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Jared Heyman - Rebecca Costa

August 27th, 2015

Jared Heyman is the Founder and CEO of CrowdMed, a digital health startup harnessing ‘the wisdom of crowds’ to solve the world’s most difficult medical cases online. Prior to CrowdMed, Heyman founded the online survey firm Infosurv, as well as the Infosurv spin off Intengo, a leading-edge prediction market technology company for market research. He has been featured on Bloomberg TV, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many others.

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Alan Dershowitz - Rebecca Costa

August 20th, 2015

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, accomplished author, and political commentator. He graduated from Yale Law School and went on to serve as clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Dershowitz later joined the faculty of Harvard Law School and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, which made him the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at the time. Much of his legal career is focused on criminal law that often involved high-profile figures and he consistently takes on cases that provide a challenge.

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Michael McFaul - Rebecca Costa

August 13th, 2015

Michael McFaul is the former United States Ambassador to Russia.  Prior to his nomination to the Ambassadorial position, McFaul served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.  McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford University, and currently works as a news analyst for NBC. His areas of expertise include international relations, Russian politics, comparative democratization, and American foreign policy.

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Jesse Jackson - Rebecca Costa

August 6th, 2015

Jesse Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. As a civil rights advocate, Reverend Jackson became a full-time organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to direct Operation Breadbasket, the economic arm of the SCLC. Jackson founded the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, a ‘multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, and international membership organization fighting for social change.’ He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in both 1984 and 1988, and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 - 1997. In 1997, Jackson was appointed by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as "Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Promotion of Democracy in Africa,” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Tavis Smiley - Rebecca Costa

July 30th, 2015

Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host, political commentator, and philanthropist. In 1996, Smiley began producing BET Tonight. He is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. Smiley founded the founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 1999, which funds programs that develop young leaders in the community. Smiley was named one of “Time’s 100 Most Influential People in The World”, in 2009. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books.

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Dr. Derek Cheung- Rebecca Costa

July 23rd, 2015

Dr. Derek Cheung is a scientist and businessman, with a lifetime of experience in both science and technology.  After receiving his M.S and Ph.D from Stanford, Cheung spent four years working as a research engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, before becoming CEO of Rockwell Scientific. Most recently, Cheung released, ‘Conquering the Electron,’ a book that offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics.

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William Cohen - Rebecca Costa

July 16th, 2015

William Sebastian Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and as Secretary of Defense under Democratic President Bill Clinton. Cohen became deeply involved in the Watergate investigation during his first term in Congress. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Cohen was one of the first Republicans to break with his party, and voted for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. During this time, Time magazine named him one of "America's 200 Future Leaders”. While in the Senate, Cohen served on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee, and was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Lincoln Chafee - Rebecca Costa

July 9th, 2015

Lincoln Davenport Chafee served as the Mayor of Warwick, a U.S. Senator, and as the 74th Governor of Rhode Island. While in the Senate, Chafee was a member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Middle East Subcommittee. Chafee was a member of the “Gang of Fourteen” – a bipartisan group of Senators who successfully negotiated a compromise in the spring of 2005 to avoid the deployment of the “nuclear option” over an organized use of the filibuster. Chafee was also the only Republican in the Senate to vote against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In June 2015, Chafee announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 2016.

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Marcy Kaptur - Rebecca Costa

July 2nd, 2015

Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, currently serving her seventeenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kaptur is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history. Congresswoman Kaptur is the first Democratic woman to serve on the Defense subcommittee, and during her legislative career she also served on the Banking and Veterans Affairs Committees. She is dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard." Congresswoman Kaptur consistently refuses to accept congressional pay raises, returns money to the federal treasury, and donates funds to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes.

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Lesley Stahl - Rebecca Costa

June 25th, 2015

Lesley Rene Stahl is an American television journalist. Stahl got her start in television as a young reporter covering the Watergate scandal, and later covered the Reagan and Bush administrations for the CBS Evening News. In 1991, she was named co-editor of the television news program 60 Minutes. She's also worked as an anchor for the CBS program 48 Hours Investigates. Lesley Stahl is a member of the Council for Foreign Relations, as well as one of the founding members of, a website for women to talk about culture, politics, and gossip. Her accolades include the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television and the coveted Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Award.

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