Carlos Watson, Emmy Award-winning journalist and Editor in Chief of OZY.com, will host a new, prime-time, cross-platform debate program, Third Rail with OZY.
Co-produced by WGBH Boston's Studio Six and OZY Media, and made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and The Pew Charitable Trusts, this seven-part series will broadcast and stream Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET, starting Sept. 8, 2017 (check local listings).
Intriguing, unexpected and enlightening, “Third Rail with OZY” promises to present new voices and valuable dialogue for the digital age. In a fresh addition to the PBS line-up, Watson will frame each week's half-hour show around a single, provocative question.
Expert and celebrity guests will debate it in the studio each Friday, moderated by Watson, and informed by the weeklong social media conversation leading up to it. The series' underlying query in this contentious age is: can dialogue-informed by data-alter people's points of view?
Online and social media voting will be used to assess outcomes of each week's debate. Viewpoints posted on Facebook and Twitter, and on PBS.org, will be integrated and displayed as part of the program.
To frame and inform the televised and digital discourse, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion will conduct advance, exclusive national surveys on each of Third Rail's featured questions. The Conversation US, a media outlet aggregating academic and research content, will be an editorial collaborator.
""Third Rail with OZY" will be an arena for open and honest conversations about provocative topics, offering a variety of viewpoints and spirited debate on some of the most critical issues facing our society today," explains Carlos Watson, OZY.com Editor in Chief and host of Third Rail with OZY. "Now more than ever it is important we bring these conversations out of the shadows and into the light, offering people perspective and an opportunity to make their voices heard."
"Third Rail with OZY" is a co-production of Studio Six at WGBH Boston and OZY Media. Host: Carlos Watson. 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.