TEXT OF STORY
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.
Marketplace is on a mission.
We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.
Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?