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  • US Capitol Historical Society Presents Freedom Award to LinManuel Miranda
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    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Presents Freedom Award to Lin-Manuel Miranda

    The U.S. Capitol Historical Society presented its 2017 Freedom Award to playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda for his work on the musical “Hamilton.” Mr. Miranda spoke at the ceremony in the…

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    Charlton Heston

    Marc Eliot talked about his book, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. He was interviewed at FreedomFest, one of the largest libertarian conferences in the country.

  • Bing Crosby and American Culture
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    Bing Crosby and American Culture

    Bill Stimson shared the story of twentieth century entertainer Bing Crosby. Mr. Stimson talked about Mr. Crosby’s legacy and how he helped transform and define cultural life in the U.S. and around the world. He also…

  • Comedian Lenny Bruces Life and Legacy
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    Comedian Lenny Bruce's Life and Legacy

    Christie Hefner talked about comedian Lenny Bruce’s life and legacy. Ms. Hefner focused on Mr. Bruce’s use of social commentary in his stand-up routines, and how he pushed the boundaries of…

  • Recollections on Lenny Bruce
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    Recollections on Lenny Bruce

    Lenny Bruce’s lawyer, writing collaborator, and friends shared personal accounts of the comedian’s life and legacy. This program was part of a two-day conference commemorating the recent…

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    Mark Twain's America

    Harry Katz talked about his book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, a collection of photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings that depicts the world that inspired Mark…

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    A Carlin Home Companion

    Kelly Carlin talked about her memoir, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, about her late father, George Carlin. She spoke at the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book, held…

  • 2015 Kennedy Center Honors Award Ceremony
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    2015 Kennedy Center Honors Award Ceremony

    President Obama spoke about the arts in America at a Kennedy Center Honors reception. The 2015 honorees were singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita…

  • No Labels Convention Creative Panel
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    No Labels Convention, Creative Panel

    Actors talked about their concern with the lack of bipartisan cooperation in politics. They solicited comments from members of the audience. “A View from Hollywood: The Creative Coalition…

  • President Obama Remarks at Kennedy Center Honorees Reception
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    White House Kennedy Center Honors Reception

    President Obama spoke about the arts in America at a Kennedy Center Honors reception. The 2014 honorees were actor Tom Hanks, musician Sting, singer Al Green, comedian Lily Tomlin, and…

  • Celebrity Activists
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    Celebrity Activists

    Celebrities speaking during 2014 about issues that concerned them were shown in a collection of video clips. Seth Rogen spoke about Alzheimer’s Disease; Montel Williams on a Marine being…

  • Politics and Humor with Seth Rogen
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    Politics and Humor with Seth Rogen

    Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Lizz Winstead spoke with Harvard Lampoon President Alexis Wilkinson about politics and humor. Clips of their work were shown. Topics discussed included Mr. Rogen’s advocacy on Alzheimer’s…

  • Discussion on the Life and Career of Bill Cosby
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    Mark Whitaker talked about his book, Cosby: His Life and Times, in which he chronicles the life and career of Bill Cosby, including Mr. Cosby’s political activism since the 1960s, his education…

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    Even This I Get to Experience

    Norman Lear talked about his memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, in which he discusses growing up during the Depression, the social commentary he presented in TV shows like “All in the Family” and…

  • Comedian Lewis Black
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    Lewis Black on Politics and Social Issues

    Lewis Black spoke about political and social issues. He described growing up in the middle class and becoming a socialist. Following his speech, he answered written questions submitted by…

  • 1967 Bob Hope Christmas Special
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    1967 Bob Hope Christmas Special

    This film is an historic recording of comedian and entertainer Bob Hope’s travels across the Pacific for an annual United Service Organizations (USO) tour of Southeast Asia in 1967. The…

  • Political Journalism and Entertainment
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    Political Journalism and Entertainment

    Joe Mathews moderated a panel discussion on the role of journalism and the pressures of the entertainment industry. Among the topics they addressed were the coverage of political news and events as…

  • Panel on Hollywood and Public Policy
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    Panel on Hollywood and Public Policy

    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…

  • Open Phones
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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the role of celebrities in public policy. A video clip was shown of comedian Stephen Colbert testifying before a congressional committee the previous day. A…

  • Funniest Celebrity in Washington
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    Funniest Celebrity in Washington

    At the 13th annual charity contest politicians, journalists and political activists tried their hand at stand-up comedy. George Stephanopoulos and his wife Ali Wentworth made the ceremonial…

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