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tv   Political Editor Earl Charles Behrens  CSPAN  May 6, 2017 5:00pm-5:17pm EDT

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watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span three. lookncer: we continue our at the history of reading california where we will hear about this cities native son earl charles behrens. >> growing up in a small town like redding, california, it was a learning ground for someone who is going to be eventually a journalist. as he got older, he received many accolades, many wards. , butceived recognition probably the most important was he received the presidential medal of freedom in 1970 by then-president richard nixon. >> the reading native
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served as editor of the chronicle. we learned more about his life. here at the house in california, over the last few years i have been privileged to study the people who actually lived in this home, one of which earl behrens, born here in shasta county. on up intood student high school here in reading, and somehow had the nickname the squire, even before he went to college. he attended stanford. aout that time, there was many mengoing on and entered the service, and it was
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later called world war i. his unit was here on the coast and they went first to the philippines to go to vladivostok, russia on the east coast. vladivostok, his unit was there to protect the hospital mainly. upon his return from one of the , his motorcycle ran off the road and he was in an accident that caused severe damage. he spent some time in the hospital there, was not in combat at that time, and recuperating. he wrote many letters home about his impressions of the red army and the coming of communism. his exposure to that part of the world was completely different redding.francisco or readin
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there was an international group of people in the expedition that went to vladivostok. there were japanese there, french people there, so he had their point of view to contemplate, so i would say it influences his understanding of the world, so the multinational force left vladivostok and he returned to the united states. back to the bay area where he had his connections to stanford. one of which he had become acquainted with with the hoover commission. that would be herbert hoover, later president of the united states, and the first thing was int mr. hoover is famous for this commission is the relief after world war i of belgium and holland. earl, would write about the needs, publicize, promote,
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whatever the hoover commission wanted to do. it was very, very successful. the next thing major that he worked on was the hoover commission was a massive mississippi river flood that overflowed the banks of the mississippi in the 1920's, and the commission went in with help to get these people along the river back on their feet. many of the people he met, he would later write about because they were, i guess you would call them movers and shakers and policymakers, so his reputation was established both here in california and throughout the country. probably his best friend in that was earl warren.rne
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's, hehout earl warren would promote issues important to him. that group included mostly republicans, but also the other side of the aisle, and even so would writeearl evenhandedly about their approach to issues. he concentrated on what their answers were to the problems we faced as citizens of california and the united states. this made him also very appealing for other people, comfortable in his interviews
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without worry of someone having a preconceived prejudice or slant. his observations were interesting from that point of view for me, and then i read some of his articles and i thought this is an honest open hand approach, and using journalism to transmit people's ideas and promote the people ,hemselves, not prejudging them just listening mainly to what the point of view was, and then leaving it up to the public to decide, oh, ok, without any varnish on it this is the anderence between a and b make up their own minds about these issues, how they would vote or how they would support the individuals, and that included upton sinclair, people who were more socialist, , some of which
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would gradually come to pass. most of these laws have been evolutionary, so i think he would have been today concerned about whether those rules of law were being adhered to for everybody. i'm not sure. i can't write for him, but i think that would be his approach to our situation even today. as he got older, he received many accolades, many awards. , butceived recognition probably the most important was he received the presidential medal of freedom in 1970 by then-president richard nixon. after that, he was still active and consulted, and as he gradually grew older, he saw the coming of ronald reagan in the
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they 1980's, and earl squire, behrens passed away in 1985. staffcer: our cities tour travel to redding, california to learn about its rich history. learn about redding, california and other stops on our tour at c-span.org/citiestour. navy bribery the scandal involving leonard francis. >> it shocked the culture of the navy that people were corrupted to provide information about ship movements, but other things as well in exchange for not that much money, but a fairly lavish
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lifestyle. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. aftercer: sunday night on words, helene cooper discusses the life and presidency of liberia's first elected female president in her book, madam president, the extraordinary journey. ms. cooper is interviewed by karen bass of california. >> when did you first meet madam president? >> i had known about her all my life. ,he was minister of finance 1979-1980 was when the coup happened. parents.my she was somebody as a child growing up, she was always speaking truth to power
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criticizing the same government she worked for, and then in 1985 when she was arrested and thrown into jail, i heard all about that, and she became at this time sort of a political icon. announcer: watch after words sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2's book tv. 1981,cer: on march 30 president ronald reagan survived an assassination attempt outside the washington hilton hotel. sunday on american history tv, the national law enforcement hosts secret service and fbi agents protecting the president that they. here's a preview. >> you were modest about it when i asked about being shot and almost being run over by the president's limousine, but you went to the hospital, did you ever get a chance to talk to president reagan about that? it was a a little lighter
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than what we had to discuss. also, if you have questions, i will call on you. >> on the last day i was in the hospital, about 10 days that i meet the, i did not president or anything like that. he was injured a little bit more seriously and was there longer, but on that last day i was in the hospital. my wife and my children came up me.et my me. my daughter brought her kids to make sure everything -- -- see the president. it sounded like in order to me. [laughter] >> from the commander-in-chief, and we promptly went down with my wife carol and two of our children. >> you weren't wearing one of
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those horrible hospital gowns? >> no, i wasn't. he was. mrs. reagan were there. we were having a nice conversation. there was four inches of armored glass on the window -- we had a great conversation. the president was hooked up to many of the machines, tubes and so forth to go in different places, flash red and green and make noises that attract children. they were a tracking my two children at that time. my wife was more nervous than i was, of that worried that my kids might finish the job. [laughter] >> so we were nervous. the president of the united states did not know tim mccarthy at that time. there were three shifts that rotate, but we had a wonderful conversation. together, sometimes dinner, in fact we did later on, but we were just about the door and was time to go and we were
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just about the door ready to head for home, which we were anxious to get to come and he stopped and said, wait a minute now. reagan,was mccarthy, the disc i have against the irish? [laughter] a discussion a discussion on the assassination of president ronald reagan. called forhe once the removal of pluto as a planet, and on sunday, author neil gressysicist tyson will be our guest on end up with. >> allow me to tell you that our moon as small as it was compared to earth is five times the mass of pluto. lovers were never told
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that, were you? [laughter] >> so, welcome to the company of informed people come all right, regarding pluto. announcer: during our live three-hour conversation, we take your calls, tweets, and facebook questions. he is also a director of a planetarium in new york city and author of several books, including welcome to the universe, death by blackhole, and astrophysics for people in a hurry. watch in-depth with neil degrasse tyson life from noon on book tv on c-span2. ♪ c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. it is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider.
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next on american history tv, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell talks about former kentucky governor and u.s. senator wendell ford. mcconnell focuses on ford's early life on a dairy farm, his entry into politics, his campaign for majority whip, and his lasting legacy on kentucky politics. government ford education center in ellensburg, kentucky hosted this 45 minute long event. [applause] >> good afternoon everyone. ,y name is elizabeth griffith the executive director of the wendell ford government education center. it is my pleasure to welcome you to this historic tribute lecture
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honoring senator wendell ford featuring majority leader mitch mcconnell. before we begin, i would like to share our mission and the relevance it serves in our world today. as you all know, senator ford believed that students need a better understanding of how our government operates and that the principles by which he conducted his work, civil discourse, cooperation, and the willingness to compromise are vital to our nations future. in keeping with this mission, the center of established the statesmanship academy in 2012. the academy currently serves over 100 local area high school students who have a passion for public service, enhancing their leadership skills, and for study the issues that face our communities, states, and nation. strive todemy, we teach these students to examine both sides of every issue, to learn how to respect another person's opinion, even when it may differ from their

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