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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Dick Clark on C-SPAN

April 27, 2012

No, Dick Clark never appeared on C-SPAN. There is no American Bandstand or New Year’s at Times Square in the Video Library. However, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), a personal friend of Dick Clark, gave a tribute to the late entertainer on the House floor.

It is not unusual for Members of Congress to give tributes to famous personalities. One personality, Bob Hope, had a premature tribute when his death was mistakenly announced on the House floor, June 5, 1998. Hope did not die until July 27, 2003. You can watch this premature announcement here.

You can search the Video Library for many other tributes to personalities, sports teams, outstanding students, and fallen soldiers that members deliver on the House and Senate floor.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tune in to C-SPAN to watch the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. President Obama and entertainer Jimmy Kimmel will speak. If you miss it, you can always view it in the C-SPAN Video Library where you will find previous years dinners. They are always entertaining although some jokes do get groans. It is an annual Spring Washington event. C-SPAN also shows the arrivals, the glitterati, and scenes outside some associated parties. The C-SPAN Video Library is your source for political entertainment.

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

April 20, 2012

During a recent speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about events in the White House Situation Room on the night that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Hear her answer here:

Robert Caro on C-SPAN

April 13, 2012


With the release of the fourth volume in Robert Caro’s life work on President Lyndon Johnson, you can review twenty-eight programs featuring Robert Caro in the C-SPAN Video Library. Just check out his bio page You will find a Q&A with a tour of the office where he writes. You will find a Booknotes interview with on his second volume, Means of Ascent. Mr Caro sat down with C-SPAN for a three-hour BookTV In Depth interview about all his works. In many other forums and interviews found on his bio page, you will find Caro discussing how he painstakingly researches and writes, what he has learned about Johnson, and his collaboration with his wife.

Look for upcoming programs on this newest volume of the LBJ history, including a forthcoming Q&A. This program will air May 6.

The Titanic on C-SPAN

With the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, check out the C-SPAN Video Library programs on the Titanic. On April 14, American History TV featured a centennial reappraisal by author Samuel Halpern. Previous programs include a 1998 program from the 86th anniversary. Watch this to compare what we have learned in the last fourteen years. Another author discussed his book with deep-sea divers. This book is The Titanic’s Last Secrets. Robert Ballard, an underseas explorer, spoke to the National Press Club about his work and discovery of the wreckage. You might be surprised at how many different topics you can research in the C-SPAN Video Library because of its extensive coverage of books and history.