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.

Liberalism in America, Peter Beinart, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michael Sandel, Sean Wilentz, Moderator Evan Thomas (#24)  See more
The media may be more influential and pervasive than ever before. And with that influence comes responsibility. What... See more
Is America a secular country or a religious one? Should faith and religious values have a place in current political... See more
Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson talks with Bishop T.D. Jakes - bestselling author and founder of the... See more
There seem to be as many competing sets of facts as there are competing opinions. Do editors and reporters have a... See more
Three major players in American film and television, Nora Ephron, Norman Lear, and Sydney Pollack, discuss what values... See more

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