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  • Title: Q & A
    Descriptive info: May 6, 2012.. Robert Caro.. Author, "The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power".. BIO.. :.. Robert Caro was born and raised in New York City.. He attended the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, and graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English.. He was awarded two Pulitzer prizes for biography in 1975 and 2003.. He has been researching Lyndon Johnson since 1977.. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Ina.. More.. about.. Program Details.. Info.. : The second hour of this discussion will air on Q&A Sunday May 20, 2012.. Pulitzer prize winning author and historian Robert Caro discusses his newly released biography of Lyndon Johnson entitled The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power.. This is his fourth book  ...   a young Massachusetts Senator named John F.. Kennedy.. Caro discusses Vice President Johnson s poor treatment at the hands of close Kennedy staff members and loyalists.. He describes the poor relationship between Johnson and Robert F.. Kennedy, the President s younger brother who would ultimately be appointed as U.. S.. Attorney General.. He tells about the period after the assassination of President Kennedy, when Lyndon Johnson took control of the United States government, and guided the country through what could have been a tumultuous transition of leadership.. He speaks about Johnson s skill at moving several major pieces of legislation through the House and Senate after he became President.. It is these early legislative victories, Caro suggests, which plant the seeds for Johnson s coming War on Poverty program..

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    Descriptive info: April 29, 2012.. Blaine Harden.. Author, "Escape From Camp 14".. Blaine Harden currently reports for PBS Frontline and contributes to The Economist.. He was a correspondent for the Washington Post in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle.. He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and a writer for Time Magazine.. He won the Ernie Pyle Award for coverage of the siege in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.. : Author Blaine Harden discusses his historical narrative Escape From Camp 14: One Man s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West.. Harden tells the story of a young man named Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born in captivity at prison camp 14, located in central  ...   brutal working conditions and vigilance of the guards.. He relates how Shin witnessed the execution of his mother and brother, whom he had reported to guards after overhearing them discuss the possibility of escape.. He was severely beaten and tortured for information about his mother and brother until he convinced the guards that he had turned them in to authorities as required.. Harden details Shin s escape through an electrified fence by climbing over a dead companion s body and his hazardous journey through China into South Korea.. Harden talks about the process Shin undertook to learn about society and civilization, and how he ended up meeting him in 2008 while writing a story for The Washington Post.. In addition, Mr.. Harden discusses his early career as a writer and his motivations for becoming a journalist..

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    Descriptive info: April 22, 2012.. Douglas Wissing.. Author, "Funding the Enemy: How U.. Taxpayers Bankroll The Taliban".. Douglas Wissing is an independent journalist and author.. He studied history and political science at Indiana University.. He is the author of five other books including Pioneer in Tibet: The Life and Perils of Dr.. Albert Shelton.. (2004) He has contributed to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, and NPR networks, among others.. He has two grown sons and resides in Bloomington, Indiana.. : Author Douglas Wissing discusses his latest narrative, Funding the Enemy: How U.. Taxpayers Bankroll the Taliban.. Mr.. Wissing states in his book that for a variety of reasons,  ...   including the agricultural business development team and the provincial reconstruction team.. He describes the existing government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai as wholly corrupt.. He offers examples of U.. government spending projects which wind their way through a mostly corrupt bidding process by Afghan contractors.. He asserts that money skimmed from bribes and drug trafficking is indirectly going to support the Taliban s efforts against America in Afghanistan.. He states that aid dollars from the United States are being distributed yet there is little effort to follow through and verify the intended results of that distribution.. He concludes that it is time for the United States to end its military involvement in Afghanistan..

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    Descriptive info: April 15, 2012.. Katrina Lantos Swett.. President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.. Katrina Swett currently teaches foreign policy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, her J.. D.. from the University of California, and her Ph.. in History from the University of Southern Denmark.. She is married to Richard Swett, they have 7 children and reside in New Hampshire.. : Katrina Lantos Swett discusses her role as President and CEO of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.. Swett talks about her father, the late Rep.. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and his contributions as founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, now  ...   assistance from Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenburg.. Her parents then came to the United States from Hungary.. She relates her concerns over the current leadership in Russia pulling the country away from democracy, and shares her admiration for the Dalai Lama and his contributions to human rights.. Mrs.. Swett discusses her failed campaign for the Democratic nomination to represent New Hampshire s 2nd Congressional district in 2010.. She talks about her husband Richard Swett s service as Ambassador to Denmark from 1998 to 2001, and member of Congress from New Hampshire s 2nd district for two terms in 1990.. She discusses raising seven children, graduating from Yale University, and her conversion to Mormonism..

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    Descriptive info: April 8, 2012.. United States Senate Youth Program.. The United States Senate Youth Program was created by Senate Resolution in 1962.. This is the 50th year of the program which has had over 5,000 participants.. It has been privately funded since its inception by the Hearst Foundations.. The participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states.. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service before they apply for the program.. Once selected, delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, and their expenses for the week are underwritten by the Hearst Foundations.. : High school students from the United States Senate Youth  ...   District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity.. Delegates were given the opportunity to meet and ask questions of President Barack Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Senator Susan Collins, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, to name a few.. In a group setting, students discuss their reactions to these government officials, and share some of the insights they gained from their presentations.. Topics include the perceived lack of bipartisanship in Washington, definitions of political parties and their positions and the rigorous selection process to become a delegate in the program.. The students shared their personal goals for the future along with memorable quotes and impressions from the week..

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    Descriptive info: April 1, 2012.. Jerry Ensminger and Rachel Libert.. "Semper Fi: Always Faithful" - Documentary Film.. : Our guests are Rachel Libert and Jerry Ensminger.. Libert is the producer and co-director of a documentary which features retired U.. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger.. The film chronicles Ensminger s efforts on behalf of Marines and their families exposed to toxic drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.. These efforts resulted in the introduction of the Janey Ensminger Act in the House and the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act in the Senate.. Both bills are awaiting further legislative action.. In 1985 Ensminger s daughter, Janey, died of leukemia.. The documentary details how he heard a local news story  ...   exposure.. He and other former residents of the base filed over one thousand Freedom of Information Act requests to discover more.. Ensminger was invited to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss his findings.. Rachel Libert talks about her motivations for making the film, and introduces one of the participants, Mike Partain, who was diagnosed with male breast cancer at age 38.. He is one of 78 confirmed cases of this type of cancer where each victim shared Camp Lejeune as a common trait.. Other forms of cancer, early childhood deaths, and birth defects were investigated as well.. Partain and Ensminger found documents revealing the extent of fuel depot leaks which exposed benzene, a known carcinogen, to the water..

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    Descriptive info: March 25, 2012.. Sonja Sohn.. Founder and CEO, ReWired for Change.. Sonja Sohn is probably best known for her portrayal of Detective Shakima Greggs on HBO s The Wire.. For her portrayal of Det.. Greggs, Sonja garnered two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Supporting Television Actress and won The Asian Excellence Award in the same category in 2008.. Currently, she co-stars as Det.. Samantha Baker on ABC s new hit drama, Body of Proof.. After studying at The Lee Strasberg Institute and with renowned acting coach, Susan Batson, in New York City, Sonja broke into the film world in 1998 when she co-wrote and co-starred in the film, SLAM which won The Sundance Grand Jury Prize and The Camera D or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.. Later that year, she also won The Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for her work in the film.. SLAM also featured her spoken word talent, which she perfected on the New York Poetry scene in the early 90s.. As one of the forbearers of that  ...   she led at Ryker s Island and the Washington DC jail.. : Actor and activist Sonja Sohn discusses the creation and continuing operations of ReWired for Change.. It is a non-profit organization in Baltimore, Maryland which works to affect the lives of high risk youth and their families through mentoring, after school programs, and community involvement.. Sohn explains how she created a program geared to high risk young people who have been arrested in the past based upon the Home Box Office, Inc.. television production called The Wire.. Sohn played a detective in the show and many people associated with the series served as founding members of ReWired for Change.. She talks about her own troubled childhood, which she described in detail while testifying before the Attorney General s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in November, 2011.. She suggests that troubled children need unconditional love and consistency of attention in their lives.. She also talks about what motivated her to begin the non-profit group, and how she began her career in acting..

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    Descriptive info: March 18, 2012.. Walter E.. Williams.. Economics Professor, George Mason University.. Williams has been teaching at George Mason University since 1980.. He earned a bachelor s and master s degree from California State University in Los Angeles.. He earned his Ph.. in economics from UCLA in 1972.. He has written 10 books and his syndicated weekly column appears in over 140 newspapers throughout the country.. It is available on several websites from Creators Syndicate, as well.. : Our guest is the John M.. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, syndicated columnist and author Walter Williams.. Williams discusses his libertarian views and tells the story of how he came to be a substitute host for the  ...   Mason University in Fairfax Virginia.. He talks about his rigorous expectations for students, and shares information on the origins of his teaching endowment from the Olin Foundation.. He points out that it is academically dishonest for professors such as himself to share personal political views in the classroom.. He states that social security in The United States has no constitutional authority.. He says social security is a bad deal for Americans because the rate of return is very low and it penalizes people who have less money by redistributing it to those who have more.. He also talks about his position that Americans should be allowed to sell their own organs as an issue of private property rights..

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    Descriptive info: March 11, 2012.. Tim Weiner.. Author, "Enemies: A History of the FBI".. Tim Weiner received a degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.. He has worked for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Kansas City Times.. This is his fifth book.. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 and 1988.. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.. : Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author Tim Weiner discusses his new historical narrative, Enemies: A History of the FBI.. The book details the FBI s 100 year hidden history of war against terrorists, spies, and ultimately any person or group deemed subversive.. Weiner reveals details of secretly taped conversations FBI Director  ...   the FBI is in a constant tug of war between national security concerns and the protection of civil liberties.. Weiner reveals how he researched recently declassified documents which included J.. Edgar Hoover s personal intelligence files.. In addition, he talks about the major contribution to his research from scrutinizing over 200 oral histories of current and former FBI agents.. Weiner discusses his early career as a reporter, sharing the story of The Kansas City Times coverage of the collapse of an atrium skywalk in a Kansas City Hyatt Hotel in 1981.. The coverage won Weiner and his team a Pulitzer Prize.. His second Pulitzer was received for investigative journalism on black budget spending while employed by the Philadelphia Inquirer..

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    Descriptive info: March 4, 2012.. Robert Kagan.. Author, "The World America Made".. Robert Kagan is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government.. He holds a Ph.. in American history from the American University in Washington, DC.. He writes a monthly column for the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.. : Author and Brookings Institution Fellow Robert Kagan discusses his latest book, The World America Made.. In the book, Kagan asserts that the international world order we live in today was created almost entirely by American power and influence after World War II.. He suggests that America is not a nation in decline.. He cautions that there is a danger that the United States could take actions which  ...   elements of the current international order must be defended and promoted by America, or there will be what he terms a collapse of order.. He speaks about President Obama s assertion in his 2012 State of the Union speech that the United States is not in decline.. Kagan talks about his 13 years at the Carnegie Endowment and his change to the Brookings Institution as a Senior Fellow in 2010.. He feels that there is a broad consensus in political parties on foreign policy which translates into a continuity of American foreign policy goals among different administrations.. He is an adviser to Governor Mitt Romney s campaign and is on the Foreign Policy Advisory Board of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.. His wife, Victoria Nuland, is the State Department spokesperson..

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    Descriptive info: February 26, 2012.. Neera Tanden.. President, Center for American Progress.. : We meet Neera Tanden, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress.. Tanden details the mission and current goals of the Washington, D.. C.. based think tank.. She states that the Center was founded in 2003 because there was no single progressive organization that focused on economic policy, domestic policy, and national security.. She describes how her organization puts forward views through policy analysis.. She reveals that for  ...   for the Center for American Progress and states that no one individual or corporation contributes more than ten percent of her group s annual budget of $40 million dollars with approximately 250 employees.. We learn of Tanden s life growing up in Bedford, Massachusetts and her brief early support of President Ronald Reagan.. She discusses working on and off for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for almost ten years, along with her college experiences at the University of California Los Angeles and Yale University..

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