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Interviews with top nonfiction authors by journalists, public policy makers, legislators, and others familiar with their work.
After Words airs each weekend at the following times:
  • Saturday at 10pm ET
  • Sunday at 12pm ET
  • Sunday at 9pm ET
  • Monday at 12am ET

Recent programs:
  • After Words: Lindsay Mark Lewis (59 min. 35 sec. - December 14, 2014)
    Lindsay Mark Lewis discusses his book, [Political Mercenaries: The Inside Story of How Fundraisers Allowed Billionaires to Take Over Politics], about the ways political parties and candidates raise money and how spending in campaigns has increased.
  • After Words: Jason Sokol (58 min. 59 sec. - December 6, 2014)
    Historian Jason Sokol talks about his book, [All Eyes Are Upon Us], in which he explores the reputation of the nation's Northeast region as a place of racial equality and strong support for African-American civil rights.
  • After Words: Jonathan Eig (56 min. 1 sec. - November 29, 2014)
    Jonathan Eig discusses his book [The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution], about the birth control pill's development, from Margaret Sanger's activism in the 1930s to test trials in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.
  • After Words: Sharyl Attkisson (57 min. 54 sec. - November 22, 2014)
    Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson talks about her book, [Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama's Washington].
  • After Words: Karen Armstrong (59 min. 30 sec. - November 15, 2014)
    Karen Armstrong talks about her book, [Fields of Blood], in which she examines the intertwined relationship of faith and violence by walking through the history of every major religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Daoism.
  • After Words: Jeff Chang (55 min. 36 sec. - November 8, 2014)
    Jeff Chang talks about his book, [Who We Be: The Colorization of America], in which he discusses the idea of racial progress and talks about Americans' views on race. He speaks with Morehouse College professor and media commentator Marc Lamont Hill.
  • After Words: James McPherson (58 min. 38 sec. - November 1, 2014)
    James McPherson talks about his book, [Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief], in which he presents Confederate president Jefferson Davis as an astute military strategist who articulated the South's "quest for an independent nation."
  • After Words: Linda Tirado (55 min. 59 sec. - October 25, 2014)
    Linda Tirado talks about her book, [Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America], about how she went from middle class to lower class to poor, and what she says is the need for a safety net for those on "the bottom rungs of society's ladder."
  • After Words: Jake Halpern (58 min. 36 sec. - October 18, 2014)
    Jake Halpern talks about his book, [Bad Paper], in which he argues that the collection industry is full of unregulated and questionable practices that can often compound the problems of working class citizens.
  • After Words: Atul Gawande (52 min. 48 sec. - October 11, 2014)
    Atul Gawande talks about his book, [Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End], in which he argues that with all that medical science can solve in the modern era, it should be better at responding to the needs of the aging and dying.
  • After Words: Heather Cox Richardson (54 min. 9 sec. - October 4, 2014)
    Heather Cox Richardson talks about her book, [To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party], in which she discusses the belief, articulated by Abraham Lincoln, that government is supposed to promote economic opportunity for all.
  • After Words with Matt Richtel (57 min. 40 sec. - September 27, 2014)
    Matt Richtel talks about his book, [A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention], in which he tells the story of a tragic car accident due to texting.
  • After Words: Caleb Scharf (57 min. 27 sec. - September 20, 2014)
    Caleb Scharf talks about his book [The Copernicus Complex], in which he talks about the possible beginnings of life on earth and argues that earth and humanity are unique in the universe.
  • After Words: Ken Silverstein (58 min. 9 sec. - September 13, 2014)
    Ken Silverstein talks about his book, [The Secret World of Oil], a behind-the-scenes look at the key figures and corruption in the international oil industry.
  • Watch Online; Michio Kaku (4 min. 30 sec. - September 13, 2014)
    A video clip promoting online viewing of a book discussion program.
  • After Words with Mike Gonzalez (55 min. 42 sec. - September 6, 2014)
    Cuban-American Mike Gonzalez talks about his book, [A Race for the Future], in which he describes the differences between the various Latino nationalities that have immigrated to the U.S., explaining that they are not a homogenous block.
  • After Words: William Burrows (50 min. 22 sec. - August 30, 2014)
    William Burrows, an award-winning journalist and NYU professor emeritus, talks about his book, [The Asteroid Threat: Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects], in which he details several near-collisions between earth and asteroids.
  • After Words: Dr. Ben Carson (1 hr. - August 23, 2014)
    The prominent former neurosurgeon and presidential critic proposes "a road out" of what he calls U.S. decline. He contends that his solutions appeal "to every American's decency and common sense." He talks with NBC News Political Director Chuck Tod
  • After Words: Daniel Halper (1 hr. - August 16, 2014)
    Author Daniel Halper talks to [The Hill's] Juan Williams about his book, [Clinton, Inc.], in which he looks at what he calls the country's most powerful political couple and how he says they're positioning themselves for a return to the White House.
  • After Words: John Dean (58 min. 18 sec. - August 9, 2014)
    John Dean, a former member of the Nixon White House, whose congressional testimony led to the president's resignation, talks about his book, [The Nixon Defense], in which he looks at the Watergate scandal based on newly-released recordings.

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Upcoming Programs


In Depth is Book TV's monthly interview/call-in program with an author featuring his or her body of work.  It's LIVE on the first Sunday of every month.    Mark Levin, Bonnie Morris, Peniel Joseph, Bing West, Luis Rodriguez, Amity Shlaes, Reza Aslan, Ron Paul, Mary Frances Berry, Joan Biskupic, Michael Korda and AEI President Arthur Brooks were our 2014 guests.

Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley
Feb 1, 2015  Walter Isaacson  www.aspeninstitute.org @walterisaacson

You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.


Here are some events that Book TV will be covering in the coming weeks:

12/9/14:   NYC, New America Foundation: Janine Wedel, Unaccountable; Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America; Lawrence Lessig,    Republic, Lost

12/10/14  NYC, Macaulay Honors College, Jenny Nordberg, The Underground Girls of Kabul & Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us

12/11/14   Philadelphia, Gershman YMCA, Matthew Chistopher, Abandoned America

12/15/14   Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Bill of Rights Day Book Festival



Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage includes book festivals in Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlottesville, New York, Freedom Fest in Vegas, Brooklyn, the Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, NY, Harlem Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International in November.  You can watch those we've already covered online.  Find them using the "Search" button in the upper lefthand corner of this homepage.

For a complete list of upcoming book festivals, click on the BOOK FAIRS tab at the top of the page.