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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A view of the bridge: Macy's 4th of July fireworks light up the Manhattan Bridge. A view of the bridge: Macy's 4th of July fireworks light up the Manhattan Bridge. (Barry Yanowitz/flickr)

What has C-Span done for you? Brian Lamb, founder and CEO of the network, reflects on what C-Span has meant for democracy, partisanship and media. Then, Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explores how our society ends things. Plus: we re-air our End of War series finale from The Greene Space with special guests Congressman Dennis Kucinich, science journalist John Horgan, peacemakers, veterans, and more.

Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's Past and Future

Having announced this past March that he'll be stepping down, C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb discusses the network's role in our political conversation and media environment.

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So Long, Farewell

Do we short-change good-byes to start anew? MacArthur prize-winning sociologist and Harvard education professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot asks this question in her new book Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, as she explores how we leave one thing and move on to the next.

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End of War: Peace Edition

From the WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Watch the video here.

To wrap up the End of War project, we have a wide-ranging discussion about how we can accomplish peace. Conversations include:

The Veteran's Perspective

  • Sead Suvalic, Bosnian refugee and Program Officer, U.S. Programs, International Rescue Committee
  • Andrew S. Roberts, Iraq war veteran and director of Military and Veterans Liaison Services at North Shore LIJ
  • Carl Callender, a program director at Black Veterans for Social Justice and an Iraq war veteran

Why Not A Department of Peace?

  • Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Congressman (D-Ohio)
  • John Horgan, science journalist and director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology and author of the new book The End of War

Strategies for Peace

  • Manal Omar, director of Iraq, Iran, and North Africa Programs for the US Institute of Peace
  • Lena Slachmuijlder, chief programming officer, Search for Common Ground

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