To understand the Constitution is to understand the role of the United States government, yet many Americans have limited knowledge of the document. For example, only 38 percent of Americans can name all three branches of U.S. government, according to a 2011 survey by The Annenberg Public Policy Center.
To close this knowledge gap, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has launched CONSTITUTION USA, a multimedia project that includes a four-part prime-time series, a nationwide nonpartisan educational initiative and interactive Web and social media campaigns. The Private Client Reserve is a proud sponsor.
In commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution, the series aired on PBS over four weeks on consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning on May 7. Peter Sagal, host of the National Public Radio (NPR) show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”, hosted each one-hour episode. Sagal travels across the country on a red, white and blue Harley-Davidson to explore the Constitution’s role in America’s past and present, interviewing historians, journalists, politicians and everyday American citizens.
In conjunction with the show, The Private Client Reserve is hosting events with historical scholars for clients across the country. “The project aligns with the same values as U.S. Bank — values that are part of the Constitution, like equal rights, honesty and integrity,” says Michael Boardman, President of The Private Client Reserve. CONSTITUTION USA is a production of tpt National Productions in association with Insignia Films. Visit pbs.org/constitutionusa for more information.
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