The Presidency and the Constitution | 1986
A seven-part series featuring a panel comprised of national leaders, judges, lawyers, journalists, jurists and educators, discussing some of the most vital issues of our day, from arms control and the budget crises to the role of the Supreme Court and foreign policy controversies. In each session, a moderator leads 15 or 16 panelists through of variety of hypothetical case studies which closely parallel current events and which force the participants to confront--on camera--the type of agonizing decisions they face continually in their professional and public lives.
The first episode, "The Making of a Justice," deals with questions that arise involving the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. In "Foreign Alliances and Misalliances, Part I," the discussion involves the hypothetical case study of an ally of the United States being under siege in his own country. "Foreign Alliances and Misalliances, Part II," continues the previous situation, adding that the ally has fallen and a Communist insurgency group has taken over the country. In the fourth episode, "The Budget Crunch," a new President faces gridlock in the budget process and dangerously high deficits. "The Nuclear Balance of Terror, Part I," deals with a new President being briefed on U.S. nuclear capability and strategy.
In "The Nuclear Balance of Terror, Part II," the program explores superpower summitry and the domestic struggles over ratifying a new arms control treaty. In the last episode, "A Call for Repairs?" on the 200th anniversary of the Consitutional Convention, the system itself is discussed, and possible structural changes are analyzed.