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    Q&A with Michael Witmore

    Michael Witmore talked about his role as director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as the library’s function, funding, mission, and repository of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. The library is funded largely by private donations, but also receives money from Congress. Mr. Witmore spoke about how politicians have used Shakespeare as part of their oratory on both the House and the Senate floors as well as during campaigns. Mr. Witmore also discussed the life and writings of William Shakespeare. The program included video clips of both Republicans and Democrats quoting Shakespeare.

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    Q&A with Astronaut Chris Hadfield

    Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, veteran of three missions on the International Space Station and author several books on the experience including You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, talked about life in space and life on earth. He also spoke about the different countries who fund and run the International Space Station, and how the cooperative venture works. In conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency, Mr. Hadfield produced numerous videos from the space station to better inform the public about what life in space is like and how space station funding is used. This program included a number of his videos.

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    Q&A with Kate Andersen Brower

    Kate Andersen Brower talked about her book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, about the White House and the first family’s private lives as seen through the eyes of the residence’s staff. She spoke about staff members' stories of first families and the challenges of writing the book.

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    South Carolina Freedom Summit, Focus Group

    Frank Luntz conducted a focus group at the South Carolina Freedom Summit at the Peace Center in Greenville.

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    Q&A with Walter Pincus

    Walter Pincus talked about the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, U.S.-Israel relations, and defense department spending and budget sequestration. He also spoke about the 2003 war in Iraq, his career at the Washington Post, and his forthcoming book.

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    Q&A with Judith Miller

    Judith Miller talked about her book The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, in which she chronicles her reporting leading up to the American invasion in Iraq in 2003. She talked about what she got right and wrong about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program, as well as her experiences during her 85-day imprisonment in a federal jail. Ms. Miller was sent to jail in 2005 for refusing to disclose the source for some of her stories, later revealed to be Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. Ms. Miller also expressed her views of the New York Times and the people who played a role in her departure from the paper.

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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.