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Gore Vidal and His Reading List for America

Michael Winship | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

I briefly interviewed Gore Vidal once. It was a little more than 30 years ago, at the end of a long day of filming in Los Angeles. I was working as writer and segment producer on an arts magazine pilot for public television.

The Tyranny Of The Senate -- Part One, John Jay's Prediction

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

How can Americans think we live in a representative democracy when 100 senators, each with equal power and authority, each with only one vote, effectively exercise a veto over all public laws and all public spending?