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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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April 27, 2010

With the passage of the Arizona law, immigration became a major topic debated in the nation’s capitol. Arizona Senators McCain and Kyle spoke about the topic on the Senate floor. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs commented on it at a White House briefing. Type in the keyword immigration and then use the filter on the left side and select call-in. You will see that it has been discussed on multiple call-ins over the last three days. This topic will continue to be debated on the many forums covered by C-SPAN.

Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley

April 26, 2010

Our guests this week on Q&A have been frequent guests on the network. Remember each person has a “bio” page that can be found by searching their name. Our new search feature even suggests frequently searched terms. Richard Norton Smith’s name pops up as one of these. His page shows 159 appearances and lots of different positions that he has held. You can see some of his tours of presidential sites or you can watch his first appearance on Booknotes.

Douglas Brinkley has had 103 appearances at four institutions, Hofstra, University of New Orleans, Tulane, and Rice. His first Booknotes was the inspiration for the C-SPAN School Bus.

Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

April 23, 2010

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary. President Clinton spoke this week at the memorial site to mark the anniversary. His speech fifteen years ago remains one of the memorable speeches of his presidency.

Dorothy Height, 1912 – 2010

April 22, 2010

Dorothy Height, civil rights leader, passed away this week. Known for her colorful, ever-present hats, and her soft-spoken, but firm support for civil rights across many presidencies and the rise of many male civil rights leaders, she was an inspiration for many. She has 75 appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library. In this excerpt from a 2001 interview, she recounts the discrimination she faced as a high school student not permitted to stay in the same hotel as her white teachers. She was seeded last in the contest, but so persuaded the jurors that she won first prize.

Justices Testify Before Congress

April 21, 2010

Every year in a ritual of democracy which demonstrates the separation of powers, two justices appear before a congressional committee seeking funds for their budget. This year it was Justice Thomas and Breyer. While treated with respect as the justices talk about mundane aspects of the budget, questions sometimes stray out of the comfort zone.

This year Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) questioned the justices on the number of minority clerks.

Perhaps the most famous case in the Archives is when Rep. Serano questioned Justices Kennedy and Thomas about the case of Bush v. Gore. He asked how the justices could explain to the public their reasoning in the divisive case. These exchanges are rare, but they are unique cases where our branches of government intersect.