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ways the story, to me s is almost as interesting as the story of the war. because it's a transformation that you're going through. it's about, that's all i'll say. anything else? okay. let's call it a night. thank you very much. thanks for coming out. [applause] i guess i'll just go into the bookstore, and if anybody -- and sign. if you've got a book here, i'll sign them now. whatever. you don't have to to buy a book. [laughter] thank you, mark. [inaudible conversations] >> so what's been the result when you have this classic
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economic holdout problem with retransmission for video, you have companies doing this game of chicken where they cut off service to customers. they're starting now to block traffic on their internet services for customers, and the ultimate result is programming costs spiral up and up. you wonder why your cable bill keeps going up? one big reason is the resolution of these disputes oaf retransmission where the fcc is really hamstrung by the rules and the way it's interpreted the congressional mandate to get involved here. the easy result is these parties eventually agree to deals which raise prices and give consumers lots of channels they don't actually want. so that's what i'm afraid of. i think that to say that interconnection happens in a private way is great, and i think there definitely should be room for private deals. but if we got to that point for interconnection, i think it would be a real tragic outcome.
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>> this weekend on c-span, the impact of an open internet from the progressive policy institute. on c-span2's booktv, our live three-hour program "in depth" at noon on sunday, and on c-span3's american history tv real america features u.s. government films made during world war ii sunday afternoon at four. >> here's a look at some of the upcoming book fairs and festivals happening around the country. this weekend booktv is talking with authors and publishing executives at the publishing industry's annual trade show, bookexpo america, in new york city. watch booktv in the coming weeks to see these interviews and more. on june 7th and 8th, we're live from the printers row lit fest. that weekend also features the first sacramento black book fair. and on saturday, june 21st, the franklin d. roosevelt
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presidential library will hold their 11th annual reading festival which features author talkings on the 32nd president. look for our coverage of the festival on a future weekend. and let us know about book fairs and festivals happening in your area, and we'll be happy to add them to our list. e-mail us at booktv at >> booktv asked, what are you reading this summer? >> well, i'm going to read, basically, two books. i'm going to finish the warmth of other suns. i got about halfway through that book before i stepped away from it to finish my own. but i'm going to go back to it because it's a book about three families in search of a better life leaving the south and where they went and how they experience -- how their experiences were. so i'm going to finish that book. isabelle wilkerson, i think, did
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a great job. and then i'm going to turn my attention to this book, the south carolina roots of african-american thought, because it's a book of speeches and writings of south carolinians, most of whom i knew and still know. i've been amazed, my heroes' pictures are up there. jesse jackson jr. so i'm going to read this book and see exactly what has gone on today compared to what a lot of them saw. and still see. >> now, you recently published a memoir in may. can you tell me about the experience of writing that? >> where well, that book,
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"blessed experiences," genuinely southern, proud black, it's a book that i have spent 25-30 years compiling. i got serious about writing it about five years ago, and about my experiences growing up in the south and how those experiences led to my being where i am today and how they shape my thought process, processes and how i approach my job here in the congress. now, the book gets its title from my father's favorite hymn, "blessed assurance." and a college lecture my sophomore year wherein the professor admonished that we can
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be no more, nor will we ever be any less than what our experiences allow you to be. so blessed experiences, as i say in the preface, all of my experiences were not pleasant, but all of them i consider to be blessings though i had to look back at them in order to see the blessing. >> tell us what's on your summer reading list. tweet us @booktv, post it to our facebook page or send us an e-mail, >> here's a look at some to have best selling nonfiction books according to national public radio. at the top of the list is "a fighting chance" by massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. we covered the senator's talk in washington, d.c. earlier this month, look for it to air in the coming weeks on booktv. second is "everything i need to know i learned from a little
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golden book" by diane moldrow followed by michael lewis' "flash boys." booktv hosted a call-in program with mr. lewis last month that can be viewed anytime at "can't we talk about something more pleasant?" is fourth on the list, and number five is thomas piketty with capital and the 21st century. he focuses on wealth and income inequality in the europe and the united states since the 18th century. george saunders comes in with "congratulations, by the way," and seventh is mariannaly varian cra's to "the closer." robin roberts at eighth with her memoir, "everybody's got something," and ninth is "david and goliath." malcolm gladwell's talk can be viewed on our web site.
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and matching up the best sellers list at ten is requested finding me," by ariel castro's kidnap victim, michele knight. for more information, visit >> lauren is next on booktv of. she talks about the many political causes taken up by upton sinclair over his life including his unsuccessful run for governor of california in 1934. this is just over an hour. >> thanks. so i'm really happy for this event tonight. we've been thinking about it for the whole season. it's one of the many aspects of our talk series as we cover a lot of different topics, and some of them are more contemporaneous, we'll have a artist talk about their art related to their political views, or we'll do stuff on local ecological history or present as the case may be. we did one on urban agriculture
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versus open spaces in nature, and so tonight we get to do what we really like -- how we're road, is -- rooted is history. and history in california never gets fully digested, there's so many different threads of it. and the story of upton sinclair is essential to most to have 20th century in a way that i think these days is forgotten, to say the least. and lauren, i've had the pleasure of knowing her for a while. i first met her doing her history on napa valley history. we're really honored to have her here tonight. i do want to read a brief introduction to her so you can hear about that. ..


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