C-SPAN , an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is a private, nonprofit American cable television network.
Created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that offers television broadcasting of federal government proceedings and other public affairs programming by its three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3)
The programming on C-SPAN3 from Monday to Friday features uninterrupted live public affairs events, in particular political events from Washington, D.C. Each weekend the network broadcasts 48 hours of programming dedicated to the history of the U.S., named American History TV, which was initiated January 8, 2011.
The programming covers the history of the U.S. from the founding of the nation through the late twentieth century. Programs include American Artifacts, which is dedicated to exploring museums, archives, and historical sites, and Lectures in History, featuring major university history professors giving lectures on U.S. history.
In 2009, C-SPAN3 aired an eight-installment series of interviews from the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, which featured historian Richard Norton Smith and Vice President Walter Mondale, among other interviewees