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"Shut up a minute!" How the Buckley-Vidal debates changed culture

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the lasting impact of heated televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley.
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Their televised debates in 1968 were unscripted, their ratings sky high, and their rivalry real enough to fuel insults and lawsuits for years to follow. 

The famous mudslinging spats between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. form the backbone of Morgan Neville's new documentary, Best of Enemies

The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker (20 Feet from Stardom) joins Shad to discuss his fascination with the arch-nemeses, their theatrical vitriol, and how they contributed to today's polarized political climate. 

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