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

This Sunday Q&A (8:00 p.m. and again 11:00) on C-SPAN 1 features Mel Watt, Chair of the Black Caucus and representative from N. Carolina.

On CSPAN 2 BookTV goes to a 3-day week-end, celebrating President’s Day. Appropriately, on After Words

Doug Wead, former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush discusses his book: The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of our Nation’s Leaders. He is interviewed by historian & author Harold Gullan.

Saturday night at midnight last week’s After Words, an interview of Natan Sharansky by Tom Gjelten will be rerun. While it does not have Buchanan providing a foil (as Jonathan pointed out in his post), this hour, too, is both interesting and inspiring. Following is Jared Diamond, who is a good deal less optimistic about the human spirit in his Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Paired last week, this time they are separated; still, Michael Crichton offers a counter argument Sunday morning (10:45) with his State of Fear.

BookTV schedule.

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

C-Span this weekend features Lamb’s Q&A with Russ Feingold (8:00 & 11:00 p.m. Sunday, C-Span 1).

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.

Check out the full week-end schedule for C-Span 1 and Book TV.

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Brian & George

Brian Lamb, replacing BookNotes with his patented interview technique on Q&A scores this week-end: an interview with Bush (8:00-9:00, repeated 11-12 both Sunday evening – E.S.T.). The transcripts and streamed viewing are up. The interview is 23 minutes long and followed by roundtable with Richard Norton Smith and Doug Brinkley.

That interview is on C-Span I; it is preceded on C-Span 2 by BookTV’s new program, Afterwards precedes this one; for those of you who haven’t caught this new program, an author is interviewed by someone with a different (often opposing) perspective. Of course, this is not the usual neutral take of C-Span (but, then, the interviewers aren’t c-span employees, either). This week Dana Priest (of the Washington Post) will interview Melissa Boyle Mahle a former US intelligence officer, about her new memoir, Denial and Deception: An Insiders View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11.