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    Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

    Former Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith talke about his book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis, in which he talks about his year…

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    Mr. Chairman: The Life and Legacy of Wilbur D. Mills

    Kay Goss recounted the life and career of the late Wilbur Mills, Democratic representative from Arkansas and the longest continuously serving chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.…

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    Shareholders and Investors

    Author Lynn Stout talked about her book, The Shareholder Value Myth, in which she argues that corporations placed too much emphasis on increasing their stock price. She said the focus on…

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    Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock

    David Margolick recounted the lives of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan and the photograph of the two women, then both fifteen years old, taken on September 4, 1957. On that date, Ms. Eckford,…

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    Mayor Kevin Johnson on the State of Public Education

    Mayor Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee spoke about the state of public education and improving schools at the local level. They also responded to questions from the audience.

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    Presidency of George W. Bush

    Academics discussed their findings on all aspects of the George W. Bush presidency, and compared it to the Clinton and Obama administrations. Among the topics they talked about were the war…

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    Herding Donkeys

    Ari Berman recalls how the Democratic Party won the 2008 presidency and both houses of Congress. The author explores Howard Dean’s decisions as chairman of the party and how Barack Obama’s presidential…

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    James Lee Witt on Natural Disaster Responses

    James Lee Witt talked about his years as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Clinton administration, the earthquake in Haiti, the BP oil spill, and the…

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    Political Climate and Midterm Elections

    Mark Penn, Democratic political strategist and former chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign talked about the current political climate in Washington, D.C., heading…

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    State of the Republican Party

    Steve Schmidt spoke about the state of the Republican Party, strategies to rebuild the party in the coming years, the selection of Sarah Palin as the 2008 Republican vice presidential…

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    Lincoln at 200: The Presidential Standard

    Historian Richard Norton Smith spoke about Abraham Lincoln’s presidential legacy 200 years after his birth. He compared Lincoln against other presidents, including President Obama. He also talked about…

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    Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

    Former Governor of Louisiana Kathleen Blanco talked about her time in public office and the challenges she faced when Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The former governor talked about the…

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    Judge Richard S. Arnold

    Polly Price, a former clerk for Judge Richard S. Arnold, talked about his life and career as a champion of civil rights. Judge Arnold worked closely with the integration of schools in…

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    The American Dream

    Jerry Springer spoke about life in America in a lecture titled “The American Dream: Are We Dreaming?” He talked about the possible end of the American dream, which he attributes to the decreasing…

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    The Minuteman Project

    Presidential chiefs of staff talked about episodes from their careers and how the White House operates. They responded to questions from members of the audience. Kenneth Walsh moderated. Joshua Bolten was the current…

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    Women for President

    Erika Falk talked about her book Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns. She examined the campaigns of eight women who have run for president through 2004 and compared them with…

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    Turn Away Thy Son

    Betsy Jacoway talked about her book, Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked a Nation, published by Free Press. Ms. Jacoway, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, recounted the integration…

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    Intersection of Politics and Comedy

    Craig Minassian, a former Clinton administration press aid who is now a consultant to Comedy Central and HBO, talked about the intersection of politics and comedy. Topics included people obtaining their news from…

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    Philanthropy and Education

    Rehema Ellis moderated a discussion about how best to help young people. Topics included the failures of public schools, the changing face of the country, immigration, affirmative action, No Child Left Behind, and…

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    Parkinson's Disease Research

    Michael Kinsley interviewed Michael J. Fox about his Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and about his personal experiences with the disease. After their discussion Mr. Fox responded to audience…

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