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October 2011

Receiving the Richard Dawkins Award – Final Appearance

Watch the memorable moment when renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins bestows the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award upon the late intellectual and writer Christopher Hitchens. Immerse yourself in this captivating video capturing the Houston ceremony where Hitchens receives recognition for his impactful contributions to atheism, freethought, and intellectual discourse.

The last interview – With Richard Dawkins

I'm not a polymath, but I have a broad range of interests and I'm always reading and learning. I think it's important to be curious about the world and to challenge our assumptions.

January 2011

Q&A with Christopher Hitchens, CSPAN

JANUARY 14, 2011, Christopher Hitchens was interviewed in his home about his life and work following a diagnosis of esophageal cancer. He authored over a dozen books including his recent memoir, Hitch-22. Other titles include, God Is Not Great, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. He was a contributing editor for the Atlantic Monthly magazine and a columnist for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has been writing articles about his diagnosis in the summer 2010 of stage four esophageal cancer.

September 2010

Does Atheism Poison Everything? CSPAN

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010, A debate was held on atheism with Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, and David Berlinski, author of The Devil’s Delusion. Mr. Berlinski argued the positive of the resolution “Atheism poisons everything” and Mr. Hitchens argued the negative. After their exchanges the authors responded to questions submitted by members of the audience before their closing statements. This event was hosted by the Fixed Point Foundation at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama.

May 2010

Book and Author Luncheon, CSPAN

MAY 27, 2010 | PART OF 2010 BOOK EXPO AMERICA, From Book Expo America at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, a panel of authors discussed their upcoming books. The panel included Christopher Hitchens, author of Hitch-22: A Memoir, William Gibson, author of Zero History: A Novel, and Sara Gruen, author of Ape House: A Novel. The panel’s master of ceremonies was Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Book Expo America is an annual trade show for the publishing industry that features author events, educational panels, and information on soon-to-be published books.

Summer Reading with Christopher Hitchens, CSPAN

MAY 27, 2010 | PART OF 2010 SUMMER READING MAY 27, 2010 | PART OF 2010 SUMMER READING, Christopher Hitchens answered the question “What are you reading?” He mentioned Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century by Ruth Harris and A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. He was interviewed May 27, 2010, while at the annual book publishing trade show, Book ExpoAmerica, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Hitch 22, CSPAN

MAY 27, 2010, Christopher Hitchens reflects on his personal and public life in his memoir, Hitch-22. Mr. Hitchens was interviewed at the annual book publishing trade show, Book Expo America, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Rabbi David Wolpe: The Great God Debate

Christopher Hitchens debated Rabbi David Wolpe on the existence of God. The event was held at John Hancock Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, and was moderated by Christopher Lydon, the host of the radio program "Open Source." The debate covered a range of topics related to religion, including the problem of evil, the nature of morality, and the role of religion in society. The event was widely covered by the media and has since become a well-known example of a public debate on the topic of religion and atheism.

Freedom to Write Lecture, CSPAN

MAY 2, 2010, Author Christopher Hitchens delivered the 2010 PEN World Voices Festival’s Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. The lecture was titled “Crucibles: Past and Present.” A conversation between Mr. Hitchens and author Salman Rushdie, chair of the PEN World Voices Festival, followed the lecture. The event was held at Cooper Union in New York City.

December 2009

After Words, CSPAN

DECEMBER 15, 2009, George Packer and Christopher Hitchens talked about George Orwell and his work. Mr. Packer selected the pieces that appear in two recently published volumes of George Orwell’s work: Facing Unpleasant Facts and All Art Is Propaganda. Mr. Hitchens, essayist for The Atlantic Monthly, is the author of Why Orwell Matters. close

November 2009

My Paper Chase Book Party, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 16, 2009 | PART OF HAROLD EVANS BOOK PARTY - BRITISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE, Sir Harold Evans was shown attending a party at the British ambassador’s residence for the publication of his autobiography, My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times (Little, Brown and Company; November 5, 2009). In the book Sir Harold Evans recalls his career from his position as editor of the London Sunday Times and The Times to his tenure as the publisher and president of the book publisher, Random House. He talked with guests, signed books, and made formal remarks. Video clips were shown of Sir Harold Evans appearing on “The Colbert Report” November 4, 2009.

September 2009

Axis of Perception: Christopher Hitchens’ Insights on Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

Renowned author and political intellectual, Christopher Hitchens, who serves as a Contributing Editor and Columnist at Vanity Fair and holds the position of Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, has distinguished himself by recently embarking on journeys to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. This exclusive program invites you to delve into the world of Hitchens, celebrated for his sharp intellect, incisive political acumen, and occasionally provocative viewpoints. In this exploration, he delves into the distinctions among nations that were once united under the label "axis of evil," uncovering compelling links between these enigmatic lands. Broadcast by The Commonwealth Club of California

April 2009

Collision: Movie Documentary

The documentary COLLISION pits leading atheist, political journalist and author Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) . Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson Debate at Westminster.

Q&A with Christopher Hitchens

APRIL 22, 2009, Christopher Hitchens talked about his career as a writer and social critic, as well as his views on religion, politics, international affairs, and journalism. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the Atlantic Monthly. He also writes for Slate. He is the author of many books, including For the Sake of Argument, No One Left to Lie To, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, and Letters to a Young Contrarian. His current paperback, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was a New York Times Bestseller and a finalist for The National Book Award. From 1982 to 2002, he wrote a bi-weekly column for The Nation. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the New School of Social Research, and the University of Pittsburgh. Christopher Hitchens was born in England and became a U.S. citizen in 2007.

January 2009

Lost and Stolen Art, CSPAN

JANUARY 10, 2009 | PART OF NEW YORK TIMES ARTS & LEISURE: 9TH ANNUAL ARTS & LEISURE WEEKEND, Christopher Hitchens, Sharon Waxman, and James Cuno participated in a panel discussion on lost and stolen art of ancient civilizations. Topics included where artifacts come from, where they ended up, and what should be done with them. Panel members were shown and talked about slides of photographs from Sharon Waxman’s book, Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World. The panelists responded to audience members' questions following their remarks. Daniel Wakin moderated.

November 2008

History Bookshelf, Art of the Biographer, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 19, 2006 | PART OF MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL, James Atlas moderated a panel of biographers who talked about their books and about writing biographies. After their presentations they answered questions from members of the audience. Christopher Hitchens is the author of Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. Francine Prose is the author of Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles. Edmund Morris is the author of Beethoven: The Universal Composer. All three books were published by HarperCollins in its Eminent Lives series.

September 2008

Five Years After September 11, CSPAN

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006, Panelists talked about constitutional issues and U.S. foreign policy following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Among the topics they addressed were threats posed by terrorists and Islamic extremists, U.S. policy in Iraq and the Middle East, various other threats to U.S. interests overseas, and promotion of democracy in the Muslim world. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience. The panel was part of the Claremont Institute 2006 Constitution Day Conference at the Renaissance-Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

June 2008

Road to the White House 2008, Pop Culture Politics, CSPAN

JUNE 11, 2008 | PART OF CAMPAIGN 2008 AND TECHNOLOGY, Panelists talked about the “pop culture phenomenom” of 2008 election. Topics included why satirical Daily Show-type shows and Web sites have become politically influential, using celebrities to pull voters into political discussion, and whether or not bloggers should identify themselves as journalists. After the discussion, panel members responded to audience members' questions. Tammy Haddad moderated. “Pop Culture Politics” was part of the forum “2008: The First 21st Century Campaign,” which was held in the Washington, D.C., offices of Google. It was co-sponsored by YouTube and National Journal.

May 2008

March 2008

In Depth, BookTV In Depth Vignettes, CSPAN

MARCH 24, 2008, In Depth focused on the lives and writings of numerous authors. Authors included Shelby Foote, Ray Kurzweil, Taylor Branch, John Hope Franklin, David Lewis, Shelby Steele, Harold Holzer, Nell Irvin Painter, P.J. O’Rourke, Francis Fukuyama, David Horowitz, John McWhorter and Christopher Hitchens.

January 2008

October 2007

The American Idea, CSPAN

OCTOBER 24, 2007, Contributors to the Atlantic Monthly celebrated the 150th anniversary of the magazine with selected readings from an edited anthology, The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly, published by Doubleday. The editor of the anthology, Robert Vare, talked about the history of the magazine and introduced the participants. Christopher Hitchens read about Saul Bellow, Mark Bowden read about Saddam Hussein, James Fallows read about the occupation of Iraq, and William Langewiesche read about the World Trade Center. Christopher Hitchens is the author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, published by Twelve. Mark Bowden is the author of Road Work: Among Tyrants, Heroes, Rogues, and Beasts, published by Penguin. James Fallows is the author of Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq, published by Vintage. William Langewiesche is the author of The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Is Christianity the Problem? CSPAN

OCTOBER 22, 2007, Dinesh D’Souza and Christopher Hitchens debated the question “Is Christianity the Problem?” After speeches and rebuttals, the authors then questioned each other. Then they responded to questions from members of the audience. The debate was moderated by Marvin Olasky. Dinesh D’Souza is the author of What’s So Great About Christianity, published by Regnery Publishing. Christopher Hitchens is the author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, published by Twelve. Marvin Olasky, the King’s College provost and World magazine editor-in-chief, is the author of Compassionate Conservatism: What it is, What it Does, and How it Can Transform America, published by Free Press. The debate at King’s College was sponsored by the Society for Ethical Culture, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), and

The Hill Book Fair Interview, CSPAN

OCTOBER 17, 2007 | PART OF BOOK DISCUSSION ON AND I HAVEN'T HAD A BAD DAY SINCE, Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay talked about his political memoir, No Retreat, No Surrender: One American’s Fight, published by Sentinel. Christopher Hitchens talked about his book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, published by Twelve. They were interviewed at The Hill's Sixth Annual Political Book Fair at the Trover Shop, a bookstore on Capitol Hill.

Alister McGrath at Georgetown University

Debate: October 11, 2007, The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs hosted a debate, dialogue and discussion with Christopher Hitchens, prolific essayist and author, and Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, concerning religious belief in the modern world on October 11, 2007 at Georgetown University. Michael Cromartie, Vice Pesident at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, moderated the debate.

September 2007

In Depth with Christopher Hitchens, CSPAN

SEPTEMBER 2, 2007, Christopher Hitchens was interviewed about his life, his career, and his body of writing. Topics included his religious and political opinions. He responded to viewer telephone calls and electronic mail. Video from August 28, 2007, was shown of Christopher Hitchens in his apartment in Washington, D.C., showing his neighborhood and his library. He also talked about his writing habits. Mr. Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine and a visiting professor of liberal studies at The New School. He is the author of over a dozen books including, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice; No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family; Why Orwell Matters and God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Would We Be Better Off Without Religion? Intelligence Squared

In this full session from our archive, Christopher Hitchens and professor Richard Dawkins came to Intelligence Squared in 2007 alongside a panel of other guests to debate if we would be better off without religion. For the motion sits Christopher Hitchens, professor Richard Dawkins and A. C. Grayling. Whilst opposing the motion sits Nigel Spivey, rabbi Julie Neuberger and Roger Scruton.

August 2007

God Is Not Great | Christopher Hitchens | Talks at Google

Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" as a part of the Authors@Google series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He has also written for The Nation, Granta, Harper's, The Washington Post, and is a frequent television and radio guest. Born in England, Hitchens was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. He now lives in Washington, D.C., and he became a U.S. citizen in 2007. This event took place on August 16, 2007 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

June 2007

Ethics in Book Reviewing, CSPAN

JUNE 1, 2007 | PART OF BOOK DISCUSSION ON WHAT WE READ (AND WHAT IT MEANS). Ethics in Book Reviewing: The More Things Change"? # Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer # John Leonard, New York Review of Books # Christopher Hitchens, Author & Literary Critic # Francine Prose, Author & Literary Critic # David Ulin, Los Angeles Times # Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times Book Review

April 2007

Religion and Culture Panel, CSPAN

APRIL 29, 2007 | PART OF RELIGION AND CULTURE PANEL, The panelists, moderated by Thane Rosenbaum, debated the topic, “Religion and Culture: Do They Mix?” They also talked about their books on opposing sides of the religion and culture question. After their presentations the panelists responded to audience members' questions. Christopher Hitchens is the author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, published by Twelve. Zachary Karabell is the author of Peace Be upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence, published by Knopf. Jonathan Kirsch is the author of A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization, published by HarperSanFrancisco.

The Future of British Politics, CSPAN

APRIL 16, 2007, Participants talked about the future of relations between the U.S. and Great Britain following Prime Minister Blair’s time in office. Among the topics they addressed were the British political landscape and election outlook, the changing roles of the Labour and Conservative Parties, divisions over foreign policy issues, and the possible impact on the relationship between the British and American governments. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

February 2007

Christopher Hitchens gets Waterboarded

February 2007, Last February, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter asked writer Christopher Hitchens if he would be willing to subject himself to the form of torture known as waterboarding. Hitchens accepted.

October 2006

Jefferson, Bush, and U.S. Wars in the Middle East

October 3, 2006 - Christopher Hitchens, a preeminent luminary in the realm of U.S. political discourse, delivered an oration at an event jointly organized by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. His discourse pivoted primarily around the enigmatic persona of Thomas Jefferson, with peripheral explorations into the domain of George W. Bush and the labyrinthine tapestry of U.S. military engagements in the Middle East. For additional details regarding this convocation, peruse

July 2006

May 2006

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, CSPAN

MAY 6, 2006, Christopher Hitchens talked about his book Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, published by HarperCollins in its Eminent Lives series. He described both the public and private lives of Thomas Jefferson, including Jefferson’s positions on the Enlightenment, nation building, and slavery. He emphasized Jefferson’s tremendous influence on the U.S. Revolution and the future United States, such as the Louisiana Purchase. After his presentation Mr. Hitchens answered audience members' questions.

April 2006

Among the Dead Cities, CSPAN

APRIL 20, 2006, A.C. Grayling talked about his book Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan, published by Walker and Company. He examined the morality of Allied air attacks on civilians during WWII. He was joined by Christopher Hitchens, the author of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, published by Thunder’s Mouth Press, to debate whether the targeting of civilians can be justified in times of war. After their presentations and discussion, they answered audience members' questions.

October 2005

Role of the U.S. in the World, CSPAN

OCTOBER 8, 2005, The tenth hour of the 25th anniversary of viewer calls focused on the year 1989 and on the role of the U.S. in the world. Mr. Hitchens talked about U.S. foreign policy over the past decades, military operations in the Persian Gulf War and current efforts in Iraq, and the challenges to U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and in the future. He also responded to questions and comments from viewers. An interview with 25th anniversary essay contest finalist Christina Carlson of Lihue, Hawaii, and clips from previous programming were aired. The program was part of a 25-hour call-in marathon commemorating 25 years of viewer calls that began with television’s first-ever, regularly scheduled, national viewer call-in program on October 7, 1980, when the 19-month-old network televised a live viewer call-in program from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

September 2005

Iraq War Debate, CSPAN

SEPTEMBER 14, 2005, George Galloway and Christopher Hitchens debated the war in Iraq. There were insults and claims of falsehood from both men on a variety of war-related topics. There also was a great deal of booing and cheering from the audience. George Galloway, who opposes the war in Iraq, is a former member of the British Parliament and the author of Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington: The Brit Who Set Congress Straight about Iraq, published by The New Press. The book tells the story of his recent appearance before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he verbally attacked U.S. senators while responding to charges related to Iraq’s oil-for-food program. Christopher Hitchens, who supports the war in Iraq, is the author of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays and Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship published by Thunder’s Mouth, Nation Books, and A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq, published by Plume.

August 2005

Washington Journal, Media Coverage of Iraq, CSPAN

AUGUST 18, 2005, Mr. Hitchens talked about military operations in Iraq, justifications for war in the region on behalf of the Iraqi people, and media commentary about the war and reasons for the Iraq invasion. He also responded to viewer comments and questions.

June 2005

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, CSPAN

JUNE 17, 2005, Christopher Hitchens talked about his book Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, published by HarperCollins in the Eminent Lives series. The author described both the public and private lives of Thomas Jefferson, including Jefferson’s position on the Enlightenment, nation building, and slavery. He emphasized Jefferson’s tremendous influence on the U.S. revolution and the future United States, such as with the Louisiana Purchase. After his presentation Mr. Hitchens answered audience members' questions.

January 2005

Iraqi Elections, CSPAN

JANUARY 30, 2005, Mr. Hitchens and others, speaking at the National Geographic Studio in Washington, D.C., talked about the elections in Iraq with journalists in Iraq. Among the issues they addressed were security concerns and fears prior to the election, voter turnout, the potential for further violence and civil war, and the future of democracy in Iraq.

Poetry Readings For Children, CSPAN

JANUARY 25, 2005, Selections from works by Ogden Nash, Alfred Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling, Shel Silverstein, Mattie Stepanek, Joseph Bottum, and others were read in front of an invited audience. Joseph Bottum was book and arts editor at the Weekly Standard and scheduled to become the editor of the journal First Things. He was the author of The Fall and Other Poems. William Kristol was editor of the Weekly Standard and is the co-author of The War over Iraq. Dana Gioia assumed the role of NEA chairman in 2003. He has authored and edited several books, including Can Poetry Matter? and Interrogations at Noon. Christopher Hitchens' latest books were Love, Poverty, and War, Blood, Class and Empire, and Why Orwell Matters. Tim Kelleher has appeared in over two dozen movies, including Matchstick Men and Thirteen Days. Mary Eberstadt, consulting editor at Policy Review and a researcher at the Hoover Institution, was the author of [Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behav

Post-Inaugural Comedy Show, CSPAN

JANUARY 21, 2005, Politicians, journalists, and professional comedians spoke at an event sponsored by The Hotline to lampoon the political process, Washington culture and the media on the occasion of President Bush’s second inauguration. Some of the off-color stories and language may be offensive to some viewers.

December 2004

The Art of Biography Panel

NOVEMBER 22, 2004, Michael Korda spoke with authors Christopher Hitchens and Francine Prose about biographical writing at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. All three authors were writing books for the HarperCollins Eminent Lives Series. Michael Korda’s biography Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero, was published in September 2004. Christopher Hitchens was releasing a book about Thomas Jefferson in June 2005, and Francine Prose’s biography of Caravaggio was scheduled for release in October. Throughout the discussion, the panelists answered questions from members of the audience.

October 2004

Why Read? CSPAN

OCTOBER 27, 2004, Professor Edmundson talks about his book Why Read?, published by Bloomsbury USA. The book is on the relationship between a liberal arts education and literature. The author writes that literature needs to be the fundamental element of the liberal arts education because of the benefits books offer their readers. Mr. Edmundson also claims that current educational trends have either misused or neglected to recognize the vital role reading plays in a well-rounded liberal arts education. He talked about the value of fiction and non-fiction literature. This was the last program in the fifteen-year Booknotes series, and Mr. Edmundson commented on several authors' ideas and writing styles as clips of their remarks on previous programs were shown.

June 2004

Washington Journal News Review, CSPAN

JUNE 1, 2004, Christopher Hitchens talked about current events and news of the day, focusing on the situation in Iraq and U.S. actions there. He also addressed the international arms trade and the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, and responded to viewer telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail.

April 2004

U.S. and Iraq One Year Later, CSPAN

APRIL 25, 2004, A panel titled “U.S. and Iraq One Year Later: Right to Get In? Wrong to Get Out?” was held in Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. The panelists each in turn stated differing views about the war in Iraq in an opening statement and a rebuttal statement. Then Mr. Wasserman, the moderator, asked a question of each panelist before they made closing statements. Afterwards, outside the hall, Mr. Mann was interviewed about the debate. He responded to telephone calls from viewers. Robert Scheer is the author of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq, published by Seven Stories Press. Mark Danner is the author of The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War, published by Vintage. Michael Ignatieff is the author of The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, published by Princeton University Press. Christopher Hitchens is the author of A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq, published by Plume. James Mann is the author of [Rise of the Vulcans:

June 2003

The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions

JUNE 2, 2003, The Iraq War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions, published by Touchstone, is a compilation of essays, articles, and opinions on the history and future of Iraq and the Middle East. The two editors, Micah Sifry and Christopher Cerf, took part in a panel discussion about their book alongside book contributors Jonathan Schell, Chris Pensing, and Christopher Hitchens. Egyptian human rights activits Saad Eddin Ibrahim also took part in the discussion. After an initial presentation and exchange the panelists answered questions from members of the audience.

August 2002

Conversations with History: Christopher Hitchens

In this installment of Engagements with Historical Perspectives, Harry Kreisler from the University of California, Berkeley engages in a profound discussion with scribe Christopher Hitchens, exploring the art of composition, dissenting voices, and the intricate task of confronting revered cultural icons.

April 2001

The Trial of Henry Kissinger, CSPAN

JUNE 28, 2001, Mr. Hitchens talked about his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, published by Verso Books. In the book, Mr. Hitchens asserts that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger should face charges for his role in political crimes that took place in Bangladesh, Greece, Chile, and East Timor. The author argues that Kissinger’s involvement in these international issues warrants an international war crimes trial. After his prepared remarks, Mr. Hitchens answered questions from members of the audience.

March 2001

Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers

MARCH 29, 2001, Christopher Hitchens talked about the relationship between literature and politicians. He talked about writers who have entered the arena of political debate, ranging from Oscar Wilde’s radicalism to Gore Vidal’s cosmopolitanism. Following his remarks, he answered questions from the audience. Christopher Hitchens is the author of Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere, published by Verso.

February 2001

Career of Henry Kissinger, CSPAN

FEBRUARY 22, 2001, Participants talked about an article written by Mr. Hitchens and published in Harper’s. The article characterized decisions by Secretary Kissinger and others during the Vietnam War as war crimes. It also called for international accountability for illegal actions taken during the war. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

January 2001

Glenn vs. Hitchens: The Reparations Debate

Christopher Hitchens spoke at an event about the importance of free inquiry and open debate and commended the audience for attending. He discussed the case of the British Museum keeping the Elgin Marbles, which were sculptures from the Parthenon, and argued for their return to Athens. Hitchens highlighted the injustice of the sculptures being separated from their original context and the cultural significance of their return.

April 1997

Death Penalty, CSPAN

APRIL 7, 1997, The participants debated the resolution that called for the abolishment of the death penalty in the United States. Mr. Ed Koch, Former New York City Mayor, moderated the debate and presented questions to the participants. Issues such as cost of maintaining prisoners as opposed to the cost of execution and the legal appeal process were discussed. Following the set questions posed by Mr. Koch, the participants answered questions from the audience

December 1995

Washington Friday Journal, CSPAN

DECEMBER 8, 1995, Current news events and political issues were examined, through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers, legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. Interviews included Nancy Roman, Washington Times and Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, and Richard Brookhiser, National Review, who spoke during the Newspaper Roundtable.

August 1995

Washington Thursday Journal, CSPAN

AUGUST 17, 1995, Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers, and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. Reporters reacted to Democratic Senator Bill Bradley’s, D-NJ, decision not to seek re-election in the first segment. In the newspaper roundtable segment, authors Christopher Hitchens and Ben Stein reacted to the morning headline stories. By remote connection, George White talked about the Statue of Freedom and the refurbished steps of the U.S. Capitol and Statuary Hall. Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary talked about book donations to South Africa.

May 1995

Washington Monday Journal, CSPAN

MAY 15, 1995, Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers, and legislators, and viewer telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. In the first segment, Susan Dentzer of U.S. News & World Report discussed the upcoming week in Congress especially Medicare and the budget. In the newspaper roundtable, journalists Robert Kaiser and Jack Nelson talked about the headline stories. In the point-counterpoint segment, Education Deputy Secretary Madeleine Kunin and Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL) debated whether or not the Education Department should be eliminated. Christopher Hitchens discussed his article for June “Vanity Fair” on “New York Times” editorial writer Maureen Dowd.

History of the Past 50 Years, CSPAN

MAY 1, 1995, The participants reflected on the year 1945 and discussed the history of the past 50 years. They also answered questions from the audience.

February 1995

Washington Journal: Monday, CSPAN

FEBRUARY 20, 1995, Today is President’s Day. Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers, and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. On the 100th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s death, Mr. Clark was interviewed from the Douglass home in Anacostia, Virginia. In the federal budget segment, Mr. Hebert reviewed the Interior Department budget proposal. Mr. Voss described the new Frederick Douglass exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Mr. Landrigan talked about the atmosphere in New Hampshire one year before the presidential primaries there. Former HEW Secretary Califano talked about his new book, “Radical Surgery: What’s Next for America’s Health Care?”

November 1994

Events in the News, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 21, 1994, Journalists Mona Charen and Christopher Hitchens talked about their columns and discussed the last week’s Republican election victories and other current topics. They also responded to viewer calls and answered their questions.

May 1994

Events in the News, CSPAN

MAY 31, 1994, Journalist and brothers, Peter and Christopher Hitchens, spoke about life in the United States as well as other issues and took viewer calls.

March 1994

Military Intervention in Haiti or Bosnia

MARCH 29, 1994, Foreign policy analysts talked about U.S. foreign policy in Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia. They debated the justification for military intervention in these regions.

February 1994

Events in the News, CSPAN

FEBRUARY 14, 1994, In this Viewer Call In show, the guests, who are brothers, spoke on the top news stories of the previous week, including British politics, the recent visit of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to New York City, and the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Topics also included the NATO decision to use airstrikes against Bosnian Serb positions around the city of Sarajevo, unless the Bosnian Serbs withdraw their heavy artillery. they took the questions and comments from viewers afterwards.

September 1993

For the Sake of Argument, CSPAN

SEPTEMBER 1, 1993, Christopher Hitchens discussed the recent publication of his book, For the Sake of Argument, which is a compendium of articles that he has written. He stated that the purpose of this book was a reply to the widespread notion that society no longer needs critique from the left. He hopes to restore the left as a “very necessary part of the political argument.” Articles included in the book were published in various periodicals.

August 1993

Events in the News, CSPAN

AUGUST 23, 1993, Mr. Hitchens and Mr. Buchanan spoke on current events in Washington politics, including the performance of the Clinton administration to date, and the reaction of Western countries toward the civil war in Bosnia. The correspondents responded to callers' comments criticizing the Clinton administration.

April 1993

First 100 Days, CSPAN

APRIL 5, 1993, Former senator Gary Hart (D-CO), former representative Vin Weber (R-MN), and Clinton '92 campaign manager Betsy Wright participated in a roundtable discussion for the program “States of America,” The British Broadcast Corporation produced program in Washington DC provided insight on Washington affairs for British viewers. The three guests discussed the issues and decisions of the presidency during the first few months of the Clinton presidency. Journalist and author Christopher Hitchens moderated the program.

Events in the News, CSPAN

APRIL 5, 1993, On this viewer call-in program, the guests discussed the important events from the past week, including President Bill Clinton’s meetings with President Boris Yeltsin in Vancouver, Canada and the Forest Summit in Portland, Oregon.

March 1993

Malcolm X, The Movie: Cinema as History, CSPAN

MARCH 1, 1993, American University School of Communications hosted a forum titled “Malcolm X, the Movie: Cinema as History.” Media figures spoke on the 1992 Warner Brothers movie “Malcolm X,” focusing on the role of films based on historical figures and their effect on current political thinking and historical thought. The panelists included actor Al Freeman, a cast member from the movie, and Christopher Hitchens, a columnist for The Nation. Film clips from the movie were shown at points during the discussion, and the speakers responding to questions from members of the audience following their prepared remarks.

February 1993

Clinton Administration Foreign Policy, CSPAN

FEBRUARY 1, 1993, The Institute for Policy Studies held a panel discussion to talk about the future of American foreign policy under the Clinton presidential administration, including U.S. policy in Eastern Europe and U.S. immigration policies. Following their prepared remarks, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

November 1992

Events in the News, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 23, 1992, Christopher Hitchens of Vanity Fair and David Gergen of U.S. News & World Report discussed recent issues in American politics, including the presidential transition of Governor Bill Clinton and the role of Hillary Clinton in the Clinton administration. They answered viewer questions.

March 1992

Events in the News, CSPAN

MARCH 23, 1992, The journalists discussed the British election, the presidential primary, and current events in the news.

October 1991

A New Middle East: Myth or Reality, CSPAN

OCTOBER 4, 1991, Keynote speaker Christopher Hitchens, Columnist ,The Nation, presented "The Middle East and American Democracy". He made comparisons between U.S. policy in the early 1980s and the Persian Gulf War. He also talked about democracy in the United States.

June 1991

An Election Held Hostage? CSPAN

JUNE 13, 1991, The Fund for New Priorities in America sponsored a forum entitled, “An Election Held Hostage and the October Surprise: What Really Happened,” and discussed recent allegations that advisers from the 1980 Reagan presidential campaign cut a deal with Iran to delay the release of the American hostages until after the election in exchange for arms. Panel members included Gary Sick, a former member of the National Security Council who has raised awareness of the issue through editorials and media appearances. A letter signed by eight of the former hostages in Iran requesting a congressional investigation into the involvement of the Reagan campaign was circulated through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Sen. Wellstone expressed his support for a full investigation into the matter by a congressional committee.

June 1990

Authors Interview, CSPAN

JUNE 18, 1990, The guests discussed their books and responded to telephone calls. Richard Critchfield is the author of An American Looks at Britain. Christopher Hitchens is the author of Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies. C-SPAN was celebrating being available in its 50 millionth home that day.

February 1989

Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses

FEBRUARY 21, 1989, Christopher Hitchens discussed author Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses and the controversy it started. He answered questions from viewers.

November 1988

Week in Review, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 25, 1988, Guests discussed the top news stories of the week and answered callers' questions.

March 1988

December 1987

National Security and Weighing Official Secrets, CSPAN

DECEMBER 7, 1987, This discussion on National Security and Official Secrets was hosted by the Writers Watch Legislative Conference. The panelists discussed the role of the media balancing the responsibility of publishing information that the public has a right to know and regarding state secrets as a matter of national security.

October 1987

June 1987

International Relations, CSPAN

JUNE 12, 1987 - Christopher Hitchens and Jeremy Shearmer discussed politics in the United Kingdom and responded to callers' questions. - New Excerpt Coming

February 1987

Media Coverage, CSPAN

FEBRUARY 10, 1987, Mr. Hitchens discussed how politics is being treated in the media and responded to callers' questions.

November 1986

December 1985

South Africa, CSPAN

DECEMBER 24, 1985, Christopher Hitchens discussed political affairs in South Africa and responded to callers' questions.

November 1984

Is there a Liberal Crack Up? Firing Line William F Buckley Jr.

November 12, 1984, Hitchens believed that the American Left had significantly impacted society by initiating the civil rights movement for Black Americans, opposing an unjust war in Indochina, and starting the emancipation of women. He felt that the whole world owed a debt of gratitude to the American Left for these accomplishments. Tyrrell, on the other hand, argued that in the 1960s and 1970s, liberals had achieved most of their goals, such as civil rights and welfare, but then became obsessed with power. He accused them of ignoring their achievements and focusing on gaining more power.

November 1983

International Affairs, CSPAN

NOVEMBER 7, 1983, Christopher Hitchens discussed foreign policy under President Ronald Reagan and daily news headlines.

August 1981

British Intelligence & James Baldwin, Ludovic Kennedy

1981, Christopher Hitchens, a prominent author and journalist, frequently wrote and spoke on various subjects, including politics, religion, and literature. In this case, it seems he participated in a discussion with Ludovic Kennedy about British intelligence and James Baldwin. Exact air-date unknown. James Baldwin was an influential African American writer and social critic, known for his novels, essays, and plays that explored themes of race, sexuality, and identity. Baldwin's work often critiqued the social and political landscape of the United States, making him a relevant figure in discussions about intelligence, surveillance, and civil rights.

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