Week of August 17, 2014
Segment 1: Bush and Cheney in the White House
Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, chronicles the history of the Bush presidency through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
“I think people have a static view of this administration, of the relationship between the President and Vice President, when in fact, it’s actually a pretty dramatic divergence between the two over time.”
Segment 2: The Wild and Wacky Election of 2012
"The inability of the Republican Party to do better with non-white voters, and particularly right now with the Hispanic community, is debilitating for them to win a presidential election."
Week of August 10, 2014
Segment 1: The Green Berets
“Interpreters for us should be verboten, you should not be a special forces guy using an interpreter. … When I left Afghanistan we were utterly dependent on interpreters. It’s not because the men can’t learn a language, it’s because no one’s made it a priority.”
Segment 2: Reconciling with Dad
The publication of Jarhead launched the writing career of Anthony Swofford. It spawned a Hollywood movie. It made Swofford famous and wealthy. It also nearly killed him. Now, in Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir he describes his search for identity, meaning, and a reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines.
“For many years, I thought that proof of manhood was combat and military service. And now, that I have a daughter, I really feel that proof of manhood for me will be what kind of father I am.”