Sesno Narrates PBS Documentary on Election Reform

Posted: October 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Tomorrow, Frank Sesno, University Professor of Public Policy and Communication and former CNN Washington bureau chief, will give PBS viewers a look into the 2000 presidential election fiasco in Florida and explore what has–and has not–been accomplished since then on the issue of election reform.

Sesno and Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond headline the documentary Who Counts? Election Reform in America, to be broadcast at 11 p.m. on WETA-TV. Produced by Fred Silverman, Who Counts? combines original comedy and reporting about the 2000 presidential election–with balloting issues in Florida as a key element–while looking at election reform today. Hammond portrays Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, and himself in material written and produced especially for the one-hour program.

“We decided not to let the late-night comedians have all the fun,” says Sesno, who serves as host and narrator of the broadcast. “So don’t be surprised if the show feels a little more like Saturday Night Live than Face the Nation. And don’t be surprised if the hour is a little more humorous than the usual PBS documentary–because sometimes you can’t just make this stuff up.”

Also interviewed for Who Counts? are the real Sen. John McCain, Sen. Christopher Dodd, Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, and Washington Post reporter Dan Keating. Comedian John Fugelsang also appears.

Who Counts? includes excerpts from news programs during and after the 2000 election, as well as comedy from Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and other programs that aired during that time. Who Counts? also presents some of the tools in the election reform toolbox and what they would mean to voters across the country. For more information, visit the web site.

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