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    Q&A with Judith Miller

    Judith Miller talked about her book The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, in which she chronicles her reporting leading up to the American invasion in Iraq in 2003. She talked about what she got right and wrong about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program, as well as her experiences during her 85-day imprisonment in a federal jail. Ms. Miller was sent to jail in 2005 for refusing to disclose the source for some of her stories, later revealed to be Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. Ms. Miller also expressed her views of the New York Times and the people who played a role in her departure from the paper.

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    Q&A with Jessica Stern

    Jessica Stern, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, talked about the genesis and growth of the organization, its goals, mission, and methods. She also spoke about the impact of terrorism in the Middle East, and how ISIS* differs from al-Qaeda and other terror groups. The program included clips of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, as well as videos of other terrorist group leaders, recruitment videos used by ISIS, and U.S. State Department produced videos designed to counter the ISIS videos. Ms. Stern also addressed the role that other countries in the Middle East, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, were playing in combating or supporting ISIS.

    This program contains videos that are violent and potentially offensive to viewers.

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Conversation with Cornel West and Robert P. George

    Cornel West and Robert George talked about what they’ve learned from each other on some of the more divisive political issues of the day. While on opposite ends of the political spectrum, Professor West and Professor George teach classes together at Princeton University and have a healthy respect for each others' views.

    “The Culture Wars: A Workable Armistice?” was the season finale in the American Conversations series, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

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    Q&A With Andrew Ferguson

    Andrew Ferguson talked about the potential Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election, including Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush. He also spoke about President Obama, cost overruns at the planned Eisenhower Memorial, and the growing number of journalists and pundits in Washington, D.C. He also discussed his writing methods and style, and his career.

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    The Business of Printing Books

    C-SPAN’s book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women, was released April 14, 2015. Book TV visited the printing plant in Berryville, Virginia, to see the manufacturing process and to watch the books come off the presses. Berryville Graphics plant general manager Mark Bone talked about the business of printing books.

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    Q&A with U.S. Senate Youth Program

    High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talked about their participation in a week-long government and leadership education program. 104 students were selected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity program. The students spoke about the highlights of their week, including a meeting with President Obama, and policy addresses by Senators, Cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies.

    The Senate Youth Program was created in 1962, has had over 5,000 participants, and is privately funded by the Hearst Foundations. Participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service. Delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

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    Book Discussion on Masters of Mankind

    Noam Chomsky talked about his book of essays Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013, in which he discusses international and domestic affairs. He spoke with David Barsamian of Alternative Radio.

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    After Words with Cornel West

    Cornel West, editor of The Radical King, talked about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, radical political thinking, a side of the late civil rights leader that the author argues has been diminished and sanitized. Mr. West spoke with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.

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    Q&A with Daniel Bolger

    General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.