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James Hansen - Rebecca Costa

October 8th, 2015

James Hansen is best known for his expertise on climatology and global warming.  A professor at Columbia University and former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Hansen is considered the ‘father of global warming,' due to his warnings in the 1980’s.  His early research confirmed that the clouds on Venus are composed of sulfuric acid. He has since shifted his focus to human impact on the Earth's climate. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and was listed as one of Time magazine's ‘Most Influential People’ in 2006.

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John McAfee - Rebecca Costa

October 1st, 2015

John McAfee is a technologist, best known for developing the first anti-virus software program. He is the 2016 presidential candidate of the ‘Cyber Party.'  McAfee worked as a programmer for NASA, Univac, Xerox Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation and Lockheed. In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee and Associates, one of the first anti-virus software companies in the world.  He has since then founded TribalVoice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, as well as QuorumEx, a venture in the field of bacterial quorum sensing.

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Michele Bachmann - Rebecca Costa

September 24th, 2015

Michele Bachmann is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, who represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. She is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Upon her election to the House, Bachmann helped found the conservative Tea Party Caucus, becoming one of President Obama’s most outspoken critics. A presidential candidate in 2011, Bachmann is a leading advocate for bipartisan earmark reform and tax relief, and is a staunch opponent of government spending.

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Anthony Zinni - Rebecca Costa

September 17th, 2015

Anthony Zinni is the former Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), and a retired United States Marine Corps General.  In 2002, he was selected to be the Special Envoy for the United States to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He has been honored with more than 20 military awards. General Zinni was also the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of BAE Systems, Inc., from 2009 until 2012.  He has particpated in more than a dozen international diplomatic/peace missions for the United States, including the U.S. Peace Envoy to the Middle East.

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Anthony Romero - Rebecca Costa

September 10th, 2015

Anthony Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Romero took over the organization seven days before the 9/11 attacks, and shortly after, launched the ACLU’s national campaign, ‘Keep America Safe and Free.’ In 2005, Romero was named one of Time magazine's ‘25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.’ Key victories the ACLU has won under Romero’s leadership include: filing the first successful legal challenge against George W. Bush’s NSA spying program, uncovering the torture and abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and successful opposition of the Patriot Act. Romero has presided over the ACLU’s largest member growth in the organization’s history.

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Jim Lehrer - Rebecca Costa

September 3rd, 2015

Jim Lehrer is the former executive editor and news anchor for the PBS NewsHour. Lehrer joined the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) as a correspondent, which led to an Emmy-winning collaboration with Robert MacNeil for their continuous live coverage of the Watergate scandal. In addition to numerous awards for journalism, including the 1999 National Humanities Medal presented by President Bill Clinton, Lehrer has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He has also served as moderator for twelve presidential debates.

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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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