Friday, August 20, 2021

Saturday on C-SPAN2: Ronald Reagan and Afghanistan 



American History TV — Saturdays on C-SPAN2



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Ronald Reagan BBC Interview on The Presidency

Watch it: 2 pm ET Saturday


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The BBC's Godfrey Hodgson sat down with President Ronald Reagan in the spring of 1988 — late in his second term. In this wide-ranging Oval Office conversation, the president talked about his work to restore the economy after he first came to office, his vision for U.S.-Soviet relations and arms control, the Iran-Contra controversy, his belief that he'd helped Americans regain faith in their country, and the assassination attempt that left him seriously wounded.


“(After the assassination attempt) I got all the way to the hospital and walked into the emergency room and, when the nurse came to meet me, I said, ‘I’m having trouble breathing.’ I didn't know I'd been shot.”




History Programs on Afghanistan

Watch it: Block starts at 4:40 pm ET Saturday

As the U.S. withdraws military and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan, we look back over nearly 40 years at that country's recent history.


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“Afghanistan 1982: The Struggle for Freedom Continues”

"Afghanistan 1982: The Struggle for Freedom Continues" is a U.S. Information Agency film that chronicles the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan: A New Generation” (1987)

"Afghanistan: A New Generation" is a U.S. Information Agency report from 1987 on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This video from the National Archives focuses on the challenges facing Afghan refugees who grew to adulthood under the Soviet occupation. Featured are refugee camp schools in Pakistan, Mujahideen fighters, health clinics and the efforts of international aid workers.

A CIA Officer in Afghanistan After 9/11

Former CIA officer Duane Evans talks about his book, Foxtrot in Kandahar, which recounts his tour of duty in southern Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


🔎 Want more context?
This Sunday on C-SPAN2, Book TV will feature author interviews and discussions on the recent events in Afghanistan and the 20-year war on terrorism. Tune in at 2 pm ET Sunday, or click here for the full schedule. You can also search the C-SPAN Video Library for more history programs, as well as our recent coverage.





If you research the origins of critical race theory, one of the names you'll find is Derrick Bell (1930-2011), Harvard Law School's first black tenured professor. Professor Bell appeared on Booknotes in 1992 to talk about his book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. In this excerpt from that program, he talks about the status of Black Americans and his personal experiences with racism.

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Tune in to C-SPAN3 every evening next week for more American History TV programming. Programs start at 8 pm ET. Below are some highlights:

Monday — African American Troops
The Civil War: African Americans and the Union Army

Tuesday — Religion 
Religious Influence on U.S. Politics
Wednesday — World War II
1942 Battles of Midway and El Alamein
Thursday — Ronald Reagan
The Presidency: Ronald and Nancy Reagan Interview
Friday — Journalists
Oral Histories: Vietnam War Correspondent Joseph Galloway






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