Twin Cities PBS and Launch Video Series AMERICA FROM SCRATCH in time for Midterm Elections

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Online series AMERICA FROM SCRATCH creates important dialogue about democracy before midterm elections.

AMERICA FROM SCRATCH, a web series produced by  and  Twin Cities PBS asks viewers: If we were to build America from scratch today, what would it look like?

Breaking down key ideas related to social sciences, civics and current events, the 11-episode series AMERICA FROM SCRATCH explores the biases and frustrations in our current system and aims to encourage creative thinking about how we structure our public life and how we define the common good. The videos come just in time for the mid-term elections as Americans everywhere consider the state of the current administration.

Minnesota actor, musician and writer Toussiant Morrison hosts the series, propelling the action forward with the force of his curiosity in exploring provocative questions such as:

Should 12-year-olds be allowed to vote? Should we have a president? What if there were no states? Should we elect our Supreme Court Justices? Should we rewrite our Constitution?

Episodes can be found at

Shot in Minnesota and surrounding regions, AMERICA FROM SCRATCH sources expert insight from around the world and seeks input and commentary from ordinary viewers across the country.

“With the current conversation around young Americans and civic participation, we hope for AMERICA FROM SCRATCH to be a fun and educational way to not only challenge, but to celebrate the structure of our country’s government,” says Maribel Lopez, Executive Producer of the series and Acting Director of “By being a part of PBS Digital Studio’s YouTube network, we are creating a community where constructive dialogue can take place and where curious minds can convene to geek out about civics.” 

In addition to the web videos, AMERICA FROM SCRATCH has launched a podcast by the same name.

For more about the series visit

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About Twin Cities PBS (TPT) The mission of TPT is to enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media. As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. In its nearly 60-year history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards, and national and regional Emmys.

Based in Saint Paul, MN, TPT is one of the most highly viewed public TV stations in the nation, reaching more than 1.7 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization’s particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America’s aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

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