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December 13, 2013 Peter Schiff
Peter David Schiff is an American businessman, investment broker, author and financial commentator. Schiff is CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. He is one of the few widely known economists and investment professionals to have spoken about the financial crisis before it began. He regularly appears on CNBC, CNN, The BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, and Fox Business Network. He has authored a number of books including the best-seller, "Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse" and, “The Real Crash – America’s Coming Bankruptcy." He is the host of the Peter Schiff Show a daily syndicated talk radio show that is broadcast online and from terrestrial stations coast to coast.
December 6, 2013 Pete Wilson
Pete Wilson is an American politician who has served as mayor of San Diego, California and U.S. Senator in the 1980s. He was elected Governor of California in 1990, becoming California’s thirty-sixth chief executive, and was reelected in 1994. As governor, Wilson focused on reforms in the areas of health coverage for employees of small businesses, workers compensation, and education. In addition, he signed into law two major pieces of crime-related legislation–the “Three Strikes” law (25 years to life for repeat felons) and the “One Strike” law (25 years to life upon the first conviction of aggravated rape or child molestation.) Wilson received the Woodrow Wilson Institute award for Distinguished Public Service and was awarded the Patriots Award by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
November 22, 2013 Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director. He also directed the acclaimed movies Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, the Talking Heads concert movie, Stop Making Sense, the trilogy of Neil Young documentary/concert movies, and a collection of Occupy Wallstreet shorts based on his interest in the movement.
November 15, 2013 William Scott
William Scott is a full-time author and consultant. He retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He covered advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards.
November 8, 2013 Elizabeth Dole
Elizabeth Dole is a former United States Senator, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. Dole served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross. Currently, Elizabeth Dole oversees "Caring for Military Families - The Elizabeth Dole Foundation," an organization supporting our nation's military and veteran caregivers. Please visit: http://elizabethdolefoundation.org for more information.
November 1, 2013 Evan Bayh
Evan Bayh is an American lawyer and Democratic politician who served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011. Bayh first held public office as the Secretary of State of Indiana, elected in 1986. He held the position for only two years before being elected Governor. He left his office after completing two terms and briefly took a job lecturing at Indiana University Kelley School of Business, before being elected to the U.S. Senate seat once held by his father, Birch Bayh.
October 25, 2013 Mario Livio
Mario Livio is an astrophysicist and an author of works that popularize science and mathematics. He is currently an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates the Hubble Space Telescope. He is perhaps best known for his book on the irrational number phi: The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number (2002). The book won the Peano Prize and the International Pythagoras Prize for popular books on mathematics.
October 11, 2013 John McAfee
John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer. In 1987, McAfee founded McAfee Associates, a computer anti-virus company that was the first to distribute anti-virus software using the shareware business model. Other business ventures that he founded included Tribal Voice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow. In 2000, John McAfee invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs, makers of firewall software, prior to its acquisition by Check Point Software in 2003.
October 4, 2013 Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina is an American former business executive and a former California Republican candidate for the United States Senate. Fiorina served as chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 and previously was an executive at AT&T and its equipment and technology spinoff, Lucent. Fiorina was considered one of the most powerful women in business during her tenure at Lucent and Hewlett-Packard.
September 27, 2013 Dick Thornburgh
Dick Thornburgh is an American lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 41st Governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987, and then as the U.S. Attorney General from 1988 to 1991. He served a one-year appointment as Under-Secretary General at the United Nations from 1992 to 1993. He also served as a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank on efforts to battle fraud and corruption.
September 20, 2013 Eric Schlosser
Eric Schlosser is an American journalist and author known for investigative journalism, such as in his books Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness and Chew On This. His bestselling book, Fast Food Nation, an exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the fast food industry, evolved from a two-part article in Rolling Stone and was later adapted into a film. He is currently at work on a book on nuclear weapons and another book on America's prison system.
September 13, 2013 Connie Mack III
Connie Mack III is a former Republican politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida from 1983 to 1989 and then as a Senator from 1989 to 2001. He also served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference from 1997 to 2001. During his congressional career, U.S. Senator Mack played a role in the passage of laws dealing with health care, financial modernization, modification of the tax code and public housing reform.
September 6, 2013 Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is a Gerald Loeb Award-winning American journalist and author. He is a financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box. He is also the founder and editor of DealBook, a financial news service published by The New York Times. He wrote the bestselling book Too Big to Fail in 2009 and co-produced a movie adaptation of the book for HBO Films in 2011.
August 30, 2013 Norman Mineta
Norman Mineta is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, Mineta most recently served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation, the only Democratic Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration. On June 23, 2006, Mineta announced his resignation after more than five years as Secretary of Transportation, effective July 7, 2006, making him the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the Department's history. Mineta also served as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce for the last six months of his term.
August 23, 2013 "Sully" Sullenberger
"Sully" Sullenberger is a retired airline captain, aviation safety expert and accident investigator. Sullenberger gained fame when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549, which had been disabled by striking a flock of Canada geese during its initial climb out, over the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City. Sullenberger is an international speaker on airline safety and has helped develop new protocols for airline safety. As of September 30, 2009, Sullenberger is also the co-chairman of the EAA's Young Eagles youth introduction-to-aviation program.
August 16, 2013 Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the United States - China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence.
August 9, 2013 Gloria Allred
In a legal career that has spanned over three decades, Allred has represented a wide variety of clients in civil rights suits that have involved sexual harassment, women's rights, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination. She often takes high-profile cases, using press conferences and appearances on television to much effect. Allred has represented many clients in suits against celebrities, including those against Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Herman Cain, David Boreanaz, Scott Lee Cohen, Anthony Weiner, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Esai Morales.
August 2, 2013 Jason Lucash
Jason Lucash is the co-founder of Orange County based OrigAudio and winner of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2012. His first product made Time Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2009” list. OrigAudio has gone on to sell nearly 1,000,000 units of their Fold N’ Play Recycled speakers. Lucash also recently starred on Seasons 2 and 3 of ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” and has his products in stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Zumiez, American Eagle, Crate & Barrel and more. Jason was also named to Orange County’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list in 2012.
July 26, 2013 Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. From April 21, 2005 to May 26, 2006 he was the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, a position which made him "the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the armed forces". He was Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1999 to 2005.
July 12, 2013 Barney Frank
Barney Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry.
July 5, 2013 Linda Tripp
Linda Tripp's successful government career spanned close to 30 years and included positions of increasing responsibility at both the Department of Defense and the White House. At the White House she had the distinction of being name requested to work for the President's senior staff in the West Wing in both the Bush and Clinton administrations.
June 28, 2013 Mary Bono Mack
Mary Bono Mack, was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her then husband, United States Representative Sonny Bono. She was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (April 7, 1998-January 3, 2013) but was the unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.
June 21, 2013 Frank Moss
Frank Moss has had a 35 year career as a high tech and biotech entrepreneur. He served as Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2006-2011 and is currently Professor of the Practice there, where he heads the New Media Medicine group. He is a co-founder of Atelion Health and Matter.io, the latest of his startups that include Stellar Computer, Bowstreet (acquired by IBM), Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) and Bluefin Labs (acquired by Twitter). He is the author of “The Sorcerers and their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform our Lives” (June 7 2011).
June 14, 2013 Floyd Abrams
Floyd Abrams is an American attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is an expert on constitutional law, and many arguments in the briefs he has written have been adopted as United States Constitutional interpretative law as it relates to the First Amendment and free speech. He is also the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
June 7, 2013 Clem Brooks
Clem Brooks is the James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. His interests are voting behavior, public opinion, and social policy. He co-authored Whose Rights? Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion with Jeff Manza. He also wrote Why Welfare States Persist (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and Social Cleavages and Political Change (Oxford University Press, 1999).
May 31, 2013 Jack Abramoff
Jack Allan Abramoff is a former American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. He was at the heart of an extensive corruption investigation that led to his conviction and to 21 persons either pleading guilty or being found guilty, including White House officials and nine other lobbyists and Congressional aides.
May 24, 2013 Alan Keyes
Alan Lee Keyes is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. He ran for President of the United States in 1996, 2000, and 2008 (founding and serving as the presidential nominee of the America's Independent Party in 2008), and was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1988, 1992, and 2004.
May 17, 2013 Daniel Pink
Daniel H. Pink is an American author who has written five books about business, work and management. He worked as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997 he was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.
May 10, 2013 Byron Dorgan
Byron Dorgan is a former United States Senator from North Dakota and is now a senior policy advisor for a Washington, D.C. law firm. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on issues related to energy policy and is a co-chair of BPC's Energy Project.
May 3, 2013 Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones is an attorney and Republican activist from Enid, Oklahoma. He is best known for serving asTimothy McVeigh's lead defense lawyer during McVeigh's trial on 11 counts regarding his actions in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
April 26, 2013 Russ Feingold
For eighteen years Russ Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. Well known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate alongside Senator John McCain, Feingold has always championed efforts to limit the influence of special interests. He was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, was the first to propose a timetable to exit Iraq, and has always fought against unfair trade agreements like NAFTA and against financial deregulation.
April 19, 2013 Anne Speckhard
Dr. Anne Speckhard has interviewed over 400 terrorists - from Lebanon to Morocco - and was responsible for the design of the Defense Department’s “Detainee Rehabilitation Program for Islamic Terrorists.” Don’t miss a sobering look at the “psychology of terror.”
April 5, 2013 Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson currently runs the NRA’s National School Shield program. Prior to that, he was named Administrator of the DEA in 2001, then Under Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. In 1982, President Reagan appointed him as the youngest United States Attorney in the nation. Later in Arkansas, he was elected to three terms in Congress. In 1998, he was appointed by the House of Representatives to try the impeachment case against President Clinton in the United States Senate.
March 29, 2013 Nicholas Burns
A veteran U.S. diplomat, Nicholas Burns was U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Ambassador to Greece. Professor Burns also worked for five years on the National Security Council in the administrations of Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
March 22, 2013 Eleanor Clift
Political reporter, television pundit and author, Eleanor Clift is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on the Newsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group and a political contributor for the Fox News Channel.
March 15, 2013 Shannon Watts
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.
March 8, 2013 Brian Michael Jenkins
A world-renowned expert in terrorism and kidnappings, Brian Michael Jenkins serves as the Senior Advisor to the President of the RAND Corporation. He is also the Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. Following the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he was part of the team that identified terrorist threats and developed new security measures. His latest book is The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism.
March 1, 2013 William Shatner
William Shatner gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the science fiction television series, Star Trek. He wrote a series of books chronicling his experiences on Star Trek and authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Shatner also played veteran police officer, T.J. Hooker, hosted the reality based television series, Rescue 911, he starred as Denny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin off Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
February 22, 2013 Christine Todd Whitman
Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 until 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. She is president of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Governor Whitman wrote the 2005 New York Times best seller, “It’s My Party Too.”
February 15, 2013 Barry McCaffrey
Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours – as well as twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. For five years after leaving the military, Barry McCaffrey served as the nation’s Cabinet Officer in charge of U.S. Drug Policy.
February 8, 2013 Dennis Ross
A former special assistant to President Obama, Ambassador Dennis Ross is a scholar on the Middle East. He played a key role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, working as point man in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Ambassador Ross is now counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He’s written many books on the peace process, most recently Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.
February 1, 2013 General Russel Honoré
LT. General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret), was widely hailed by the media as the "Category 5 General" who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is currently a Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness, and a CNN Preparedness Contributor. His latest book, Leadership in the New Normal is now available.
January 25, 2013 Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kay Bailey Hutchison has been one of the top five ranking Republicans in the Senate, serving on the Appropriations Committee, Veterans Affairs, Science and Transportation, Defense, and Water and Energy Committees. She was the first woman elected to represent the state of Texas and she has been named one of the top thirty most powerful women in America. In January 2013, after finishing her third full term, Kay Bailey Hutchison retired from the U.S. Senate.
January 18, 2013 H.W. Brands
Henry William Brands is one of a handful of presidential historians who were invited to dine with President Obama. He is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes on American history and politics, with books including Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
January 11, 2013 Marc Klaas
In the aftermath of the 1993 kidnap and murder of his tweleve-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. Through federal and state legislative efforts Marc Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Klaas has also been instrumental in the development of child safety measures like the state of the art high tech Amber Alert and most recently, a SmartPhone app missing child alert system.
January 4, 2013 Peter Bergen
One of the few reporters who interviewed Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist and author of four books. He is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and CNN’s national security analyst. His most recent bestseller, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad, is being produced by HBO as a theatrical release documentary.
December 21, 2012 Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio is the self-described “Toughest Sheriff in America” and he has overseen law enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona for 20 years. Outspoken and controversial, he’s a lightning rod over illegal immigration enforcement. For several years, “Sheriff Joe” has lead crime sweeps in the Phoenix area. Critics say they’re aimed at Latinos; Arpaio insists he’s enforcing the law. The Obama Justice Department disagrees and has been engaged in a legal battle with the sheriff. Love him or hate him, Arpaio is never dull.
December 14, 2012 Paul H. O'Neill
Paul H. O’Neill was the 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, serving from 2001-2002. The uncommonly outspoken business leader was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, then forced out in short order after challenging President Bush’s tax cuts. Prior to politics, O’Neill was chairman and CEO of Alcoa from 1987 to 1999 and President of International Paper Company from 1985 to 1987.
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