Topics from After Words and Q&A follow.
On C-SPAN 1, Lamb Q[uestions] & Barbara Slavin, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for USA Today A[nswers] (8:00 p.m. and again 11:00). She “discusses her trips to Iran, recent developments in the country, and the future of U.S.- Iran relations.” A companion discussion on C-Span 2 is A. J. Venter’s Iran’s Nuclear Option: Tehran’s Quest for the Atom Bomb, discussed Sun at 1:00 a.m. and again at 10:00 p.m.
Several are on topics discussed often on this blog. These include Col Thomas Hammes (8:15 Sunday evening), whose The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century “defines fourth-generation warfare as what American forces are encountering in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of conventional military power.” Another foreign policy discussion on Sat at 8:00 pm and Sun at 9:00 am is Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World’s Last Dictators by 2025 by Mark Palmer, former U.S. ambassador to Hungary, who “discusses his plan to rid the world of dictators within the next two decades. . . . Palmer’s proposal includes creating a coalition of democratic states, funding independent media, and providing politcal and financial support for democratic movements within authoritarian states.”
Sat at 8:00 am, Joseph Siegle & Michael Weinstein discuss The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace which argues “democratic development is superior to an autocratic government in measureable fields like life expectancy, quality of life, international relations, and education for all. The authors also discuss how autocracies have been surpassed by the success of democracies over the last forty years.”
After Words sets a theme for the weekend. This week Roger Mudd interviews Tom Fenton, author of Bad News: The Decline of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All in which he “argues that the news media must disengage from the entertainment-industry and regain the trust of the public.” This is Sun at 6:00 pm and then at 9:00 pm It is preceded (4:30 Sun) by David Blum'[s Tick…Tick…Tick…: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes. Susan Ware’s It’s One O’Clock and Here is Mary Margaret McBride, discusses the influence of the early radio hostess at 4:00 Sat afternoon. Other journalism discussions include a rerun of the Science Journalism panel at 10:30 that morning; it includes Nick Gillespie, Sally Satel, Ronald Bailey, and Chris Mooney. At noon, a different angle is taken by Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Pat Schroeder at a News Conference Introducing Legislation to Exempt Libraries and Bookstores from USA Patriot Act. This is rerun Sun at 3 p.m. and Mon at 3 a.m. A more decorative approach is taken by J.D. McClatchy, who discusses American Writers at Home at 2:15 Sat afternoon. At a less accessible time slot (4:00 Sunday morning), two “express concern about the current state of mainstream news and media organizations” as Kristina Borjesson discusses Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press and Nancy Snow discusses Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech, and Opinion Control Since 9/11.
7:00 Sat is Encore Booknotes with Brian Burrell, The Words We Live By: The Creeds, Mottoes, and Pledges That Have Shaped America.
Saturday at 11:00 pm and Sunday at 12:00 pm. History on Book TV features Paul Dickson’s and Thomas Allen’s The Bonus Army: An American Epic.