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Sunday Talking Heads: October 13, 2013

Good morning all.

Today’s book salon is sobering, Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America, Jeff Kaye hosts. Monday’s movie night is also stark, The Ghosts in Our Machine, “A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.”

As for the talk shows this morning, no surprise that it’s all Shutdown.

And Once Again, Sunday Morning Talk Shows Are White, Male, And Conservative, sadly, a report from Media Matters:

White Men Still Represent The Largest Proportion Of Guests Except On Melissa Harris-Perry. Six of the seven shows analyzed — This Week, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, State of the Union, and Up — have hosted white men at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent portion of the population. Melissa Harris-Perry provided the greatest diversity among guests, providing a much higher rate of white women and African-American guests than the other programs; Up also hosted a higher percentage of people from those demographics than CNN or the broadcast programs. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests have been largely absent from the Sunday shows. Native Americans fared even worse, with only two appearances (one on Melissa Harris-Perry and one on Up) out of a total of 2,436 appearances over the nine-month period studied.

And here are the listings:


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Who would know.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).  Then, Tea Party Republican Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).  Roundtable:  Dee Dee Myers, the press secretary during the Clinton administration, Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel, and Washington Post’s Dan Balz.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:   Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Susan Collins (R-ME). Roundtable: former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Newt Gingrich and Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:   Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VW).  Tea Party Sen. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

KORNACKI’S UP: @upwithsteve


MOYERS & COMPANY:  Heather Gerken on Dollars v. Democracy – A constitutional law professor explains what’s at stake in McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case before the Supreme Court.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:   Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Then, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.  Roundtable: Co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, Judy Woodruff; Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker; Harold Ford; and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd. Also, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

NEWSMAKERS: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) talks about foreign policy issues and Congressional oversight of U.S. policy.

Q & A: Josh Bolten, former chief of staff in the George W. Bush administration from 2006 to 2009. In part two of his discussion, Bolten talks about the overall relationship between the press and the administration. He says there was some hostility and the media were, in general, biased against the Bush administration. He counsels that White House employees cannot spend all their time “wrought up” over how badly the press is treating them. He says there were times that President Bush didn’t mind tough questions from interviewers.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Solitary Confinement, James Lee Burke, Children’s Hajj. Some of the ethical challenges raised by solitary confinement in prisons; visit best-selling Catholic crime-novel writer James Lee Burke at his home in Montana; and replay our 2012 story about a mock hajj for Muslim American children in Virginia as this year’s annual pilgrimage to Mecca approaches.

60 MINUTES: Detroit – Decades of declining population, reduced tax revenues, corruption and other misfortunes have put the former industrial capital of America on the brink of bankruptcy. Bob Simon reports on the decline of an American city and the people determined to bring it back.
Rescue – In a true story that could be a Hollywood movie a young assistant bank manager at a Saigon Citibank risks his life to save 105 Vietnamese, spiriting them out of the besieged city in 1975 by duping the American military into thinking they were his own family. Lesley Stahl reports.
Boy Wonder – The teen who may have invented an early test for pancreatic cancer — an organ he says he didn’t even know he had when he began his quest — says creativity rather than brains played the bigger role in his discovery. Morley Safer profiles Jack Andraka.

TO THE CONTRARY:  “The Welcoming Movement.” THC traveled to churches in Arizona, Minnesota, and Washington D.C., and talked to pastors and church goers about why they decided to become “Open and Affirming” of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO:  U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D), District 4, Illinois; José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Ángeles; Adryana Boyne, National Director of VOCES Action; Israel Ortega, Strategic Initiatives Manager of the Heritage Foundation; Paulo Sibaja, Director of Coalitions Leadership Institute; María Kodama, Widow of Argentine Writer Jorge Luis Borges.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  Joan McCarter and Stuart Zechman offer a counterpoint to the Sunday morning media shows, with Jay Ackroyd. Plus satirical commentary from Culture of Truth.  Follow @JoanMcCarter @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV: Southern Festival of BOoks.

FDLS’ BOOK SALON: “In Against Their Will, authors Allen Hornblum, Judith Newman, and Gregory Dober reveal the little-known history of unethical and dangerous medical experimentation on children in the United States. Through rare interviews and the personal correspondence of renowned medical investigators, they document how children—both normal and those termed “feebleminded”—from infants to teenagers, became human research subjects in terrifying experiments. They were drafted as “volunteers” to test vaccines, doused with ringworm, subjected to electric shock, and given lobotomies. They were also fed radioactive isotopes and exposed to chemical warfare agents. This groundbreaking book shows how institutional superintendents influenced by eugenics often turned these children over to scientific researchers without a second thought.” Join the discussion with the authors and host Jeff Kaye, 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: The Ghosts in Our Machine. “A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.” Join Director Liz Marshall and Jo-Anne McArthur, the covert photographer who brought this to the screen, Lisa Derrick hosts. 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

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