TV worth TiVoing

TV worth TiVoing: If it wasn’t clear before, that I’m hooked on the current C-Span series about the U.S. Capitol building, should convince anyone of my certifiable wonkishness. (While tonight is the last night of the “live” series, I’m sure it will be re-run many times. Also, it is available online in a streaming format.) The series is very C-Span style TV: slow, chatty, and if you’re not a hardcore Capitol buff, you will drift off with Brian Lamb’s tenth question to one of the historians about Statuary Hall — I’m a huge fan of his, but listening to Brian Lamb can have the same effect as counting lambs.

While I don’t blog about politics, I’m about the biggest U.S. Capitol wonk you’ll ever meet. When I was in my 20s, I worked for three years in a congressional office and was able to explore the Capitol from top (literally) to bottom, except for certain private offices of lawmakers and staff — but I’ve even been in many of those. I’m in Washington very often and about once a year, I end up at a meeting or function on Capitol Hill. Despite (or because of) all of the time I spent there, I’m still in awe of the building — inside and out. I’ve never seen a program or documentary that so thoroughly explores the nooks and crannies of the Capitol as does this series. Like so much about C-Span, it is a treasure.

Speaking of something worth TiVoing, here’s another American history series I’ll be recording: The Revolution, starting Sunday. It’s a 13-part series on the American Revolution on the History Channel. (Note: Before you get too worried about how I spend my free time, please note that I have a “professional” attachment to the topic of the American Revolutionary War as my company publishes this beautiful magazine for the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.)

  • lcreekmo

    As a history major (albeit a European history major) I urge you not to denigrate the pursuit of history for one’s own enjoyment and edification. Otherwise I look like a big nerd for watching stuff like this.

  • rex

    I was more denegrating the suggestion of the number of hours I’ll be watching TV rather than the pursuit of history. And gee, what the heck were you thinking when you majored in European history? Who would ever hire European history major? Oh, wait. I know the answer to that one.

  • Cole

    Cool. Thanks for the heads up. I’m going to check out both of those programs! And European history?! What the… 😉

  • lcreekmo

    It’s that famous “liberal arts education” you hear so much about. It makes me good at Trivial Pursuit.