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The guy's name is Daniel Leconte. Henri is the tennis player. Here is a link to the website dossier. I was unable to read the linked subcategories at this page, as usual. I don't know if it is Arte's website or my firewall, but I keep having trouble at this site.

http://www.arte-tv.com/cache/dossier/de/
dossier630324.html

I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me how often these Themenabende take place. Most TV programs that I buy devote little space to ARTE, but this series appears to offer a very high level of documentary and journalistic work.

@Karl B.
I was unable to read the linked subcategories at this page, as usual. I don't know if it is Arte's website or my firewall, but I keep having trouble at this site.
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I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me how often these Themenabende take place.

It's arte's website. It's lousy programmed.

arte's Themenabende seem for now to be on Sundays and Tuesdays, though IMO they began cutting down on them a bit, so who knows? But they do run a lot of political topics also throughout the week in stand-alone shows.

Some of the stuff on arte might not be in good quality though and often has a French-leaning view - but usually always thought-provoking and intriguing compared to the other rubbish on television. ((Politicians stupidly wanna cut their budget, yet it's the only worthy TV-station aside from Phoenix and sometimes 3sat. Yeah, let's have more Musikantenstadl or Quiz-Shows instead :-( ).

Next political Themenabend is on Tuesday about "Cyprus", then the following Tuesday is about "Haiti". (Tomorrow one about "Women who murder" *g*)

arte has an inexpensive monthly TV-magazine with good articles and previews if you are really interested. (I occasionally buy it when I find it at good newsstands - too often away from home to subscribe to anything). A preview for this should be at http://www.arte-tv.com/artetvmagazin but I only get a Java-error right now.

Thanks Klink. I've certainly seen garbage on all stations, but the two Themenabende in which Leconte moderated were exceptionally good. The documentaries that preceeded the discussion rounds were very balanced, and contrarian European perspectives were offered by well-spoken French intellectuals. When the French are on, they are spot on; when they are off, they are way off. It has something to do with their Cartesian minds. If the first assumption is false, then everything that follows is, too. If it is correct, then the lucidity is a wonderfully refreshing walk in the sunshine after far too long in the murky German forests of ambiguity and moral relativism. I say vive la différence!


Each time he kept the focus on challenging accepted thinking in Europe and steered the journalists away from their knee-jerk tendencies to bash the US. Of course the journalists try anyway, but Leconte imposes a certain air of intellectual honesty that even had the Spiegel journalist conceding that a lot of his fellow countrymen are confused, to say the least. Give me a steady diet of these kinds of "counterpoint" shows and I won't even let the likes of Spiegel and Stern bother me (that much).

When you talk to good germans (not the ones still brainwashed by East German anti-american dogma) you will find a genuine disgust with this bozo. My wife and her family and just about everyone I have talked to in Germany basically see this sleaze ball as just saying whatever he thinks will get him elected, and then going ahead and finding a way to do what he said he would never do.

Would have been entertaining to see the instance when he was slapped by some old codger. From what I hear, the urge is felt among many of the common folk in the country.

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