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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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    Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Former and current officials, New Orleans residents, faith leaders, and advocates spoke at an event commemorating the tenth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and the region’s recovery following the storm. Soledad O’Brien was the master of ceremonies. The event included the national anthem, other musical performances, videos, and prayers.

    “Katrina 10 Commemoration: The Power of Community” was a commemoration presented by The Rockefeller Foundation and The City of New Orleans in the Smoothie King Center.

    There were some transmission difficulties with this program.

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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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    Book Discussion on Guardian of the Republic

    Former Representative Allen West (R-FL) talked about his book, Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. This interview was recorded at FreedomFest, a libertarian conference held annually in Las Vegas.