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Sunday Talking Heads: April 20, 2014

Tanzania: A Journey Within, Movie Night Monday.

Good morning. I hope the Easter Bunny didn’t skip your house this morning, chocolate does not prefer one belief system over another, be it as bunnies or lambs.

Ukraine is the top topic today, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary; I’m not from Boston, I’m not from New York so forgive my insensitivity but I don’t care for the prolonged remembrances of terror attacks, why give the perps that satisfaction?

On the big shows there’s talk of Easter but no mention of Passover. Catholic bishops are booked but no mainstream Protestants that I can see. And how Ralph Reed gets included at any time is beyond me, the man’s a grifting disgrace with the religious sincerity of a cockroach, and yes I hate cockroaches that much.

CNN is doing a segment on military suicides, “a story that defines an entire generation.” Unnecessary war scarred another generation, yet we did it all again to a new generation with the absolutely positively not necessary attack on Iraq – never forgetting the horror Iraqis still live with today thanks to America’s “intervention.” We knew better the second time around but still we boldly went where we had no business to go. From CNN: “22 U.S. war veterans kill themselves every day. It’s the silent killer resulting from physical and mental health challenges, financial woes, or what some describe as the “daunting task” of re-assimilating to civilian life.” That’s 22 U.S. families destroyed Every.Single.Day, the reverberations are incalculable. Thanks Bush & Co. Again, never forgetting the destruction rained down upon by every family in Iraq (and Vietnam). But Halliburton made a killing, and Bush paints real nice.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Unemployment and Job Creation with The Economic Policy Institute’s Ross Eisenbrey and the Cato Institute’s Daniel Mitchell. 8:45am – Federal Reserve and U.S. Economy with Danielle Kurtzleben. 9:15am – Russian Intervention in Ukraine with Matthew Rojansky, director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Boston Marathon with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and former New York City police commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly. Then, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on his new book “Six Amendments.” Roundtable: Donna Brazile, S.E. Cupp, Bill Kristol, Jeff Zeleny. Religious Right Roundtable: Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and author of the new book, “Awakening”; and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Boston Marathon with MA Gov. Deval Patrick. Then, Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, David Ignatius, Michael Duffy, John Dickerson.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: The “ObamaCare effect” with the DNC’s Mo Elleithee, Sean Spicer from the RNC, and political handicapper Stu Rothenberg. Then, Flight MH370 with Kim Beazley, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States. Also, “Iraq and a marathon: Among the 36,000 runners at Monday’s Boston Marathon is Lukman Faily, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States. He’s running to fund-raise and show solidarity with the victims of terror in Boston and Baghdad. Iraq’s national elections are less than 2 weeks away, but parts of the country are descending further into chaos. Has war fatigue in the U.S. contributed to instability in the Middle East?” Plus, suicides in the military with Sen. John Walsh (D-MN) “the first Iraq War combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate” and Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Ukraine with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Then, Easter with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. Roundtable: George Will, Rana Foroohar, Robert Costa, Evan Bayh. Power Player: Curtis Viebranz, president of the Mount Vernon estate on George Washington, the whiskey maker.



MOYERS & COMPANY: What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know. Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). Roundtable: Chuck Todd; David Brooks; Radhika Jones, TIME Deputy Managing Editor; David Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Executive Editor.

NEWSMAKERS: Tim Pawlenty talked about issues that faced the banking and credit card industries.?Topics included credit card and online banking security, housing finance reform, the amount of capital big banks should keep on hand, and implementing the Volker rule, which banned banks from making speculative trades with their own money.

Q & A: William D. Cohan discusses his book “The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities” which is about the Duke Lacrosse Scandal of 2006.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Religious Leaders in Kansas Gather for Interfaith Service after Deadly Shootings at Jewish Facilities. White House Hosts Easter Breakfast and Passover Seder.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Confidence Code: Interview with Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Young Women See Sexual Assault as Normal. Sarah Bessey and her Book “Jesus Feminist.” Panel: Progressive Magazine Editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff, Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Henrique Capriles Radonsky, Venezuelan Opposition Leader and Governor of Miranda; Alberto “Al” Cardenas, Chair of the American Conservative Union; Katherine Vargas, Director of Hispanic Media at the White House; Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland; Martín Caparrós, Argentinean Writer and friend of Gabriel García Márquez.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Avedon Carol and Jay Akroyd. 9pm ET, 6pm PT.


FDL’S BOOK SALON: The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War. “The war in Vietnam essentially began in 1964 in response to what the American government claimed was an unprovoked attack upon two U.S. naval ships, the destroyers USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951), while they were steaming peacefully on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam.” Chat with John White about his new book, hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Tanzania: A Journey Within (aka “Kwanini”). “After nine years in the USA furthering his education, Venance is traveling home to Tanzania with Kristen, a close American friend from a vastly differing background. As Venance leads Kristen through his native country — from Dar-es-Salaam to the top of mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro to the sweltering plains of the Serengeti and finally to the impoverished village of his childhood — together they experience the ancient culture, the present-day poverty, and the eternal spirituality of his motherland. As Venance struggles to blend his newly-learned western philosophy with that of tribal life, Kristen experiences a life-changing transformation by observing first-hand the daily struggle to survive for many living on the continent, including the devastation of malaria. Tanzania: A Journey Within is a dramatic, emotional, visually stunning odyssey that challenges and changes our protagonists forever.” Join Lisa Derrick and Producer/Director Sylvia Caminer, 8pm ET, 5pm PT, Monday.

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