In a September 1996 forum, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) discuss FDR's legacy. Also: John Kenneth Galbraith holds court on the future of liberalism in a March 1997 event; and, from 2001, Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.) discusses his writings.
The 2000 presidential debate between George W. Bush (R) and Al Gore (D) on foreign policy is featured. Also: the American Enterprise Institute's Richard Perle and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean debate America's foreign policy; and Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace interviews Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass about his book “The Opportunity,”” which focuses on foreign policy.
From November 1988, author Russell Kirk (“The Conservative Mind”) and Marcus Raskin (Institute for Policy Studies) discuss Ronald Reagan's legacy. Also: the Hudson Institute's Irwin Stelzer discusses “The Neocon Reader” at a January 2005 event; and, from November 2005, the Iraq War is discussed by the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, Francis Fukuyama (Johns Hopkins) and Gary Rosen Commentary).
The rising costs of the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center are discussed; and, in a May 2001 interview, architect Alan Hantman reflects on the plans to build the center. Also: the discovery of Senate ledgers from 1791-1881 that feature the Senate's expenses; and a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing about the Visitors Center.
A 2003 Smithsonian Institution forum about the Underground Railroad; an interview with Spencer Crew, the CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and a 2000 interview with author Elisa Carbone, whose “Stealing Freedom” presents a fictionalized account of a slave who escaped from Maryland to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
In a 2006 interview, New Orleans Times-Picayune reporters John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein recall their prescient 2002 report “Washing Away,” which detailed what would happen if a hurricane hit the city. Also: a Senate hearing about the National Weather Service that features Max Mayfield, the National Hurricane Center director; and historian Douglas Brinkley discusses Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is spotlighted in a 1991 speech about the Bill of Rights; Justice Stephen Breyer answers questions posed by law students in a 2001 appearance at University of Kansas; Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are spotlighted at a 2003 luncheon in Philadelphia. Also: a 2001 profile of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The first televised presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon on Sept. 26, 1960, is recalled. Included: a discussion from 2000 with debate moderator Howard K. Smith and Sander Vanocur, one of the panelists.