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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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John H. Sununu - Rebecca Costa

June 18th, 2015

John Henry Sununu served as the 75th Governer of New Hampshire from 1983 - 1989. In 1989, Governor Sununu was commissioned Cheif of Staff to President George H. W. Bush, serving in the White House until March 1992. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineer's Committee on Public Engineering Policy, and has served as a member of the President's Council on Environmental Quality Advisory Committee. Sununu chaired the National Governors Association, The Coalition of Northeastern Governors, and The Republican Governors Association. From 1992 until 1998, he co-hosted CNN's nighlty Crossfire programs, a news/public affairs discussion program.

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Ted Nugent - Rebecca Costa

June 11th, 2015

Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. A talented musician since age 6, Nugent fronted the band Amboy Dukes in the 1970s, and has produced solo work since 1977, including the successful album Cat Scratch Fever. Throughout his career, Nugent has served on the boards of more than two dozen political and charitable associations, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) law enforcement program. Nugent is also the creator and host of the award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show — seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel — where he proudly serves as Ambassador for the network.

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Henry Cisneros - Rebecca Costa

June 4th, 2015

Henry Gabriel Cisneros is an American politician and businessman. Cisneros worked as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. As HUD Secretary, Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever rate of home ownership. He also served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989. Cisneros is the Founder and Chairman of CityView companies, has authored several books, most recently releasing Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity. 

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Larry Flynt - Rebecca Costa

May 28th, 2015

Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher, world-renowned defender of First Amendment rights, and Chairman of the Hustler brand of properties. Flynt is the president of Larry Flynt Publications, which consists of over 30 magazines, including Chic, and Barely Legal. Most recently, he released Rage Magazine, which is geared toward Generation X-ers. Throughout his career, Flynt has been involved in numerous legal battles regarding the regulation of free speech in the United States. Flynt has authored four books, and was the feature of 1996 critically-acclaimed film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” with actor Woody Harrelson in the title role.

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Juraj Vaculík - Rebecca Costa

May 21st, 2015

Juraj Vaculík is the co-founder and CEO of Aeromobil, a tech company planning to release the first flying car by 2017. In 1996 Vaculik founded ‘MADE BY VACULIK’ - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region, extending its reach to over 30 countries. Under his leadership Vaculik has won more than 200 advertising awards for creativity and campaign efficiency including EPICA, N.Y. Festival, Cresta, Eurobest, LIAA, Golden Drum and EFFIE, among others.

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