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Sunday Talking Heads: September 7, 2014

Pay 2 Play trailer, Movie Night Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT.

Rise & Shine, it’s Chuck Todd Day!

Chuck Todd’s new and improved Meet the Press (Now with more Edge!) starts this weekend. By now you’ve heard the fab news (RIP MTP) that Luke Russert is coming on as a regular at Chuck Todd’s new and improved roundtable (not sure what the Russert family has on NBC, but it’s gotta be big and dirty). Here’s what you can look forward to:

And also joining the MTP squad is Joe Scarborough because what Sunday talk shows need is more, more, and even more of the same. More and better Village is not what I thought new and improved was supposed to be. But, NBC’s hoping to reel in a bigger piece of that Citizen United fishpie and you can’t do that if you’re rocking the boat.

A special treat for you Todders, Chuck was interviewed for CNN’s Reliable Sources this Sunday, here’s a snippet, and he did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Friday.

Aanndd, the Washington Post ran several features this week spotlighting Chuck Todd (I’m sure there are others):

Chuck Todd brings President Obama to ‘Meet the Press,’ but can he avoid giving viewers more of the same?

 Five myths about the Sunday talk shows

After all that ado, on to the listings (and don’t miss Juan Cole and CTuttle at Book Salon):


ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Then, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). Roundtable: Matt Bai, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl, Bill Kristol, Nate Silver. Finally, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “One man who has been dealing with foreign policy for more than four decades will be on the show”: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “The breadth of his knowledge is just astonishing. People often ask me who is my favorite person to interview is, and there are many of them, but Dr. Kissinger is definitely at the top of my list.” Then, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Also, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Roundtable: Peggy Noonan, David Ignatius, Peter Baker. Finally, CBS News Elections Director Anthony Salvanto and New York Times’ David Leonhardt on the midterm elections.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Chuck Todd, Ari Fleischer, Bill Burton, Ron Fournier, Katrina vandenHeuvel, Rula Jebreal.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (d-ca) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (D-MI). Will ISIS 9/11 us? with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D), and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R). Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, LZ Granderson, Erikka Knuti.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Mitt Romney (2016?). Then, ISIS with House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Bob Woodward.

KORNACKI’S UP: Providence RI mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci.


MOYERS & COMPANY: Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants. The Massachusetts senator talks to Bill about taking on the entrenched political and Wall Street interests that have rigged the game against the rest of us.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Chuck Todd debuts as host. President Barack Obama. Roundtable: Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, ??.

NEWSMAKERS: Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest union, talked by remote video from San Francisco, about employment numbers, minimum wage, immigration, and politics.?On September 4, 2014, the SEIU held protests across the U.S. with fast food workers demanding a wage of $15 per hour.?The union had been working to organize fast food and home care workers.?After the interview, the reporters in the studio discussed her responses with the host.

Q & A: David Fahrenthold, national reporter at the Washington Post, discusses his article on Medicare fraud involving power wheelchairs, as well as other investigative reports he has worked on involving federal government waste.

RELIGION & ETHICS: Heroin and the Faith Community. World Without Hate.

TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: Women Recruiting Women to Jihad. Transgender Students. LGBT Court Wins Vs. Women’s Rights Losses (Jay Michaelson). Panel: Reality Check’s Erin Matson; Advisor, Center for American Politics, Danielle Moodie-Mills; The Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers; Hispanic Post’s Clara Del Villar.

UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Jorge Mario Cabrera, Communications and Public Relations Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice; Karl Penhaul, Journalist and CNN Correspondent; Talía Vásquez, Attorney of former Michoacán militia member, Dr. José Manuel Mireles; Alexis and Fido, Latin Grammy Reggaeton Duo from Puerto Rico.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Gaius Publius and McJoan, hosted by Jay Ackroyd. With Culture of Truth. Live tonight at 6pm ET, 9pm PT, or online tomorrow.

C-SPAN’S BOOK TV: In Depth: Mary Frances Berry. Mary Frances is the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the former chair of the Organization of American Historians. She is currently a history professor and professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania.

FDL’S BOOK SALON: The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East. “For three decades, Juan Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. In The New Arabs he outlines the history that led to the dramatic changes in the region, and explores how a new generation of men and women are using innovative notions of personal rights to challenge the authoritarianism, corruption, and stagnation that had afflicted their societies.” Come chat with Juan Cole about his new book, hosted by CTuttle…! 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes. “PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury — through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.” Join host Jane Hamsher and her guests, Executive Producer Holly Mosher and Director/Producer John Wellington Ennis. [Holly was on Movie Night before w/ her second film, she directed Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus] 8pm ET, 5pm PT Monday.


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