Monday, October 13, 2008

Flint Turns Purple

Purple States is a mini-documentary series about "a group of five randomly-selected American citizens following the campaign trail for the Washington Post." In this episode, "Elizabeth Gotsdiner, a college student, and Bert Sobanik, a displaced manufacturing worker, visit Flint...and get a look at an American town at rock bottom." It includes a "frank discussion of free markets and American safety nets. Elizabeth goes to a Michigan McCain rally and Bert meets Barack Obama, but neither come away uplifted by the experience."

The citizens' blogs and daily show can be found at

Thanks to Don for passing this along.

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