The upcoming US election has been dubbed the most important in a generation. Will we see the first female vice-President in the White House, or will Barack Obama become the first African-American President? What are the major issues that will decide the American vote, and what can we expect to see in the final month of the campaign?

Join us as we discuss all this and more with our panel of journalists, who have been watching, following and reporting closely on these elections from the US.

James Naughtie has been a presenter of the Today programme since February 1994.

Harriet Sherwood is foreign editor of The Guardian.

Stryker McGuire is now contributing editor to Newsweek and was previously its London bureau chief from August 1996 until April 2008.

Jon Snow is the main presenter of C4 News.