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Sunday Talking Heads: December 8, 2013

Eleanor Roosevelt – Pearl Harbor Radio Address – Dec. 7, 1941

I’m pretty sure CNN will have changed the lineup with the news of Mandela’s death.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Nelson Mandela: Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Jendayi Frazer, former pollster for Nelson Mandela Stan Greenberg, Mandela biographer and former New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief Bill Keller, and Dr. Gay McDougall, former member of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa which oversaw the country’s first fully democratic elections in 1994. Then budgets with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Roundtable: Matthew Dowd, Michael Eric Dyson, James Carville, Mary Matalin. “Sunday Spotlight,” Nelson Mandela in his own words, 1990.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Nelson Mandela: Dr. Maya Angelou, Jim Baker, TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson. Roundtable: Gwen Ifill, host of “PBS Newshour,” Lorraine Miller, Interim President of the NAACP, Michele Norris, NPR Host and Special Correspondent, Richard Stengel, former Time magazine editor and author of “Mandela’s Way,” Gayle King Co-Host of “CBS This Morning”.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: “The Obama administration and its European allies are praising an interim nuclear deal reached with Iran, but tougher sanctions being proposed in Congress could complicate matters.” House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NY). Jobs: economist Mark Zandi, Annie Lowrey of the New York Times and the AEI’s Kevin Hassett. Roundtable: DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, USA Today’s Susan Page.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) joins us to discuss the latest on ObamaCare, his thoughts on potential drone deliveries by Amazon, and the possibility of a 2016 Presidential run. Sen Paul will be returning from Detroit, where he will unveil a rescue plan for that city to the Detroit Economic Club.” Then, Pik Botha “a Foreign Minister in South Africa during the last years of the apartheid era, and eventually served in Mandela’s government. In our exclusive interview, he shares some personal stories and memories of Nelson Mandela.” Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Juan WIlliams.



MOYERS & COMPANY: Encore: America’s Gilded Capital. Bill talks with New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich about This Town, his book on how money rules Washington, D.C.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Nelson Mandela:

NEWSMAKERS: House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) discusses the Defense Authorization bill, the sequester, Iran and the nuclear deal, and changes in the U.S. military’s role across the world.

Q & A: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, David Finkel. He discusses his new book titled, “Thank You for Your Service.” Finkel explains that this book is a follow up to his previous book, “The Good Soldiers,” in which he embedded with the U.S. Army’s 2nd battalion 16th infantry regiment in Baghdad during the “surge.” This book follows many of the same men as they return home and try to reintegrate to civilian life. He describes in intimate detail the challenges and triumphs experienced by not only the men, but their wives and children…

RELIGION & ETHICS: Nelson Mandela, Pundits and the Pope, Christmas Gift Giving. The legacy of Nelson Mandela; the pope’s document urging Catholics to do more for the poor; churches and alternative Christmas gift-giving; and the growing number of Hispanic Protestants in the U.S.

Mandela – 60 Minutes pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, whose wise use of reconciliation in his struggle against the racist apartheid system helped avoid a civil war and peacefully gave birth to the democratic republic of South Africa. Bob Simon reports.
SURVIVOR – Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recalls the 2005 battle in Afghanistan he alone survived, a fire fight that at the time, resulted in the largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since WWII. Anderson Cooper reports.

TO THE CONTRARY: The New Americans. No Panel.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Univision News Senior International Affairs Contributor; Fernando Landeros Verdugo, Founder and President of the Teletón Foundation and the Teletón USA Foundation.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Political & social commentators Dave Dayen & Gaius Publius offer a counter point to the Sunday morning talk shows. They compare notes from their observations, investigations and considerations of the past week. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @ddayen @Gaius_Publius @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak. Tonight, 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution. “Too High to Fail covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider’s perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy (to the tune of $6 billion annually). Investigative journalist Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles an issue of critical importance to lawmakers, media pundits, and ordinary Americans—whether or not they inhale. It’s a wild ride that includes swooping helicopters, college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and never-before-gained access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying “ganjaprenneur.”” Chat with Doug Fine about his new book. Hosted by Phillip Munger (EdwardTeller), 5pm ET, 2pm PT. See ET’s FDL Book Salon Preview: Too High to Fail Author Doug Fine Addresses London UK NORML Meeting.

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