Flip-flopping politicians beware: C-SPAN has made available online its entire programming archive back to 1987, some 160,000 hours, including every program.
Now, everyone can research their favorite politicians and see if they changed their tune on major issues through the years in accordance with political winds.
The database is available now. A formal announcement is due Wednesday (March 17).
The archives continue to record all three C-SPAN networks nonstop, indexing them and placing them in the database. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.
Not all the resources are free of charge. All programs since 1993 are digital and can be viewed online for free. Duplicate copies of earlier programs can be obtained and used for education, research, review or home viewing purposes for a fee. Also, some programs are not copyright cleared for sale.
The Archives began within the Purdue University School of Liberal Arts in 1987. In July 1998, C-SPAN assumed responsibility for the archival operations and the facilities were moved from the Purdue University campus to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Ind.
It’s all here.
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