Guests and Topics: August 15

Tonight... The O'Reilly Factor is on!

As power slowly trickles back to the crippled Northeast, major cities in the northern U.S. and Canada emerge from the worst blackout in American history.

Who's to blame for the worst power blackout in U.S. history? We’ll cut through the spin with New Mexico Governor and former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.

If terrorists all over the world are watching the Northeast’s debacle, what are they thinking? We’ll be joined by Evan Kohlmann, senior terrorism analyst at the Investigative Project.

Plus, as New York recovers from the outage, we’ll hear incredible rescue from New York City Councilman Eric Gioia.

And, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest celebrity to be embarrassed by his father. But should a father's past taint his children’s reputations? We’ll get a fair and balanced debate from journalist and presidential historian Richard Shenkman and Betsy Hart, syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard.

Plus, don't miss our world famous Talking Points Memo and The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day!

See you in the No Spin Zone at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET

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About The Factor...

The O'Reilly Factor was created by Bill O'Reilly to fill a void he felt existed in television news. "Too many news programs have become public relations friendly," O'Reilly says, "and the viewer is left with many unanswered questions because the host or hostess does not want to offend anyone. That will not happen on The Factor."

The Factor is designed to illuminate the top stories of the day through spirited debate and direct questioning. Anchorman Bill O'Reilly, who is also the executive producer of the program, analyzes news events, trends and celebrities with a direct, non-politically correct style which affords him the latitude to give his own opinion and to politely insist on answers to important questions from a variety of guests.

The show  is divided into four segments over the course of its one-hour running time. The top story of the day is the lead; then comes the "Impact" segment, the "Unresolved Problems" segment and the lighter "Back-of-the-Book" block. Occasionally, The Factor will include a "personal story" segment with an everyday American who has done something extraordinary.

The broadcast ends each night with the most ridiculous item of the day and a lively mail segment where viewers sound off about what they like and don't like on the program. Often, these letters take on O'Reilly himself, who reads the negative mail as well as the positive.

The O'Reilly Factor has welcomed some of the most important people in the country. Guests have ranged from astronauts in space (a live shot interview) to Sean "Puffy" Combs. The Factor's versatility is one of its strengths.

While some high-profile people will not agree to appear on The Factor because the questioning is too tough, others relish the opportunity. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., O'Reilly on the air that they feared his questions more than those of any other journalist. On the flip side, Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco swore never to appear on The Factor again after a tough go-around with O'Reilly.

Amy Sohnen is senior producer of The O'Reilly Factor. Peter Zorich is the producer. Rob Monaco and Dan Cohen are co-producers. Associate producers include: Kristine Kotta, Andrea Mackris, Kristin Lazure, Shanna Goldner, Nate Fredman and Makeda Wubneh.