Al Jazeera America’s Third Rail Debuts Tonight

By Brian Flood 

Al Jazeera America’s new debate program Third Rail debuts tonight at 6pmET with host Imran Garda. The weekly hour-long show will take look at controversial issues, with Garda moderating guest debates. It will focus on political and social issues.

“Third Rail will ask the tough questions other news programs avoid, and hold guests accountable on their views,” said Garda.  “We’ll push and challenge guests to spark a clash of ideas and help viewers understand issues and stories in new ways. ‘Third Rail’ is smart, lively and fast-paced—it’s the death-zone for conventional wisdom.”

Tonight’s premiere episode will question the role of religion, and whether religion does more harm than good. Harvard Law professor and free speech advocate Alan Dershowitz and PBS host and author Tavis Smiley will debate the role of religion in violent world conflicts.