C-Span 2’s “In-Depth” (3 hour phone-in) will be with Charles Murray (of Bell Curve and What It Means to be a Libertarian). The original (with call ins) begins at noon; it is repeated at midnight. His five years in Thailand (Peace Corps and USAID) from 1965-70 should also come up.
The interviewer on the relatively new “After Words” is Rep. Harold Ford (Tennessee), who discusses with Essie May Washington-Williams her book, Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond. This will run at 6 & 9 Sunday evening.
Thomas X. Hammes, The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century, November 2004 (A superior book. Explains how and why Western armies have been losing to insurgencies for 50+ years and what they might to prevail in the future. I hope to write about this book at length in the future.)
Unfortunately, Hammes is on at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning. (TIVO?)
James Webb discusses his Scots-Irish roots, tracing the group’s ferocity from the time of Hadrian’s wall to contemorary America in his Born Fighting (1:00 Saturday afternoon). On Sunday at 3:00, Jared Diamond will discuss his new work, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Hiteshew wrote an interesting review of Diamond’s earlier Guns, Germs & Steel in late December, which was followed by a lively discussion of both.
At 3:00 on Satuday is a discussion of Robert Bremner’s Chairman of the Fed.
An unusual quantity of literary subjects appear this weekend: at 8 on Saturday morning and again 7 Sunday evening poetry for children is discussed by Joseph Bottum, Dana Gioia, Christopher Hitchens, Tim Kelleher, William Kristol, and Mary Eberstadt. At 12:15 p.m. on Saturday the topic is Wodehouse, by his biographer Robert McCrum. And at 5:15 on Sunday another panel discusses “Literary Blogs and their Influence.”
Those more interested in technology and science might enjoy the Sunday 10:00 pm guest, Dennis Bailey, author of The Open Society Paradox: Why the 21st Century Calls for More Openness — Not Less and the panel headed by Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett that discuss their selections for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004, at 4:45 Saturday afternoon.
Sam Harris discusses The End of Faith, appropriately enough Sunday at 10:30 in the morning.
Other works on topics often discussed directly or indirectly here include Rwanda (Shake Hands With the Devil), Korea (The Korean Conundrum), and Special Forces (Masters of Chaos).