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American Diplomat

Release Date: 04/18/2019

Corruption vs. the Ambassador show art Corruption vs. the Ambassador

American Diplomat

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell puts Marie Yovanovitch's recent testimony on Capitol Hill in the context of the Certificate of Commission for all Foreign Service Officers, emphasizing the integrity, prudence and ability that are the guiding principle from which all American diplomats work. The message from Pete and Pru to current FSOs: We've got your back.

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Sequoia is a She show art Sequoia is a She

American Diplomat

The Sequoia: A presidential yacht? A floating icon of American and diplomatic history? A loan gone south? Pete schools Laura on the proper pronoun for a thing of such great beauty (a "she", not an "it"), and Mike Cantor does his best to answer our nosey questions about what really went on onboard.

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Send Lawyers, Guns and Money  show art Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

American Diplomat

We're in LA right now promoting a TV script we've written, inspired by many of AmDip's greatest stories including this one from an interview with Kate Canavan on the many things that can go wrong in Tijuana. Two air traffic controllers, fired for going on strike, go into (very) private industry. Pete's words: "Breaking Bad, in the skies."

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Love in the Time of Tweet Diplomacy show art Love in the Time of Tweet Diplomacy

American Diplomat

AMLO, or Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, takes the long view, and so does the Mexican populace, in the face of insults and other perhaps spontaneous diplomatic communiques conveyed by tweet.  As the 13th largest economy in the world, expected soon to be the eighth, they have big enough plans not to take the bait.   

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Jim Jones (Not the One You're Thinking Of) show art Jim Jones (Not the One You're Thinking Of)

American Diplomat

This one went to work in the Lyndon Johnson White House at the tender age of 25, became Johnson's Appointments Secretary (a role now called the Chief of Staff) at 28, and later became a congressman and US Ambassador to Mexico.  Do you know how much time Lyndon Johnson spent in his pajamas?  And what do Mexicans really think about their neighbor to the north?  Find out both, in the first of two episodes with Jim Jones.

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We'll Always Have Paris show art We'll Always Have Paris

American Diplomat

Communism drives immigration decisions, 1956. Hank Cohen is in love. It's his first tour, and he's in Paris. The Soviets invade Hungary and Hank helps thousands of refugees flee Communist aggression and make new lives in the US. But what about heartthrob megastar Yves Montand, who is an avowed Communist?  How can Hank get him a visa? And about that girl...

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Desiree, Encore! show art Desiree, Encore!

American Diplomat

We're refreshing one of our earlier (and best!) episodes from the early days, before anyone had heard of us.  But now you have!  And so we offer you the joy you may have missed, of learning what it is to be black, creole or colored, all words that have been used to describe Desiree Cormier, both here in the US and during her posting in South Africa.  Enjoy!

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Rock On, AmDip! show art Rock On, AmDip!

American Diplomat

We love music.  We love it almost as much as we love listening to our friends tell stories about life overseas.  So here's our end-of-summer look back on some of our favorite music in the series.  Enjoy!  Your pals, Pete and Laura

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I'm Goin' to Kathmandu show art I'm Goin' to Kathmandu

American Diplomat

Larry Dinger regales us with tales of tires on fire, pollution, trekking, and one of the most bizarre episodes in monarchy in the world.  Now Laura wants to join the Foreign Service and all of us want to go to Kathmandu.  

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Freedom for Ethiopian Jews show art Freedom for Ethiopian Jews

American Diplomat

It's 1991 in Ethiopia. President Mengistu and the rebels are at war. Drought and famine are killing thousands. As Charge d'Affaires in Addis Ababa, Bob Houdek oversees the evacuation of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and why? Because, as Bob explains, "Immigration is one of the fundamental human rights under the UN convention."  

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