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Sunday Talking Heads, August 17, 2008

Here we are again folks. Another Sunday, another cauldron of bubbling blather. Rice and Gates are making the rounds today, they’ve got Georgia on their minds.  And it’s veeps week in the horserace.  Enjoy Ray Charles.

Washington Journal 7:30-8:00 – Kori Schake Topic: As a senior foreign policy adviser to Sen. McCain, guest will discuss recent and current foreign policy issues, in particular the Russia-Georgia conflict, and advocate Sen. McCain’s policy positions on these issues. 8:00-8:30 – Mark Brzezinski Topic: As a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Obama, will discuss in particular the Russia-Georgia conflict, and advocate Sen. Obama’s policy positions on these issues.  8:30-9:15 –  Pat Choate author, “Dangerous Business: The Risks of Globalization for America.”Topic: Globalization and his new book Dangerous Business: The Risks of Globalization for America. Among the topics discussed: how globalization has created dependencies, vulnerabilities, national security risks and social costs that now outweigh its advantages and globalization as an issue in the current Presidential campaign. 9:15-10:00 –  Newspaper Articles/Phones email questions for guests to

ABC’s This WeekDefense Secretary Robert Gates, the Georgia crisis and U.S.-Russian relations.  Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) and Former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) on the 2008 campaign.  RoundtableE.J. Dionne of the Brookings Institution, Michael Gerson of the Council on Foreign Relations, and ABC New’s Jan Crawford Greenburg and George Willcontact George

CBS’ Face The Nation:   "Rice; Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind./Obama supporter) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn./McCain supporter)."   information from LA Times –  contact Bob Schieffer good luck with that

Chris Matthews:  Kelly O’Donnell NBC News Political Correspondent; Dan Rather HD Net Global Correspondent; Cynthia Tucker Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editorial Page Editor;  Howard Fineman Newsweek Senior Washington Correspondent.  Topics:  Can McCain sell himself as the change candidate this fall? [aHAHAHA]  Does Bush need McCain to win to bolster his own legacy?  contact Chris

CNN’s Late Edtion:  Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Georgia v Russia. Also Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili. Then veepstakes with Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM).  And somewhere in here is Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Chris Van Hollen (D- MD).  contact Wolf

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  Salman Rushdie on his experiences with Islamic Fundamentalism and the Muslim world. Also, a look back at interviews with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger [hissss].  contact Fareed

Fox News Sunday:  "How far will the U.S. go to prove their commitment to democracy in Georgia? Will the U.S. risk a military conflict of their own with Russia or can diplomacy solve this crisis? We’ll get answers from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice."  [I am holding my breath and wearing the stompin’est boots I got].  Tom Ridge, McCain campaign national co-chair, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, Obama campaign national co-chair on the 2008 race for the White House.  And always, those Foxy News AllStars.   contact

NBC’s Meet The Press:  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on US foreign policy and the conflict between Georgia and Russia. Then on to the veepstakes, Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA) vs Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Roundtable: with the Atlantic’s Joshua Green, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell & NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd. Topics: the political conventions "Will there be Democratic unity after leaked e-mails shed light on the Clinton campaign’s plan to undermine Barack Obama during the primary season?" And reaction to "McCain’s statement that he is open to selecting a pro-choice running mate?"  contact Meet The Press

Last week’s Newsmaker’s interview with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) & Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Republican Platform Cmte Co-Chairs is available online. The news on who is Newsmaking this week is not known [bother]   Newmakers airs on CSPAN 1, Sundays at 10am and 6pm et.

Q &A:  The illustrious, the immortal, the one, the only, the incomparable Benjamin Jeremy Stein is the interview with Brian Lamb this week.  Stop in for the snickers, I mean for the erudition.  Is he voting for that Nader guy?  And [the profundity] find out why he misses his parents.  Q & A airs on on CSPAN at 8pm and 11pm et, Monday 6am et.

Road To The White House 2008:  A BLAST FROM THE PAST — The 2004 Convention Speeches by Barack Obama and John McCain.  "A look back at the presidential candidates speeches at their respective Party’s national conventions. Then state senator Obama discussed his background, the goals and aspirations of the party and adopting a message of hope.  Sen. McCain talked about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and maintaining a strong national defense."  on C-SPAN at 6:30pm ET

Religion & EthicsCoverAnimal Testing Ethics — Does the pain of animal experimentation ever outweigh the possible research benefits for human beings?  [here’s a clue, YES!]   Belief & PracticeAtheist Baby Naming — The secular ceremony celebrates the arrival of a child.   FeatureSlow Medicine — A New Hampshire doctor says it is an ethical and practical way to care for aging loved ones.  for broadcast times in your area click here

60 Minutes:  No Ordinary SpyValerie Plame Wilson, the former covert CIA officer whose leaked identity resulted in a national scandal that reached all the way to the White House, appears in her first interview since her cover was blown. Katie Couric reports.  War Against Women – The civil war in Congo is an ethnic conflict, but gender has become a crucial factor, too, as women are bearing the brunt of one of the horrible weapons used in the war: rape. CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports.  The Lost Leonardo – The Leonardo DaVinci masterpiece, The Battle of Anghiari, is thought to be lost forever, but an art detective thinks he has solved the mystery of the missing mural. Morley Safer reports.

To The ContraryTopics: Immigration special: 1- A new report finds illegal immigrants are returning home; 2- Immigration’s impact on adult literacy; 3- States debate in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.  Panelsts: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; Women for Obama’s Megan Beyer; and The Gloucester Institute President Kay Jamesfor broadcast times in your area click here

Book TV schedule is right here, there’s a lot to nibble on, check it out.  After Words: Anthony Kronman interviewed by Charles Murray  In "Education’s End," Yale Law Professor Anthony Kronman writes that universities no longer emphasize educating students about what the great thinkers have written about the meaning of life, instead concentrating on a curriculum fueled by political correctness."

TULA ! hosts FDL Book Salon this afternoon with Steven Greenhouse, author of  The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker"The Big Squeeze takes a fresh, probing, and often shocking look at the stresses and strains faced by tens of millions of American workers as wages have stagnated, health and pension benefits have grown stingier, and job security has shriveled."  Join the discussion, 5:00 pm et, right here.

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