Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, political prisoner and president of South Africa, has died. He has 57 appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library that can be found on his biography page. He was the third private citizen who was allowed to address the U.S. Congress when he appeared in 1990.
See all his appearances in the Video Library.
Research Using C-SPAN Data Wins Award
December 4, 2013
Recently, Schurz Communication, a broadcast and cable company based in South Bend, Indiana, sponsored an innovation challenge for students at Purdue University. They also sponsor competitions at Notre Dame and Indiana University. The challenge was for students to develop innovative solutions to modern day problems using technology. Entries included ways to watch events with twitter feeds from events, web app creation software, and TV-watching monitoring software. Second prize in the competition was awarded to an application that was based on data extracted from the C-SPAN Video Library.
Using software developed by engineering students Zachary Williams and Jacob Stevens, under the direction of Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication Professor Sorin Matei, they analyzed the centrality of appearances at a November, 2011 Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction hearing. The method analyzed who speaks after whom creating conversation ties that decay the longer time passes between turns of speeches. Speakers that are closest to each other are the most connected, those more distance are exponentially less connected. The slide below shows the pattern of relationships that they found. Those that spoke the most were not necessarily those who were most central to the conversations.
The C-SPAN Archives encourages research by university faculty. In this space we will highlight other on-going research including several papers presented at the recent meeting of the National Communication Association.
Congratulations to Zachary and Professor Matei for their work and recognition by Schurz Communication.
Senate Goes Nuclear
November 21, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) invoked the so-called nuclear option overturning the Senate rule that judicial nominations required a sixy-vote threshold. The drama unfolded over several hours on the Senate floor. First Senators Reid and McConnell discussed the motion.
Then there was a cloture vote and an appeal of the ruling of the chair that approval took sixty votes. That ruling was appealed and overturned.
Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy (D-VT), presiding over the Senate, stated the rules on filibusters.
That ruling was sustained.
These clips show the major portions of the debate. The entire Senate session for the day is viewable here.
President John F. Kennedy
November 19, 2013
With the fiftieth anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, C-SPAN has many programs looking back on his presidency and his death in Dallas. You can find these programs at this link. C-SPAN will continue to air more programming in the days ahead across the networks. You can always use the Video Library to watch programming that you missed.
Robert Shogan, 1930-2013
November 1, 2013
Robert Shogan, a long-time reporter for the Los Angeles Times and early guest on the C-SPAN network, has passed away. He appeared on C-SPAN twenty-four times over the last thirty years. In a timeless answer, he discusses criticism of the press and the role of the press.
In these early days of the call-in, guests were allowed to smoke on the set. Here is a excerpt of Shogan lighting a pipe when he appears in one of the earliest call-ins that we have preserved.