Best of Enemies

The televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in the summer of 1968 are the subject of the new PBS documentary. They skyrocketed ABC from dead last in the ratings and birthed a new era in public discourse. Today the heavily scripted exchanges of Sunday-morning television and 24-hour news are a far cry from the explosive but informed vitriol that surrounded the arguments between two of our country’s towering intellectuals. A discussion on the current health — or infirmity — of public discourse in our country follows the screening.

Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

The president of the Texas Civil Rights Project sits down with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart to discuss human... See more
Join Damian Woetzel, incoming president of the Juilliard School, for an interactive breakfast interview led by Eric Liu... See more
Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy... See more
Enter the world of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a taciturn repo man rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in... See more
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Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have... See more

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