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6:00 am CT Approx. 45 min. LIVE Open Phones Pedro Echevarria Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on news of the day. Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on news of the day. 5:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards The 77th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were presented to “books that have made an ... The 77th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were presented to “books that have made an important contribution to society’s understanding of racism and diversity of human cultures.” Jury Chair Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presented a lifetime achievement award to Arnold Rampersad, humanities professor at Stanford University and author of biographies of Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes. Awards are also given for non-fiction, David Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others and for fiction, Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues: A Novel. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were held at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. 6:00 am CT Approx. 59 min. A Conversation with Barbara and Laura Bush Barbara Bush; Laura Bush; Mark Updegrove Former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush recalled their time and experiences in the White ... Former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush recalled their time and experiences in the White House. Among the topics they addressed were Christmas time at Camp David and the difficult days and months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. This event was part of a conference which examined the legacies of America’s first ladies and took place at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. They also responded to questions from the audience.
6:46 am CT Approx. 43 min. LIVE 2012 Foreign Policy Wrap Up Eli Lake; Pedro Echevarria Eli Lake talked about 2012's biggest foreign policy stories, including the U.S. position and ... Eli Lake talked about 2012's biggest foreign policy stories, including the U.S. position and possible future action in Syria, as well as the U.S. relationship with the Middle East. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 6:30 am CT Approx. 20 min. Mugged Book Party Ann Coulter Ann Coulter attended a party for the launch of her book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the ... Ann Coulter attended a party for the launch of her book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama. 7:00 am CT Approx. 56 min. White House Family Memories Jenna and Barbara Bush, Steve Ford and Lynda Johnson Robb shared personal family memories of their ... Jenna and Barbara Bush, Steve Ford and Lynda Johnson Robb shared personal family memories of their time in the White House. They also talked about what it is like to grow up as a child of a President.
This event was part of a conference which examined the legacies of America’s First Ladies and took place at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. This conference was the last of three in Texas, focusing on First Ladies - the previous gatherings were at the George Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
7:32 am CT Approx. 53 min. LIVE Political Events in 2012 Pedro Echevarria; Juan Williams Juan Williams talked about significant political events for 2012, including the debate between the ... Juan Williams talked about significant political events for 2012, including the debate between the White House and the House over spending, President Obama’s re-election and the 2012 campaign, what Washington did to strengthen the U.S. economy, and renewed discussions on gun control. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. 7:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Mason Award Presentation and Lecture Neil Gaiman; R. Silverthorne Author Neil Gaiman delivered the Mason Award lecture and answers questions from the Fall for the ... Author Neil Gaiman delivered the Mason Award lecture and answers questions from the Fall for the Book festival audience. 
The Mason Award, presented annually at the Fall for the Book festival, honors authors who have made “extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public.”
7:59 am CT Approx. 42 min. The Doolittle Raid Tom Casey; Richard Cole; Thomas Griffin World War II veterans who were directly involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan shared ... World War II veterans who were directly involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan shared their personal accounts. The Doolittle Raid, in April, 1942, was the first air attack by the U.S. on the Japanese Home Islands. The American Veterans Center hosted the discussion at their 15th Annual Conference.
8:27 am CT Approx. 31 min. LIVE Open Phones Pedro Echevarria Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on news of the day. Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on news of the day. 8:15 am CT Approx. 40 min. Book Discussion on Dog Company Patrick O'Donnell Military historian Patrick O’Donnell talked about his book, Dog Company: The Boys of ... Military historian Patrick O’Donnell talked about his book, Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc - The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day’s Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe. He recounted the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion’s D Company, “Dog Company,” composed of sixty-eight men whose military campaigns during World War II included landing on the beaches of Normandy and the ascent of Pointe du Hoc. Patrick O’Donnell spoke at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and responded to questions from the audience. 8:42 am CT Approx. 18 min. New York State Museum's September 11, 2001 Exhibit Mark Schaming Mark Schaming, director of the New York State Museum, toured the museum’s September 11, 2001 ... Mark Schaming, director of the New York State Museum, toured the museum’s September 11, 2001 exhibit, the world’s largest collection of artifacts gathered from Ground Zero following the attacks in New York City. 
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2012 LCV Cities Tour” in Albany, New York to feature the history and literary life of the community.*Working with the Time Warner Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.*The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on BookTV on C-SPAN2.
9:02 am CT Approx. 23 min. White House Holiday Crafts First Lady Michelle Obama helped children of military families visiting the White House make ... First Lady Michelle Obama helped children of military families visiting the White House make holiday decorations. She was assisted by White House chefs Cris Comerford and Bill Yosses and White House chief floral designer Laura Dowling. They made ornaments, healthy lollipops, and other tree decorations. At the end, Bo, the dog, came to visit the children. 9:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on Colors of Confinement Eric Muller In 1942, Bill Manbo (1908-1992) and his family were relocated from their Hollywood home to a ... In 1942, Bill Manbo (1908-1992) and his family were relocated from their Hollywood home to a Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. While at the camp, Mr. Manbo took numerous photographs that documented the day-to-day life of the Japanese Americans held at Heart Mountain. Eric Muller, editor of Colors of Confinement and professor of Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law presents photographs from the late Bill Manbo’s collection. Eric Muller speaks at Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Powell, Wyoming. 9:02 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 48 min. Freedom Riders 50 Years Later Nine former freedom riders talked about their involvement in the civil rights movement in the ... Nine former freedom riders talked about their involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The panelists were members of the New Orleans chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and participated in the Freedom Rides, a 1961 protest against racial segregation in public transportation. They talked about how and why they got involved and some of the dangerous situations they faced. They also responded to questions from the audience.
9:25 am CT Approx. 4 min. White House Holiday Decorations White House decorators gave a tour of holiday decorations. Various trees, wreaths, holiday ... White House decorators gave a tour of holiday decorations. Various trees, wreaths, holiday cards, and other decorations around the White House were show, including the White House gingerbread house and images of Bo, the dog. Decorators also explained how holiday decorations were selected and which decorations were used in the past. 10:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. After Words with Ray Kurzweil Ray Kurzweil; Ingrid Wickelgren Author and inventor Ray Kurzweil talked about his neuroscience research, in which he ... Author and inventor Ray Kurzweil talked about his neuroscience research, in which he reverse-engineered the brain in order to assist in building intelligent machines. Mr. Kurzweil talked about this research with Editor of Scientific American Mind, Ingrid Wickelgren. 10:49 am CT Approx. 4 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs Beverly Brannan During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities.
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
9:32 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 27 min. Relationship Between Religion and Politics John Danforth; R. Griffith; George Will Author George Will talked about the history of the relationship between religion and American ... Author George Will talked about the history of the relationship between religion and American politics. Mr. Will addressed students and faculty at the John Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. He was introduced by former U.S. Senator John Danforth. He also answered questions from the audience. 11:00 am CT Approx. 25 min. Book Discussion on World in Balance Peter Slen; Brooke Stoddard Brooke Stoddard talked about his book, World in Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October ... Brooke Stoddard talked about his book, World in Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October 1940. Mr. Stoddard was interviewed at the “Fall for the Book” festival, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. 10:55 am CT Approx. 1 hr. Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project Shanna Daniel; Christopher Lawson Shanna Daniel, a conservator on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project, talked about the ... Shanna Daniel, a conservator on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project, talked about the history of the ship and some of the artifacts recovered. Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, a pirate commonly known as “Blackbeard.” While sailing along the Atlantic coast in the early 18th century, Blackbeard and his crew ran aground off North Carolina and abandoned the ship. The vessel was finally discovered in 1996, and soon after the state of North Carolina began excavating the site. The Wayne County Museum in Goldsboro, North Carolina hosted the event.
11:01 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 12 min. James Taylor on His Involvement in Politics James Taylor; Theresa Werner James Taylor talked about his background and political views, as well as election laws and ... James Taylor talked about his background and political views, as well as election laws and reforms, such as a national holiday for voting, voter fraud and identification laws, and the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Other topics included the George W. Bush administration’s involvement in Iraq, and his work for President Obama’s campaign. In between remarks, he played guitar and sang several songs including “Carolina in My Mind” and “Something in the Way She Moves.” 11:30 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 10 min. Book Discussion on On a Farther Shore William Souder Author William Souder talked about his book, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel ... Author William Souder talked about his book, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, in which he recounted the life of the biologist, who authored Silent Spring, a 1962 indictment of synthetic insecticides including DDT. Mr. Souder examined the affect the book had on environmental awareness. Following the publication of Ms. Carson’s book DDT was banned and the Environmental Protection Agency was created. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. William Souder speaks at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 11:56 am CT Approx. 3 min. Milwaukee History and Architecture Preview Kathy Kean, a retired Wisconsin High School U.S. History teacher took American History TV on a ... Kathy Kean, a retired Wisconsin High School U.S. History teacher took American History TV on a tour of historic buildings and neighborhoods in Milwaukee. The first, the Milwaukee Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, was completed in 1899, and has recently been restored. The other, the Milwaukee National Soldiers Home, is one of three authorized by Abraham Lincoln in March of 1865, and is still an active Veterans Affairs Center. Ms. Kean was named the Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year in 2004 and has organized history & architecture tours for over thirty years. Working with the non-profit preservation & educational organization, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., Kathy Kean believes that history can be taught by examining changing architectural styles and public spaces.
12:15 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 2 min. Legacy of Senator Robert Byrd Jamie Bosley; David Corbin; Ira Shapiro Two former staffers of the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ira Shapiro and David Corbin, talked ... Two former staffers of the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ira Shapiro and David Corbin, talked about the senator’s life and political career. Topics included why they considered him a great leader and bipartisanship in the Senate. The West Virginia State Society honored the late Senator Robert Byrd at the Monocle Restaurant on what would have been his 95th birthday. 12:45 pm CT Approx. 15 min. Book Discussion on So Spoke the Earth Edwidge Danticat Author Edwidge Danticat talked about the book she co-authored, So Spoke the Earth: The Haiti I ... Author Edwidge Danticat talked about the book she co-authored, So Spoke the Earth: The Haiti I Knew, the Haiti I Know, the Haiti I Want to Know, a multilingual anthology of literature about Haiti’s past, present and future as experienced by its diverse inhabitants over the past four decades. Ms. Danticat also answered viewer questions. This event took place at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International held November 11-18, 2012 on the campus of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. 12:02 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 25 min. Reshaping the Supreme Court Panelists talked about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices from Earl Warren through ... Panelists talked about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices from Earl Warren through William Rehnquist. Panelists shared their personal experiences with the selection, qualifications and confirmation processes of potential justices. They also talked about the importance of preparing nominees for critical Senate Judiciary hearings. The Richard Nixon Foundation and National Archives co-hosted this event.
1:18 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer is awarded a congressional gold medal.
The congressional gold medal is awarded ...
Arnold Palmer is awarded a congressional gold medal.
The congressional gold medal is awarded to those “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.”
1:00 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Book Discussion on The Fateful History of Fannie Mae James Hagerty of the Wall Street Journal talked about his book, The Fateful History of Fannie ... James Hagerty of the Wall Street Journal talked about his book, The Fateful History of Fannie Mae: New Deal Birth to Mortgage Crisis Fall, in which he examined the 1938 creation and 70 year history of Fannie Mae. Among the topics he addressed were the role of federal regulation in the financial and housing industries, political interests in the company, and the 2008 financial crisis. He responded to questions from the audience. 1:26 pm CT Approx. 2 min. Adams Memorial Richard Smith A short piece on the Adams Memorial in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Cemetery. The ... A short piece on the Adams Memorial in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Cemetery. The memorial rests above the graves of author Henry Adams and his wife Marian “Clover” Hooper Adams, for whom the writer commissioned the memorial after her 1885 suicide. Scultped by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and designed by architect Stanford White, the memorial is also known as “Grief.”
Historian Richard Norton Smith provides the voice-over for this piece.
2:36 pm CT Approx. 47 min. Women in Leadership Andrea Mitchell, Nancy-Ann Deparle, and Shirley Ann Jackson talked about women in ... Andrea Mitchell, Nancy-Ann Deparle, and Shirley Ann Jackson talked about women in leadership. They shared their experiences on the various challenges they underwent early in their careers, as well as the workplace family balance. This program was part of a Washington Post forum on women in leadership. 2:15 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on Winter of the World Ken Follett; Dale Gregory; Charles Osgood Historical novelist Ken Follett spoke about the second book in his Century Trilogy focusing ... Historical novelist Ken Follett spoke about the second book in his Century Trilogy focusing on American, English, German, Russian, and Welsh families as they traversed the social and political landscape of World War II. The novel covered a wide range of events from the burning of the Reichstag, to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the battle of Midway, to the development and use of the atomic bomb. He also responded to questions from the audience. 1:30 pm CT Approx. 29 min. Chatham Manor Donald Pfanz Donald Pfanz spoke about Chatham Manor, the only known house in the U.S. visited by both George ... Donald Pfanz spoke about Chatham Manor, the only known house in the U.S. visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1771 by William Fitzhugh, it was a Union headquarters during the Civil War and later a hospital where Clara Barton and Walt Whitman tended to the wounded and dying. Chatham was given to the National Park Service in 1975 and is part of the Fredericksburg and Spostylvania National Military Park.
3:23 pm CT Approx. 8 min. Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Message Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II of England gave her annual Christmas Message from London. The tradition of ... Queen Elizabeth II of England gave her annual Christmas Message from London. The tradition of the Royal Christmas message dates back to 1932, with a radio address by King George V. Queen Elizabeth II made the first televised address in 1957. This video address included scenes from this year’s London Olympics and the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee celebrations. 3:15 pm CT Approx. 45 min. Book Discussion on The Passage of Power James Billington; Robert Caro Robert Caro talked about his book, The Passage of Power. The fourth book of his series, ... Robert Caro talked about his book, The Passage of Power. The fourth book of his series, “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” it covers the years from 1958 to 1964, during which Senate Majority Leader Johnson traded that powerful position for the vice presidency, but then in an unexpected way achieved the presidency. Mr. Caro responded to questions from members of the audience.
This was an event in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 12th annual National Book Festival, held on the National Mall.
2:00 pm CT Approx. 2 hr. 7 min. Assassination of President Kennedy Historians talked about the numerous theories that have persisted since the assassination of ... Historians talked about the numerous theories that have persisted since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Among the topics they addressed were the events in Dallas leading to the assassination, the findings of the Warren Commission, various conspiracy theories that have been forwarded by scholars and others, and the continued interest in the assassination in popular culture. They spoke at the Mid-America Conference on History in Springfield, Missouri.
3:34 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 18 min. Panel on Hollywood and Public Policy Panelists talked about Hollywood’s portrayal of politics and policymaking in movies and ... Panelists talked about Hollywood’s portrayal of politics and policymaking in movies and television shows. Featured panelists included Howard Gordon the Creator and Executive Producer of the show “Homeland” and Actor Michael Sheen. 4:00 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. After Words with Gautam Mukunda Richard Brookhiser; Gautam Mukunda Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really ... Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, talked about how we can analyze and identify the best leaders. 4:09 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 7 min. 1862 Western Theater River Operations Craig Symonds U.S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds spoke about military operations in the West ... U.S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds spoke about military operations in the West during the U.S. Civil War. He focused on significant naval battles along Western rivers, the use of a gun boat fleet, and military command and control along the western boarders. He also talked about the logistical challenges posed by the region, strategies employed by ground and naval forces, and the leadership of Union officers like General Ulysses S. Grant and Admiral Andrew H. Foote. He responded to questions from the audience.
4:53 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 4 min. Constitutionalism and China Stephen Breyer; Martin Indyk; John Thornton Justice Stephen Breyer talked about China’s judicial shortcomings, and U.S. history and the ... Justice Stephen Breyer talked about China’s judicial shortcomings, and U.S. history and the power of the Constitution. He responded to questions from members of the audience.
“Constitutionalism and its Significance for China” was a session of the Brookings Institution event “Rule of Law in China: Prospects and Challenges” to launch Professor He Weifang’s book In the Name of Justice: Striving for the Rule of Law in China.
5:00 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on John Quincy Adams Bob Minzesheimer; Harlow Unger Author Harlow Giles Unger discussed his book, John Quincy Adams, suggesting that Adams was ... Author Harlow Giles Unger discussed his book, John Quincy Adams, suggesting that Adams was one of the most courageous figures in American history. He also responded to questions from the audience. 5:17 pm CT Approx. 42 min. 1768 British Occupation of Colonial Boston Richard Bell History professor Richard Bell, in his class at the University of Maryland, described the tension ... History professor Richard Bell, in his class at the University of Maryland, described the tension in Boston between British troops and the colonists, and Britain’s efforts to reassert control over the increasingly disloyal colony. In October of 1768, a fleet of warships carrying British infantry regiments anchored in Boston Harbor. He also responded to questions from students.
5:59 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. The Constitution and Its Promise Anthony M. Kennedy; Edwin Meese Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal ... Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies as part of the foundation’s lecture series “Preserve the Constitution.” He said it’s the duty of every American, not just public servants, to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Justice Kennedy also stressed the importance of educating children on how the Constitution was formed, and what is in it and why. He said that you can not preserve what you do not comprehend. 
President Ronald Reagan nominated Justice Kennedy to the high court in 1987. He took his seat in 1988.
6:00 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 5 min. Book Discussion on Listening In Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and historian Ted Widmer talk about ... Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and historian Ted Widmer talk about their multimedia book, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy, in which they present a collection of recordings of the late President in conversation from the Oval Office and Cabinet Room in July 1962. The tapes include discussions on numerous topics of the day, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy introduced a panel discussion of the tapes that included Mr. Widmer, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick, and Tom Oliphant, former Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe. The event took place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. 6:00 pm CT Approx. 29 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs Beverly Brannan During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities.
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
7:01 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. Presidential Politics David Axelrod; Steve Edwards David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life ... David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life and career in journalism and politics. Topics included campaign finance and ads, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and voter demographics. At the end of the interview, Mr. Axelrod answered questions from audience members. 7:15 pm CT Approx. 30 min. Book Discussion on Heroes for My Daughter Brad Meltzer; Peter Slen Author Brad Meltzer talked about his book, Heroes for my Daughter, in which he told the ... Author Brad Meltzer talked about his book, Heroes for my Daughter, in which he told the stories of a diverse set of individuals from across time, and from all walks of life, who each dedicated their life to making our world a better place. Mr. Meltzer also answered viewer questions. This event took place at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International held November 11-18, 2012 on the campus of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. 6:30 pm CT Approx. 28 min. 1930s-40s Color Photographs, Part 2 Beverly Brannan During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. ... During the Great Depression and World War II, photographers working for the U.S. Government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) created about 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States and war production activities. 
Collection Curator Beverly Brannan of the Library of Congress talked about the photographers and the images.
8:34 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 13 min. All-Female New Hampshire Delegation The women who would hold all five of New Hampshire’s major political offices talked about ... The women who would hold all five of New Hampshire’s major political offices talked about women legislators, politics, bipartisanship, and priorities for their new positions. In 2013, for the first time in U.S. history the congressional delegation of a state would be made up entirely of women. In addition, New Hampshire would be swearing in its second female governor in its history. The panelists talked about the historic significance of the moment, including role models, family issues, and their personal stories. 
The “First in the Nation” event at Saint Anselm College was co-sponsored by the school’s New Hampshire institute of Politics and Political Library, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
7:45 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on War on the Waters Harold Holzer; James McPherson; Craig Symonds Historian James McPherson talked about his book, War on the Water: The Union and Confederate ... Historian James McPherson talked about his book, War on the Water: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, which presents a history of the use of naval forces by the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. He examined the impact that each navy made during the War, Union naval support of numerous battles including Vicksburg and New Orleans, the Confederate’s use of naval mines, and the deployment of a submarine. James McPherson spoke with historians Craig Symonds and Harold Holzer at the New York Historical Society in New York City and responded to questions from the audience. 7:00 pm CT Approx. 56 min. White House Family Memories Jenna and Barbara Bush, Steve Ford and Lynda Johnson Robb shared personal family memories of their ... Jenna and Barbara Bush, Steve Ford and Lynda Johnson Robb shared personal family memories of their time in the White House. They also talked about what it is like to grow up as a child of a President.
This event was part of a conference which examined the legacies of America’s First Ladies and took place at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. This conference was the last of three in Texas, focusing on First Ladies - the previous gatherings were at the George Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
9:47 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Life as Teenagers in the White House Presidential daughters Susan Ford Bales and Lynda Johnson Robb discussed spending part of their ... Presidential daughters Susan Ford Bales and Lynda Johnson Robb discussed spending part of their teenage years in the White House. Both of their father’s took office at times of great national trauma, following the assassination of President Kennedy and the resignation of President Nixon. They talked about the circumstances in which their fathers took office but told lighthearted stories as well. This was a Chautauqua Institution morning lecture with the Week Nine theme, “The Presidents Club.” 9:00 pm CT Approx. 45 min. Book Discussion on The Destiny of the Republic Marie Arana; Candice Millard Candice Millard talked about her book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and ... Candice Millard talked about her book, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. In her book she tells the story of the assassination of James A. Garfield, a Civil War hero and the 20th U.S. president, who was shot four months after his inauguration by a deranged office seeker. She responded to questions from members of the audience.
This was a program in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 11th annual National Book Festival, held on the National Mall.
7:59 pm CT Approx. 42 min. The Doolittle Raid Tom Casey; Richard Cole; Thomas Griffin World War II veterans who were directly involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan shared ... World War II veterans who were directly involved in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, Japan shared their personal accounts. The Doolittle Raid, in April, 1942, was the first air attack by the U.S. on the Japanese Home Islands. The American Veterans Center hosted the discussion at their 15th Annual Conference.
11:06 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. Presidential Politics David Axelrod; Steve Edwards David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life ... David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life and career in journalism and politics. Topics included campaign finance and ads, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and voter demographics. At the end of the interview, Mr. Axelrod answered questions from audience members. 9:45 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 14 min. Supreme Court Book Forum Authors spoke about Supreme Court issues and operations. They included Clare Cushman, ... Authors spoke about Supreme Court issues and operations. They included Clare Cushman, Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History, Anthony Franze, The Last Justice, Todd Peppers and Artemus Ward, In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices, and Jeffery Toobin, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court. They also responded to questions from the audience. 8:42 pm CT Approx. 18 min. New York State Museum's September 11, 2001 Exhibit Mark Schaming Mark Schaming, director of the New York State Museum, toured the museum’s September 11, 2001 ... Mark Schaming, director of the New York State Museum, toured the museum’s September 11, 2001 exhibit, the world’s largest collection of artifacts gathered from Ground Zero following the attacks in New York City. 
C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2012 LCV Cities Tour” in Albany, New York to feature the history and literary life of the community.*Working with the Time Warner Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.*The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on BookTV on C-SPAN2.
12:39 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 12 min. All-Female New Hampshire Delegation The women who would hold all five of New Hampshire’s major political offices talked about ... The women who would hold all five of New Hampshire’s major political offices talked about women legislators, politics, bipartisanship, and priorities for their new positions. In 2013, for the first time in U.S. history the congressional delegation of a state would be made up entirely of women. In addition, New Hampshire would be swearing in its second female governor in its history. The panelists talked about the historic significance of the moment, including role models, family issues, and their personal stories. 
The “First in the Nation” event at Saint Anselm College was co-sponsored by the school’s New Hampshire institute of Politics and Political Library, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
11:00 pm CT Approx. 45 min. Book Discussion on Black Fire Robert Graysmith Author Robert Graysmith talks about his book, Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom ... Author Robert Graysmith talks about his book, Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco, in which he recalls author Mark Twain’s friendship with Thomas Sawyer, a customs inspector and volunteer fireman in San Francisco, whose name Twain would immortalize in his novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mr. Graysmith reported that in 1863, a twenty-eight year old Mark Twain, a reporter for San Francisco’s Daily Morning Call, befriended Mr. Sawyer over cards and drinks. It was during these casual meetings that Sawyer relayed to Twain stories of his youth and his involvement in stopping a serial arsonist that had set San Francisco afire six times in eighteen months. Robert Graysmith spoke at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. 9:01 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 47 min. Freedom Riders 50 Years Later Nine former freedom riders talked about their involvement in the civil rights movement in the ... Nine former freedom riders talked about their involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The panelists were members of the New Orleans chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and participated in the Freedom Rides, a 1961 protest against racial segregation in public transportation. They talked about how and why they got involved and some of the dangerous situations they faced. They also responded to questions from the audience.
1:56 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Life as Teenagers in the White House Presidential daughters Susan Ford Bales and Lynda Johnson Robb discussed spending part of their ... Presidential daughters Susan Ford Bales and Lynda Johnson Robb discussed spending part of their teenage years in the White House. Both of their father’s took office at times of great national trauma, following the assassination of President Kennedy and the resignation of President Nixon. They talked about the circumstances in which their fathers took office but told lighthearted stories as well. This was a Chautauqua Institution morning lecture with the Week Nine theme, “The Presidents Club.” 11:45 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Book Discussion on The Revenge of Geography Richard Fontaine; David Ignatius; Robert Kaplan Robert Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, discussed the role that geography has ... Robert Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, discussed the role that geography has played in shaping world events and talked about the role it will play in the future. He was interviewed by David Ignatius and responded to questions from members of the audience at this book launch event held by the Center for a New American Security in the Willard InterContinental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. 10:49 pm CT Approx. 6 min. Slavery and the Underground Railroad, Preview Button Farm Living History Center is a work-in-progress dedicated to depicting 19th century slave ... Button Farm Living History Center is a work-in-progress dedicated to depicting 19th century slave plantation life. Through their programs and activities they strive to give visitors the experience of working as a slave, and also experiencing the perils of escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad. American History TV traveled thirty miles northwest of the nation’s Capitol to visit the farm and learn about the non-profit Menare Foundation.
Our tourguide is historian Anthony Cohen, founder of the Menare Foundation.
3:12 am CT Approx. 8 min. Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Message Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II of England gave her annual Christmas Message from London. The tradition of ... Queen Elizabeth II of England gave her annual Christmas Message from London. The tradition of the Royal Christmas message dates back to 1932, with a radio address by King George V. Queen Elizabeth II made the first televised address in 1957. This video address included scenes from this year’s London Olympics and the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee celebrations. 1:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on SEAL Team Six Howard Wasdin Howard Wasdin talked about his book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper. ... Howard Wasdin talked about his book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper. He used slides during his presentation and then responded to questions from members of the audience.
This event of the Fall for the Book Festival was held at Sherwood Center in Fairfax, Virginia. It was sponsored by the Friends of the Naval Order of the United States.
10:56 pm CT Approx. 1 hr. Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project Shanna Daniel; Christopher Lawson Shanna Daniel, a conservator on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project, talked about the ... Shanna Daniel, a conservator on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project, talked about the history of the ship and some of the artifacts recovered. Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, a pirate commonly known as “Blackbeard.” While sailing along the Atlantic coast in the early 18th century, Blackbeard and his crew ran aground off North Carolina and abandoned the ship. The vessel was finally discovered in 1996, and soon after the state of North Carolina began excavating the site. The Wayne County Museum in Goldsboro, North Carolina hosted the event.
3:22 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 2 min. Legacy of Senator Robert Byrd Jamie Bosley; David Corbin; Ira Shapiro Two former staffers of the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ira Shapiro and David Corbin, talked ... Two former staffers of the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ira Shapiro and David Corbin, talked about the senator’s life and political career. Topics included why they considered him a great leader and bipartisanship in the Senate. The West Virginia State Society honored the late Senator Robert Byrd at the Monocle Restaurant on what would have been his 95th birthday. 2:00 am CT Approx. 45 min. Book Discussion on American Tapestry Alberta Phillips; Rachel Swarns Author Rachel L. Swarns discussed her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, ... Author Rachel L. Swarns discussed her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, in which she examined the people who made up Mrs. Obama’s family tree. She responded to questions from the audience. 12:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 25 min. Reshaping the Supreme Court Panelists talked about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices from Earl Warren through ... Panelists talked about the nomination process for Supreme Court justices from Earl Warren through William Rehnquist. Panelists shared their personal experiences with the selection, qualifications and confirmation processes of potential justices. They also talked about the importance of preparing nominees for critical Senate Judiciary hearings. The Richard Nixon Foundation and National Archives co-hosted this event.
4:28 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. Presidential Politics David Axelrod; Steve Edwards David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life ... David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life and career in journalism and politics. Topics included campaign finance and ads, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and voter demographics. At the end of the interview, Mr. Axelrod answered questions from audience members. 2:45 am CT Approx. 1 hr. Book Discussion on Viper Pilot Dan Hampton Author and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton discussed his book, Viper Pilot: A ... Author and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton discussed his book, Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. Mr. Hampton talked about his experiences in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 2006, during which time he flew more than 150 combat missions. He flew missions during the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, and received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, and eight Air Medals with Valor during his career. 1:32 am CT Approx. 29 min. Chatham Manor Donald Pfanz Donald Pfanz spoke about Chatham Manor, the only known house in the U.S. visited by both George ... Donald Pfanz spoke about Chatham Manor, the only known house in the U.S. visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1771 by William Fitzhugh, it was a Union headquarters during the Civil War and later a hospital where Clara Barton and Walt Whitman tended to the wounded and dying. Chatham was given to the National Park Service in 1975 and is part of the Fredericksburg and Spostylvania National Military Park.
3:45 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. Book Discussion on Desert Reckoning Deanne Stillman Author Deanne Stillman talked about her book, Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave ... Author Deanne Stillman talked about her book, Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History. The book examines the case of Donald Kueck who shot deputy sheriff Stephen Sorenson in the Antelope Valley, a desert region north of Los Angeles. Ms. Stillman examined the changing landscape of the high Mojave Desert, which encompasses half of Los Angeles County and according to the author, had been a popular destination for individuals seeking to withdraw from the rest of society. She answered questions from members of the audience. 2:02 am CT Approx. 2 hr. 5 min. Assassination of President Kennedy Historians talked about the numerous theories that have persisted since the assassination of ... Historians talked about the numerous theories that have persisted since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Among the topics they addressed were the events in Dallas leading to the assassination, the findings of the Warren Commission, various conspiracy theories that have been forwarded by scholars and others, and the continued interest in the assassination in popular culture. They spoke at the Mid-America Conference on History in Springfield, Missouri.
5:00 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 52 min. 2012 National Book Awards Television and radio host Faith Salie hosted the 63rd annual National Book Awards. The ... Television and radio host Faith Salie hosted the 63rd annual National Book Awards. The National Book Foundation presented The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to author Elmore Leonard and The Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. chairman, CEO, and publisher of the New York Times. Finalists in the non-fiction category were Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956, Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Robert Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir, and Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. Prior to the awards ceremony, several of the evening’s participants gave interviews, including the non-fiction finalists. The event took place at Cipriani in New York City. 4:09 am CT Approx. 1 hr. 7 min. 1862 Western Theater River Operations Craig Symonds U.S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds spoke about military operations in the West ... U.S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds spoke about military operations in the West during the U.S. Civil War. He focused on significant naval battles along Western rivers, the use of a gun boat fleet, and military command and control along the western boarders. He also talked about the logistical challenges posed by the region, strategies employed by ground and naval forces, and the leadership of Union officers like General Ulysses S. Grant and Admiral Andrew H. Foote. He responded to questions from the audience.
5:17 am CT Approx. 42 min. 1768 British Occupation of Colonial Boston Richard Bell History professor Richard Bell, in his class at the University of Maryland, described the tension ... History professor Richard Bell, in his class at the University of Maryland, described the tension in Boston between British troops and the colonists, and Britain’s efforts to reassert control over the increasingly disloyal colony. In October of 1768, a fleet of warships carrying British infantry regiments anchored in Boston Harbor. He also responded to questions from students.