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    Q&A with Astronaut Chris Hadfield

    Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, veteran of three missions on the International Space Station and author several books on the experience including You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, talked about life in space and life on earth. He also spoke about the different countries who fund and run the International Space Station, and how the cooperative venture works. In conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency, Mr. Hadfield produced numerous videos from the space station to better inform the public about what life in space is like and how space station funding is used. This program included a number of his videos.

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    Q&A with Kate Andersen Brower

    Kate Andersen Brower talked about her book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, about the White House and the first family’s private lives as seen through the eyes of the residence’s staff. She spoke about staff members' stories of first families and the challenges of writing the book.

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    Q&A with Walter Pincus

    Walter Pincus talked about the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, U.S.-Israel relations, and defense department spending and budget sequestration. He also spoke about the 2003 war in Iraq, his career at the Washington Post, and his forthcoming book.

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    Q&A with Michael Witmore

    Michael Witmore talked about his role as director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as the library’s function, funding, mission, and repository of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. The library is funded largely by private donations, but also receives money from Congress. Mr. Witmore spoke about how politicians have used Shakespeare as part of their oratory on both the House and the Senate floors as well as during campaigns. Mr. Witmore also discussed the life and writings of William Shakespeare. The program included video clips of both Republicans and Democrats quoting Shakespeare.

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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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    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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    Printing of First Ladies

    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.