For loyal fans of the Doubleheader, this is the big enchilada. Each week this year we’ve talked to NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks about the sport of politics and the politics of sports. We’ve conducted these chats far enough away from the formality of the NewsHour set, so as to get them to loosen their ties a bit and so they can share their ridiculous wealth of sports knowledge. (Has ESPN figured this out yet?)
We rolled up some of the best moments of the year into one video. Enjoy.
It takes a village
You’ll notice that politics editor Christina Bellantoni hosted the chat a few times when I was on the road this year. I thank her for that. If you’ve read any of the previous posts you’ll also notice that Justin Scuiletti and Joshua Barajas have been shooting and editing these and at some points Cassie Chew, Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz wielded the camera. Alex Bruns has also helped to wrangle our heroes every week.
Resolution for 2013
Part of the charm of these conversations is that they are unscripted and they happen when our esteemed guests have a few spare minutes before they go downstairs to appear on the program. You’ll see that we’ve been caught at different states of preparedness. We’ve sometimes done the whole thing with one camera, and sometimes two, sometimes with a hand-held microphone hovering beneath us and sometimes with lapel mics. It’s a little inconsistent, but we’ll try to do better, we promise.
In the meantime, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you next year.