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MSNBC’s “The Last Word” Coming Live from USD

Monday, November 8, 2010

You may notice more trucks than usual lining the campus streets later this week. You might even notice one of them has a huge satellite dish on top. Don’t worry, it’s not a reality show coming the University of San Diego to chronicle our daily movements, but rather an MSNBC production crew doing set-up work. The university’s Shiley Theatre will be the host site of a live taping of the cable network’s show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.

O’Donnell’s show is a relative newcomer to the late night political talk show scene, but it is already popular with MSNBC’s left-leaning viewers. A veteran politico, writer and commentator, O’Donnell also spent time in Hollywood with appearances on a show he helped write, “The West Wing.”

MSNBC is producing a special live town hall meeting on immigration, featuring six expert panelists. For the program’s last segment, O’Donnell and his panelists will take questions from the live audience, comprised of USD students, alumni, staff and faculty.

The two-hour show hopes to give a broad look at immigration in America, while taking a closer look at the Arizona immigration law and its impact in the local communities. Panelists will discuss how the Arizona law affects the national debate on immigration policies, the Latino voting block and the effect immigration policies have on the “American Dream” that immigrants and Americans alike are struggling to achieve in today’s economic times. MSNBC hopes that through this discussion, panelists and guests alike can present viable solutions to help move the country forward.

In addition to the show, members of the MSNBC production team will stop into USD Communication Studies classes during the day to give students a glimpse of what life is like working for a major television network and advice on how to achieve success in the broadcast industry.

The Shiley Theatre is no stranger to hosting big events with a national impact. The venue has hosted many venerable guests and programs, including appearances by U.S. Supreme Court justices Harry Blackmun, Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia, Coretta Scott King and a 1996 Presidential debate between former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

All USD students, staff and faculty have an opportunity to attend the Nov. 15 live show taping. For more information about tickets, please send an e-mail to and include your full name and USD identification number. Audience members have to show their USD ID card at check-in and to get into the theater.

— Melissa Wagoner

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