Chat the Planet

Chat the Planet

Over the next few weeks, young people from all over the world will tune in to watch youth from the U.S. discuss current issues with their peers in South Africa, Australia, Iraq, and Jordan on a new television show produced by New York-based NextNext Entertainment and Rapid Blue in South Africa. The weekly show, Chat the Planet, broadcasts conference calls among groups of young people, mainly between the ages of seventeen and twenty-three, on a variety of topics, including war, materialism, immigration, and family values and also features prerecorded video segments related to the topic at hand. The show's Web site, www.chattheplanet.com, keeps the conversation going by allowing users to engage in real-time chats, revisit clips of the show, and read more about the issues. The project is funded in part by the Shei'rah Foundation, which was co-founded by Sheryl Leach, creator of Barney, and a grant from the Surdna Foundation.