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Here are some previous Think Tank programs that may be of interest.

Orwell’s Century  (aired 2/12/2004)
The year 2003 marked the centennial of author George Orwell’s birth. Called by some the most important writer of the twentieth century, his legacy is his language: Newspeak, Thought Police, Big Brother. Even his name has become an adjective: Orwellian. Although Orwell disdained what he called "all the smelly little orthodoxies," social critics at many points on the political spectrum claim him as a prime influence. How did his writing shape the twentieth century’s war of ideas? What were Orwell’s own politics?

Whatever Happened to Socialism?  (aired 6/13/2002)
The Twentieth Century has been called the Age of Ideology. One idea stands out as perhaps the most influential of all: Socialism. Some believe it is the most humane political idea ever invented, the key to peace and prosperity. Others accuse it of creating poverty and giving rise to the bloodiest regimes of the Twentieth Century. Did Socialism fulfill its promise? Perhaps most important, does Socialism still exist?

The Commanding Heights  (aired 3/22/2002)
This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the shifting tide of economic thought. In the last two decades, the free-market capitalist model seems everywhere on the march, routing communism and pushing tired welfare states to privatize, cut back benefits and increase the sphere of the individual in society. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin documents this chain of events in his acclaimed book "The Commanding Heights."

Does Liberalism Have a Future?  (aired 4/25/1999)
Think Tank explores whether or not liberalism is a fading off of the forefront of American ideology today. Has conservatism overshadowed liberalism for the time being, forever, or even at all?

The Heart and Soul of Conservatism  (aired 3/21/1996)
The battle of the Republican nomination appears to have ended, but a different struggle over the nature of conservatism rages on. Which ideas will flourish in the Republican Party? Which vision might capture the imagination of Americans?


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