James Jeffrey was the Ambassador to Turkey, Albania, and Iraq and served as the Deputy National Security Advisor. He describes his Ambassadorship positions, including his work in Iraq during the war. Interview by Natasha Maldi.
Matt Ayres is a Professor of Biology leading the study abroad to Costa Rica. He researches insect population dynamics and forest life. Interview by Contributer Claire Pendergrast.
Binta Niambi Brown is a corporate lawyer and human rights activist. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She talks about her road to defending abused women and using her Corporate Law knowledge for good.
Interview by Contributor Bill Lane.
Prof Lorie Loeb of the Computer Science Department talks about an upcoming Arts and Technology Fair called the Digital Arts Exhibition. She also describes the recent growth of the Digital Arts at Dartmouth and the Upper Valley Community. Interview by Contributor Marina Villenueve.
Michael Fairbanks is the Co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a non-profit designed to encourage innovation in poor countries. He served with the peace-corps in Kenya and has become an adviser to President Kagame in Rwanda. Interview by Eileen Chen.
Maria Otero was the Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights; serving as the special representative to Tibet. She also worked as CEO of Accion International, a bank specializing in Microfinance. Interview by Exec Producer Mick Zloof.
Jake Tapper is News Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN. In his journalistic career, he’s taken the Dartmouth motto, “A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness,” to heart. He’s often been a lone voice asking challenging questions at White House press conferences.
He tells producer Liz Faiella about his cartooning days, what it feels like to go head to head with the President in the White House press room, and what inspired him to write his new book about the war in Afghanistan. It’s called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.
Former New Hampshire governor John Lynch. He recalls his time in office, talks about what makes New Hampshire unique, and even shares some advice for President Obama via our contributor Mick Zloof.
Former U.S. senator from New Hampshire Judd Gregg. He tells producer Liz Faiella how he’s connected to Dartmouth, what his “Fix the Debt” campaign is all about, and why we should care about the federal budget.
This week’s show is hosted by Naomi Elias.
Web extra: Judd Gregg on the current state of the GOP
Today, the Civil War… children’s theater style. Theatreworks USA is coming to Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center on Sunday, February 10th, at 3pm. (Tickets are available at the Hopkins Center website.) This traveling children’s theater company will present a performance that explores the personal stories of those caught up in the American Civil War. We bring you a preview of the show — a conversation with Arthur Perlman, The Civil War’s book writer and lyricist.
And with college so expensive these days, why not skip it altogether and get a job instead? Don Vickers, President and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, is a strong believer in higher education. We ask him — is college really necessary? And how do we avoid mountains of student debt?
You may well have biked, hiked, or run the Upper Valley rail trail. Locomotives no longer chug along this path, and the rails and ties are long gone. But it’s a trace of the trains that changed this region. Our contributor Naomi Elias brings us this conversation with Jay Barrett, who talked to us about enginemen, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s America, and ”foamers” (people who foam at the mouth when they see a locomotive). You can hear his lecture about the rise and fall of trains in the Upper Valley this Thursday, February 7th, at 7pm, at the Orford Historical Society.
Plus: If you wander into the Hopkins Center this Wednesday evening, your ear will catch the wild sounds of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. This hit Italian band is visiting New England for the first time and they’re bringing the ancient traditional music of Italy’s warm Adriatic coast to the frozen Dartmouth campus. Our contributor Carene Mekertichyan talks with the leader of the group, Mauro Durante, who gives us a sneak peek at their performance — this Wednesday, February 6th, at 7pm in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center. For tickets, visit the Hopkins Center website.
And just one year ago, Jim Yong Kim was President of Dartmouth College. Now he’s President of the World Bank. We ask Tom Blinkhorn, who worked at the World Bank for 30 years, how Kim is doing so far. Plus, he tells us some stories of World Bank presidents past.
Watch the new World Bank President rapping at the Dartmouth Idol finals in 2011:
It’s a season of giving, and Betsy Maislen spends a good deal of her time giving to complete strangers. She’s a “trail angel” — someone who feeds and houses hikers on the Appalachian Trail. We talked with her about what it’s like to provide “trail magic” — and showers — to the hungry, grungy hikers who come through Norwich, VT after 1,700 miles of hiking.
And: Every Christmas Eve, King’s College Cambridge in England holds a Service of Lessons and Carols. The readers of the lessons use the Shakespearean-sounding King James Version of the Bible, translated in 1611. We spoke with the splendidly British Adam Nicolson, author of God’s Secretaries, about the story behind the KJV.
‘Tis the season for gingerbread and egg nog and a ton — we mean this literally — of really good food. So this week we dove into the archives and came up with two of our favorite conversations on that very subject.
And we listen in to our 2011 interview with Ruth Reichl, a food memoirist and former dining critic for the New York Times. She who told us about her mother’s terrible cooking, her experiences in the “gourmet ghetto” of Berkeley, California, and her undercover mission to find out about the average person’s experience at a top-notch New York City restaurant.