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Premiered Tuesdays on PBS
May 7 to May 28, 2013 at 9-10 ET

CONSTITUTION USA is a multi-media project for PBS from tpt National Productions in association with Insignia Films that explores the Constitution and its role in the American story—from its creation, to the crises that challenged and reshaped it, to contemporary debates over rights and the role of government. CONSTITUTION USA will bring our nation’s essential document vividly to life for 21st century Americans.

The national primetime 4 hour PBS television series, CONSTITUTION USA will search out the relevance and meaning of our founding document in America today. At the helm of the series is Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s popular Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!. Sagal was specifically chosen to host the series because of his combination of intelligence, wit, freshness, and appeal to younger audiences.

Over the course of the fast-paced and lively four hours, Sagal will hit the road, travelling cross country on a customized red, white and blue Harley-Davidson, to find out where the Constitution lives, how it works, how it unites us as a nation and how battles over it have often divided us.

From New York to San Francisco, from Missoula, Montana to Tyler, Texas, Sagal will visit dozens of cities and small towns across America introducing viewers to some of today’s major constitutional debates and the fascinating stories of the people they affect every day. And for each contemporary story, Sagal will dive into the history behind it, using an innovative visual approach combining top line animation and historical footage. Sagal will show us what the Constitution says, the dramatic historical events and crises that defined it, and why all this matters.

A production of tpt National Productions in association with Insignia Films, the series is being produced by a multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning team of filmmakers: Catherine Allan, executive producer (Liberty! The American Revolution; Hoop Dreams); Stephen Ives, producer/director (The West; Panama Canal); and Amanda Pollak, producer (Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided; Truman).

Funding for CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal is provided by U.S. Bank Wealth Management, Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. Local underwriting is not available to competitors of our national underwriters – companies in banking / financial services and law firms. For additional information, please contact Elaine Powell at epowell@tpt.org.

Follow the production on tumblr and on twitter at #constitutionPBS and stay tuned for additional updates!

All the tools needed for using CONSTITUTION USA in your own community can be found here.

Resources include:

  • A Getting Started Guide
  • Discussion Guide
  • Images, Logos and Customizable Materials
  • "Just For Fun" resources
  • Social Media Tools

TPT Station Relations Contact:

Elaine Powell
Twin Cities Public Television
Office: 651-229-1378
Email: epowell@tpt.org

TPT Engagement & Interactive Contact:

Heidi Van Heel
Twin Cities Public Television
Office: 651-229-1436
Email: hvanheel@tpt.org

Media Relations Contacts:

Jenny Tartikoff
VP, Rubenstein Communications
Office: 212.843.8496
Cell: 917.499.4866
Email: jtartikoff@Rubenstein.com

Robert L. Pini
Senior Vice President
Rubenstein Communications
Office:  212-843-8045
Cell: 917-674-6575
Email: rpini@Rubenstein.com


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