Curb Your Enthusiasm
Real Time With Bill Maher
The First 48
C-SPAN's Book TV
Fareed Zakaria GPS
My Strange Addiction
A few notes:
-- Book TV
: I don't have enough time to read all the books I want to and so this is a great way of getting a taste of ones that might be worth it. Sometimes the events themselves, by virtue of their added interviews and participants, seem like they transcend the conventional book chat and might be better than the books could ever be on their own. Case in point are two recent ones about the books Escape From North Korea
and Among The Truthers
, the later of which is one of the more illuminating things I've seen all year. All of these programs are free and streaming on-line at C-SPAN's website. I was almost tempted to include another C-SPAN show that I used to watch all the time -- Prime Minister's Questions
, the mere thought of which makes me sad we have no such institution in the U.S., but I don't catch it enough anymore.
--Fareed Zakaria GPS
is what I always thought those other pundit shows ought to be. On just about every major issue of the day, he's always getting just the right guests and asking them all the hard questions. Almost completely free of baseless partisan squabbling. He's a realist and a practical problem solver interested in seeing things for what they are and moving forward optimistically in spite of it all.
--My Strange Addiction
: Before anyone says anything about this, I dare you to watch the episodes about the
gasoline drinking (as in several times a day!) girl and the car loving (as in romantically) guy.