Telephone lines were open for viewer comments from veterans and their families only on the topic: “Transition to Civilian Life.” The telephone lines were divided among World War II and Korea vets; Vietnman vets; Iraq and Afghanistan vets; and all others. The program included a video clip of Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA) being interviewed May 21, 2015, for “Newsmakers” and of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff testifying May 20, 2015.319 views
Live scenes of Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day were shown in the background.
Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on “Class of 2014: Your Message to Graduates?” Video clips were shown of recent graduation addresses by Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Jill Abramson, Representative John Lewis (D-GA), and Secretary of State John Kerry.304 views
A video clip was shown of President Obama’s cabinet announcement the previous day.
The program concluded with a video clip of Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) being interviewed the previous day for “Newsmakers.”
Money in Election Campaigns
Shira Center talked about the amount of money raised and spent by congressional committees and major interest groups in the 2014 midterm elections.489 views
Political ads were shown for the campaigns of Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) and State Senator Joni Ernst (R) for Iowa’s Senate seat and from the campaigns of Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and her challenger, North Carolina Speaker of the House of Representatives Thom Tillis (R) were shown.
After Words with Michael Austin
Professor Michael Austin talked about his book, That’s Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing, in which he analyzes dozens of speeches, books and articles by conservative commentators to expose what he called the “deep historical flaws in their use of America’s founding history.” He also examined the founders' quotes in context to present what he believed was a more accurate picture of their meaning. He discussed his findings with David Fontana.1,398 views