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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Rep. Millicent Fenwick Interview

July 28, 2010


A late 1982 interview with Rep. Millicent Fenwick is now digitized and available in the Video Library. Recognized by others for her philosophical observations about life and politics, she quotes from the Bible and poetry. She discusses the corrupting influence of power in the House citing her clash with the chairman of the Administration Committee. Her observations on money, advertising, and politics are prescient. She gives her reactions on leaders such as Tip O’Neill, Bob Michel, Jim Wright, and Trent Lott. This interview is a step back in time in a charming interview with a scrupulous politician.

I.F. Stone On C-SPAN

July 27, 2010

C-SPAN recently digitized a viewer call-in program with journalist, editor, and reporter I.F. Stone. The interview from July, 1982 is one of the earliest C-SPAN recordings. Now that the entire off-air recordings are digitized, we are working on some early production tapes that were preserved. We will use this space to highlight other notable tapes that we uncover.

This is one of the two I.F. Stone recordings in the collection. The other is a National Press Club Speech that he delivered in 1988 a year before he died. He was 81 when the speech was given. Don’t miss these rare television appearances of an American independent journalist.

Twitter Feeds Now on Member Pages

July 15, 2010

Now you can follow Member of Congress twitter feeds on their bio pages. Each member who has a twitter account now has a section to see what they tweet and the responses they get. Just search on a member’s name, click on their picture to go to their page, and look for the twitter link on the right-hand side of the page. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) are active tweeters.

New Features in Video Library

July 9, 2010

New features have been added to the Video Library. These include:

1. Spelling checking in the search. It will suggest alternatives if you misspell something.
2. A larger Flash player.
3. Links to Member official pages and official bios on Member of Congress pages.
4. A Member word search of congressional sessions. On the Congressional Chronicle page you can search for a member’s name (Obama) and a word (Iraq) and to find statements on the House or Senate floor on that subject.
5. The About page now has links to the three “How To” videos about the Video Library.

Look for these new features. We will continue to improve the Video Library and announce the changes in this space.

Bill Searching Added to Video Library

July 8, 2010

A new bill search feature is now available in the Video Library. Every bill is indexed to when it was debated on the House floor. You can search from the general search box or from the special search boxes that are found on the Congress page. The search returns all incidents of the bill being debated as well as the sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill and links to the text of the bill. Amendments to bills as well as House special rules for the bills are also found from this search.

Try searching on H.R. 1 in the search box or from the bill search option on the Congress page. You will find filters to limit the search to the bill only (excluding amendments), to limit the stage that the bill reached, and the Congress. Note that there is an H.R. 1 every Congress.

You can also search by words. Searching for health care will bring up all programs dealing with health care where the word appears in the program description or the text. Now it will return all bills that have health care in the title. There are filters at the top of the page that allow you to see bills only by using the checks boxes at the top of the page.

We think that the bill search feature will allow users to find more references to bills on the House and Senate floor. Try it and let us know what you think.