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    Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about his history and changing roles at the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 1984, he became the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as the AIDS virus began to show up in the U.S. population. He described the challenges of fighting that disease and others over the course of his tenure, from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the bird and swine flu epidemics, and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Fauci also discussed his personal life growing up in Brooklyn, meeting his wife, his relationships with different U.S. presidents, and NIAID’s work to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.

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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by D.W. Griffith was shown to President Woodrow Wilson at the White House and across the nation despite attempts by African-American Civil Rights advocate and newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter and others to stop it. Trotter took Griffith to task for his portrayal in the film of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era.

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    Q&A with Janet Murguia

    Janet Murguia talked about the state of Hispanics in America and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The president and chief executive officer of NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group in the United States, she talked about the organization, immigration reform, and other topics related to her job, the organization, and her career. She also talked about growing up in a large, working-class family in Kansas City, Kansas, and how she and most of her siblings achieved succees in American society.

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    Book Discussion on Why Lincoln Matters

    Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York (1983-95), discussed his book Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, published by Harcourt. His book discussed how the modern Republican Party differs in philosophy with the one that Lincoln founded and how modern politics could be improved by an examination of past processes.

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    Q&A with Glenn Kessler

    Glenn Kessler, author of the “Fact Checker: The Truth Behind the Rhetoric” blog at the Washington Post, talked about his end-of-year “Biggest Pinocchio’s of 2014” awards, in which he lists politicians and political groups that he believes have made the most false claims over the course of the year. He also talked about his approach to writing the blog, how he hands out the awards, and his career as a writer and reporter.

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    Q&A with Katie Pavlich

    Katie Pavlich talked about her book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women. She spoke about the political divide in the country between the right and left, and her views on the Republican Party.

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    Book Discussion on Black Prophetic Fire

    Cornel West talked about the book Black Prophetic Fire, which he co-wrote with Christa Buschendorf. In the book, he profiles African American leaders Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells.

    He spoke at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International, held on the campus of Miami Dade College on November 22-23.

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    Q&A with John Bresnahan and Manu Raju

    Politico reporters Manu Raju and John Bresnahan talked about incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his personality, his career in the Senate, and his relationships with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), President Obama, and his own party.

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    Q&A with Ann Compton

    Ann Compton talked about her 41-year career covering the White House. She talked about covering presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and shared her personal experiences with these men and her opinions on their administrations. As the only television reporter with President Bush on September 11, 2001, she also spoke about how the day unfolded.

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    Q&A with James Risen

    James Risen talked about his book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, in which he explores some of the hidden costs of the war on terror since September 11, 2001, both around the world and in the U.S. He spoke about billions of dollars disappearing in Iraq, and abuses of power involving monetary fraud by Americans in the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also talked about civil liberties issues and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program.