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Justice Stephen Breyer's Jan. 27
resignation – after nearly 28 years of service — opened a seat on the
Supreme Court and gave President Biden his first chance to shape the
court in his own image. What is he looking for in a nominee? For
clues, we look to then-Senator Biden's questioning of Supreme Court
nominees while he sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee – eight of
those years as chair, from 1987 to 1995.
American History TV will show excerpts from the confirmation hearings
of Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, John
Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork – highlighting
Mr. Biden's opening statements and his questions. He returned
repeatedly to two ideas during their confirmation hearings: The
rights of the individual versus that of the majority, and his
insistence that nominees be candid about their judicial views.
First Ladies in Their Own Words: Lady
First ladies from Lady Bird Johnson to
Melania Trump talk about the role of the first lady, their time in
the White House and the issues important to them. This series of
programs kicks off this week with Lady Bird Johnson and continues each
Saturday through April.
Also on the C-SPAN Networks
Coming up Sunday on C-SPAN: Speechwriter
and consultant Dana Rubin discusses her Speaking While Female Speech
Bank, an online archive of speeches made by women throughout history
that she says have been unjustly overlooked or forgotten. She talks
about the archive and speeches by Queen Elizabeth II, Barbara Jordan,
Phyllis Schlafly and others. Tune in at 8 pm ET Sunday on C-SPAN.
New from C-SPAN Podcasts
American Gamble recounts the five days in 1941 that
upended everything. Starting with Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on
December 7 and ending with Hitler's declaration of war on the United
States on December 11, British historians Brendan Simms and Charlie
Laderman trace the developments during the five days in real-time and
reveal how America's engagement in World War II was far from
inevitable. Listen now on Booknotes+.
This week's The
Weekly podcast marks 30 years since Oliver
Stone's "JFK" movie about the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy ignited a firestorm of controversy in
political/Hollywood circles. We remember when, in 1992, the
moviemaker addressed the National Press Club — singling out specific
reporters for attack — and testified in Congress. And we update with
news on the release of records related to the JFK assassination, in
accordance with a law that passed Congress the same year
"JFK" came out.
week on the Lectures
in History podcast,
University of Minnesota professor Saje Mathieu discusses the concept
of "neutrality" in World War I. She also talks about how
the U.S. viewed itself as the defender of democracy and sought to
police certain nations and ethnic groups, yet faced criticism for how
it treated its own dissenters and minorities.
Explore our nation's past and discover the people and events that
document the American story — Saturdays on C-SPAN2. Come along with
American History TV to museums and historic sites. Watch archival
speeches from former presidents and other national leaders. Visit
classrooms, lectures and symposiums featuring professors and