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Guest Programmer: Jim Lehrer
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Guest Programmer: Jim Lehrer - 10/25

Emmy Award winner Jim Lehrer, Guest Programmer for October, is one of the most admired television journalists in America, having served for decades as executive editor and news anchor of what is now the PBS NewsHour. Noted for having moderated 11 presidential election debates, Lehrer also has worked in print journalism and authored novels and non-fiction books including Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates (2011).

Lehrer's programming picks cover a wide array of genres--drama, comedy and musical. He tells host Robert Osborne that as a moviegoer he wants "to escape, to go somewhere and be entertained." All the King's Men (1949) takes him to familiar territory: the world of politics, with the fictional Southern governor played by Broderick Crawford "a glorious example of the worst" that can happen when a public servant becomes corrupted by power. The screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934) charms Lehrer not only because Clark Gable plays a "hard-bitten newspaper reporter" not unlike the young Lehrer, but because it's "the ultimate bus movie." Lehrer, whose father worked for bus companies, is a collector of bus memorabilia and a self-described "bus nut." Lehrer compares the musical comedy My Fair Lady (1964) to "eating really good candy--homemade chocolate fudge, which is my favorite."

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