WEDU Joins National Conversation with PBS Special “After Newtown”

December 21, 2012 (Tampa, FL) – As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and individual Americans. WEDU will join in this vital discussion, airing After Newtown on Friday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m., ET bringing together news and public affairs teams from across PBS in a joint effort to analyze and illuminate the issues surrounding these events.

After Newtown, anchored by Gwen Ifill, addresses such issues as access to guns and the politics of gun laws; mental illness in young adults; the science of detecting violent impulses; and how communities react to unspeakable tragedy. The program features in‐studio interviews and conversations with regular contributors to Washington Week. Contributions from PBS hallmark news programming PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, Washington Week, Need to Know, and NOVA provide insight and analysis to After Newtown by pooling resources for the special.

“PBS is going beyond the headlines to provide a comprehensive look at this tragedy and provide a forum for an indepth national conversation,” said PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming Beth Hoppe.

The program will be streamed to national audiences at and will be available after broadcast. On the site, viewers can also learn more about the issues discussed and are also encouraged to join the national conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #afternewtown. After Newtown is a production of CNG for WNET in New York, in association with WGBH, WETA, and PBS NewsHour. Executive Producer: Stephen Segaller.

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