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Moyers talks about five series coming on PBS

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Bill Moyers is back on public television with $10 million worth of funding and an unlimited supply of exciting ideas for future programming. ``I am making the Constitution my beat this year,'' Mr. Moyers, who has been called ``the conscience of American broadcasting,'' told the Monitor in an interview by phone from the West Coast.

He described six projects that will begin airing this spring with what he calls ``a very strong mixture of funding'' from various sources: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($5 million), the Public Television Programming Challenge Fund ($2.2 million), General Motors ($1.5 million), Chevron ($1 million), and the CPB Program Fund ($175,000).

The programs:

``In Search of the Constitution.'' According to Moyers, ``This will be 10 one-hour conversations with people who have spent their lives wrestling with the meaning of this document.''

Included will be such experts as Supreme Court Justices William C. Brennan, Harry A. Blackmun, and Lewis F. Powell Jr., and educator Mortimer Adler.

``In Search of the Constitution'' Special. Moyers explains, ``On Sept. 16, the night before the 200th anniversary of the ending of the constitutional convention in Philadelphia, the day before Congress convenes in Philadelphia to honor the Convention, we will do a 90-minute special as the culmination of a PBS day of celebration.''

``Bill Moyers's Philadelphia Report.'' ``This will be a nightly three-minute account of what happened each day 200 years ago in the debates in Philadelphia,'' says Moyers.

``For instance, there was a debate one day on property qualifications for holding federal office and several Southern delegates argued that not only officials but voters should be men of property. The series will start in May and run till September.

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