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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Booknotes in Video Library

May 12, 2010

Booknotes, C-SPAN’s popular book interview program that ran from 1988-2004, is archived in the Video Library. Just go to Browse at the top of the page and Booknotes is listed under popular programs. You will find 799 programs featuring many authors whose interviews are as engaging now as they were when first conducted. And each author has a book you can still read.

One of the more entertaining was with Clifford Stoll who jumped up and hid behind the chair in feigned embarrassment at not being able to name the capital of North Dakota. It is just one of many to revisit.

Glass-Steagall Act Repeal 1999 Debate

May 11, 2010

Yesterday’s Washington Journal program on the securities industry and the efforts to reinstate Glass-Steagall motivated us to see if we could find the 1999 debate on the repeal. It is as easy as typing in Glass-Steagall in the search box. Others of you may have had the same idea because the search term comes right up as as suggested term that has been searched on before.

Yesterday’s program comes right up as well as many more programs including hearings. Two tricks helped me narrow the search down. On the left navigation bar, clear all the categories, and then select Senate and House proceedings. Then reorder the programs by least recent. The Senate took up the bill on May 4, 1999 and the House on July 1, 1999. In the left margin of the timeline you can click on the bill number and get this useful history of the Senate bill with links into the video. Listen to Senator Gramm (R-TX) and Senator Wellstone (D-MN) for two very different perspectives on the bill.

The Video Library makes it very easy to find significant historical debates such as the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

Supreme Court Nominee Kagan

May 10, 2010

President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the vacancy on the Supreme Court this morning. Kagan has twelve appearances in the Video Library including one this past weekend honoring Justice Stevens whose resignation created the vacancy. As solicitor general, Kagan is the third ranking official in the Justice Department and represents the government before the Supreme Court. Her confirmation hearings as solicitor general were covered by C-SPAN.

Senator Robert Byrd on Mothers

May 8, 2010

British Election Results

May 7, 2010

The British elections resulted in no party getting a majority. Observers are calling this a “hung” parliament. Watch the remarks of the leaders in the Video Library. Stay tuned to C-SPAN for more reports from the BBC.