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Sunday Talking Heads: December 29, 2013

Snowy Owl vs. Peregrine Falcon via GrrlScientist

Good Morning! Quite cold here – same for you?
Have some coffee or hot chocolate, there’re still some candy cane stirrers for you.

I’ve dropped 60 Minutes, register your protest in comments. It’s sad tho, we could use some little-bit-longer-form reporting, but we don’t need whatever it is they’ve been selling (paid for?) lately.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Game Changers 2013.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Major Garrett hosts. On Edward Snowden. Barton Gellman, Jesselyn Radack, and Thomas Drake. Followed by Michael Hayden. Roundtable: Jeffrey Kluger of TIME, James Fallows of The Atlantic, Laura Sydell of NPR, and Seth Fletcher of Scientific American.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: The “10 top political talking points from 2013 with a Girl Power panel of SE Cupp, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro, and Neera Tanden.”

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Obamacare with doctors Howard Dean and AEI’s Scott Gottlieb. Then, the future of the NSA with House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) and committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman.

KORNACKI’S UP: @upwithsteve

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus. The second annual Melissa Harris-Perry year-end Look Back in Laughter show.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Pope, Poverty and Poetry. Bill talks to best-selling author Thomas Cahill about why Pope Francis has conservatives up in arms, and to Philip Levine, who explores how his years working on Detroit’s assembly lines inspired his poetry.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: House Oversight Committee Chair, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). “Should Edward Snowden stand trial in the United States for leaking classified information from the NSA? Should we listen to his calls for more transparency and personal privacy?” with Edward Snowden’s lead legal advisor, Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union. Roundtable: Eugene Robinson, Andrea Mitchell, Elliott Abrams, Robin Wright, Dr. Peter Starns.

NEWSMAKERS: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation’s largest teachers unions, spoke about key issues in education.?Topics included the common core standards initiative that outlined what K-12 students should know in English and math, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, as well as standardized testing and other issues.?The 2012 PISA test results showed American students below average in math compared with other nations.

Q & A: Radio talk show host and author Hugh Hewitt. He discusses his new book titled “The Happiest Life: Seven Gifts, Seven Givers, and the Secret to Genuine Success.” He describes the message of the book as generosity, which underscores almost every happy person he knows. There are seven gifts he outlines which include encouragement, energy, enthusiasm and gratitude…

RELIGION & ETHICS: A look back at the top religion and ethics news of the year—Pope Francis and his priorities, such as helping the poor, and also churches divided over homosexuality and same-sex marriage. On our panel: managing editor Kim Lawton, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, and Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service.

TO THE CONTRARY: The Welcoming Movement.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Clarissa Martínez De Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns at the National Council of La Raza; Juan José Gutiérrez, President, “Vamos Unidos USA;” Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Yoani Sánchez, Cuban Dissident; Enrique Acevedo, Univision News Anchor; Ricardo Arambarri, Univision News Correspondent, Jaime García, Univision News Correspondent.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Avedon Carol (Sideshow) & Jay Ackroyd (Eschaton) discuss the week’s happenings. 9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific.
Chat with Roz Savage about her new book. Hosted by Phillip Munger (EdwardTeller). 5pm ET, 2pm PT Sunday.

FDL’s MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: No movie this week.

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