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Phil Gramm - Rebecca Costa

January 29th, 2015

William Phillip Gramm is an American economist and politician. Currently, Gramm is vice chairman of the Investment Bank division of UBS AG, supporting their dealings with key clients. Prior to his position at UBS AG, Gramm served as a Democratic Congressman, as well as a Republican Congressman and Senator. He is also noted for his position as a senior economic advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign.

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John Sculley - Rebecca Costa

January 22nd, 2015

John Sculley III is an American businessman, entrepreneur and investor in high-tech startups. He is most known for his positions as CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple, as well as his expertise in disruptive marketing strategies. Sculley uses his past business 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.

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Candy Crowley - Rebecca Costa

January 15th, 2015

Candy Crowley is CNN’s award-winning chief political correspondent and anchor of State of the Union with Candy Crowley. Crowley has interviewed many key political figures and has covered pivotal news events in U.S. politics. In 2012, Crowley became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades and her coverage of Hilary Clinton’s bid for the White House in 2009 earned her the prestigious Gracie Allen Award.

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Ronald J. Ryan - Rebecca Costa

January 8th, 2015

Ronald J. Ryan is founder and CEO of Ryan ALM, Inc., an assets and liability management firm whose core products include Liability Index Funds and Liability Hedge Funds. Prior to the founding Ryan ALM, Inc., Ryan founded and served as President at two other companies Ryan Labs, Inc. and Ryan Financial Strategy Group. In 2013, Ryan authored The U.S. Pension Crisis which draws on his background and expertise in finance to warn of pension fund volatility.

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Best of 2014: T. Boone Pickens - Rebecca Costa

January 1st, 2015

T. Boone Pickens is an American business magnate and financier. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. He was a well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the 1980s. Among his many accolades, Financial World named him CEO of the Decade in 1989 and Oil and Gas Investor listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People of the Petroleum Century.”

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John Ross - Rebecca Costa

December 26th, 2014

John F. Ross is an award winning author and active adventurer. He was formerly the editor of American Heritage and Invention & Technology magazines as well as having served on the Board of Editors of Smithsonian Magazine where he wrote four cover stories. Ross has traveled on assignment all over the world documenting his experiences for companies such as the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian.

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Daniel Ellsberg - Rebecca Costa

December 19th, 2014

Daniel Ellsberg is an activist and former United States military analyst who is most well known for his studies on what is known as the Ellsberg paradox as well as his involvement with the Pentagon Papers. In 1967 Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam. Ellsberg photocopied the 7,000 page study and passed it on to several large publications including the New York Times. The trial and charges brought against Ellsberg were dismissed on the grounds of governmental misconduct against him.

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Trent Lott - Rebecca Costa

December 12th, 2014

Chester Trent Lott Sr. is a former United States Senator from Mississippi who served in numerous leadership positions in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. After getting his start in politics as an administrative assistant, Lott ran successfully for the U.S. Senate in 1988. He then became Senate Majority Whip in 1995 and Senate Majority Leader in 1996. Currently, Lott is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and serves as co-chair of BPC's energy project.

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Dan Rather - Rebecca Costa

December 4th, 2014

Daniel Irvin Rather is an American journalist and former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is also noted for his contributions to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather has reported on several prominent events in United States history including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Watergate. After 24 years with the CBS Evening News Rather left in 2005. Currently, Rather is managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on AXS TV and has also authored a memoir, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News.

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Trita Parsi - Rebecca Costa

November 28th, 2014

Trita Parsi is the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, professor, and a successful award-winning author. His book Treacherous Alliance won the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order in 2010 as well as the Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008. Earlier in his career he had worked for the United Nations and taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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