Supreme Court Oral Arguments Airing Next Week on C-SPAN

During the first week of the Congressional break, C-SPAN will air five of the Supreme Court’s notable oral arguments so far this session… each day, Monday through Friday, at various times:

MONDAY (4/14), 6:30p – Contraceptive Mandate

Sebelius versus Lobby Hobby, the case testing the health care law’s contraception mandate, and whether for-profit corporations may deny insurance coverage for contraceptives based on the religious beliefs of the corporate president or board.

TUESDAY (4/15), 7p – Campaign Contributions

McCutcheon versus FEC where the Supreme Court (on April 2) struck down limits on the total amount of money an individual can contribute in federal elections. The court ruled the restrictions are an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment free speech rights.

WEDNESDAY (4/16), 7p – Free Speech & Discrimination

The case of whether Secret Service agents can be sued for discrimination due to actions on the job. Protestors say two agents forced them to move away from an Oregon hotel where George W. Bush was dining while pro-Bush supporters were allowed to stay.

THURSDAY (4/17), 6:50p – Software & Business Patents

This is a case that could change the future of software patents. The court is considering whether a company can patent a ‘computerized risk analysis’ of international finance transactions. The case could determine what types of software and business-methods are eligible for patents.

FRIDAY (4/18), approx. 6:55p  – Employee Stock Ownership

A case dealing with companies that sell stock options to employees as a retirement investment. In this case, a company’s employee retirement investment plan continued selling stock even after the value dropped 74%. Employees say they weren’t told the stocks were risky.


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Coverage of JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary: FULL SCHEDULE

The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is Friday, November 22, 2013, and today there are 252 programs relating to the former president in the C-SPAN Video Library.

Recently, C-SPAN3’s American History TV aired interviews with authors and eyewitnesses, including: a former AP reporter who covered President Kennedy and two Dallas ER workers who treated the President after he was shot.

C-SPAN’s First Ladies program also examined the image and influence of Jacqueline Kennedy, and on Sunday, the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation responded to phone calls and electronic communications on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

There’s much more JFK Assassination Anniversary coverage coming up this weekend on C-SPAN3. Visit for local channel finder, and catch up on any programming you missed at and

FRIDAY 11/22 on C-SPAN

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: LIVE-Washington Journal, C-SPAN’s morning program, will be devoted solely to the anniversary, focusing on viewer calls and memories and interspersed with oral histories from witnesses.

8:00 a.m. ET: LIVE Viewer call-in with Richard Reeves, author of several books about President Kennedy.

10:00 a.m. ET: NBC News coverage from November 22, 1963, when the network first reported on the assassination.

12:30pm ET: LIVE Ceremony from Dealey Plaza in Dallas: “The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy”

Historian David McCullough will read from JFK’s speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform.

2:10pm ET: LIVE Viewer Calls on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

2:30pm ET (taped): Ceremony from John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston: “A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy”

Singer-songwriter James Taylor and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are among those participating in the commemoration at the JFK Presidential Library.


12:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. ET: November 22 Ceremonies from Dealey Plaza in Dallas and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston — the first time either site has commemorated the assassination on this scale. In Dallas, historian David McCullough will read from JFK’s speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform. In Boston, musicians who played for President Kennedy in the White House join the U.S. Navy women’s choir,  which will sing hymns performed at his funeral.

4:30 p.m. ET: American Artifacts: “Three Shots Were Fired” Exhibit

Curator Carrie Christoffersen takes us through the Newseum’s exhibit, “Three Shots Were Fired,” which considers how President Kennedy’s assassination was documented and reported by the press.

5:00 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Bill Minutaglio, Co-Author of “Dallas 1963” 

5:45 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Hugh Aynesworth, Author of “November 22, 1963: Witness to History”

SUNDAY 11/24 on C-SPAN3

1:30 p.m. ET: President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress on November 27, 1963— five days after the assassination.

2:00 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with Robert Caro, Author – “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power,” and of the eBook Short “Dallas, November 22, 1963”

2:45 p.m. ET: LIVE Viewer Call-in Program with presidential historian Timothy Naftali on President Kennedy’s legacy

6:00 p.m. ET: NBC News Coverage of President Kennedy’s State Funeral as broadcast on Monday November 25, 1963.

Check for the complete weekend schedule including:

Eyewitness accounts:

  • Texas Governor John Connolly, who was in the president’s car during the Dallas motorcade and was also shot
  • Clint Hill, the secret service agent assigned to protect First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who was traveling in the first car behind the presidential limousine
  • Lady Bird Johnson’s reflections on the Dallas motorcade and the chaos that followed in the rush to Parkland Hospital
  • LBJ Aide Liz Carpenter, who wrote the brief statement that LBJ delivered upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base with President Kennedy’s body on November 22, 1963
  • Life Magazine journalist Richard Stolley on how he acquired the Zapruder film
  • Civilians, journalists and Parkland Hospital doctors interviewed by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located in the Old Texas School Book Depository where suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired on the president’s motorcade.

Archival film and audio:

  • “John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightening, Day of Drums,” with a recently recorded introduction from the film’s director, Bruce Herschenson
  • Universal Newsreels: “President Assassinated” and “The World Mourns”
  • U.S. Navy footage of JFK’s last two days in Texas and of the state funeral in Washington
  • Audio recordings of LBJ’s phone calls to Rose Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.  
  • Air Force One transmissions between the White House, Andrews Air Force Base and presidential aides recorded November 22, 1963

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StudentCam 2014 is under way

It’s official: StudentCam 2014 is underway, with the entry form live on the StudentCam website.

This year, prizes have doubled. $100,000 will be given away to 150 video teams. Five videos have already been submitted in November- the earliest C-SPAN has ever received entries for the competition.

This group of students took their video to the next level by interviewing Glenn Close!

Laurel Yerg (left) and Gabriella Mumma (right) interviewed Glenn and Jessie Close for a student film about mental illness. (via

Laurel Yerg (left) and Gabriella Mumma (right) interviewed Glenn and Jessie Close for a student film about mental illness. (via

Deadline for entries is January 20, 2014. Visit for more information.

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The Ohio Clock & the C-SPAN Video Library: A Match Made in Heaven

Rachel Maddow loves the C-SPAN Video Library. Do you?

Set up an account and start clipping today!

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BookTV Marks 15 Years

15 years ago this week, C-SPAN2 launched BookTV- 48 hours of author interviews and book-related programming available all weekend, every weekend.

Since BooKTV debuted on C-SPAN2 on Sept. 12, 1998, we’ve featured  approximately 9,000 authors.  That’s about 40,000 hours of original content so far. These programs and events with authors and their books are digitized and available and searchable via  C-SPAN’s video library and, offering an archive of nonfiction writers’ views of the dawn of the 21st century. See more here:

Much cake marked the occasion at C-SPAN!


@BookBobMinz wrote the following for USA TODAY in honor of BookTV’s 15 years:

‘BookTV’ turns 15: C-SPAN, the non-profit cable network best known for its gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate and House, doesn’t worry about ratings. But on the 15th anniversary of BookTV, the weekly weekend-long program devoted to non-fiction books, it’s worth noting the @BookTV Twitter feed has 185,713 followers. Since BookTV began Sept. 12, 1998, it has shown interviews with more than 9,000 authors, including nine winners of the Nobel Prize for literature, seven Supreme Court justices and five presidents, all archived at (

[UPDATE:] Reporters aren’t the only people who appreciate BookTV. Yo-Yo Ma recently named it one of his favorite TV programs:


GalleyCat also wrote a post on the 10 most popular BookTV interviews about writing.


Visit us on Facebook to share a comment about why you watch BookTV, and see you next weekend at the National Book Festival!

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Today’s the day!: “First Ladies: Influence and Image” resumes at 9ET

Today’s the day you’ve been waiting all summer for.

At 9pm ET on C-SPAN networks and livestreaming at, our original series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image” returns with a two hour episode about Edith Roosevelt, who kept this dish as a dog bowl under her desk at Sagamore Hill.


On Saturday at the Newseum’s Inside Media program in the Knight TV studio, host John Maynard moderated a “First Ladies” preview program featuring historian and C-SPAN Advisor Richard Norton Smith, NPR analyst Cokie Roberts and Washington Post correspondent Krissah Thompson.


Episodes air live each Monday night at 9pm ET. Each show is interactive, with hosts taking live calls, Tweets and Facebook questions from viewers. Episodes re-air each Monday night at midnight and then again on the following Saturday night at 7pm.

The series will conclude on February 10 with a finale episode focusing on Michelle Obama.  In the meantime, explore selected video clips about each first lady on the website and pin your favorite official White House portrait from our Pinterest board.

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Reasons to Follow C-SPAN on Pinterest

1)  We have full coverage of the news of the day- like immediate reactions to the DOMA ruling.

DOMA Reaction

Dems' reaction to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

2) Who else can take you on a tour of the White House Pastry Kitchen the week before Christmas?

WH Pastry Kitchen

2) Thanks to our C-SPAN Bus board, you can follow the C-SPAN bus- and the cute kids who climb on board- around the country.

Cute GOP kid

3) Inaugural gowns.

FLOTUS portraits

4) First Ladies quotes.

FLOTUS quote

5) And… pictures of the Reagans eating dinner on TV trays.

Reagans & TV trays

Happy Pinning!

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