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20 Years Of 'The Simpsons'

Ross Reynolds
01/15/2010 at 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

'The Simpsons' Take On Religion

"The Simpsons" are celebrating their 20th anniversary this month. The cartoon has become a cultural touchstone for not just its humor, but also for its smart take on family, religion and society. We'll examine the spiritual life of "The Simpsons" with Mark Pinsky, author of "The Gospel According to The Simpsons." (Originally aired September 4, 2001)

12:20 p.m.

An Oral History Of 'The Simpsons'

We talk to the author of an uncensored and unauthorized oral history of "The Simpsons," John Ortved. He'll give us a behind–the–scenes snapshot of America's favorite animated family. (Originally aired October 28, 2009)

12:40 p.m.

Taylor Branch On 'The Clinton Tapes'

Shortly after he was elected president, Bill Clinton asked his friend Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer prize–winning historian, to help him "take care of history." Branch recorded 79 conversations with Clinton over the eight years of his presidency. The project was top secret because of fears that political enemies would subpoena the tapes. Branch recalls those conversations in his book, "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President." (Originally aired October 20, 2009)


Mark Pinsky is author of "The Gospel According to The Simpsons."

John Ortved is a contributing editorial associate at Vanity Fair and the author of "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History."

Taylor Branch is a Pulitzer prize–winning historian and author of several books. His latest is "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President."

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