Skip to main content

tv   Fiona Hill There Is Nothing for You Here  CSPAN  November 10, 2021 11:53am-12:55pm EST

11:53 am
building infrastructure upgrading technology and empowering opportunity and communities big and small. charter is connecting us pretty charter communications along with these television companies support "c-span2" is a public service printed. >> with us and at a session join us this week for book tv and tonight look at recent bestsellers will hear from the authors and journalists including bob woodward on their latest book and after that david hanson in his book the dying citizen later conservative commentator ben shapiro in his bestseller "the authoritarian moment" in a sarsen 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span anew can also access our programs online and booktv.org or follow along in c-span now and her new video app. >> i'm director of author events and i am pleased to introduce our guest. none of her testimony to p the
11:54 am
u.s. house of representatives, during donald trump's 2019 impeachment hearings fiona hill has more than 30 years of experience on policy. in a senior fellow at the center of the united states and europe in the foreign policy programs at the institution, she's a former national security council official and former officer at the national intelligence rated in the co-author operative and siberian purse, a communist left russia and the cold and written extensively on strategic issues related to eastern europe and central asia. and "there is nothing for you here", she traces her path is a daughter of a coalminer in northern england it to her service to three u.s. residents and examines the desperation in passing american politics, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy. tonight fiona hill will be in
11:55 am
conversation with judy rubin and a colonist in philadelphia inquire a longtime friend of the author and trudy and fiona hill is an honor to have you join us in the screen is yours. >> thank you and it is a pleasure to be here. i it cannot be more timely because this book, "there is nothing for you t here", it goes from the personal and cold town to the political in the white house and is the whole issue of populism and how we are all struggling to save democracy. and since you all know, about fiona hill's testimony, the impeachment over in the ukraine, it's interesting to see as the ex-president's trump, of coming
11:56 am
out against anyone who criticizes haman as put together an statements about fiona hill but it does have a wonderful punchline which i think will probably be used with fiona hill but is funny but it's also has truth. the ex-president as fiona hill was a deep state - and that speech is a whole issue of the conspiracy theories in a deep state but also speaks to northern ireland and defined fiona hill's origins and her status in england and in a way shaped much of her life.
11:57 am
so it makes me want to ask, when did you decided fiona hill to shape this basically political memoir to the story of a growing up poor ankle line town with the father who had been thrown out of work by the closing of the pits. >> will really started judy, with my sense of the testimony a few years ago, in fact this month the oppositions began and taking witness testimony would then go forward into the hearings and into the impeachment trial and i realized during these hearings that there was enough hostility from the president to all of the peoplele like myself. and during all of that time to
11:58 am
test our credibility and said things about this, the bullet about being in deep state, and heard from some privileged e elites the president trump and said that he wanted to clean up when he came to washington dc and trying to suggest that it was his grouping of privileged people who ended been born out of kind of bizarre, this conjuring up of stuff, deep in the state. and i sent back from all of this and trump was supposed to be the president of the people. it appealed the campaign to the working class and color and workers of the shipyard us. [inaudible]. but anyway, the coal mines and
11:59 am
it was me, that was my family. i grew up in the equivalent in fact many of my relatives back in the united states to work ♪ ♪ might my father wanted to do that in a really and i actuallya put together my personal statemt in my opening statement for the public hearings, and i hadn't had one as of the close of the division i decided to just start from the beginning. i'm not some bizarre member of some strange deep state behind the action committee, of an ordinary person in an immigrant to the united states they come from very humble origins of the people that president trump's opposing to represent. so with my testimony invite laid it out from the very beginning, i did a huge number, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of letters rated and on the internet i got a lot and people
12:00 pm
were taking the time to write to me. some from pennsylvania and all around the country and basically saying, it resonated with them, the story of my immigrant background and my father and great-grandfather and they were coal miners and how that sort of had humble origins and professional successes americans. ... i wanted to kind of explain how we got there but use this personal truth story because ito resonated so much with people. it's not my personal story. it's destroyed millions of
12:01 pm
people in america and certainly vast majority of the population of pennsylvania. >> what's so interesting innn yr book is how you compared the art of populist in the united states, and britain and in russia we spend a lot of time and built your career and studying, and to show differences of the similarities that lead to this dangerous kind of populism. so in britain, the factors that seem to hold people back in areas that have become the industrialized have to do more with location, class, and access. president trump didn't recognize
12:02 pm
your accent is not -- its northern england which a brit would recognize immediately. the telescope that what it was likehe growing up in the cold tn that no longer has pets and what that meant to someone like yourself who had aspirations. how could you get out of that situation? >> first of all, the education system was key in both sides of this equation both in terms of downward mobility and upward mobility. a lot of the education system developed locally as untrue is exactly the case of people of my generation going up in the u.s. i came to the u.s. what is already in my 20s for graduate school but there was an expectation in the local schools you are being prepared in a particular work until the time
12:03 pm
when the coal mine started to close. lots of manufacturing around steelworks. in in a way to the education sm was a similar to parents,, grandparents can even great-grandparents to people were learning. an expectation you want to stay on in the skill or necessary go to college and leisure going for skills training for an apprenticeship, technical college for engineering or something like this. university was a very small sliver of the population. i was going to finish up a high school was five or 6% of kids in the united kingdom went on to college onto a university. but, for me at the time i was born in the 1960s in the 1970s and 80s, that opportunity to go to
12:04 pm
university had been opened up. because the local education authority gave full grant full scholarships essentially for people from lower socioeconomic background of limited means to it's like the pell grants it's like the g.i. bill with world war ii. so on one hand the educational system did not have a lot of expectations in it. and give people opportunities they have a paid for education. i was one of the few who got to go see university about five or 6%. but i got everything paid for. i did not have to hesitate or think about whether i could go to university and have to take out loans. i actually had the opportunity to go to university. the university is also to some of them opening up the educational requirements.
12:05 pm
since the big two in the united states but other universities making it easier for people like myself to start to apply and hope to get an entry. that to me is a very important message i try to bring out in the book. particular expectations it's that possibility to take advantage of an opportunity. i could not possibly even if i pass on the example i had i've gone to university because my parents could not may pay for. there is no way i could contemplate taking out a loan. >> you talked about your application to oxford. basically being told you were out of your league. even as we wrestle in the united states of the cost of education for everyone, including community college, the elite universities seem to be ever further away from the
12:06 pm
pocketbooks of the middle-class. and in a sense we are getting to the point where people used to be able to go to elite universities are out of their league when they try. what was this experience like when you went for your interview? >> the private universities like harvard, princeton, yale, they have a lot of scholarships. people for me for example still. a lot of people do not even know about it. when you are in a high school that teaches have college counselors are discouraging you from going to university and taking on loans or even applying for grants you do not
12:07 pm
even of those opportunities are there. this is the whole oxford story. wanted to show someone from my skull, my background. he asked me and a couple of other kids in my class she tried to apply. oxford had an entrance exam. at that time and the uk in the 1980s, people took special had annexed a year after school to prepare for the entrance exam. known at my school would ever seen this exam we no idea what it entailed. i kind of agree nothing ventured nothing gained. it's the math class for that middle school you did not study for. that was my experience as a living nightmare.
12:08 pm
they are essay questions does not prepare you for that kind of economic experiment and experience. so i failed the exam, surprise surprise bye-bye got a letter invited me down to an interview. that was amazing the give a chance. but no one explains to you what to expect under these circumstances. for the middle class background on the cultural awareness the training experience and connections to know what you need to do in these cases. was one humiliation after another. we got to the interview at oxford and the professor interviewing me actually suggested oxford would not be
12:09 pm
for me. but to be much better off going to the place where i could study what i wanted to study and i would actually get a lot more opportunities. he suggested which was the top of my list in scotland but had a fantastic opportunity there, i really did. it was an elite university they were much more forthcoming in trying to help people get over the hurdles the faculty were all much more gracious in their outreach trying to make people feel welcome. and help them navigate things. >> which is what everybody needs, help in navigating brake. >> it strikes me in the book he made the comparison with poor communities in the u.s. were even if young people get into a university they do not have the cultural background to navigate in the way you struggle to do.
12:10 pm
: : : it was a lot of in fact, there was lot of minors from northern england and wales and scotland and ireland who came over to work in the pennsylvania coal mines. one othersy little vignettes in the book which of course really
12:11 pm
shared some of my thinking is the 1960s when my dad's coal mine close down. the mines in pennsylvania in the lehigh valley were looking for minors from the uk. my dad wanted to go. there were ad number of minds they explored but my grandparents come he was looking, living with them and look after them a time and he found he couldn't take them with him so we didn't go. the irony is of course ten years or more later had he gone the mines had gone to work in the lehigh valley would've closedlds well. when i went to carbon county went to pennsylvania. friend of mine who was in -- that's where she was from, but basically right next door. she had recommended going and
12:12 pm
staying there for a weekend. she said she will love it. hole e about the parallels. this is it. this is basically pennsylvania, it was much more beautiful. it was very rugged and really something striking. it was the same thing. the whole county had just risen like mine. rotten immigrants from all over the world including from my area every historical building was tied to the mining community. also tied to the railways. the developments of the university all on the back of the industrialist who had prospered on answers like mining in the railways and all of the associated industries. in fact, and county terms, people had been mining since the romans where there. the whole history of mining in
12:13 pm
my county was even older. the rise of prosperity was within the same timeframe. the fall was very similar. the mines closed down. really early. one of the mines, i think it was a number nine. one of the ones that was recruiting when my dad was considering coming over to pennsylvania. i was really struck then. when i started thinking about how similar these experiences where of these regions. and then i am sitting russian and i get to russia and i see the same similarities, but on a much bigger scale than i've seen at home already and kind of pennsylvania. >> the industrialization after the collapse of the soviet. >> it was instantaneous. it was just overnight. all of the big factories and enterprises started to close down. the mines have to be propped up. minors were going on strike just like they had in my area.
12:14 pm
it was not going to come back in the same way. people certainly had this employment in the 1990s. you know, the one where you are covering those developments there. it is that massive employment bringing in new industry. an education system and the infrastructure of opportunity to adapt to a new technological situation. basically, the whole economy has moved on. it has left everybody behind. people in the same towns and cities and areas where their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were. a lot of people did not want to build. you know, moving was the only opportunity. the soviet union, people tried to go to moscow. obviously, in the united states, there is no one place to go. it is very difficult to move in
12:15 pm
any case. it is extremely difficult for people to just approve themselves and go somewhere else. especially if they don't have the skills. they don't have the education qualifications and they don't know anyone anywhere else. >> what struck me is how you compared these areas in russia and britain and the u.s. looking at how the dissection went for populist leaders. your hometown was part of what was part of the red wall and britain. always voted labor because of mining and union. suddenly, the red wall broke. yorktown voted for brexit and it voted for boris johnson and sends conservative members to parliament for the first time in, i don't know, maybe ever.
12:16 pm
>> since 1989. similarities between the support and similar districts here is very pronounced. and even the early support for vladimir putin as a savior. >> people think that they are being let down. waiting around for 50 years, the case of my hometown, similar decades in the united states for new jobs to come back and to see your homes and your neighborhoods just all crumbling away because there is nothing there. that really does kind of feed into frustration with the politics, but also despair about their own prospects. so much research going on in the united states. casting men and women who also
12:17 pm
jumped off their sense of well-being and two, you know, succumbing to early death from cancer and from all kinds of other morbidities and the rise of substance abuse and i saw exactly the same thing happening in the 1980s and the united kingdom and in the 1990s in russia. the sequencing is different, but the phenomena is strikingly similar. russia is a very different country with a very different history. it is very similar with similar effects. >> why did, i would like you to talk about it. knowing that trump was part of this historical phenomenon looking to its populist leaders, why did you decide to work for
12:18 pm
him. >> because the impetus at first in 2017 was about russia itself. i cannot say that i was completely concentrated on when he was, you know, first elected. i knew the sources of people's grievances, the same thing happens in brexit in england. seeing members of my family and my neighbors. they wanted to bring back control. paying no attention to them. they were disinfected in the labour party. the labour party had let them down just like people i thought that the democrats had let them down. it was obvious that the motivations where there. i was really worried and 2017 when i agreed to go in what had happened with the russian
12:19 pm
influence. you and i have truly been focused on the opportunity who is mr. putin when he came into office in 2000. someone who is being fixated on who was this guy. the intelligence officer in the u.s. government. trying to figure out, you know, how we would deal with all of these efforts by the russian security services to carry out these activities. i am seeing what the russians were up to in terms of launching a sophisticated operation in 2016. i wanted to do something about it. i thought that i could help mitigate this. push back against what they have done and try to make sure that they could not do it again. the people that had worked previously in the government and the other public service efforts. for both the bush and obama
12:20 pm
administration during a transition period that is something i can try to do again. i felt like our house was on fire. i figure out the russians are not the half of it. the problem is what is happening in our domestic politics. the white house politics. let's just say any skills over my eyes, pretty much quickly dispelled. i realize i'm in a very similar situation. kind of what i was writing about when i was writing about russia and the kremlin. >> what this quickly revealed to you about president trumps
12:21 pm
interest in expert advice on the subject like love shack. >> this is a fairly silly story. one that i'm sure a lot of people can relate to. in the book, my daughter got food poisoning the night before being at the white house. she threw up all night. she threw up on me. i gave myself a black eye. i was going out in the morning. the first orientation session at the white house. i ran to the metro. i did not trust myself driving after being awake all night. i run to the metro and i realized my shoes. i had left my dress shoes behind every woman's nightmare.
12:22 pm
leaving your dress shoes behind. i get in there and i thought it will be okay. it will be fine. i will do a lot of and i will probably go home, but of course it did not happen. i'd only been in the orientation for about an hour and someone said there was an attack on the metro. i had missed it completely because i'd been with with my daughter. i did not check the news or anything. i have been and orientations about the white house computer systems. someone saying you have to come over because president trump wants to call president putin or a condolence call. you need to give him something to say. first of all, what happened? i have not got any shoes. i'm going to go into the oval office wearing a pair of black sneakers. the women that you work with, he said just come in the oval
12:23 pm
office. stick that she was the desk. he did not pay any attention to me at all. it will be fine. i told the president two things. first of all, this is the first attack in the metro. this is putin's hometown. it will be very personal for him. this is a big deal. what terms will be a big deal. what is she doing in here? >> oh my goodness. i realize quite quickly, you know, walking in unannounced. she is also supposed to be a special advisor. this is from the beginning.
12:24 pm
trump was running the whole show from his family affairs. what he had done in the past with his trumpet family business. on many occasions, they would be in meetings. not past their portfolio. trump would ask them, was not good. >> from night. dress code. >> yes. the tone was set by trump and fox news. if anyone has seen the movie bombshell about fox news, that was that. i felt completely out of place. not just from running around in my sneakers. i actually did feel compelled to go out and bought a few dresses just so i would not stand out.
12:25 pm
back in middle school or high school, people are looking at you for what you are wearing. they are expecting everyone to look. kind of a jarring experience. they write in the book about the way you dress and look, typically for woman, shaped the way that people judge you and interact with you. right off the bat. revelation, realization. i was not going to get in and out if i could look the part. it would be years later. i never imprinted on trump. he never saw anything other than a middle-aged woman. he noticed the accent. >> you right a lot about trumps
12:26 pm
disinterest and expertise, including in any serious briefing about putin himself, his motivation. you had written a whole book about putin. you sat next to about a major conference in moscow. he was never interested in that. >> no, not at all. i had been going there on a regular basis since 1987 in fact, i knew an awful lot of people around putin. some pretty key people in the russian government that i knew personally since i was in my 20s. going back there for 30 plus years. but, you know, that was irrelevant. i was not the ceo of a major
12:27 pm
company. i was not a billionaire. i was not on fox news. fortunately, as many of us have learned by watching us all very closely, trump was very much by who he thought his peer group was. a news anchor and getting his attention. expertise for him was really, he did not see the point of it. also, in my presence, mostly the people there, he believed being so successful in his private business that there was not anything else he needed to learn from any one else. he said that repeatedly. i know more than that person i don't need to hear from them. he never read his briefings in full. he did listen to the intel prefers when the cia director came over. he would listen to them.
12:28 pm
other issues, he must prefer to get his information from fox news or a personal friend or from another strong man leader that he really admired. and so putin, she, along of turkey, you name it a prominent leader or a major industrial private enterprise billionaire figure, he would nor listen to them or anyone else. those were his peers. not his staff, not the members of his cabinet. once you start to work for him he would disregard you gmac what does trump see and putin? did you ever believe that putin had something on trump or was he just a master manipulator? >> putin is a master manipulator
12:29 pm
, but president trump is remarkably easy to manipulate the issue, realizing that. normal circumstances, people would ignore criticism. they do not feel like they need to rise to it. i talk in the book about how president trump had a nastiness. make sure that people kept track of nasty things that people said about him to make sure he could get his revenge on them at some point in some way or another call them out or they were a foreign leader, he would not meet with them or any other kind of key person but then he was -- the first they met trump, you know, kind of wanted to hear was where they going to be nice to him. will i like him? i thought that it was a really bizarre thing to really ask. of course he is not a nice man.
12:30 pm
how are you going to be able to deal with him. how are you going to be able to work with them. trump always wanted to know, did someone like him respect him? in the exchange of love letters. how he was. he wanted to be recognized as being in their company. he is superpowerful. the person that can get everyone to do what they want. he says this openly and repeatedly. what putin had was this knowledge, he could be very easily manipulated. again, i am trying to put this in the context of the kind of leaders that you get out of these popular circumstances.
12:31 pm
the performance of the economy and the stock market had on russian television which picked up on fox news and the press. immediately, trump wanted to call putin. that is what putin wanted the the american president calling and treating him as an equal. a very easy triumph. he got trump to call him. the press in the u.s. was all over every time. they thought that he was a candidate. he was being manipulated in a different way by putin. being -- pressing buttons to get him to do what he wanted. it wasn't about black male or holding anything over trump other than trump seeming to like him. seeming to talk about him in
12:32 pm
favorable terms. i found that really disturbing. it was a counterintelligence risk. something that we all think putin may have on trump if he can beat that easily manipulated, you are in enormous trouble. >> coming in to ask. arguing to the extension, involved in overreach and russian relations with the west. especially since russia is more regional than a world power. >> certainly, i mean, it was not just in overreach, it was actually a threat. you know, my earlier, you know,
12:33 pm
when i was starting out, i actually did not think that it was advisable to enlarge nato. who was i at that point? i was doing my work. working as a research assistant. i was not in a position. but, more prominent people who i work with very closely, the famous, you know, famous diplomat who wrote the telegram did not think about enlarging the great idea. my thesis for my phd's. actually holding the job to the reagan era. she also did not think interesting enough that expanding nato was completely advisable because they thought it would provoke a backlash from russia. that is actually how it played
12:34 pm
out. i think that one of the turning points and putin's very negative attitude came in 1999 when nato bombed, it was really a u.s. operation, but doing the standoff which was truly covered i happen to be in some pieces back at the time for the conference. there were many liberal politicians who were, you know the fall incentive. a further expansion of u.s. russian relations which we will have to operate the relationship this seems like a very aggressive action. it was targeted against russia.
12:35 pm
at that point, russia was supporting serbia in the region, the genocide against. that whole cold war concept. it was obvious that any further expansion of nato, you know, in the 2000's, after that, the incident, a development of the nato was going to be looked at in a very harsh and negative light. the question is surmising. that expansion really created a frame for people like putin and others to basically act against. >> we have a question. >> in the white house.
12:36 pm
you talk a lot about the chaotic aspect. this question wants to know, when trump spoke privately with putin and grabbed the translators notes, did everyone know what he really said? is he exchanging anything derogatory or not helpful to the united states? >> so, we do know what was said. that incident took place in hamburg at the g20. they were not alone at that particular meeting. there were other translators there. along with his counterpart, the russian foreign minister.
12:37 pm
president trump did not take his notes. they are not particularly useful because they usually just sort of shorthand to say what is said next in the sentence. the translator told me and another colleague what is being recalled from the conversation. there were several other people. he was the ceo of exxon mobil. he had a pretty good recall. very professional person. he had met with president putin on many occasions. he was kind of aware of the conversation and he followed up on everything. he actually had a press conference afterwards where he related pretty much everything that was said there. it was the way in which trump
12:38 pm
interacted with people. the conversation that he had with them was the same conversation he may have on twitter. he did not really modulate the way he had interaction. factoring in there that he's meeting with the president of a country, russia, that is being pretty confrontational. that was the problem. not that context, but the hallway they had these conversations. >> including at the press conference. >> that was the ultimate debacle. but, they sauce in the meeting with putin and trump which went on for a while. it helped to remember that vladimir putin speaks in very long sentences. a lot of the time has been taken
12:39 pm
up by the translation which is after, you know, the long expedition by putin depending on what he is talking about. putin also speaks english. he has been learning english. president trump is not speaking and large sentences. he is speaking back again. putin already has it anyway. the meeting behind the scene is fairly straightforward. trying to pull several fast ones it was a press conference that was a real disaster. because president trump did not want to be shown different to putin. the russian interference in the election. they thought that it was best to be asked for president trump.
12:40 pm
this guy here elected you, not the people of the united states. and, of course, he would not send anything. and then he did not want to actually disprove him in front of putin. .... .... that is not what happened. he ends up turning himself all over trying to avoid the question, trying to get back in his favor and ends up as we all heard basically giving put in the benefit of the doubt of his own intelligence. he was entirely predictable, entirely predictable. when president biden met with putin to very sensibly did not
12:41 pm
have a joint press conference. >> there's a question about how should the average among them be for the next election. i would like to tie that in with a couple of the major points you make in the book. you talk about trumps admiration and you mentioned you sought not just with putin with so if you are talking about the future, tell us a little bit about what you saw it in the past and the house and heard from the president. and what we might projects if he were to run and be elected again. >> also at that point.
12:42 pm
president trump openly praised, he repeatedly said he would love to have the situation there were no checks and balances. basically, the opportunity to do what he likes. essentially running america like his own private business. [inaudible] >> we heard him say he said in public. [inaudible] he is not a lot different in private than he is in public. we should be very concerned because he means that it's not a joke. people say in a joking fashion things they mean when they are deadly serious but he would do that to test to see how people pushed back. those leaders were not demagogues recognize it and
12:43 pm
someone called out on it as well. but the american politics is not calling out in the way he should. he's not a republican produced be a democrat he does not have any ideologies captured one of the main parties, the republican party and until people stand up and realize what's happening, he was legitimately elected. he managed to talk to people directly and tell them he's going to fix them or them he's only going to fix things for himself. he realizes a pig and a poke basically. it's an american expression something like that you think you're buying something valuable you are actually getting something quite contrary to what you are expecting. this is basically key is pulling a fast one.
12:44 pm
realize that and stand up for themselves and remember, members of congress took an oath to the constitution they promised to serve their constituents, all of them. and as a preamble to the american constitution they talked about in the adelphia back in the days of we the people. we are allowing one man to capture us all again. we are on a path they would not have foreseen hundreds of years ago. they did not seeing it playing out in this way or one person she could capture a party and refreshment in their image. it's to an acquisition of the united states and turn it into an extension of trump enterprises. we are all seeing this. so let's get out and tell the truth they did not win the election 2020 there's a great
12:45 pm
risk he will come back and ruin 2024. in fact he says he is the rightful president still. that he ought to be in office. he's basically asking people to recount votes all over the place. it doesn't matter they've not found the evidence that supports his proposition here. he's going to turn the whole country into knots to get back into power. one he gets into parise made it clear and maybe he wants to have a member of his family to succeed him. we are seeing this all over the world. we never thought we'd see it in america. the philippines we heard are going to step down. and who does he want for the next president? his daughter. in russia vladimir putin son has appeared in the very rich and wealthy obscurity in the background.
12:46 pm
the pandora papers with lovely apartments not saying he's going to create an a dynasty. it's ironic. but in the night since we talk about dynasties again? the only way to change this again it's not politics it's about all of us here. to get out and tell the truth about what is happening. this is not america first. this is a one man first. it's deeply disturbing. this is not just a populism. this is to talk or see. this is not where we started we had the congress of the states in philadelphia. is this what we are going to do to this country? anyway and am very passionate about it it's not just for
12:47 pm
opportunity because of what america stood for. it stood for the truth, it stood for hope. >> and your book, you write a lot about what you think needs to be done to address the needs of people who have turned to populace and demagogues because of dissatisfaction, cultural economics with their economic situation i am curious, do you think those changes with the rise of a populace in this country for britain? i can only get to russia because it is a different
12:48 pm
situation. what are some of the key areas that you think must be addressed? do you think the biden administration is heading in that direction? >> i do think infrastructure is a public policy ideas encompass ideas in the book. going to be very hard work the politics are out there that's where the real rub is here to take personal responsibilities for this.
12:49 pm
that is why populism is so attractive. it's very complex and difficult. it's going to take very hard to take the edge off. too really tried to show two people we can do things. getting to the grassroots but local. something happened last week in philadelphia the people listening tonight saw this, there is a big opening of the inspector. in portland community for a variety of reasons. this may be the grassroots efforts with inspirational leadership to try to create
12:50 pm
bringing in kids from elementary, middle school all the way to high school, funding them for the extracurricular programs, mentoring them, creating transportation to get home after the activities and take this whole idea nationally. it's bringing kids and all kinds of socioeconomic backgrounds, from a place like many places in pennsylvania or northeast of england it's the economy. it is a real asset to show you can do something. they have a lot of political application as well. it is giving people hope giving kids a sense of priding themselves in the community. they're taking at national and it's time to do things in philadelphia. this kind of thing, what do libraries do? they provided knowledge they also provide opportunity. when i was a kid they would give you advice on things you
12:51 pm
can do. these are the kind of things we can do for in the absence of people getting their act together and tie all these things together at the bottom. things can be done here. those kind of shared projects to ask if your democrat or republican. you don't a shamir party card, this is free and open to the public we can send a message. we've got to get beyond these parties on politics >> i think that's the perfect note on which to end. and i am very pleased to say that if youi want to hear more from fiona hill, i will be doing an inquiry live discussion with her also on the book and on
12:52 pm
russia on friday november 19 at 11 a.m. so thanks very much, fiona. thanks to the audience and the free library. and i look forward to talking to you more. >> thanks so much, trudy. >> with the senate out of session join us all this week for booktv. tonight a look at recent bestsellers. >> you can access all programs online at booktv.org or follow along on c-span now, our new video app. >> booktv every sunday on c-span2 features leading authors discussing the latest nonfiction
12:53 pm
books.
12:54 pm
>> watch booktv every sunday on c-span2 and find a full schedule on your program guide or watch online any time at booktv.org. >> tonight, cnn anchor a "new york times" best-selling author anderson cooper chronicles the rise and fall of a legendary american dynasty, his mother's family, the vanderbilts. he is joined by katherine howe, and york times best-selling author of historical fiction and an academic who brings her team research skill and narrative flair to the story of an extraordinary s family. at now without further ado, i would like to welcome our guests to the virtual stage.

26 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on