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Democracy in Action:
The 2016 Presidential Debates

Monday, December 5, 2016

 

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2016 Presidential Debate
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The Commission on Presidential Debates once again brought the candidates together in 2016 to face tough questions on critical issues while providing a level of substance, dignity and decorum to the presidential campaign.

Did it work?

On the next edition of The Kalb Report, debate moderators Martha Raddatz and Chris Wallace, as well as Commission co-chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry join Marvin Kalb to review the remarkable 2016 events that rocked America and the world.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Recent Programs

The American Story:
A Master Class with David McCullough

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11:00am

 

About the Program:

David McCulloughFrom his Pulitzer-prize winning biographies John Adams and Truman, to his distinctive narration of Ken Burns’ seminal documentaries “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” David McCullough is perhaps America’s most recognized storyteller.

On this special daytime edition of The Kalb Report, moderator Marvin Kalb and McCullough, the renowned author and historian, discuss our founding fathers (and mothers), freedom of the press and the challenges facing our democracy today.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Covering Washington and the World:
A Conversation with Judy Woodruff

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

About the Program:

Judy WoodruffIn a distinguished network television career that began with her coverage of Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign for NBC News, Judy Woodruff has remained at the pinnacle of broadcast journalism for 40 years. Having served as chief White House correspondent for NBC and PBS, the host of CNN’s Inside Politics, and now co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, Woodruff has had a front row seat to world events, as well as some of the most notable campaigns, elections, and political scandals in American history.

On this edition of The Kalb Report, moderator Marvin Kalb and Judy Woodruff discuss an American presidential campaign that has defied conventional wisdom, coverage of today’s global news, world press freedom, women in journalism, and the challenges public television faces in a perceived partisan media landscape.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Sunday Talk: A Conversation with

Chuck Todd and John Dickerson

Monday, November 9, 2015

 
 

About the Program:

For more than 60 years, Americans have turned to network television on Sunday morning for intelligent, insightful discourse on issues of politics and public policy. A proud history, however, does not guarantee future success in a digital world and a dramatically changing television landscape. On this edition of The Kalb Report, moderator Marvin Kalb explores the past, present and future of Sunday talk with the hosts of the two highest rated and longest airing public affairs programs -- Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and John Dickerson of CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Inside Baseball: A Conversation with

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Monday, September 28, 2015

 Inside Baseball

 

About the Program:

On January 25, 2015, Rob Manfred became just the tenth person in history to hold the office of Commissioner of Baseball.

In the 22nd season opener of The Kalb Report, legendary journalist and lifetime baseball fan Marvin Kalb explores the beauty, simplicity, complexity, humor and historical significance of our national pastime with the man now charged with overseeing the sport and maintaining its integrity.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.


The Press and the Presidency:
It’s Complicated!

Monday, June 1, 2015

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About the Program:

From Thomas Jefferson, who maintained that "advertisements" were the "most truthful part of a newspaper," to Jimmy Carter, who lamented that his ancestors included "thieves...and journalists," the relationship between our presidents and the press has been a long and tumultuous affair.

On this edition of The Kalb Report, experts from both sides of the White House gates join moderator Marvin Kalb to discuss the sometimes nasty but always necessary relationship between the President of the United States and the press corps. Guests include former ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry, and historian Harold Holzer, author of “Lincoln and the Power of the Press.”

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

 

Why Murrow Matters in the Digital Age

Monday, March 23, 2015

About the Program:

We live in an age when people "read CNN" and "watch The Wall Street Journal." As venerable news organizations transform themselves to survive and thrive in a digital world, new competitors are attracting huge audiences, unencumbered by old infrastructures and empowered by technology.

This dynamic is driving innovation in the way news is gathered, sorted, reported and consumed. Not since Edward R. Murrow invented broadcast news during World War II has the world seen such a dramatic change in journalism. Just as important, Murrow established a standard of quality that has withstood the test of time.

On this edition of The Kalb Report, moderator Marvin Kalb explores how today's newsrooms can innovate while maintaining quality. Guests include CNN Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, BuzzFeed White House Reporter Evan McMorris-SantoroJon Sawyer, director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Wall Street Journal Deputy Managing Editor Gabriella Stern.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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The Sound of News: An Evening with NPR

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

About the Program:

Each week, an average of more than 27 million people tune in to National Public Radio (NPR) programming, placing listenership at near-record highs. So, in this digital age, what is the secret to the stunning success of America’s original electronic medium?

Join journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb for the next edition of The Kalb Report when NPR icons Steve Inskeep, Mara Liasson, Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg, and Nina Totenberg discuss craft and impact, the art of storytelling, and the magic of radio.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Writing History:

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
and Journalism's Finest Hour

Monday, October 20, 2014

About the Program:

On June 17, 1972 a simple botched break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, DC captured the attention of two intrepid reporters who uncovered a trail of corruption that led all the way up to our Commander-in-Chief.  

On this edition of The Kalb Report, Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein join journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb to recount their coverage of the Watergate scandal and the groundbreaking reporting that ultimately resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon 40 years ago.

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University's Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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45 Words:

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
on the First Amendment

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Kalb Report: 45 Words

About the Program:

One sentence, just 45 words in length, proclaims and promises the freedoms that define American democracy. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition one’s government. It is the duty of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States to interpret the constitution and to rule on the legality of legislation.
 
On this edition of The Kalb Report, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg join journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb to offer their views of those 45 words in a rare glimpse behind the gavel and inside one of our nation’s vital branches of government.

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The Kalb Report, moderated by Marvin Kalb, is jointly produced by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, The George Washington University, Harvard University, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.  The series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Marvin Kalb is the Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also a contributing news analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News Channel. In addition, he is frequently called upon to comment on major issues of the day by many of the nation's other leading news organizations.

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