Yesterday C-Span kicked off its “Supreme Court Week” with a range of different programs on the US Supreme Court. The background is of course the fact that the new associate justice on the court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was confirmed by the US Senate on 6 August 2009 and subsequently sworn in on 8 August 2009. Here is the official description of the topic week:
Beginning Sunday October 4 at 9pm and continuing through that entire week–each night at 9pm — C-SPAN will present groundbreaking and unique programs on the Supreme Court. Featuring our original documentary production “The Supreme Court: Home to America’s Highest Court” as well as an unprecedented collection of original interviews with 9 of the living current and former Supreme Court Justices, Supreme Court week will offer viewers a rare window into the Supreme Court and those that serve there.
The C-Span website provides inter alia an interesting virtual tour of the court, interviews with historians and journalists on the importance of the court and information on the composition of the current court. A sneak preview of the programs can also be found in this week’s Clip of the Week (see on the blog’s right bar).