Thursday, October 06, 2005

'Debate' on HDnet Makes Its Debut

'Debate' on HDnet Makes Its Debut : "Debate' on HDNet, a weekly television program in which guests question each other on controversial topics, made its debut Monday October 4th. In the program, Allen St. Pierre of N.O.R.M.L. squared off against Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation in a debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized.

Debate's moderator takes hot national issues and triggers intellectual discussion, bringing about heated dialogue between guests from opposing sides of the issues. Guests have the opportunity to override the moderator and ask questions directly to one another as well. In upcoming programs, Debate's topics include: abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, sex education, the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. The program attracts a wide variety of guests, including respected authors, heads of national organizations and U.S. Congressmen.

Content and topics for Debate are chosen from the editorial pages of USA TODAY. The show's moderator is Lauren Ashburn (photo), managing editor and anchor for USA TODAY LIVE. USA TODAY reporters and editors offer journalistic expertise on selected topics. USA TODAY's reader editor Brent Jones wraps each episode with feedback from viewers and readers. Alex Walworth, formerly of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, is executive producer. For more information on "Debate," please log on to http://www.usatoday.com/debate." (more)