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Alex Gibney on “Client 9”

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Documentarian Alex Gibney discusses former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace. His film “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” looks at how Spitzer’s crusade against Wall Street corruption as Attorney General led to his rise to power as governor, and gives an account of the prostitution scandal that brought him down. “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” opens in New York Friday, November 5, at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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C Street

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Jeff Sharlet discusses C Street, where piety, politics, and corruption meet in Washington. In C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, he looks at religious fundamentalism in politics, and at what goes on inside the C Street residence of the fundamentalist group: The Family, where efforts are made to transform the very fabric of American democracy.

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The Race between China and India

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Raghav Bahl, founder and managing director of India's largest television news and business network, discusses the differences in how China and India work on the ground. While China is building infrastructure and reinvesting almost half its GDP, India is still a "promising" economy, and more than half its GDP is consumed by its billion-plus people. In Super Power? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise he looks into who is more likely to win the race to superpower status.  

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Underreported: Transparency at the Treasury

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Daniel Indiviglio, staff editor at TheAtlantic.com, discusses whether the U.S. Treasury Department has been as transparent as it can (or should) be.

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Garry Wills: Adventures of an Observer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and journalist Garry Wills discusses his life, career, and how remaining an outsider has let him maintain contacts and friendships across the ideological spectrum. In his latest book, Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer, he writes frankly about deeply personal issues, including his devotion to his wife, his troubled relationship with his father, his strong Catholic faith, and gives descriptions and impressions of presidents and other important figures he has dealt with over five decades.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series, looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Big Picture: Incumbents

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our election series The Big Picture takes a look at the incumbents running for re-election and why many of them may be at risk of losing their seats. Nate Silver, of the New York Times' blog FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss some of the most heated races in the nation.

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Political Favoritism

Monday, October 25, 2010

Susan J. Tolchin discusses political patronage—awarding favors in exchange for political support. Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond, written with Martin Tolchin, looks at whether political patronage is an essential ingredient of effective governance or if patronage is the dark underbelly of American politics, and examines how it has changed over time—from the privatization of services once conducted by government to earmarks to defense contracts.

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Backstory: Judicial Elections

Thursday, October 21, 2010

State judicial elections, once relatively low interest affairs, recently have been flooded with money, often from outside groups seeking to influence judicial decisions—particularly for state Supreme Court justices. On today’s Backstory segment Adam Skaggs, counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, traces the history of judicial elections and examines what the political landscape looks like today.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Fiery Trial

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Historian Eric Foner discusses how slavery and emancipation transformed Lincoln—and the nation—and gives the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, he gives an account of Lincoln’s political navigations that led to his rise as a leader, and how his pragmatism and principle led him to finally embrace the Civil War's “fundamental and astounding” result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery.

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Democracy and Iran

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hooman Majd, the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah, discusses a group of influential ayatollahs in Iran who still believes in the Iranian republic, and explains their notion of “Islamic democracy." In The Ayatollah’s Democracy: An Iranian Challenge, he introduces top-level politicians, clerics, and ordinary Iranians who express pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West.

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Steven Rattner on the Auto Industry Bailout

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Steven Rattner, the Obama Administration’s former Car Czar, who led the effort to restructure GM and Chrysler, gives an insider’s account of the process. In Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, he tells what happened during the historic auto-industry intervention, covering political brinkmanship, corporate mismanagement, and personalities under pressure. He also explains the tough choices he and his team made to keep Chrysler and General Motors in operation.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Big Picture: Iraq and Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On this week’s edition of The Big Picture, a look at why our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been more of an issue on the campaign trail during this election season. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, explains what the official withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and the increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan has meant for candidates and voters so far this year.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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Walter Mondale's Life in Politics

Monday, October 04, 2010

Walter Mondale shares insights from his five decades in public life, his role in creating the modern vice presidency, and the parallels he sees between the Carter years and the Obama years. In The Good Fight: A Life in Politics, he describes his evolution from a young Minnesota attorney general, to a U.S. senator, to vice president and a presidential candidate. He spells out the principles required to restore the United States as a model of progressive government.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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The Big Picture: The Stimulus

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For this week’s edition of The Big Picture, Michael Grunwald, Senior Correspondent for Time magazine, discusses the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009—the stimulus bill—which Republicans have called 'too much government spending' and 'not enough' by many Democrats. He’ll explain what the stimulus bill called for, where funds have gone, and how effective it has been in boosting the economy and creating jobs.

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Ingrid Betancourt on Her Captivity in Colombia

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ingrid Betancourt talks about being held hostage by a terrorist guerrilla organization, the FARC, for more than six and a half years in the Colombian jungle. Born in Bogotá, raised in France, she returned to Colombia to become a political leader, and was abducted while she was campaigning as a candidate for president. She tells her story in Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle.

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