A 2011 Texas Book Festival forum on the Arab Spring. Panelists include authors Robin Wright ("Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World"), James Zogby ("Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters") and Austin Bay ("Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership From the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire").
University of Texas historian H.W. Brands and University of London anthropologist David Graeber discuss the U.S. debt. University of Texas public-affairs professor Paul Stekler is the moderator. Taped Oct. 22, 2011, at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.
Former Supreme Court clerk Lucas Powe Jr. ("The Supreme Court and the American Elite") on how major Supreme Court decisions reflect the views of the nation's most powerful politicians at the time the cases were decided.
The polarization of America is discussed with journalist Bill Bishop ("The Big Sort"), sociologist-statistician Robert Cushing and Atlantic Media political director Ronald Brownstein ("The Second Civil War"). Documentarian Paul Stekler moderates.
The oil industry and energy independence are discussed by Robert Bryce ("Gusher of Lies"), Alexandra Fuller ("The Legend of Colton H. Bryant") and Lisa Margonelli ("Oil on the Brain"). Austin mayor Will Wynn moderates.
Advice for the next president from political writers Bob Moser ("Blue Dixie"), Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam ("Grand New Party") and John Stauffer ("Giants"). Henry Holt & Co. senior editor David Patterson moderates.
How the War on Terror has affected America's standing in the world is discussed by Fred Burton ("Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent"), Jane Mayer ("The Dark Side"), James Traub ("The Freedom Agenda") and Ted Widmer ("Ark of the Liberties"). Historian Douglas Brinkley moderates.