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. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, which featured historian Richard Norton Smith and Vice President Walter Mondale, among other interviewees.C-SPAN has occasionally produced spinoff programs from Booknotes focusing on specific topics.Since the late 1990s, C-SPAN has significantly expanded its online presence.

C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit organization, funded by a 6ยข per subscriber affiliate fee paid by its cable and satellite affiliates, and does not have advertisements on any of its networks, radio stations, or websites, nor does it ever solicit donations or pledges.

The network operates independently, and neither the cable industry nor Congress has control of the content of its programming.

C-SPAN Radio has a selective policy regarding its broadcast content, rather than duplicating the television network programming, although it does offer some audio simulcasts of programs such as Washington Journal.

Unique programming on the radio station includes oral histories, and some committee meetings and press conferences not shown on television due to programming commitments.

C-SPAN is considered a useful source of information for journalists, lobbyists, educators and government officials as well as casual viewers interested in politics, due to its unedited coverage of political events. Coverage of presidential campaign events are provided during the duration of the campaign, both by a weekly television program, Road to the White House, While C-SPAN does not have video access to the Supreme Court, the network has used the Court's audio recordings accompanied by still photographs of the justices and lawyers to cover the Court in session on significant cases, and has covered individual Supreme Court justices' speaking engagements.

Occasionally, proceedings of the Parliament of Australia, Parliament of Canada, Parliament of the United Kingdom (usually Prime Minister's Questions and the State Opening of Parliament) and other governments are shown on C-SPAN when they discuss matters of importance to viewers in the U. With its public affairs programming, C-SPAN intends to offer different points of view, by allowing time for multiple opinions to be discussed on a given topic.To commemorate 25 years of taking viewer telephone calls, in 2005, C-SPAN had a 25-hour "call-in marathon", from p.m.Eastern Time on Friday, October 7, concluding at p.m. The network also had a viewer essay contest, the winner of which was invited to host an hour of the broadcast from C-SPAN's Capitol Hill studios.In addition to real-time streams of C-SPAN's television networks online, features further live programming such as committee hearings and speeches that are broadcast later in the day, after the House and Senate have left.The C-SPAN network's core programming is live coverage of the U. House and Senate, with the C-SPAN channel emphasizing the United States House of Representatives.The program covers current events, with guests answering questions on topics provided by the hosts as well as from members of the general public.