Ethan Bronner – 2010 Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Ethan Bronner, Bureau Chief for The New York Times in Jerusalem, talks about the tangible lack of optimism felt by both governments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Bronner discusses the multitude of groups and opinions on the matter, the role of U.S. relations, and the negotiation strengths and weaknesses of the respective governments.

Original Air Date: 08-31-2010


Shaila Dewan – Civil Rights Cold Cases

Shalia Dewan, National Correspondent for The New York Times based in Atlanta, discusses the Civil Rights cold cases that are resurfacing today. While many such cases have been successfully prosecuted and Attorney General Gonzales declared the government’s taking on the prosecuting effort, the real story lies in the lack of progress and resolution that still has failed to bring justice to the Civil Rights cold cases.

Original Air Date: 08-25-2010


Richard North Patterson – In The Name of Honor

The best-selling author talks about his latest legal thriller. As with all his books, Patterson explores huge social issues. Previous subjects at the heart of Patterson’s books have included abortion, the death penalty, gun control, the Middle-East conflict, the battle for oil and wealth in Nigeria and the Presidential election process in the US. In this book he looks at the Iraq war and post-traumatic stress.

Original Air Date: 08-24-2010


David Ensor

David Ensor, Director of Communications and Diplomacy for the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, discusses life in the embassy, his role in forwarding the Afghan economy, and his take on the cultural phenomena taking place there. Ensor talks about becoming a bureaucrat, Afghanistan’s need for sports television, and how a former journalist responds to Wiki Leaks.

Original Air Date: 08-17-2010


Eason Jordan

Eason Jordan, a former CNN executive now running the Cuban Business Bureau, talks about his efforts to open up business between the U.S. and Cuba. Jordan discusses the changing Cuban-American population and their hope to see a normalization of the U.S.-Cuba economic policy. Jordan also dispels the common assumption that there is a sense of isolation between the U.S. and Cuba, explaining the enormous amount of trade and travel that already occur between the two nations.

Original Air Date: 08-11-2010