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Guest Bios

Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S. News and World Report and author of The Almanac of American Politics and Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan.

Earl Black is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science at Rice University and author of The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected.

Pat Choate is a former Chairman of the Reform Party and was the party's vice-presidential candidate in 1996.

David Herbert Donald is the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University and author of numerous books, including Lincoln's Herndon, Lincoln Reconsidered, and The Civil War and Reconstruction.

John Gable is Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and author of The Bull Moose Years: Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party.

Paul Herrnson is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and co-editor of Multiparty Politics in America.

Robin Kolodny is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University and author of Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics.

Stephan Lesher is author of George Wallace: American Populist.

Theodore Lowi is Professor of Political Science at Cornell University and co-author of American Government.

Robert Remini is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster.

Donald Ritchie is an associate historian at the Historical Office of the United States Senate.

Steven Rosenstone is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and co-author of Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure.

John Kenneth White is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America and co-author of New Party Politics: From Jefferson and Hamilton to the Information Age.

About Ben Wattenberg

Ben J. Wattenberg is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C. He is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program “Think Tank” and writes a weekly newspaper column, syndicated by United Media, which appears in 200 newspapers.

He has been the host-essayist of several public affairs documentary televison series, including “Ben Wattenberg at Large” and “In Search of the Real America” in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1992, Wattenberg and David Gergen appeared as essayists in two one-hour PBS programs entitled “America's Political Parties.”

He was essayist/host of the 1996 PBS special “Values Matter Most.” He hosted the 1997 PBS special about falling fertility, “The Grandchild Gap,” and the 1998 special “America's Number One: Now What?,” an examination of America as a global leader. “The Stockholder Society,” in which he examines the vastly expanding role of individual stockholders in the equity markets, aired on PBS in November 1999.

Wattenberg’s current project, “The First Measured Century.” (comprised of a three-hour prime time PBS television special, a new book, and a 400-page AEI reference guide), examines the 20th century in America through the lens of data, not anecdote — dealing with social facts not social fiction.

He is the author of eight books, including “Values Matter Most,” “The Birth Dearth,” “The First Universal Nation,” “The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong,” and co-author with Richard M. Scammon of The Real Majority. He is a former contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, was a co-editor of AEI’s magazine Public Opinion, and a radio commentator on CBS “Spectrum.”

Wattenberg was an aide and speech writer to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House from 1966 to 1968. In 1970, he was a campaign advisor in Senator Hubert Humphrey's race for the Senate and in 1972 and 1976 for Senator Henry Jackson's contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. He has twice (1972 and 1976) helped write the Democratic National Platform. He was one of the co-founders, and then chairman, of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority.

Ben J. Wattenberg is a 1955 graduate of Hobart College from which he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1975. He was born in 1933 in the Bronx, New York.

About the Producers

A Third Choice was produced by New River Media

Andrew Walworth, Executive Producer
Amy Smeal and Melissa Mathis, Producers
Dan Kearney, Associate Producer
Rob Schurgin, Supervising Producer
Sharon Sperling, Bill Creed, and Jerry Manley, Post Production
Doug Anderson, Jonah Goldberg, and Scott McLucas, Research Assistants
Martha Bayles, Jay Nordlinger, Steven Rosenstone, and Gil Troy, Editorial Consultants


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