Monday 9:30 PM on ABC1 Premiered May 22, 2008 In Season


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  • Season 1
    • Q&A with Washington Center Students
      Students from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars talked about politics and government as viewed through their experience in visiting Washington, DC. The students represent one group of the 600-800 college students who come to Washington each year in seminars sponsored by The Washington Center. In addition, The Washington Center sponsors 1500 to 1600 students from around the country in longer term internships in Washington, DC each semester. The Washington Center is a non-profit organization started in 1975. It's mission includes preparing young people for leadership positions and civic participation.moreless
    • Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell
      Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and writer for "The New Yorker" magazine, spoke about his writing and the state of the journalism and publishing industries. He had four books on either the [New York Times] Hardback Bestseller List or the [New York Times]
    • Q&A with Omar Wasow
      Omar Wasow is a Ph.D candidate in African American Studies and Government at Harvard. In 1999, he co-founded BlackPlanet.com, a social networking site. He has appeared on Oprah, Martha Stewart, and the Today Show to explain how to use new technologies. His television work on Oprah led to a 12-part series called "Oprah Goes Online." In 2003, Omar Wasow helped found a charter school in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership Program. In 1995, [Newsweek] named him one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace."moreless
    • Q&A with Melvin Urofsky
      Melvin Urofsky talked about his latest book, [Louis D. Brandeis: A Life] (Pantheon, September 22, 2009). Louis Brandeis was 59 years old when he was named to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Prior to that he had been instrumental in the development of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Urofsky discussed Justice Brandeis' early years in Louisville and his leadership in the American Zionist movement. He was the first Jewish member of the Court. Justice Brandeis remained on the court until 1939. When the new Supreme Court building opened in 1935, Justice Brandeis refused to move into his new chambers, saying that the courtroom in the Capitol was more symbolic of smaller government.Melvin Urofsky is a visiting professor of history at American University. Before that he taught history and law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1974. He is the author or editor of over 50 books, including the five-volume collection of Louis Brandeis?s letters, as well as [American Zionism from Herzl to the Holocaust]moreless
    • Q&A with Naomi Klein
      Naomi Klein talked about her upbringing in the United States and Canada and the influence of her parents on her activism today. Klein's father was an anti-war resister and physician who left the U.S. in 1967. Her mother is a documentary filmmaker.Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling books "No Logo" and "The Shock Doctrine," is a journalist and activist who has written critically about globalization and the marketing practices of large corporations. The 10th anniversary edition of "No Logo" is being released this year. Along with her husband, Avi Lewis, she produced a documentary in 2004 called "The Take," about the economic crisis in Argentina. She writes regularly for The Nation magazine, as well as others.moreless
    • Q&A with Ted Morgan
      Ted Morgan talked about his book [Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that Led America into the Vietnam War]. The book is the story of a 1954 battle where the French were defeated by the Vietnamese resistance forces, ending French rule in Indochina. That battle ultimately led to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1961, while working for the [New York Herald Tribune]moreless
    • Q&A with Leslie and Andrew Cockburn
      Leslie and Andrew Cockburn talked about their documentary "American Casino." It is the story of subprime mortgages and their impact on various people in Baltimore.The Cockburns include a step by step explanation of what happened on Wall Street and why the subprime mortgages were so attractive. Portions of the film in which some of the African-Americans who lost their homes, including a social worker, a teacher, and a minister were also shown. The documentary recently won the Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Documentary 2009.moreless
    • Q&A with Michael Fauntroy
      Michael Fauntroy, a political commentator and assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, spoke about his experiences as a writer, political analyst and civil rights proponent. He is the author of several books, the most recent in 2008 called "Republicans and the Black Vote." His columns appear regularly on the Huffington Post as well as his own website, michaelfauntroy.com. He has also been published in The Chicago Defender, TomPaine.com, The Washington Times, The Black Commentator, and others. Mr. Fauntroy is a weekly contributor to "The Cliff Kelley Show" on WVON in Chicago. Prior to his teaching career, he worked as an analyst at the Congressional Research Service. From 1993 to 1996, he worked at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.moreless
    • Q&A with Michelle Easton
      Michelle Easton talked about the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute which she founded in 1993 to advance conservative women in leadership roles. The institute offers internships and programs for young women. The program was named for Clare Boothe Luce, who was a member of Congress from Connecticut from 1943 to 1947 and U.S. ambassador to Italy from 1953 to 1956. She was also a journalist, author and playwright. Her plays include the 1936 Broadway hit [The Women], which was subsequently made into a movie.Michelle Easton worked in both the Reagan and Bush (41) administrations. For a portion of that time she served as deputy undersecretary of education. In 1994 she was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Education. She has also worked for Young Americans for Freedom and for National Right to Work.moreless