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Can Netroots Entertainers Galvanize Youth Vote?

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So if the financial market doesn't implode first, the media may just explode in anticipation before Thursday's VP debate. Are expectations so low at this point that Sarah Palin wins just by showing up and sounding intelligent? How much are those, um, interesting interviews with Katie Couric (or Tina Fey's impersonation of them) going to impact the public's impression of the Alaskan governor? And does anyone even care about Joe Biden?

It's a month until the general election, which means the double-headed hydra of voter suppression and voter fraud is rearing its ugly mug again. A self-described conscious comic and vigilante pundit, Baratunde Thurston, who writes for The Onion, Huffington Post, Jack & Jill Politics, and many, many more, stops by to talk voter suppression and his new voter suppression wiki. The site gives voters a place where they can learn about voter suppression, report incidents, and take action to protect voters.

Ted, Maegan, and Teresa also speak with Jason Pollock, director of the new feature documentary film The Youngest Candidate, the recent winner of the "Best Non-Fiction by a New Filmmaker" Award at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival. The film (http://theyoungestcandidate.com) follows four teens who ran for public office in 2007. A former personal assistant to Moore, Jason was inspired by the filmmaker's own run for school board at 18. On the show, Jason addresses the youth vote, how teens are actually the real "next generation" of candidates (Palin, it ain't), and how young people getting more involved in the political process is a good thing.

Don't forget to tune in for a special edition of Wilshire & Washington tomorrow night at 9 PM PST for post-VP Debate coverage.

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (www.teresacentric.com), and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry (www.maegancarberry.com). The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on BlogTalkRadio.com.