Specter takes to airwaves with new talk show

Arlen Specter’s got a brand new gig.

The former U.S. Senator, author and comedian, is hosting a new talk show on public television.

“The Whole Truth with Arlen Specter” debuts Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on Maryland Public Television.

The half-hour public policy show features several lead guests and a “gallery” of knowledgable observers who weigh in on the issues. First up, Specter’s former Senate colleagues Fred Thompson and Evan Bayh.

“We didn’t want it to be C-SPAN or the Sunday morning talk shows,” said Steven Schupak, senior vice president with MPT.

Timely topic number one: the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in the Citizens United case, which cleared the way for virtually unlimited political spending by interest groups.

Schupak says MPT is working on fundraising to produce at least 13 and maybe 26 episodes and that he hopes the show will soon air on WHYY in Philadelphia. But for now viewers can tune in to www.mpt.org where the pilot show will be available on Jan. 14.



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