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Scott Jagow: The show “Kid Nation” debuts on CBS tonight. Forty children are put in a ghost town and they create their own society, with no grown-ups — at least, on camera. Some advertisers already think this is moronic and unsavory. They’ve pulled their spots.
But the Marketplace Players don’t understand all the fuss. I mean, isn’t America a “kid nation” already?
Announcer: Next season, the kids of “Kid Nation” take over . . . Congress.
Congressional Boy 1: To my colleagues across the aisle, I say: I wanna privatize Social Security!
Congressional Girl 1: But we wanna keep Social Security the way it is!
Announcer: And Congress . . . really doesn’t change so much.
Congressional Girl 2: We need to raise taxes so we can all have toys.
Congressional Boy 2: Shut up!
Congressional Girl 2: You shut up!
Announcer: Alliances are forged . . .
Congressional Boy 1: Senator, I’ll support your Lincoln log bridge to nowhere, if you support free fluffernutters for of all my friends.
Congressional Boy 2: Swear?
Congressional Boy 1: Swear.
Announcer: Enemies are made . . .
Congressional Girl 1: If you don’t disclose the note I saw you pass to Jack Abramov in the cafeteria, I’m telling the ethics committee.
Announcer: And then: recess.
[Sound: Kids cheer]
Announcer: Kid Nation: You’re living in it.
Jagow: Many thanks to our thespians: August and Willem Rosenberg and Cecilia Tripoli. In Los Angeles, I’m Scott Jagow. Thanks for joining us and enjoy your day.
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