Once again, we’re happy to partner with C-Span/Book TV to provide live-streams of interesting and intriguing conversations that discuss hot-topics in current political debates. This year, we have a variety of issues being talked about, including climate change, marriage equality, the changes in the tech industry, the connection between crime and the US border – and so much more! Check below for the schedule and for more information on the individual panels.
Saturday, November 4
Saturday, November 4 10:00-10:45
Hidden Histories of WWII
Liza Mundy and Meredith Hindley
Well more than half a century after the war’s end, historians continue to uncover incredible hidden stories of WWII. Historians Liza Mundy (Code Girls) and Meredith Hindley (Destination Casablanca) share riveting accounts and little known stories of women codebreakers and the glamorous, strategically crucial city of Casablanca.
Saturday, November 4 11:00-11:45
Thursday Night Lights: Black High School Football in Texas
While “Friday night lights” shone on white high school football games, African American teams across Texas burned up the gridiron on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Michael Hurd (Thursday Night Lights), sportswriter and director of Prairie View A&M University’s Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas, showing how football offered a potent source of pride and ambition in the black community.
Saturday, November 4 12:00-12:45
Falsehoods, Forgeries and Fake News: Sorting Bunk from Brilliance
Jared Yates Sexton and Kevin Young
How did “fake news” come to dominate headlines before, during and after the 2016 Presidential election? How do we, as constant consumers of news, sort bunk from brilliance? Culture critic Kevin Young (Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News) and campaign journalist Jared Yates Sexton (The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore) discuss the roots and rise of “fake news” and the forces shaping our perspectives of politics and reporting.
Saturday, November 4 1:00-1:45
Sea Change: Wading in the Waters of a New Climate
Julie Berwald and Peter Wadham
As we confront the realities of climate change, what evidence do our oceans provide about what’s to come for our planet? Science writer and editor Juli Berwald (Spineless) and Cambridge University professor of Ocean Physics Peter Wadham (A Farewell to Ice) discuss how the behavior of jellyfish and the thinning of Arctic ice caps point to what lies ahead.
Saturday, November 4, 2:00-2:45
Race, Crime and Law: African Americans and Incarceration
James Forman and Danielle Allen
Public defender and National Book Award nominee James Forman (Locking Up Our Own) and Danielle Allen (Cuz), scholar and cousin of a young man caught in a fatal cycle of violence and the prison system, confront America’s system of mass incarceration and the intersection of race, crime and law. Join them as they examine what is needed to secure a stable future for African American communities.
Saturday, November 4 3:00-3:45
Inside the Cartels: Organized Crime Across the Border
Hipolita Acosta, Melissa del Bosque, Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
The rapid growth of organized crime in Mexico and the government’s response to it have driven an unprecedented rise in violence and impelled major structural economic changes. Award-winning investigative journalist Melissa del Bosque (Bloodlines), professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Los Zetas), and U. S. Special Agent Hipólito Acosta (Deep in the Shadows) discuss the rise and ravaging of cartels that move drugs, people, money, and more across borders, devastating hundreds of thousands of lives in the process.
Saturday, November 4 4:00-4:45
Life in Code: The Changing Face of Tech
As a programmer in San Francisco beginning in the 1970s and author of the seminal account Close to the Machine, Ellen Ullman (Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology) has lived and worked inside the rising cultures of digital technology and the internet as they have transformed our economy and society. She sits down with Roger Hodge to discuss how we understand the last twenty years–and the next twenty.
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, November 5 11:00-11:45
True Crime Close to Home
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and Benjamin Blum
In riveting accounts of unthinkable crimes, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Fact of a Body) and Benjamin Blum (Ranger Games) spiral closer to the truths of their families, and themselves, as they unravel the mysteries they investigate. Join them as they discuss high-stake investigations that lead them down paths that wind close to home.
Sunday, November 5 12:00-12:45
Accidental Activists: The Road to Marriage Equality
David Collins, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes
In 2013, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes stepped forward to challenge Texas’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. David Collins (Accidental Activists) sits down with Mark and Vic today to discuss the moving story of their tense legal battle and the road they traveled to achieve dignity and marriage equality.
Sunday, November 5 1:00-1:45
Lead Me On: The New American Presidency
Jeremi Suri and Matthew Dowd
What does it take to be a strong and effective leader? How have our expectations of a successful American presidency been shaped? How has the role of the American President changed over the years and where is it going–or should it go–in the future? Jeremi Suri (The Impossible Presidency), author and University of Texas history professor, and Mattew Dowd (A New Way), bestselling author and chief analyst for ABC News, examine the expectations, pitfalls and future of the American presidency.
Sunday, November 5 2:00-2:45
The Roots of Racism
Carol Anderson and Angela J. Davis
America’s racial divide is woven into our country’s history. The issues we’re confronting today–racial profiling, the criminal justice system, the long lineage of white rage–are nothing new. Carol Anderson, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book White Rage, and Angela J. Davis, editor of the essay collection Policing the Black Man, frame the forces opposed to black progress in America in a discussion of the issues that drive our racial divide.
Sunday, November 5 3:00-3:45
Forces at Work: Contemporary Stories of the Border
Lauren Markham, Melissa del Bosque, Roger Hodge
In gripping new books, journalists Lauren Markham (The Far Away Brothers), Melissa del Bosque (Bloodlines) and Roger Hodge (Texas Blood) share riveting and nuanced new stories from the border. They examine the lives of young men who fled violence for a new life in America, a family that has ranched on the Texas borderlands for generations, and the depths of the type of organized crime forcing people to flee. Join them as the discuss the kaleidoscopic forces at work on both sides of the border.
Sunday, November 5 4:00-4:45
Violated: Baylor University and Sexual Assault
Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach
For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they’ve been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. ESPN investigative reporters Paula Lavigne and Marck Schlabach (Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football Sexual Assault Crisis) address the sexual abuse by members of Baylor’s football team and the university’s attempt to silence the victims. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN to help fight sexual abuse.