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WNED Documentary Is On the Money

The clever promotional packet sent to critics along with the DVD of the WNED-TV documentary "Your Life, Your Money" included a dollar bill.

You might have to pay some young adults in your family a little more than that to sit through the nationally-televised hour at 9 p.m. Wednesday, but it will be money will spent.

With Donald Faison as host and appearances by Russell Simmons and singer D. Woods, the fast-paced hour is loaded with statistics and financial advice that should be benefiical to viewers of all ages. It will be especially beneficial to younger viewers who don't have a clue how to save or borrow or how or whether to use credit cards.

While watching with my 16-year-old son, I couldn't help but think of that educational old "Cosby" episode show in which Cliff showed his teenage son Theo how much it cost to live by giving him money and then taking it away bit by bit for necessities.

The Theos of today need simple financial lessons and the documentary provides it with the help of financial experts who teach young adults the important difference between needing something and wanting something.

"Your Life, Your Money" isn't so much a show that young adults probably want to watch. But they certainly need to watch.

Do you plan to watch it with your kids?

-- Alan Pergament


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