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Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

Download a song, if you promise to vote; 'tweet' the debate as it happens; sing your way through election history; and more.

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Jason Reed

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A lyrical election primer

In between watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s and '80s, kids learned about United States history – courtesy of Schoolhouse Rock and its catchy tunes and lyrics. Disney's Election Collection DVD has classics such as "The Preamble" and "I'm Going to Send Your Vote to College," just in time to remind us – in a fun way – how the government is set up and how the electoral process works. Rock on!

presidential satire

Saturday Night Live goes prime time live this month with three consecutive Thursday night shows focused on presidential politics. Airing at 9:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 9, the half-hour specials will be anchored by the show's Weekend Update faux news team. To cap off the election season, SNL's quadrennial Presidential Bash returns Nov. 3, with a full recap of the season's presidential satire.

Get the vote – and your iPod – out

Here's an unusual electoral slogan: Vote for Wilco. No, Jeff Tweedy isn't running for office. But for a free download of Wilco and Fleet Foxes covering Dylan's "I Shall Be Released," you have to pledge to vote in November's election by visiting wilcoworld.net/vote/. Now, that's the sort of fair trade any party could agree to.

Vamos a votar!

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