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WDSE•WRPT is your center for local and national election coverage! Watch on-air and online for the latest information and analysis, as well as specials featuring the candidates, voters, and the large issues of the day. Finally, PBS NewsHour will be providing coverage and analysis for the presidential and VP debates.

Stay tuned to this page, as well as update it with links to stream videos as they become available. We’ll also update it with local election information and interviews, also as it becomes available.

Presidential Debate Specials (PBS NEWSHOUR)

Thursday, October 22 at 8pm

PBS NEWSHOUR provides coverage and analysis of the three presidential candidate debates and one vice-presidential candidate debate.

The Choice 2020: Trump vs Biden (FRONTLINE)

encores on October 27 and November 2

Every four years, FRONTLINE tells the dual biography of the two presidential candidates that will step back and look beyond the heated political rhetoric, taking the measure of the two individuals and the events that have shaped their lives and values.

Growing Up Poor (FRONTLINE)

The experience of child poverty in America, against the backdrop of the COVID outbreak, increasing racial tensions and a polarizing election. Set in Ohio, the film follows children and their families navigating issues of poverty, homelessness, and race amid the new challenges of the pandemic.

Policing The Police 2020 (FRONTLINE)

Tuesday, September 15 at 8pm

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an examination of race and policing in America and the long struggle to hold departments accountable. Building on the 2016 FRONTLINE “Policing the Police,” historian and New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb delves into the Trump administration’s rollback of police oversight, the ongoing obstacles and prospects when it comes to police reform, and changes in one particularly troubled department.


Artist Matt Furie finds his creation Pepe the Frog co-opted by the alt-right as an internet meme during the 2016 presidential campaign. “Feels Good Man” chronicles Furie’s attempt to reclaim his creation.

Whose Vote Counts (FRONTLINE)

Tuesday, October 20 at 9pm

In a year when America is torn by partisan battles over race, the economy and the ongoing pandemic, the biggest battle yet may be over democracy’s most basic right: voting. In the run-up to Election Day, FRONTLINE investigates threats to the integrity of the American election system, how voter suppression has been used by both parties, and its present-day incarnations to sway the 2020 presidential contest.


Monday, October 26 at 9pm

In Detroit, rural Ohio, and Illinois, three women take on entrenched political systems in an effort to reshape local politics. Follow their journeys on and off the campaign trail and reveals how female candidates of color from different Midwest communities, support systems, and political parties demonstrate that even in local politics, the stakes are high.

Special Coverage of the Presidential General Election (PBS NEWSHOUR)

Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm

Join PBS NEWSHOUR for special coverage of the 2020 Presidential Election.