At some point during the past few days, the C-Span Video Library surpassed the 200,000 hour mark for archived programming. It’s all there—politics, authors, and stimulating ideas. Instead of spending your hard earned dollars on entertainment this weekend, consider entertaining yourself online for FREE.
The site is easy to use. The recently improved search engine lets you look up your favorite places, persons, or subjects, so that you can access quickly whatever content interests you the most. For example, if you’re planning a summer vacation, a search for your destination will likely yield several programs to enrich your visit. If you’re interested in particular historical figures, there’s probably a program about them (456 programs discuss Abraham Lincoln and 22 discuss John Wilkes Booth). If you’re into basketball, a search for that term rounds up 103 programs (including a 2010 commencement address by coach Bobby Knight).
Here are several videos that I watched and enjoyed recently. Embark upon you own C-Span odyssey this weekend!
1. June 29, 1992. David McCullough discusses his biography Truman, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for biography. Access at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Truma.
2. July 11, 1997. Brian Lamb interviews author Frank McCourt about Angela’s Ashes. Access at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Angela.
3. August 12, 1997. Brian Lamb interviews John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Access at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Midn.
4. May 8, 2001. Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which won the 2000 National Book Award for nonfiction. Access at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Hearto.
5. November 10, 2006. Members of the 101st Airborne, 506 Infantry Regiment, Easy Company, comment on clips from the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Access at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Airborne.