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Leroy Chiao - Rebecca Costa

February 4th, 2016

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut, International Space Station commander, and engineering consultant. Dr. Chiao is a veteran of four space missions and has logged over 200 days in space, 37 of which were spent in extra vehicular activity (EVA, or spacewalks). In 2009, he served as a member of the White House-appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and has received numerous awards including four NASA Space Flight Medals. Dr. Chiao is currently the special adviser for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation and serves on the NASA Advisory Council.


Richard Perle - Rebecca Costa

January 28th, 2016

Richard Perle is a political advisor and lobbyist who worked with the Reagan Administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 2001, Perle served as the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee under the Bush Administration. He is a member of several think-tanks such as the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) Board of Advisors, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), and the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). Perle has written extensively on a number of U.S. policy issues, with a focus on defense, national security, and the Middle East.


Ralph Nader - Rebecca Costa

January 21st, 2016

Ralph Nader is an American political activist and a five-time presidential candidate. Nader is known as a consumer advocate, first recognized in 1959 for his criticism of the automobile industry in an article he wrote for The Nation called "The Safe Car You Can't Buy."  Time magazine has twice named Nader ‘One of the 100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century.’ Nader has founded several organizations, including The Center for Study of Responsive Law, The Center for Auto Safety, Democracy Rising, The Center for Insurance Research, and Citizen Works.


Ann Coulter - Rebecca Costa

January 14th, 2016

Ann Coulter is a lawyer, conservative social and political commentator, and author. In 1999, Coulter worked as a regular columnist for George magazine, and her syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate began appearing throughout conservative websites. She has been a legal correspondent for MSNBC, and appears regularly on television and radio talk shows such as The Today Show, and The View. Known for her outspoken opinions, Coulter has authored 11 books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list.


Van Jones - Rebecca Costa

January 7th, 2016

Anthony 'Van' Jones is an environmental advocate and civil rights activist. He is a co-founder and President of the non-profit organization, Rebuild the Dream. A Yale-educated attorney, Jones is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Green Collar Economy, and Rebuild the Dream. In 2009, President Obama appointed Jones to the newly created position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Jones is currently a political commentator for CNN, and a host of the CNN television show, Crossfire.


Best of 2015: John Sculley - Rebecca Costa

December 31st, 2015

John Sculley a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor in high-tech startups. He is best known for his positions as CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple, as well as his expertise in disruptive marketing strategies. In 1995, he teamed with siblings Arthur and David to form the venture capitalist firm Sculley Brothers LLC. Sculley uses his business past experiences to act as a mentor for others through his online video series, How to Build a Successful Business, and his book, Moonshot! Game Changing Strategies to Build a Billion Dollar Business.


Jim Lehrer - Rebecca Costa

December 26th, 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.


Tim Pawlenty - Rebecca Costa

December 17th, 2015

Tim Pawlenty was the former governor of Minnesota and Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidency. Prior to being elected governor, Pawlenty served as majority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2011, Pawlenty served as co-chair for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He left Romney’s campaign in 2012 to become a Washington lobbyist. He is presently the president and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.


Sean McElwee - Rebecca Costa

December 10th, 2015

Sean McElwee grew up in the Groton/ New London area of Connecticut, where he claims he began drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee and writing at a very young age.  He began with an internship in the CBS newsroom, shortly after found himself working for the “Reason Foundation” and John Stossel’s award-winning program called, “Stossel.” McElwee’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, Salon, The Nation, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, and The Atlantic - who have all widely praised his investigative reporting and unique perspective. At this present time, McElwee works as a researcher for Demos.


Peggy Noonan - Rebecca Costa

December 3rd, 2015

Peggy Noonan was the special assistant to, and speechwriter for, President Ronald Reagan. Prior to her career in the White House, Noonan was a writer and producer for CBS News. A respected author and journalist, Noonan currently writes for The Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Time. She has worked as a consultant for the political television drama, The West Wing, and in 2010 was the recipient of the Award for Media Excellence. Her new book, The Time of Our Lives is just out.