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    Q&A with Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Vanda Felbab-Brown, whose work focuses on international conflicts and nontraditional security threats, talked about U.S. counterinsurgency and state-building efforts in Afghanistan and the war on drugs.

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    Q&A with Kurt Deion

    Kurt Deion talked about his visits to the graves of presidents and vice presidents. Among other topics he discussed his interest in U.S. history, and his experiences meeting former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Mr. Deion has been documenting his experiences on his website, kurtshistorics.com, since he began his travels as a nine-year-old.

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    Q&A with Phyllis Bennis

    Anti-war activist Phyllis Bennis talked about U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001, attacks, antiterrorism efforts, and the Iran nuclear agreement.

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    Q&A with Kevyn Orr

    Kevyn Orr talked about his role as emergency manager for the city of Detroit from 2013 to 2014 and overseeing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. When Mr. Orr took over the post, Detroit faced a long-term debt of $18 billion, a housing market collapse, a pension crisis, and a serious decline in city services. Mr. Orr spoke about what he did to turn things around and responded to some of the criticism he faced while he held the position.

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    Q&A with Robert Kurson

    Robert Kurson talked about his book, Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship, about the search for the Golden Fleece, which was sunk off the coast of the Dominican Republic in the 1680s. The ship’s captain, Joseph Bannister, was a well-respected English merchant captain before he stole the Golden Fleece and became a pirate. Mr. Kurson also spoke about his two previous books, Shadow Divers and Crashing Through, and the first article he wrote for Esquire magazine, about his favorite teacher in high school who ended up in prison.

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    Q&A with Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

    Filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon talked about their documentary Best of Enemies, which tells the story of the famous 1968 televised debates between conservative William F. Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal. In 1968, during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, ABC sponsored ten debates in which the two writers and commentators talked about the issues of the day, from war, to politics, God, and sex. The guests also discussed their careers as filmmakers as well as politics, music, race relations, and other cultural elements of American society.