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Saturday, January 10, 2009

CNN broadcasting I.O.U.S.A. this weekend

On Thursday I received the following from Elizabeth Wilner, Director of Public Affairs at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, who asked if I could pass it along to this blog's readers...
It wasn't long ago that the idea of an American fiscal crisis was considered speculative at best. Most everyone - the government included - seemed to be living on credit with no end in sight. But recently, the debtors have come calling. Now we're living in an America where lending institutions have collapsed, more than 1 million homes have entered foreclosure, and the federal deficit has reached unprecedented numbers.

In response to public demand for information about the scope of the country's financial challenges, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is proud to announce that CNN/U.S. will air the television premiere of our documentary I.O.U.S.A., together with an unscripted panel discussion with policy leaders about various economic solutions. I.O.U.S.A. uses candid interviews, archival footage, and economic data to tell the story of America's mounting debts, and offers suggestions for how best to recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations.

This exclusive televised event will air on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. EST and on Sunday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST, and will be hosted by Ali Velshi and Christine Romans, co-anchors of CNN's Your $$$$$, the network's weekend business roundtable program.

When you tune in to CNN, you'll get more than just the U.S. broadcast premiere of I.O.U.S.A. The two-hour program will also feature Velshi and Romans engaging a distinguished group of panelists, including the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's own Pete Peterson and Dave Walker; Alice Rivlin, noted economist and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Bill Bradley, a managing director of Allen & Company and former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate. Together, they'll discuss issues raised in the film and their ties to current economic events.

So please join us for this exclusive televised version of I.O.U.S.A., and feel free to let your readers know about it too. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is thrilled that, through its U.S. premiere on CNN, the film will get the chance to inspire even more Americans to make fiscal responsibility a priority.

I.O.U.S.A. has been playing on the festival circuit, and has received rave reviews for its sobering message about fiscal irresponsibility in America. I shall certainly be tuning in to catch it and if you want more information here's the film's official website.