Sunday Talking Heads: May 10, 2009


Hi Mom!

Today we have CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, Dick Cheney, The Dalai Lama, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer, William Greider.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Washington Journal:  7:45am – Nicholas Schmidle, Author, "To Live or to Perish Forever", Fellow, New America Foundation.  8:30am – Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist, nationalreview.com9am – Robert Weissman, Multinational Monitor, Editor.  9:30am – Rem Rieder, American Journalism Review, Editor & Publisher.  email questions for guests to

ABC’s This Week:  National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones.  Then, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  Roundtable: ABC’s George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, and former Labor Secretary Robert ReichTopics: Bank stress tests, the Obama administration’s budget, and healthcare.  contact George

CBS’ Face The Nation:  Former Vice President Dick Cheney. Schieffer has interviewed Cheney “dozens” of times during their longstanding relationship.  Topics: “the Republican party and where it is going, the Obama administration’s release of those memos on torture and the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”  contact Bob Schieffer

Chris Matthews:  Bob Woodward The Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor; Katty Kay BBC Washington Correspondent; Andrea Mitchell NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Rick Stengel Time Magazine Managing Editor.  Topics:  Will Afghanistan and Pakistan become a death trap for President Obama?  Should sex, race and sexual orientation matter for the Supreme Court pick?  contact Chris

CNN’s State of the Union:  CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeuscontact CNN

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  The Dalai Lama. "His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso speaks out about his struggle with China for the freedom of the Tibetan people. He talks to Fareed about oppression in the region and maintains that brutality is not engrained in humanity. The Dalai Lama also discusses his own succession and whether or not this spiritual institution will continue after his death."  contact CNN

Fox News Sunday:  CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus.  "Increasing violence near the Pakistani capital has fears growing that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could fall into the wrong hands."  Plus Newt Gingrich, "is President Obama’s financial plan working?"  email

NBC’s Meet The Press:  Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai. Then, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali ZardariRoundtable: Steve Coll, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the best-selling book "Ghost Wars," and Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent.  David Gregory.   contact David

Newsmakers:  "This week, the President released $3.4 trillion budget plan, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer relates the following Congressional reaction. Ms. Romer also details Pres. Obama’s other efforts to stabilize the U.S. economy."  CSPAN 10am and 6pm ET

Q & A:  Ross Douthat, op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Douthat recently replaced Bill Kristol to become the youngest regular op-ed writer in the history of The New York Times.  CSPAN at 8pm and 11pm et, Monday 6am ET

Religion & Ethics:  Religion and Peace in the Middle East – Religious leaders are building interfaith relationships for peace.  Hooking Up – Does hookup culture define sexual ethics for college students today?  The Making of a Catholic President – How did religion play a role in the Kenndy-Nixon Presidential Race?  Christianity’s Lost History – It once had a powerful presence in Africa and Asia.  for broadcast times in your area click here

60 Minutes:  America’s New Air Force – Increasingly, the U.S. military is relying on un-manned, often armed aircraft to track and destroy the enemy – sometimes controlled from bases thousands of miles away from the battlefront.  The Perfect Spy – The curious life and death of Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian billionaire claimed by both Israelis and Egyptians to be their greatest spy.  All In The Family Bill James doesn’t run, hit or catch a baseball but his intense statistical analysis of the game and its players have made him an essential ingredient in a formula that brought two world championships to the Boston Red Sox.

To The Contrary:
  Topics:   1- Pressure builds on President Obama to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court;  2- Pregnancy discrimination claims are on the rise as recession deepens; 3- US Rep. Jackie Speier’s bill (D-CA) for a permanent, federal commission on women.  Panelists:  Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; Former Labor Dept. Official Karen Czarnecki; and Former Hillary for President Senior Advisor Ann Lewisfor broadcast times in your area click here

After Words:  Frederick Hitz, "Why Spy?: Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty" interviewed by Peter Earnest, executive director of the International Spy Museum.  CSPAN, 12 pm ET  Special Program: Harold Varmus, the former Director of the National Institutes of Health. He is also a Nobel Laureate in Medicine and currently a science adviser to President Obama.  The Art and Politics of Science LIVE CALL-IN.

FDL Book Salon:  Jane Hamsher hosts William Greider, author of Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country    "By examining the economic and political forces that have brought us to where we are today—financial crisis, deepening indebtedness to other nations, the loss of productive assets and jobs, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, and more—Greider offers, in a powerful and conversational tone, clarity on the consequences and long-term implications of our national predicament."  Join the discussion at 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: 
Roy Germano, director of The Other Side of Immigration  The book "offers a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes. Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, The Other Side of Immigration challenges audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to America’s illegal immigration problem."  Join host Lisa Derrick and the author, at 8pm ET.

(photograph: Mother’s love by Gúnna)

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