C-SPAN 1 & 2 (times e.t.)

Book TV Schedule. C-SPAN 1 schedule. Topics from After Words and Q&A follow. Timely topics picked up below.

On C-SPAN 1, Lamb Q[uestions] & Markos Moulitsas, of The Daily Kos Blog A[nswers] (8:00 p.m. and again 11:00). Dealing as it does with blogs, this should be of interest. (By the way, on C-Span 1, streaming is available of Ana Marie Cox & Jeff Gannon on a National Press Club Panel on Bloggers & Journalism.)

Back to C-Span-2 where Booktv’s schedule includes several timely topics. This week Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing won the Pulitzer; his discussion of that book will be at 9:00 Sat & again at 5:00 the next morning

Saul Bellow’s death is commemorated by his discussion of Ravelstein Sun at 2:30 am, 12:00 pm & again at 8:00 pm.

With the tax deadline coming up, C-Span looks at (Sun at 11:00 am and Mon at 12:30 am) Charles Rossotti’s IRS book: Many Unhappy Returns: One Man’s Quest to Turn Around the Most Unpopular Organization in America.

After Words Sun at 6:00 and 9:00 pm, Ernestine Bradley is interviewed by Hadassah Lieberman. Bradley’s The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life describes “growing up in Nazi-controlled Germany, and her immigration to America. Her journey to the United States began with her arrival as a Pan Am flight attendant. She rose through the academic ranks to become a professor of comparative literature at the New School University in New York City, and along the way became the wife of former Senator Bill Bradley, D-New Jersey.” The interviewer and interviewee share experiences as spouses of men in presidential campaigns. At midnight on Saturday, last week’s After Words interview (of Roy Moore by Bill Press) is rerun.

Panels on war & peace in the current world as well as discussions on Iran, Lebanon, Argentina, and Latin America are sprinkled throughout the two days.

John Lukacs (who first taught at Chestnut Hill College in 1947) discusses his And Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred. He “warns that the American democratic system has become vulnerable to demagoguery because of what he calls the state of our current populism” (Sun 4:50). Another historical perspective on American institutions (Sat at 11:00 a.m.) is supplied by UT professor, Paul Woodruff, with his First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea,” discussing “the concept of the ancient Athenian democracy and the ideals around which it based. These include freedom from tyranny, the rule of law, the wisdom of citizens, reason without knowledge, and general education.”

A rather loud voice we’ve heard lately, Ward Churchill’s, will be broadcast Sun at 1:00 am and 8:30 am as he discusses his On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality. The academic life (Sat at 12:45 pm) is also the subject of Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World’s Most Powerful University, discussed by the author, Richard Bradley; he and Cornel West do some dissing of Larry Summers.

Plenty more, just follow the links.