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Sunday Talking Heads: February 19, 2012

Even though we aren’t having winter here in SE PA this year, I did think you’d enjoy this video of Sisyphus and his new snowblower.

Great Book Salon today, Pity the Billionaire (now just where did I put my tiny violin?). And Lisa Derrick brings us the Academy Award nominated documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Monday night. Also Virtually Speaking tonight features McJoan and Stuart Zechman, tune in.

Here’s the list of the listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Host Jake Tapper scores exclusive interview with John McCain to discuss the Michigan primary, can the Surger upset Romney?. Then, Obama campaign senior advisor and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Roundtable: George Will, Jonathan Karl, Lou Dobbs, Dee Dee Myers, Clarence Page.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rick SantorumRoundtable: CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and The Detroit Free Press’ Todd Spangler.

Chris Hayes.

Chris Matthews: GOP Panic: One Guy Who Cannot Connect, and the Only Alternative, a Guy With Views on Social Issues to Send Women Packing. 50 Years Since John Glenn Became a National Hero. Who Could Do That Today?

CNN’s State of the Union: Ron Paul “has yet to win a GOP primary contest and is last in the delegate count. Is this a working long-term strategy? We’ll ask him.” Then, Gov. Mitch Daniels and Michele Bachmann on the possibility of a brokered convention. “turmoil in the Middle Eat” with former CIA director Michael Hayden and former ambassador to Egypt and Israel, Ed Walker.  Finally, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey. “Fareed has a wide-ranging discussion with Dempsey on Syria, Iran, China, budget cuts, and more.”  Also a roundtable on China.  And more.

Fox News Sunday: Newt GingrichRep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Roundtable: Kimberly Strassel, Joe Trippi, Karl Rove Kirsten Powers,

Moyers & Company: Decoding political misinformation with Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Plus, a conversation and readings with National Medal of Arts winner Rita Dove.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Rep. Paul Ryan, Chair, House Budget Committee. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member, House Budget Committee. Roundtable: Ed Gillespie, Al Hunt, Helene Cooper, Andrea Mitchell.

Newsmakers: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). This week, “Newsmakers” takes a look at key fiscal issues before Congress with guest Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Topics included the  deal on the payroll tax cut extension, unemployment benefits, the President’s FY2013 budget request, Keystone pipeline extension, as well as the recent debate over the Administration’s contraception policy.

Q & A: Charles Evans, Jr. and Victor DeNoble. Evans is the producer and director of a new documentary which features former Philip Morris research scientist Victor DeNoble. The film chronicles DeNoble’s unexpected discovery of an ingredient in tobacco which, the data revealed, when coupled with nicotine makes cigarettes more addictive. The research and the company’s attempts to keep it private lead to Congressional testimony before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Trapped in Unemployment – As the number of Americans without work for a year or two rises into the millions, Scott Pelley reports on a program designed to help the long term unemployed back into the workplace. Treating Depression – A Harvard psychologist says drugs used to treat depression do work, but for the most part, it’s not the chemical that’s making people feel better, it’s the placebo effect. Lesley Stahl reports. The Mozart of Chess – Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is the number one chess player in the world and he loves to see his opponents squirm. Bob Simon reports.

To the Contrary: Topics: Birth control politics heat up on Capitol Hill and the GOP campaign trail. Then, women’s boxing will make history in this year’s Olympic games. Behind the Headlines, Finland’s first woman President talks about her presidency and its impact.  Panel: Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity Chair; Irene Natividad, Global Summit of Women President; Erin Matson, National Organization for Women; Nicole Kurokawa Neily, Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow.

Univision’s Al Punto: Mother of Miramonte Elementary School Student; Mónica García, President of the Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District; Alberto Tavira, Journalist and Author “Las Mujeres de Peña Nieto”; Antonio Alarcón, Family Separated by Self Deportation.

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter talks with Stuart Zechman, taking their inspiration from the Sunday morning talking heads. Plus this week’s Most Ridiculous Moment. Follow @JoanMcCarter @stuart_zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live and later on BTR.  9p ET.

FDL’s Book Salon: Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right. “Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he [Thomas Frank] gives us the first full diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous.” Chat with author Thomas Frank about his new book, hosted by Charles P. Pierce.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Paradise Lost 3. “The new installment of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s HBO Documentary Films series about the notorious 1993 “West Memphis Three” child murders, chronicles the 18-year fight to prove the innocence of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley.”  Come discuss the case and the movie with filmmaker Joe Berlinger and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET.

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