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Old 02-05-13, 09:29 AM
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Help - Name of series of tabletop discussions on politics from 1980s seen on PBS

Years ago I saw several programs that were (I think) filmed in the 1980s that consisted of tabletop/roundtable discussions among people in government, the press, public relations, etc. They were simulating events like a political scandal, a constitutional crisis, etc. and the moderator would get responses from each of the participants to see what they would do next in the narrative. They were really interesting, but I forget what they were called. Google searches are proving to be difficult (I just get pointed to sites about the Sunday talk shows or the McLaughlin Group).

Does anyone know what these were called and where I could watch them again?

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Years ago I saw several programs that were (I think) filmed in the 1980s that consisted of tabletop/roundtable discussions among people in government, the press, public relations, etc. They were simulating events like a political scandal, a constitutional crisis, etc. and the moderator would get responses from each of the participants to see what they would do next in the narrative. They were really interesting, but I forget what they were called. Google searches are proving to be difficult (I just get pointed to sites about the Sunday talk shows or the McLaughlin Group).

Does anyone know what these were called and where I could watch them again?

Thanks!!
It was an Annenberg series called "Ethics in America." It ran on PBS. They did a follow-up about ten years ago called "Ethics in America II" that wasn't as packed with star names.
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That's it! Thank you so much! PM me your address and I'll send you my prized Articuno as a reward.
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In case anyone's interested, this series is available to watch free here: http://www.learner.org/resources/series81.html
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