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Lights, Camera, Arlen!

By Ben Hulac, Contributing Writer

With the help of Maryland Public Television, former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter will soon host his very own television program.

The show, “The Whole Truth with Arlen Specter,” will first air on Jan. 13. The format is a thoughtful, half-hour public policy discussion featuring a few principal guests as well as input from various stakeholders and opinion leaders. The program’s focus will be public and current affairs and events, as well as their issues.

Its pilot will focus on the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Decision which opened the door to nearly unlimited political spending by corporations and unions. It’s a topic that Specter has discussed at length in the past. The two primary guests are former senators Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Fred Thompson, a Republican from Tennessee.

PoliticsPA got a hold of an advance copy, and it’s likely that wonkish viewers of any political stripe would enjoy it. It’s more “Charlie Rose” than “Crossfire.”

According to Steven Schupak, the vice president of the Maryland station, the show is scheduled for 13 episodes. Specter will kick off his the first episode of “The Whole Truth” with guest appearances from

In another form of media, the former senator has written a memoir that will be released in March. In “Life Among the Cannibals,” Specter covers a variety of political topics including behind-the-scenes events surrounding his party switch and anecdotes from the campaign trail.

Specter made headlines in 2009 when he crossed party lines from Republican to Democrat. He lost the Democratic primary to then-Rep. Joe Sestak, who lost the general to Pat Toomey. He has survived two bouts with cancer and, at five terms, was Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator.

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