UCTV presents two programs featuring two of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.
First, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and host Michael Bernstein sit with Alex Butterfield, the source of Woodward’s latest book, The Last of the President’s Men, as Butterfield recalls his painful, yet brave decision to answer truthfully about the existence of a taping system in Richard Nixon’s Oval Office during the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973.
Fear of decline is one of the oldest American impulses. When we feel we are in decline, we sense that we have lost our balance. We argue about what history teaches us—and usually disagree about what history actually says. We conclude that behind every crisis related to economics and the global distribution of power lurks a crisis of the soul.
In E.J. Dionne’s talk, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent,” from UC Santa Barbara’s Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public LIfe, the Washington Post columnist argues that underlying our political impasse is a lost sense of national balance that, in turn, reflects a loss of historical memory. Americans disagree about who we are because we can’t agree about who we’ve been.