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NBC’s No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs broadcast, “Meet the Press,” will begin a special "Meet the Press Across America" series of special discussions with key political and community leaders on Thursday, May 27 with Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minneapolis, M.N.  Moderator David Gregory will speak to Gov. Pawlenty about politics, the Republican Party, and some of the major issues facing the country today, including the economy, immigration, and national security. The Governor will also take questions from the audience. Excerpts from the public forum will be broadcast on KARE-TV and on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” The entire program will also be archived on the “Meet the Press” website: .

"Everyone has a lot on their plates right now and there are a lot of questions to be answered about what's going on at the local and national levels," said Gregory. "The goal of this new series is to get people engaged in a civil and constructive conversation about what matters to them, where every side can be heard."

“We think it's important to get on the road and take part in the interesting conversations going on in communities across the country as we head into the fall elections,” said executive producer Betsy Fischer. “Hopefully, we can help foster a meaningful discussion with meaningful answers from our political leadership.”

The Humphrey Institute’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will host the event with “Meet the Press” at 4 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required here: .

"Meet the Press" is seen on the NBC Television Network from 9-10 a.m. ET in most markets. In Washington D.C. and New York City, the broadcast is seen from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET. In Minneapolis the program airs at 9:00 a.m. CT.

The program re-airs on the network at 2am ET, and on MSNBC Sunday afternoons at 2pm ET/11am PT and again at 2am ET/11pm PT and 4am ET/1am PT Monday.

Please check local listings or the "Meet the Press" website () for television and radio broadcast times in your area.