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Meet the Press

Meet the Press

Since its television premiere in 1947, Meet the Press has cemented its position as an institution in broadcast journalism. For the first time ever, network TV’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates (1947-2013)—is available via streaming online video. Now, students and scholars have unprecedented access to this treasure trove of material, including many episodes not seen since their original broadcast.

Broadcasting: then and now

The Meet the Press collection opens up a wealth of information to libraries by making 1,500 hours of footage—nearly the full broadcast run to date—available online in one cross-searchable interface. Rather than digging through archives in assorted formats and locations, hoping footage will be available, users can explore this iconic series instantly from any computer or mobile device. Examine how coverage of immigration reform has evolved from the 1980s through 2012, find clear film examples of how media portrayed women and African Americans in the 40s and 50s, and view television’s first live satellite interview—held in 1965 with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

The faces that changed history

Not just a media database, the broad-ranging topical coverage renders Alexander Street’s Meet the Press database a valuable tool for coursework and scholarship in disciplines from political science, history, and international affairs to economics, women’s studies, and sociology.

The collection is a powerful resource for scholars seeking firsthand perspectives of history’s biggest players. Instantly locate and view all five of Martin Luther King Jr.’s appearances on the program. Contrast how Richard Nixon’s personal account of Watergate—delivered 15 years after the event—differed from real-time coverage of the scandal. Hear Golda Meir’s account of continuing instability in the Middle East. Users will find content covering all major global events from World War II to the present, elucidated by the figures that helped shape them.

The collection captures these and more noteworthy moments, including:

  • Jackie Robinson’s appearance in 1957 to discuss Civil Rights and his NAACP involvement.
  • Fidel Castro’s 1959 appearance during his first US visit since the Cuban revolution.
  • Seven appearances by Indira Gandhi before her 1984 assassination.
  • President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 announcement that the US would boycott the Moscow Summer Olympics.
  • The award winning Senate Debate Series, which aired during the 2002, 2004, and 2006 election cycles.
  • Colin Powell’s 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama for US president, which pulled in a record-breaking 9 million viewers.

Bringing it all together

Meet the Press comes equipped with dozens of online tools that enhance the teaching, learning, and scholarship experience:

  • Semantic facet browsing and discipline landing pages with editor highlights mean users across all fields can discover new materials or dive straight into what they’re looking for.
  • Playlist-building functionality lets professors choose their favorite clips and easily slide them into the syllabus or LMS.
  • HD-quality video and synchronous scrolling transcripts ensure you never miss a word.
  • Instant citation exporter empowers scholars to share what they’ve discovered.

Meet the Press collection is available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or outright purchase. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser.


Testimonials

The enterprise is impressive on a number of scores...the quality of Meet the Press speaks for itself-it remains a monument to American journalism and political inquiry...Meet the Press is an invaluable portal to contemporary American history, and will have a broad appeal to a wide array of academic disciplines...Recommended.

J. Millhorn, Northern Illinois University CHOICE