form a classroom which interacts with the panel in a conversation," he said.
Paul F. Sheridan '93, chair of the IOP television committee, said that though students will not participate heavily in the first show, he expects students to be more involved in the future.
"It's an opportunity to be on national television," said Sheridan. "Not many undergraduates get [to be] on national TV."
Ellis said that the second and third levels of the forum room would be open to the public, while the floor seats would be reserved for participants.