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This week, PBS provides the only complete primetime network TV coverage of the Democratic Convention with uninterrupted coverage of podium activities and speeches and expert analysis from THE NEWSHOUR and additional reporting from WASHINGTON WEEK, NOW ON PBS, TAVIS SMILEY and other PBS programs. Check's election hub page,, for further perspectives on the conventions and the upcoming election. The site aggregates video from PBS, features syndicatable content from across public media and highlights innovative Web-only projects from PBS producers and stations.

This week on PBS:

Convention coverage from THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER -- Nightly wall-to-wall coverage of the Democratic Convention begins at 8 pm ET on Monday, 8/25; THE NEWSHOUR airs weekdays at 6 pm (check local listings) -- This week:
Jim Lehrer and team offer America's only complete primetime network television coverage of the 2008 Democratic Convention. With senior correspondents Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner.
Analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks.
Ray Suarez will anchor extensive online coverage.
Educational resources include reports by student journalists on NewsHour Extra and daily lesson plans for teachers.
Twitter / Flickr -- live quotes, reactions, photos and updates from behind the scenes of THE NEWSHOUR editorial operations, as well as from events like delegate meetings, convention activities and major speeches.
Coverage of the Republican Convention begins Monday, 9/1. More on PBS' convention coverage on PBS PressRoom.
TAVIS SMILEY -- weekdays at 11 pm (check local listings) -- A smart hybrid of news, issues and entertainment. This week: TAVIS SMILEY will broadcast live from the Democratic Convention. Guests for Monday, Aug. 25th: Gov. Ed Rendell (D - PA), Gov. Janet Napolitano (D - AZ) and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D - OH). More on TAVIS SMILEY's convention coverage on PBS PressRoom.
WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL -- Fridays at 8 pm (check local listings) -- Each Friday evening, moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill brings together a panel of the country's premier journalists to analyze the week's top election stories. This Friday:
WASHINGTON WEEK broadcasts from Denver, with a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention and analysis on the state of Campaign '08. Joining Gwen Ifill on the campus of the University of Denver will be:
Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times, James Barnes of National Journal and Karen Tumulty of TIME magazine.
Send your questions for these reporters to We will use as many questions as we can in our exclusive Webcast Extra.
Podcast: Download the audio version of the entire TV program and this week's WASHINGTON WEEK Webcast Extra.
Next Friday, 8/29: WASHINGTON WEEK will preview the Republican Convention with a special broadcast from the University of Minnesota.
NOW ON PBS -- Fridays at 8:30 pm (check local listings) -- David Brancaccio pursues the stories overlooked by other public affairs broadcasts.
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL -- Fridays at 9 pm (check local listings) -- Interviews and news analysis with Bill Moyers.
NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT -- weekdays at 6:30 pm (check local listings) -- Business and economic news with Paul Kangas and Susie Gharib. This Friday: A pre-convention story looking at the Obama campaign and its economic plans.
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY -- Weekly series (check local listings) -- Bob Abernethy hosts coverage of the rich world of religion and ethics news. This week: Kim Lawton takes a look at how religion may -- or may not -- be a factor for both parties as they head into their national conventions in the special report "2008 Campaign: Conventions Preview." (Episode debuts Friday, 8/22).
TO THE CONTRARY -- Weekly series (check local listings) -- Bonnie Erbe hosts a lively weekly discussion of news and national affairs with a panel of nationally known female experts. This week: This week's political news and how it affects women voters; more American women choose to be childfree; and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders wants the Black church to talk about sex education. PANELISTS: U.S. News & World Report's Dr. Bernadine Healy; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D - MD); National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Gloucester Institute president Kay James. (Episode debuts Friday, 8/22). -- Visit for a robust collection of everything election-related from PBS and our partners, providing a forum for political issues and a way for users to thoughtfully engage with each other. This week:
PBS Vote 2008 has launched a comprehensive conventions minisite, It includes newsfeeds from the DNC and a curated slideshow with convention images.
It also includes a blog with highlights from public media coverage in both Denver and St. Paul and minute-by-minute Twitter reports from PBS, THE NEWSHOUR and TAVIS SMILEY.
During both conventions, will feature video from the PBS stations in Denver and St. Paul, as well as conventions programming from THE NEWSHOUR and WASHINGTON WEEK.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "The Presidents Online" -- Podcast: THE PRESIDENTS: Stories to Go - NPR's Daniel Schorr on the role of party conventions in 2008 in this week's podcast.
PBS Teachers Introduces Free Elections Resource -- PBS Teachers® Vote 2008 incorporates an array of new Web 2.0 tools created by public broadcasting radio and television stations across the country to engage students and allow them to participate more actively in this year's historic election process. Popular features include "Access, Analyze and Act," an educator's guide to using Web 2.0 tools for teaching; an interactive political personality quiz for students and three professional development videos for educators.

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