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UPDATE: Retirement Living TV Partners With Maryland Public Television to Address the Issue of Healthcare in America Through Its Series Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions

BALTIMORE, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Retirement Living TV (RLTV) and Maryland Public Television (MPT) are working together to bring a compelling dialogue on the healthcare system in America to the Maryland, Washington, Northern Virginia and Southern Delaware television markets through RLTV's original series, Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions. The nation's leading political and public leaders present their position on the present and future state of healthcare through this series of in-depth conversations with Bill Brody, MD, President of Johns Hopkins University. Healthcare '08 is produced in association with Johns Hopkins University and the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC).

"This is a rare opportunity for the MPT and RLTV audiences to share in a dialogue between thought leaders on what is undoubtedly one of the most important issues facing our country. This series presents an insight into both how our healthcare system really works and what needs to be done to fix it. Dr. Brody does an exceptional job at challenging conventional wisdom in these interviews," said Elliot Jacobson, VP of programming and production, RLTV.

Healthcare '08: Search for Solution featured interview subjects include Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City; Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP; John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities; Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Director, National Institute of Health. During the series, Dr. William Brody, president of Johns Hopkins University interviews the participants and respected journalists and talents including Judy Woodruff, Lea Thompson, Felicia Taylor and Dr. Alexis Abramson act as moderators.

"The Federal government is in paralysis because of partisanship and special interest groups that fund their campaigns. And, they would not do anything to upset the tobacco industry where this century we're going to kill a billion people in this world because of smoking," stated Mayor Michael Bloomberg during his Healthcare '08 interview.

"This is an opportunity to provide compelling commentary on one of the most important issues facing aging Americans. RLTV has asked hard questions of some of today's top leaders and their answers are of interest to our viewers," said Eric Eggleton, SVP, MPT.

Catherine Hand O'Dell is the executive producer of Healthcare '08: Search for Solution.

Healthcare '08: Search for Solutions Airing Schedule

RLTV - 3:30 p.m. EDT

May 1 Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

May 8 John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities

May 15 Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP

May 22 Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

June 19 Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Director, NIH

MPT - 8 p.m. EDT

May 2 Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

May 9 John Erickson, CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities

May 16 Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP

May 23 Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

TBA - Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Director, NIH

About Retirement Living TV

Retirement Living TV (RLTV) is the only network dedicated to informing, involving and inspiring people aspiring to retire and those in active retirement. Launched in September 2006, the network has all original programming with established celebrities and journalists on topics spanning critical issues including health, lifestyle, finance and politics. RLTV is the expert in the field of aging, guided by an internationally-recognized team of gerontologists and researchers. RLTV is seen in 30 million homes across North America on DirecTV, Comcast, Verizon FiOS and other video providers or by logging on to

About Maryland Public Television (MPT)

MPT is a leader in the production of broadcast programming for public television. MPT's local/regional television credits include public affairs, original performance, documentary and entertainment programs for the citizens of Maryland. Beyond broadcast, MPT creates instructional videos, develops training and builds Internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students, teachers and child-care providers annually. MPT outreach activities, especially relating to arts, culture and history, take place in all areas of the state to further fulfill MPT's mission to engage, enlighten and entertain. For more information on MPT visit

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