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Election 2012: What’s At Stake

Airs Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Logo for PBS' 2012 Election Coverage.

"Election 2012: What's At Stake," a PBS Election 2012 special, presents viewers with an up-to-the-minute review of this year’s top campaign issues and considers how the outcome of the election could impact voters’ lives. The program is presented by WNET and produced by NEED TO KNOW executive producer Marc Rosenwasser.

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Pictured L to R: Judy Woodruff, Margaret Warner, Jeffrey Brown, Hari Sreenivasan, Gwen Ifill and Ray Suarez.

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NEED TO KNOW’s Maria Hinojosa

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Christina Bellantoni, PBS NEWSHOUR Politics Editor

Vote 2012 Map Center

Explore the PBS NewsHour Election 2012 Interactive Map Center. The map features an electoral college calculator which includes historical data going back to the 1964 election.

Anchored by PBS NEWSHOUR correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, "What's At Stake" leads viewers through four major issues at the center of this year’s campaigns: jobs and tax policy, entitlements and debt, healthcare, and foreign policy.

PBS’ news and public affairs programs contribute to the special, with field pieces from top journalists, including NEED TO KNOW’s Maria Hinojosa and PBS NEWSHOUR’s Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez, Margaret Warner and Judy Woodruff.

In her role as WASHINGTON WEEK’s managing editor and moderator, Gwen Ifill contributes a segment on how the presidency transforms the person who holds the office, while FRONTLINE provides a segment by the producers of “The Choice” focusing on a transformational moment in the life of each of the candidates.

In addition, PBS NEWSHOUR political editor Christina Bellantoni joins Sreenivasan to discuss critical congressional races across the country.

Beyond the major campaign topics, "What's At Stake" looks at several issues that have remained under the radar during the presidential campaign season, including future appointments to the Supreme Court, gun control, and climate change, among others. NEED TO KNOW’s Jeff Greenfield explores whether it’s possible to predict a president’s effectiveness.

“What's At Stake draws on the expertise of PBS’ news and public affairs programs to give viewers deeper and more meaningful information on the eve of the election,” says PBS senior vice president and chief TV programming executive John F. Wilson. “The result is an important, in-depth special that gives viewers valuable information they can use as they make their voting decisions.”

For more information on other PBS Election 2012 programming including PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK, FRONTLINE, NEED TO KNOW and election specials, visit pbs.org/election2012 and follow #pbsElection on Twitter.

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Preview: Election 2012: What's At Stake

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Election 2012: What's At Stake: Jobs & Taxes

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Election 2012: What's At Stake: Climate Change

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Frontline: The Choice 2012

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Above: FRONTLINE "The Choice 2012" - A journey into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency.

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PBS NewsHour: What's at Stake in the Candidates' Visions for Medicaid

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Above: The firestorm over how to make Medicare more sustainable has consumed the health care debate this election season, but Medicaid, its counterpart for low-income, disabled and elderly Americans, actually covers more people. Hari Sreenivasan looks at how the candidates' two drastically different proposals offer reform.

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