Los Angeles -- April 14, 2011 -- KCET, independent public media for Southern and Central California, captures the pulse of an increasingly wired world in a new primetime special, Global Watch with internationally acclaimed writer and political commentator, Reza Aslan -- Thursday April 14 at 9:30 p.m. and Friday April 15 at 9:30 p.m.
Aslan, whose bestselling books have been translated into many languages, takes on key world issues, including politics, markets and technology. From fear of radiation to Americans fighting in three wars, Global Watch helps you understand what's happening far beyond our borders into the global community and how it directly affects us at home.
"Our goal at Global Watch is to create informed and intelligent viewers who can truly be called citizens of the globe," said Bret Marcus, senior vice president and chief content officer for KCET.
The half-hour program orbits the worldwide web as Global Watch dissects the Facebook Revolution and Skypes with some of the Middle East's most influential "youthquake" bloggers. Aslan also provokes thoughtful discussion with in-studio guests that include academics, activists and technologists.
In one segment, Aslan gets his computer hacked by Executive Director of Censorship Research Center Austin Heap, who discusses the issues surrounding governmental censorship and the mounting fear of the free flow of information.
Global Watch is the latest program in KCET's arsenal of robust news programming that includes Al Jazeera English News, BBC World News America, NHK from Japan, IBA from Israel and the award-winning SoCal Connected.
"We continue our ongoing commitment to provide our viewers with the highest quality news content from around the globe," Marcus said.
Catch Global Watch on air (below) and online: www.kcet.org/globalwatch
Thursday, April 14, at 9:30 p.m. (after SoCal Connected)
Friday, April 15, at 9:30 p.m. (after BBC Newsnight)
Saturday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. (prior to SoCal Connected)
Sunday, April 17 at 11:30 a.m.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. With a viewership of 3.6 million viewers in the average month, KCET is the largest independent public television station in the country. KCET is the second most-watched public television station in the U.S. and has the largest geographic reach of any public television station in California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.