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Q&A is an American television series on the C-SPAN network. Each Q&A episode is a one-hour formal face-to-face interview with a notable person, hosted by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb.[1][2] Typical guests on the show include journalists, politicians, authors, doctors and other public figures. C-SPAN’s criteria for guests is that they have a personal story and can teach the viewer something.[1]

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GenreTalk show
Presented byBrian Lamb
Country of originUnited States
Producer(s)Mark Farkas
Original networkC-SPAN
Original releaseDecember 12, 2004 –
Related showsBooknotes
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Q&A airs on Sunday nights[2] at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Time,[3] and the C-SPAN website features videos and transcripts of all past interviews.[2]



Q&A premiered on Sunday, December 12, 2004. It replaced the program Booknotes, which Brian Lamb had hosted for 15 years previously. Whereas Booknotes featured interviews only with published authors,[1][4] the concept for Q&A as developed by Lamb was to interview noteworthy individuals from diverse backgrounds and learn about their achievements.[1]

The program's interviews are normally recorded in the studio space previously used for Booknotes, however other locations have been used. The first episode of “Q&A” was taped in the Knowledge Is Power Program Academy’s music hall,[1] and an interview with President George W. Bush was recorded in the White House Map Room.[5]


The first four guests to appear on Q&A were co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program Dave Levin,[1] Fox News president Roger Ailes, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute president Shirley Ann Jackson.[6] Guests since then have included former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee,[7] former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden,[8] President Bush in a shorter, 23-minute interview,[5] and Orlando Magic director of player development and founder of Democracy Matters, Adonal Foyle.[9] The American Historical Association has identified interviews with historians David M. Kennedy, Michael Korda, Andrew Ferguson and David McCullough, as well as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales as "particularly interesting".[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f John McArdle (6 December 2004). "New Show, Familiar Format For C-SPAN". Roll Call. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Elisabeth Grant (27 November 2007). "C-SPAN's Q & A". AHA Today. American Historical Association. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Q&A". Q& National Cable Satellite Corporation. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ Marisa Guthrie (11 August 2004). "'Booknotes' Near End Of Shelf Life". Daily News. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b Brooks Boliek (31 January 2005). The Hollywood Reporter. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Kenneth Aaron (29 December 2004). "C-SPAN program gets behind the scenes with RPI president". The Times Union.
  7. ^ "Governor is quizzed by C-SPAN Presidential talk premature, he says". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 14 February 2005.
  8. ^ Walter Pincus (15 April 2007). "Hayden Works to Absorb New Hires at CIA". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ "Money matters; Foyle Learned Early to Give". San Jose Mercury News. 5 March 2006.

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