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C-SPAN's Susan Swain hosts intriguing hour-long conversations with people who are making things happen. New episodes every Sunday evening. From the network that brings you "Washington Today" and "Lectures in History" podcasts.

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C-SPAN's Susan Swain hosts intriguing hour-long conversations with people who are making things happen. New episodes every Sunday evening. From the network that brings you "Washington Today" and "Lectures in History" podcasts.

    About Books: Former Rep. Steve Israel D-NY on Opening a New Bookstore

    About Books: Former Rep. Steve Israel D-NY on Opening a New Bookstore

    A conversation with Former Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) who opened a book store in Oyster Bay, New York. Plus, a look at current non-fiction books featured on C-SPAN's BookTV for the week of November 28, 2021.
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    • 35 min
    Mayukh Sen, "Taste Makers"

    Mayukh Sen, "Taste Makers"

    Mayukh Sen, a James Beard Award-winning writer and adjunct professor of food journalism at New York University, discusses his book "Taste Makers," in which he profiles seven immigrant women who transformed American cuisine during the second half of the 20th century. Two of the women profiled are Elena Zelayeta a blind chef and bestselling cookbook author from Mexico, and Chao Yang Buwei, who was a physician in China before becoming an influential writer on Chinese cooking in the United States.  
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Randy Barnett & Evan Bernick, "The Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment

    Randy Barnett & Evan Bernick, "The Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," is one of the most adjudicated amendments. The 1868 adoption of it has led to numerous Supreme Court cases and interpretations. Professors Randy Barnett (Georgetown University Law Center) and Evan Bernick (Northern Illinois University College of Law) argue in their book "The Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment" that the amendment, which gave the federal judiciary and Congress new powers over the states, has been misinterpreted by conservative and liberal judges alike.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Beth Levison & Jerry Risius, "Storm Lake"

    Beth Levison & Jerry Risius, "Storm Lake"

    Filmmakers Beth Levison and Jerry Risius discuss their documentary “Storm Lake,” about the Storm Lake Times, a small-town family-run newspaper in Iowa, and its efforts to stay afloat amidst shrinking ad revenues and the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Howard Husock, "The Poor Side of Town"

    Howard Husock, "The Poor Side of Town"

    Howard Husock, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "The Poor Side of Town," takes a critical look at the more than 100-year effort by the federal government, private developers, and others to create low-cost housing in the United States.    
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    LaDoris Cordell, "Her Honor"

    LaDoris Cordell, "Her Honor"

    Retired California superior court judge LaDoris Cordell, author of "Her Honor," takes a critical look at our legal system and offers suggestions on how to improve it. She talks about the importance of judicial independence, mandatory minimum sentencing, racial bias in jury selections, police reform, and more.      
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    • 1 hr 3 min

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