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Sunday Talking Heads: January 26, 2014

Movie Night Monday: Otelo Burning

Big topics this Sunday are Tuesday’s State of the Union speech and the Sochi Olympics. C-SPAN’s Q&A talks in depth with filmmaker Jehane Noujaim about her Academy Award nominated documentary The Square, about the Egyptian revolution (it can be seen on Netflix).


ABC’S THIS WEEK: State of the Union with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney with Jonathan Karl. Then, Sochi with House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Roundtable: Cokie Roberts, Matt Bai, Van Jones, Rick Santorum, Greta Van Susteren. The show ends with filmmaker Greg Whiteley on his Netflix “Mitt” documentary.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: State of the Union with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and also Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Then, Sochi with Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). And more with former Olympians Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano. Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, Bob Woodward, Bill Kristol, Bill Daley.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Sochi with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s Ambassador to the US. Then, SOTU with White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer. Also, House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Deputy Majority Whip Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). Then horse racing with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: SOTU with White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer. Then, Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Evan Bayh.

KORNACKI’S UP:  Talking with @AndreaWNYC @JimMcqWS @FrankPallone and @Burrite about Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and what the job entails…

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus.  Controversy abounds in #nerdland this Sunday, from Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman to political figures like Texas gubernatorial contender Wendy Davis and beleaguered New Jersey governor Chris Christie. We’ll look at all of them, plus the ongoing immigration debate through the lens of a new documentary about Arizona.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Part Three: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy. Bill talks with the astrophysicist about why science literacy is critical to the future of our democracy, economy and standing in the world.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: SOTU with 2016 jockey Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). And SOTU with Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Then, Sochi and Snowden with Michael Chertoff. And Snowden with Jesselyn Radack, one of Snowden’s legal advisors and also National Security and Human Rights Director of the Government Accountability Project. And Sochi with Billie Jean King. Roundtable: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); former FCC Chair, now President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Michael Powell; Mike Murphy; New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Carolyn Ryan; Chuck Todd.

NEWSMAKERS: Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins talked about the conservative political agenda for 2014, the March for Life rally, and the president’s State of the Union address.?He said the FRC’s goal was to “advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.” Mr.?Perkins also urged social conservatives to stop giving money to national Republicans until the party clearly states opposition to gay marriage.?Prior to this interview, Mr.?Perkins had stated that Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) had in effect become leaders of the Republican Party.?After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

Q & A: Jehane Noujaim, the director of a newly released Academy Award nominated documentary film titled, “The Square.” She describes the film as a story about the basic struggle for freedom and democracy, framed by events which began in Tahrir Square in Egypt during 2011. Noujaim discusses how she came to make the film, which was not planned in advance, and how it evolved as historic events continued to unfold. She talks about the people featured throughout the film, including the young street protester Ahmed Hassan, and Magdy Ashour, a father of four who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.…

RELIGION & ETHICS: Jordan’s Syrian Refugees, Inoculation Ethics. The mobilization of faith-based groups—Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox, Mennonite, and more—in Jordan to aid Syrian refugees; and the growing number of parents who refuse vaccines for their children.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Obama’s Task Force to Fight Sexual Assault. How Religion Can Be the Cause of Divorce. Gimme Shelter: “Pro-life” Movie. Panel: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Republican Commentator Angela McGlowan, Former Prosecutor and Judge Debra Carnahan, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary; Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit; Norman Quijano, El Salvador’s Arena Party Presidential Candidate; and Pedro Rojas, Noticias Univision Houston Correspondent.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Joan McCarter (Daily Kos) & RJ Eskow (Campaign for America’s Future) talk about current events. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @JoanMcCarter @RJEskow @JayAckroyd. 9pm ET, 6pm PT Sunday.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: None scheduled.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Otelo Burning. “Based on true events, Otelo Burning is a story of three South African teens that escape the turmoil of their township and discover the joy of surfing. When Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it’s clear that he was born to surf, but as the group become stars on the surfing circuit, their bond begins to unravel and their competitiveness, especially Otelo’s romantic interest in New Year’s sister, breeds an unavoidable conflict. Finally tragedy strikes on the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, and Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice.” Join host Lisa Derrick and director Sara Blecher and South African surfer Jafta Mambolo for the discussion. Monday 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

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