Inside the Presidential Debates with Newton Minow

Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 2:00pm

Event Info




Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy

25200 North St. Marys Road





Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Newton Minow was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. Minow famously dubbed television a "vast wasteland" and called for programming reforms to better serve the public interest. He is a former law partner of Adlai Stevenson II, was chairman of PBS, and co-chair of the presidential debates in 1976 and 1980. He is currently co-vice chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the debates for the last two decades. Minow's book, written with longtime collaborator Craig LaMay, Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future, is a fascinating look into the origins of presidential debates with suggestions for their improvement today.