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Sunday Talking Heads: August 5, 2012

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NASA’s rover Curiosity will land tonight on Mars *crossing fingers* – 10:31 pm PT (1:31 am ET Aug. 6, 2012). And hitting the ground in one piece is prolly the trickiest part of the whole mission (see vid). Follow along today on Twitter @MarsCuriosity and watch the late night broadcast. Happy Landings, Curie!

Speaking of Twitter, FDL’s Book Salon today is Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media. Movie Night Monday takes us to Camp Casserole.

Here are your listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Republican National Committee chair Reince PriebusRoundtable: George Will, Jonathan Karl, Ann Coulter, Van Jones, Steven Rattner.

CBS’ Face the Nation:  Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH), former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)Roundtable: Michael Crowley of TIME, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, and Nancy Cordes and Jan Crawford, who cover the Romney and Obama campaigns.  Plus, and interview with Sandra Day O’Connor.

Chris Hayes:  Olympics.

Chris Matthews:  Olympics.

CNN’s State of the Union:  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Obama Campaign Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs. BET Founder Bob Johnson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly FiorinaRoundtable: Dana Bash, Peter Baker of the New York Times.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  Israel and the Jewish vote with Peter Beinart and Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens.  Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt on political partisanship and polarization. Plus, former global warning skeptic, physicist Richard Miller.

Fox News Sunday:  David Axelrod.  Tea Party’s Senate candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX). Roundtable: Kimberly Strassel, Joe Trippi, Ed Rollins, Kirsten Powers.

Moyers & Company:  Suppressing the Vote with Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  Olympics.

Newsmakers:  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, talks about the key Senate races for 2012 and the strategy for winning a majority in the U.S. Senate.  Democrats have twenty-one Senate seats up for election, plus two independents who caucus with the Democrats, while Republicans have ten seats up for election.  The Republicans need to win a total of four seats to gain a majority in the Senate. Reporters: Susan Davis, Congressional Correspondent for USA Today, and Jennifer Duffy, Senate Editor for the Cook Political Report.

Q & A:  Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) author of a newly released historical narrative titled, “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.” Lewis talks about his own early involvement in the non-violent protests of the civil rights movement…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  Sugar – A prominent doctor who treats childhood obesity believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it in processed foods, is killing us. And as Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports, new studies seem to support his theory that sugar is toxic. Face Blindness – Lesley Stahl reports on a little known condition that prevents people from recognizing faces, even those of family members. Some studies estimate that as many as one in 50 people are afflicted with face blindness.

To the Contrary:  Panelists discuss the changes to women’s health care going into effect this week, and why some women may be confused at their next check-up. Then, a new study showing married male bosses with stay-at-home wives may be biased against female employees. And, Behind the Headlines: petitionining women. Three teenagers start an online petition to get a female presidential debate moderator.

Univision’s Al Punto:  Representative  Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Myrna Orozco, Field Director of “United We Dream”; Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union; Daniel Magos and Diona Solis, Plaintiffs in the Class Action Lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio; David Hults, Attorney Representation of Plaintiffs in the Class Action Lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Virtually Speaking:  Jay Rosen professor of Journalism at NYU (@jayrosen_nyu) and Stuart Zechman (@Stuart_Zechman), in a rerun of a discussion that took place on April 10, 2011. Very timely coming into the home stretch of the presidential election campaigns, Stuart and Jay  discuss how the media cover politics.  9 pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV:  In Depth with Julianne Malveaux.

FDL’s Book Salon:  Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media.  “In this insider’s look at how social media are transforming our world, Rory O’Connor explains the trends and explores what tech visionaries, media makers, political advisers, and businesspeople are saying about the meteoric rise of the various social networks of friends and followers, and what they bode for our future.”  Chat with Rory O’Connor about his new book, hosted by Beth Becker. 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday:  Camp Casserole will be shown in LA Monday – just before the FDL Movie Night – and then theater goers will be logging into FDL / Movie Night to discuss the film with the Actors / Director on Movie Night.  Join Lisa Derrick and guests Anthony Pedone, Iris Berry, Susan Traylor, Starina Johnson, Michael Maize, Jane Wiedlin, Kelly Pedone, Jennifer Grace.  8pm ET.  “Camp Casserole is all about the strong bonds and relationships that develop between the cast and crew members. Committed to creating a familial atmosphere on set and forging real relationships between his actors which can be translated to screen, Balderson has the entire cast and crew living together before and during the shoot. The result is, as the actors say, an experience that is more like a summer camp than a job. It’s like a real life Boogie Nights (without the sex and drugs).”

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