The political talk shows will air their final editions of the year on Sunday, mostly looking back at a couple of issues that dominated the news in 2013 and wonât likely be forgotten in the new year.
In June, Edward J. Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, released documents that revealed the extent to which the N.S.A. collects information about Americansâ phone and e-mail communications. On Wednesday, Mr. Snowden appeared on British television to warn about the dangers of this kind of surveillance.
CBSâs âFace the Nationâ will discuss the N.S.A. revelations with Barton Gellman, a Washington Post reporter to whom Mr. Snowden leaked documents, Jesselyn Radack, one of Mr. Snowdenâs legal advisers and Thomas Drake, a former N.S.A. whistle-blower. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, a former director of the N.S.A. and the Central Intelligence Agency, will also appear.
Ben Wizner, another of Mr. Snowdenâs legal advisers, will appear on NBCâs âMeet the Press.â
On âFox News Sunday,â Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California who also sits on that committee, will discuss the future of the N.S.A.
The shows will also focus on the struggle of President Obamaâs administration to implement the Affordable Care Act. HealthCare.gov, the nationwide exchange for health insurance, began running in October, but was overwhelmed by the amount of users, many of whom had to wait hours or days before successfully enrolling. Mr. Obama has also been criticized for claiming that people with insurance would not lose it, when in practice, many who were previously insured had to sign up for new coverage. Mr. Obama admitted earlier this month that these problems were his biggest mistake of 2013.
One of Mr. Obamaâs most prominent critics, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will be on âMeet the Pressâ to discuss the future of the health care law. Representative Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, will also appear.
The health care law will also be a topic on âFox News Sunday,â when Howard Dean â” former Vermont governor, a presidential candidate in 2004 and a medical doctor â” appears, along with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former official in the Food and Drug Administration and a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute.
On ABCâs âThis Weekâ and CNNâs âState of the Union,â year-end roundups will discuss these issues and others, including schisms in the Republican Party, the ânuclear optionâ in the Senate, and Pope Francis, the new head of the Roman Catholic church.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, will discuss education and standardized testing on C-SPANâs âNewsmakers.â
The author and philosopher Michael Novak appeared Friday on Bloomberg televisionâs âPolitical Capital,â to discuss the beginning of Pope Francisâ tenure. The show airs throughout the weekend.