Themes from ‘Face the Nation’

“Face the Nation” Current Theme


A few months after Margaret Brennan took over as moderator, Face the Nation was given a makeover that brought it more in line with the look and feel of other CBS News programs. The theme was recorded a month before its debut in the studios of Man Made Music in New York. Each section of an orchestra recorded their parts before it was all mixed together under the guidance of Joel Beckerman and Mickey Alexander.

Man Made Music – Face the Nation theme

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“Face the Nation” 2009 – 2018 Theme


This is a fuller, more orchestral arrangement of the previous theme. After pulling double duty on the Evening News and Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer returned full time to Face the Nation after Katie Couric started as main anchor at CBS. He continued to moderate the public affairs show until his retirement in 2015. After that John Dickerson, who was CBS’ political director at the time, took over.

Peter Fish – Face the Nation theme

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“Face the Nation” 2002 – 2009 Theme


Bob Schieffer was in het middle of his 24 year stint as moderator of Face the Nation when this theme was in use. This theme made its debut in September of 2002 and lasted until May 2009. Peter Fish is the composer.

Peter Fish – Face the Nation theme

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“Face the Nation” 1991 – 2002 Theme


Face the Nation is one of the longest running programs on television. At thirty minutes in length until 2012, it was the shortest of the Sunday morning public affairs programs. In its long history, legends such as Howard K. Smith and Bob Schieffer moderated the program. This theme is composed by Chuck Loeb for Score Productions and lasted until 2002.

Score Productions – Face the Nation theme

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