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    Bill Clinton on Public Service

    Bill Clinton talked about how a sense of purpose influenced his life in public service. This was the third of a series of lectures on the people and events that shaped his career. He spoke at Georgetown University, where he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1968. Following his remarks he responded to questions from the audience.

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    Q&A with Jessica Stern

    Jessica Stern, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, talked about the genesis and growth of the organization, its goals, mission, and methods. She also spoke about the impact of terrorism in the Middle East, and how ISIS* differs from al-Qaeda and other terror groups. The program included clips of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, as well as videos of other terrorist group leaders, recruitment videos used by ISIS, and U.S. State Department produced videos designed to counter the ISIS videos. Ms. Stern also addressed the role that other countries in the Middle East, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, were playing in combating or supporting ISIS.

    This program contains videos that are violent and potentially offensive to viewers.

    *The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    United Nations Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and Global Challenges

    Ambassador Samantha Power testified on the fiscal year 2016 budget request for the United Nations and international organizations. Committee members also questioned her on the Iran nuclear agreement, combating terrorism, and U.S. policy toward Cuba.

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    Representative Dutch Ruppersberger on Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) spoke to reporters following a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the preliminary framework agreement reached in nuclear negotiations with Iran. Representative Ruppersberger added that he disapproved of the letter sent to Iran by a group of senators, saying that it weakened America.

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    Q&A With Andrew Ferguson

    Andrew Ferguson talked about the potential Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election, including Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush. He also spoke about President Obama, cost overruns at the planned Eisenhower Memorial, and the growing number of journalists and pundits in Washington, D.C. He also discussed his writing methods and style, and his career.

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    The Business of Printing Books

    C-SPAN’s book, First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women, was released April 14, 2015. Book TV visited the printing plant in Berryville, Virginia, to see the manufacturing process and to watch the books come off the presses. Berryville Graphics plant general manager Mark Bone talked about the business of printing books.

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    Q&A with U.S. Senate Youth Program

    High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talked about their participation in a week-long government and leadership education program. 104 students were selected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity program. The students spoke about the highlights of their week, including a meeting with President Obama, and policy addresses by Senators, Cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and directors of other federal agencies.

    The Senate Youth Program was created in 1962, has had over 5,000 participants, and is privately funded by the Hearst Foundations. Participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service. Delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

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    Clinton Foundation Health Matters Summit

    The Clinton Foundation held its fourth annual Health Matters conference in California. The opening forum on health innovation featured a group of young entrepreneurs in the health care industry, including a venture capitalist who started his own health insurance company, and a Stanford University dropout who started a blood testing company.

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    Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified on his department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Topics included President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, cybersecurity, the Secret Service, and public-private partnerships.

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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.