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Does the Knot Hold?

Ken Quinn is back, this time to talk about saving democracy from a coup attempt in the Philippines. Then, as now, democracy is under threat, but it is not the only thing that hangs in the balance…
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Annual Music Ep for the End of Summer!

Hi, everyone!  Enjoy the sound of the cicadas and the cooling of the evenings with our annual music episode.  We’ll be back next week with another gripping tale – will our hero, our great democracy, live another day?  (We...

Schedule F, and Why It Scares Us

What is Schedule F?  And its evil twin, the Public Service Reform Act? Ambassador Dennis Jett joins us once again to explain these two important pieces of policy. Is their purpose to make government accountable, or perhaps is to control the...

Media Integrity and the Americas

Worldwide, and in the Americas, journalists live in fear for their personal safety and are muredered in ever-growing numbers in retaliation for their reporting. At the same time, journalists are distrusted in greater numbers than ever before...

Enemies Foreign and Domestic

Let’s say you’re a public servant. You’ve taken an oath to uphold the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and also to obey the commander-in-chief. What if you can’t do both? And what if following the law...

Empathy for Lived Experiences

“How can I help?” is the question for Sameer Hossain, who began his career at State in the Office of International Religious Freedom and has since moved to a similar domestic role at Homeland Security. Traveling to Rohingya refugee camps...

Never, Ever Allow Free and Fair Elections

“Never, ever allow free and fair elections” is Fidel’s advice to Daniel Ortega, today’s strongman leader of Nicaragua. Wonder who else was listening? This is no longer a foreign piece of business but a thing threatening our...

Take Me to Funky Town

In a fun twist, John Feeley interviews Laura on what she’s learned about foreign service officers. Why doesn’t the average Joe know how great they are? Is it because they are boring? Or is it just because foreign policy doesn’t go...

In Vodka Veritas

In this glorious encore episode, we say bottoms up to vacay! That’s where we are and where you should be, too! Ambassador Dick Hoagland, having served many years in Russia and former Soviet republics, has had ample opportunity to consider the...

The Failure of the Liberal Democratic Model

Ambassador Kevin Whitaker walks us through one of the most significant polticial events in Colombia’s history: its recent election of outsider candidate Gustavo Petro. How have political parties lost their ability to mediate between voters and...

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