About C-SPAN Video Library

The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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New Improved Search Released

December 29, 2009

The search on the C-SPAN Video Library has been updated to more quickly index the site. Previously the entire site was being reindexed several times a day. For a site as large and dynamic as C-SPANs, this took a long time with the result that the most recent names and entries would not be found in the search until the indexing was complete.

Now we have implemented a new indexing strategy to incrementally add the new names to the previous index. This means that each new name and program entry is indexed as soon as it is added to the database.

No more waiting. Users should be able to find new entries as soon as they are added and updated throughout the day. We continue to improve the site, so keep an eye out here for announcements of future innovations.

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

December 24, 2009

After twenty-six days of debate, the Senate has passed its version of the health care bill. From November 20 when the debate started, the debate lasted 165 hours. Ninety-five senators took part. Senators Baucus, McCain, Durbin, Alexander, Coburn, Barrasso, Gregg, McConnell, Crappo, and Grassely were the senators who spoke the most times during the debate. The final vote took place on Christmas Eve. The entire debate can be followed on the Congressional Chronicle

Glitch in C-SPAN Posting of 2002 Senate Session

December 21, 2009

C-SPAN Video Library content created prior to 2003 was originally captured on two-hour VHS videotapes which were later digitized for permanent storage in our archives. This process is occasionally susceptible to small errors that can occur at top-of-the-hour tape changes.

An example of this type of error was discovered in the digital online file from the US Senate floor proceedings of October 10, 2002 at noon ET. During this session, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) twice objected to requests from other senators (Mark Dayton D-MN and Robert Byrd D-WV) to extend their allotted speaking times. Both of these requests were recorded by the Archives in real time; however, Sen Dayton’s objection was not captured by the digitization process and therefore was unintentionally excluded from our online file.

We have re-digitized and re-posted this particular Senate session directly from the original analog tapes The clip with both objections appears below along with a link to our Congressional Chronicle archive of the entire Senate session for that day.

The C-SPAN Video Library contains over 150,000 hours of public affairs content, much of it re-digitized from earlier analog tapes. There will be glitches, and as they are identified, we will correct them. We appreciate the assistance of our users in bringing any issues to our attention so that we can continue to build the value of this free public service.

Discussion of Senate Rules

December 17, 2009

Viewers trying to follow the Senate debate on health care will learn a lot about Senate rules and procedures from a recent Washington Journal call-in. On Thursday, December 17, John Bresnahan from Politico was our guest. He discussed the nature of the Senate and the rules which are affecting the Senate health care bill. On Wednesday, December 16, an objection by Senator Colburn required the reading of an amendment by Senator Sanders until Sanders withdrew the amendment over objections from Republicans. Watch this call-in for a primer on Senate rules.

Q&A Airs Every Weekend

December 14, 2009

C-SPAN’s Q&A interview program airs every weekend on C-SPAN. It can be watched on C-SPAN every Sunday evening at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific time. Q&A is an interview program with authors, documentary producers, and policy leaders.

The Video Library has 271 previous Q&A interviews online. They can be easily found by selecting Browse from the top menu and then selecting the Q&A series from the left menu. A new program is added weekly following its airing on C-SPAN.