“Voting is the foundation stone for political action.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As election season nears, OETA provides the information and resources Oklahomans need to be active and informed citizens. Viewers can expect programs regarding local and national races, including three specials from Frontline, the longest-running investigative documentary series in the U.S.
Ahead of The Choice, Frontline presents two documentaries aimed to inform voters on key issues ahead of Election Day. First, Growing Up Poor in America, Tuesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. Exploring the experience of child poverty against the backdrop of the pandemic and increasing racial tensions. Set in Ohio, the film follows children and their families navigating issues of poverty, homelessness, race and new challenges due to COVID-19. The following week, Tuesday, September 15 at 8 p.m., Frontline presents Policing the Police. Originally from 2016, this follow-up documentary includes updates on the theme of policing in America as police brutality remains a hot-button issue across the nation.
Finally, before Americans cast their votes in November, Frontline presents its election year special. The Choice is an ongoing series presenting investigative biographies of major-party candidates every election cycle since 1988. From veteran documentarian of U.S. politics Michael Kirk, whose team produced four prior installments of The Choice and nearly 20 documentaries about the Trump and Obama eras, this special serves as a thorough and unbiased primer for voters on the issues and the candidates. This year, The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, tells the story of a deeply divided nation through the lives of the two men who want to lead it. The two-hour special premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m.
PBS NewsHour will be providing coverage of the 2020 Presidential Debates starting Tuesday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. At the time of publication, many details of the debate are unconfirmed due to concerns around COVID-19.