"Take on America," a new primetime PBS series premiered Thursday, October 18 with Episode 1 of 4: "Black Men in Baltimore.” The show debuted on OZY, YouTube, and PBS. It is now streaming. Future episodes, airing Thursdays, will be "White Women in Nashville," "Latino Families in NYC," and "Millennials in San Francisco," then streamed starting the following day.
The aim of the series is to show differences in opinion of perceived homogeneous voter blocs (each episode featuring a town hall composed of 100 members of a given group), to give insight into the varied conversations these minority groups are really having, and to forge solutions and pathways for progress in the leadup to the midterms and beyond.
In a town hall setting, “Black Men in Baltimore,” participants include Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, Civil Rights Activist and Black Lives Matter organizer DeRay McKesson, "The Wire" actor Lawrence Gillard Jr., founder of Black Guns Matter Maj Toure, and professor and journalist D. Watkins (former drug dealer, NPR commentator).