A tarantula on the move in Cayucos CA, looking for an autumn lady friend. (photo: goingslo / flickr)

Brr! It’s actually cold here today, I guess winter really is coming again.

Lotta debate talk on the shows, debates past and to come – like Thursday for the VP debate in Danville KY. We have The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines at FDL Book Salon. McJoan and digby are Virtually Speaking. Monday’s Movie Night, The House I Live In, is a compelling case to end the so-called War on Drugs which is more like a war on regular people, and at what cost? Tune in.

Here are the list of the listings for your perusal. (I’m wondering if ABC News is thinking about formally hooking up with Fox News. Hmm.)

ABC’s This Week:  Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs and Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie. Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. Roundtable: Democratic strategist James Carville; Republican strategist Mary Matalin; Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; and ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl.

CBS’ Face the Nation:  David Axelrod, Obama’s senior campaign adviser. Then, Baseball Roundtable: Tony LaRussa, the manager of the current reigning world champions, the Cardinals; Tommy Lasorda, the legendary Dodgers manager; Jane Leavy, author of The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. Political Roundtable: Washington Post’s MIichael Gerson, The American Spectator’s John Fund, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson.

Chris Hayes:  Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, who holds Vermont’s only House seat and serves as chief deputy whip in the Democratic caucus. Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead), comedian and co-creator of “The Daily Show.”  Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting), Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and founder of the Define American campaign.  Rebecca Traister (@rtraister), contributor to to the New York Times Magazine and Salon.com. Author of “Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women.”  Brooke Gladstone (@OTMbrooke), co-host and managing editor of WNYC’s “On the Media.”  JJ Ramberg (@jjramberg), host of MSNBC’s “Your Business” and co-author of “It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business.”  Ro Khanna, former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Commerce and author of “Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future.”  Chris Rabb,(@chrisrabb) adjunct professor for the Fox School of Business at Temple University and author of “Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity.”  Maria Hinojosa (@maria_hinojosa) rotating anchor for PBS’ “Need to Know,” executive producer for “America by the Numbers with Maria Hinajosa,” anchor and executive producer of NPR’s “Latino USA,” winner of 2012 John Chancellor award for Excellence in Journalism.  John McWhorter, professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University, contributing editor at the “New Republic” and “Daily News” columnist.

Chris Matthews.

CNN’s State of the Union:  Previewing the Vice Presidential debate with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, a close ally and confidant of Paul Ryan and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Vice President Joe Biden’s long time friend. Then, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and former Democratic Governor Ted Strickland about the swingstate Ohio. Roundtable: Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi, former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The New York Times’ White House Correspondent Jackie Calmes, CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:  Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, and John Chambers of Cisco. Then, Salman Rushdie. Also, former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

Fox News Sunday:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD).  Then debate coach Brett O’Donnell.

Moyers & Company:  Univision’s Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas join Bill to discuss Hispanic influence and power in America, and how it will affect the 2012 election.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  Extended Roundtable: Senior Adviser to the Obama campaign Robert Gibbs, Newt Gingrich, Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, and NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd.  Then Arnold Schwarzenegger on book tour.

Newsmakers:  Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman. Rep. Israel discusses the Democrats’ efforts to retake the House of Representatives  Also,he looks at the presidential debates, Friday’s jobs numbers and other topics being discussed leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Reporters: Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and Henry C. Jackson of the Associated Press.

Q & A:  Twelve-time Emmy Award winning CBS News and “60 Minutes” reporter Morley Safer. He shares stories about his early years at the network, reveals that he never finished college, and expresses his opinion against the trend of citizen journalism on the internet. In addition, Safer discusses his impressions of the Douglas Brinkley biography titled, “Cronkite.”…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  Huawei – The Chinese telecom giant Huawei, a global company already doing business in the U.S., may pose a security risk to the U.S. government, industry and citizens says the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. Steve Kroft reports. Sticker Shock – Lesley Stahl reports on the world’s largest eye-wear company, the Italian firm Luxottica, responsible for putting glasses on half a billion people. Rodriguez – Singer-songwriter Rodriguez emerged from 40 years of obscurity to become a star, thanks to a film about him and legions of fans in South Africa he never knew he had. Bob Simon reports.

To the Contrary:  Panelists discuss the upcoming affirmative action case in front of the Supreme Court, brought by a white female. Then, we turn to the Latina vote and new data showing they may not show up at the polls this November. And, Behind the Headlines, the role of women in the dangerous world of drug cartels.

Univision’s Al Punto: The Venezuelan Elections. Henrique Capriles Radonski, Oposition Presidential Candidate, “Mesa de la Unidad”; Monica Radonski, mother of Henrique Capriles Radonski; Xoan Noya, PSUV International Youth Commission; Roberto Patiño, National Coordinator of Youth Force in Venezuela; Rafael Reif, MIT President.

Virtually Speaking:  Joan McCarter and digby will talk about the debates and about the future of our social insurance programs, in the wake of the debates, 9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV:  In Depth: Steven Johnson was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of science and culture web magazine FEED.  His current website is outside.in.  Mr. Johnson lectures nationally and writes regularly for several publications, including Wired, Time, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

FDL’s Book Salon:  The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. “The ongoing assault on climate science in the United States has never been more aggressive, more blatant, or more widely publicized than in the case of the Hockey Stick graph — a clear and compelling visual presentation of scientific data, put together by Michael E. Mann and his colleagues, demonstrating that global temperatures have risen in conjunction with the increase in industrialization and the use of fossil fuels. Here was an easy-to-understand graph that, in a glance, posed a threat to major corporate energy interests and those who do their political bidding. The stakes were simply too high to ignore the Hockey Stick — and so began a relentless attack on a body of science and on the investigators whose work formed its scientific basis.” Chat with Dr. Michael E. Mann about his new book, hosted by Kevin Grandia. 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday:  The House I Live In.  “While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.”  Come join Lisa Derrick and guests for the discussion, Monday evening 8pm ET.

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