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PopPolitics: ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Brings Unity in Time of Political Division (Listen)

3 July 2016 9:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tom Bergeron, host of this year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, hopes that the event on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Monday is a reminder to put current political divisions in perspective.

The non-partisan event on PBS features performers like Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Amber Riley, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Sutton Foster and the National Symphony Orchestra.

“Something like this, ‘A Capitol Fourth,’ during a year like this, kind of underscores that while it may be divisive, it may be contentious, it may be ugly at times, we are all part ultimately of a big albeit dysfunctional family,” he tells a special Independence Day edition of Variety’s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “And we have been through a lot worse. I have had people say, ‘Have you ever seen it this bad?’ I say, ‘Do you remember the Civil War?’ There’s been worse things.”

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