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Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson, moderator of the series THIRD RAIL WITH OZY.
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Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson, moderator of the series THIRD RAIL WITH OZY.

Airs Sundays, Sept. 10-Oct. 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

New PBS Debate Series Covers National Topics with Audience Input

Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson moderates an electrifying debate on a provocative topic each week with experts and celebrities.

Digital and studio audiences contribute to each debate, accompanied by ongoing social media conversations.


Guests this season include restauranteur and VICELAND contributor Eddie Huang, author and Wharton professor Adam Grant, businessman Mark Cuban, political advocate Grover Norquist, acclaimed journalist Gretchen Carlson, writer and Purdue associate professor Roxane Gay, humorist and TV correspondent Mo Rocca and others.

Join Watson for this new seven-part cross-platform series.


THIRD RAIL WITH OZY is on Facebook, and you can follow @ThirdRailPBS on Twitter. #ThirdRailPBS


EPISODE 1 airs Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.


Is Truth Overrated? Is Lying the American Way? Guests: Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, Mo Rocca, Seth Weathers, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

Dive into the Debate:

EPISODE 2 airs Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Is America Becoming More, Or Less, Racist? Join the debate hosted by Carlos Watson and featuring guests Amber Rose, Michael Williams, Alonzo Bodden, and Dr. Christina Greer.

Dive into the Debate: Is It OK to Have A Racial Preference in Dating?

EPISODE 3 airs Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Should America Be the World's Cop? Join the debate hosted by Carlos Watson and featuring guests Hill Harper and Yael Eisenstat.

With the UN General Assembly in session this week, many nations vocally criticize the “America First” doctrine; the UN platform statement explicitly asks if the world is now ‘190 countries v. Trump’, and if the US is no longer 'indispensable’ on the global stage.

As tensions mount between our nation and North Korea, Syria, China — as well as with some of closest allies — where does the U.S.’s responsibility to the rest of the world begin... and end?

EPISODE 4 airs Sunday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Is Free Speech Alive and Well? This week, President Trump demands the firing of NFL players who take the knee, college students rally against controversial speakers, and alt-right protesters call foul when charged with ‘hate speech’. What does all that say about the health of the First Amendment?

Join the debate hosted by Carlos Watson and featuring guests James Ihedigbo and others.

EPISODE 5 airs Sunday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Is Violence Part of America's DNA? Hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Ann Coulter, Angela Rye, Steven Pinker, and others.

EPISODE 6 airs Sunday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Is Sexual Harassment Inevitable in the Workplace?

This week, Hollywood mega mogul Harvey Weinstein is fired amid accusations of sexual impropriety and rape. His high profile personal case draws attention to other corporations embattled in sexual harassment dramas, from the fast food industry, to Wall Street, medicine, and even legal professions. And while most of these cases never make headlines, they do impact the women (and, in 17 percent of formal cases, men) involved.

Join the debate hosted by Carlos Watson with guests Zerlina Maxwell, Hitha Herzog, Tomi-Ann Roberts, and Inez Feltscher.

EPISODE 7 airs Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Is Marriage Dead? Join the debate hosted by Carlos Watson and featuring guests Padma Lakshmi, Laura Berman, Kurt Bardella and Eric Klinenberg.

Dive into the Debate: Why are fewer people getting married? from The Conversation


A co-production of Studio Six at WGBH Boston and OZY Media. Executive in Charge: Denise DiIanni. Executive Producers: Eugenia Harvey and Cameo George. Funding is provided by PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Pew Charitable Trusts.