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American Diplomat

Release Date: 04/18/2019

Saving Lives: Collaborate or Vilify? show art Saving Lives: Collaborate or Vilify?

American Diplomat

Jimmy Kolker, who ran the largest AIDS program in the world, discovered the power of diplomatic skills in saving lives during worldwide health crises. When he got to Wuhan, what happened? Have we "self-disarmed"?

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"Get Me Out of Here!"

American Diplomat

From "Pearl of the Pacific" to epicenter of COVID 19 in Latin America. Consular Officers Gabriel Kaypaghian and Ian Hayward share their tale of evacuating Americans fast during the sudden outbreak in Ecuador. But is this a tale of misery and woe? Far from it, friends. Kindness knows no borders.  

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Stay Home and Pour the Tea show art Stay Home and Pour the Tea

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A social worker by profession, Bonnie Miller traveled the world with her spouse Ambassador Tom Miller and created the first-ever course in Psychosocial Consequences of War in response to trauma she witnessed in Sarajevo. But the life changing moment came when she met victims of sexual trafficking.  And that's when Bonnie Miller really got started.  

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When You Shouldn't Follow the Rules (Repost) show art When You Shouldn't Follow the Rules (Repost)

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A repost of Pete's chat with Laura Lane, one of our most inspiring guests ever. Ambassador Laura Lane served in Rwanda during its period of genocide in the 1990s and learned when you need the courage not to follow orders. Here is the audio track of her TED talk on the subject, bookended with comments from Pete.

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Repatriating Americans During COVID show art Repatriating Americans During COVID

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Ian Brownlee, head of the State Department's Repatriation Task Force, tells us how it's been to preside over an unprecedented effort to bring back well over 60,000 American citizens in very short order.  How do you do get these people home?  Go, Ian!

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Unity, Love, Positivity show art Unity, Love, Positivity

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Jeffrey Franca, the drummer for DC's own world music icon Thievery Corporation - the band that generously allows us to use its music to open our show each week - brings us on the journey he took to become a musician. He shares with us the value of unity, love and positivity in his work, which is influenced by musical styles found worldwide. Our chat also highlights his work outside of Thievery, in the band Congo Sanchez and in his indpendent project Ethno.  We love this music and we hope you will, too!

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School Scandal in Jakarta show art School Scandal in Jakarta

American Diplomat

Lainie McKeating and her spouse launch a husband-wife career change and land in Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia.  How does she get a substantial job of her own at their very first post?  She puts the pedal to the metal and lands the huge job of Community Liaison Officer, just in time for a terrifying scandal to unfold involving the embassy's schoolchildren.  Lainie and Ambassador Bob Blake rise to the occasion.

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AmDip Carries On show art AmDip Carries On

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We're all stuck at home, as we should be.  But we still love you!  This little mini-dealio tells you how we will continue to share our diplomats' so very human stories despite these strange times.  Be well and be safe, and we wish your families the same.  

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Glamping With the Masters, and with Vicki, Again show art Glamping With the Masters, and with Vicki, Again

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One of our best episodes ever (in Laura's humble opinion) about just another day in the Amazing Vicki Huddleston's life in Mali.  This repost offers good company and a virtual adventure for these days at home.  Enjoy!  

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Vicki Huddleston is Back as Well show art Vicki Huddleston is Back as Well

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Who would we rather hang out with than Vicki Huddleston?  No One.  And right now, No One is exactly the alternative we're all faced with.  So, here's a repost of one of our favorite episodes with one of our most delightful guests, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, who shares with us tales of the amazing yet little-discussed Mali.  And do not fear!  We are still working to get you new content.  Cheers!

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