Sunday morning talk shows have long held a revered place in American culture. They are where millions upon millions of concerned citizens turn to so a good idea might be formed about current events. In our digital age, however, traditional news outlets are seeing their power wane as alternative sources find prominence.
Not all of these are reliable, though, hence the concept of 'fake news.' Amid a time of rapid transition and the confusion which can grow from this, where should people turn to for solid information about the happenings that impact their lives?
The San Francisco Review of Books is glad to answer this question in a most definitive manner. On August 27, 2017, the first episode of SFRB on Sunday was released. It was the opening chapter of a refreshingly old-school approach to news reportage, yet with a twist: voices often overlooked by the mainstream media are afforded the attention they deserve.
Each episode features a guest who has something important to say about the issues that shape society. Rather than run with sound-bite-driven 'interviews' which last only a few minutes or sensationalist 'debates' where the host shouts down the person being addressed, appropriate consideration is given to diverse ideas. Knowledge, rather than pandering, is the focal concern.
Every interview lasts for about thirty minutes and is now followed by a much shorter discussion with Dr. Paul Gottfried, one of America's most outspoken -- and politically incorrect -- academics, who chairs the SFRB's editorial board. He brings a firmly-grounded, forthright perspective to current events that were not covered during the primary interview.
With a projected running time below forty-five minutes, each episode is designed to deliver as much information as possible without skimping on conversation quality or denting your schedule.
SFRB on Sunday is hosted by the Baron Joseph Ford Cotto, editor-in-chief of the Review.