Books: Ender's Game, Sword of Truth, Wheel of Time
TV: Bones, NCIS, Suits, Leverage, The Daily Show
I served 4 years in the army, and have moved around quite a bit since getting out. Most recently I have gotten my BA and MA in Psychology, and would like to see America return to the ideal of having a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Issues you care about most or see as most critical to solve
Although I see several issues that need solving, the most critical in my opinion is the domination of Washington by moneyed interests. Fixing that is a requirement to fixing everything else. (Shameless plug, a blog detailing things I see that need fixing: http://neuromancer-lookingforward.blogspot.com/ )