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    Q&A with Fred Kaplan

    Fred Kaplan, author of John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, talked about the sixth U.S. president and shared his experiences as a biographer of literary and political figures such as Gore Vidal, Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln.

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    Q&A with George Will

    George Will talked about his latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at 100, which examines the story of the Chicago Cubs. He also talked about his career as a syndicated columnist and the controversy surrounding one of his columns regarding sexual assault on college campuses, in which he argued that the Obama administration’s statistics were not grounded in fact and that due process for those accused of assault was endangered. Mr. Will was dropped by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over this column and addressed this in the interview.

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    Panel Discussion on Thomas Paine

    Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff talked about the importance of Thomas Paine and his most influential works: Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. This event was part of Left Forum, a progressive conference held annually in New York City.

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    Q&A with Wayne Frederick

    Wayne A.I. Frederick talked about the challenges facing Howard University and other historically black colleges, as well as the state of higher education in the United States. Mr. Frederick also spoke about his career as a surgical oncologist and his upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago, including his fight with sickle cell anemia.

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    Q&A with Daniel Schulman

    Daniel Schulman talked about his book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, in which he chronicles the Koch family’s rise to power. In addition to brothers Charles and David, most well known for Koch Industries and their support for libertarian politics, Mr. Schulman talked about lesser known brothers Bill, a wealthy businessman, and Frederick, an art collector who is also involved in historic preservation. The four brothers spent almost two decades locked in a legal battle over the oil and cattle ranching empire their father left behind at the time of his death in 1967. Mr. Schulman spoke about the personal stories of the four men, and the political endeavors of Charles and David.

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    Q&A with Sharyl Attkisson

    Sharyl Attkisson talked about her career, the state of the media, and her future plans. Ms. Attkisson left CBS News in March 2014 after more than 20 years at the network. She talked about her reasons for leaving CBS, the evolution of network news, her work for the Heritage Foundation’s media outlet, The Daily Signal, as well as her book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

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    Q&A with Lisa Myers

    Lisa Myers talked about her career, the state of the media, and her future plans. In January 2014, Ms. Myers left NBC News after 33 years at the network. Ms. Myers won multiple Emmy awards while at NBC, and talked about some of theses award winning segments. She also spoke about her coverage of presidential administrations and Congress, her approach to reporting, changes in network news, and some of the reasons she decided to leave NBC.

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    Q&A with Representative George Miller

    Representative George Miller (D-CA) talked about his 40-year career in Congress, his accomplishments, and his decision to retire at the end of this term. He discussed the influence his father had on his chosen political career path, and his mentor, Representative Phil Burton. He shared his opinions on some of the various controversial events in Congress, including the Tip O’Neill “pan scam,” Jim Wright’s resignation from Congress, and the election of Newt Gingrich as House speaker. In addition, he talked about changes he had witnessed in Congress and the changing dynamics between the parties. He also detailed various issues he is passionate about and had worked on, including the No Child Left Behind Act, immigration, and universal health care. He talked about his family and his plans after retirement.

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    Q&A with Bret Baier

    Bret Baier talked about his book, Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love, in which he chronicles the life and near death struggles of his son Paul, who was born with a rare and severe congenital heart condition. Throughout the book, Mr. Baier goes back and forth between the personal side of his story as it relates to his son, and the arc of his career at Fox News Channel. Brett and Amy Baier’s son was born in 2007, and doctors told the couple that without surgery Paul would not survive. Mr. Baier spoke about his son’s condition, the three open heart surgeries and eight angioplasties Paul has had, and the medical staff and families they met at Children’s National Medical Center. He also talked about his career at Fox News Channel, perceptions of the network, and the role it plays in the media landscape.

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    Q&A with John Sopko

    John Sopko talked about his role as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and discussed how American taxpayer dollars were spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan. Over $103 billion had been spent on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan since 2001. He spoke about work his office had done documenting construction of buildings and generators, defective planes, and missing ships, all of which were authorized and paid for without ever being used. He also talked about corruption within Afghanistan’s government and banks as it relates to waste, fraud, and abuse of money targeted for reconstruction projects. Mr. Sopko expressed his concerns with a lack of accountability and proper oversight at the departments of State and Defense, and argued that this prohibits them from effectively managing the Afghanistan budget. He also expressed the need for national security to be seen as a non-partisan issue when dealing with the lives of American soldiers.