American Diplomat show

American Diplomat

Summary: American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid and more through the eyes of those who were there. A project of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation in partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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  • Artist: Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
  • Copyright: American Diplomat 2017


 12 Days in the Hotseat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:22

How did Tom Shannon end up Secretary of State for 12 days?  How do transitions work, when one president leaves and another takes office?  

 Slip Out the Back, Jack | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:20

We revisit Pete's stories about Naples, with a couple of bonuses at the front. Happy summer!

 Money, Money, Money | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:48

Social Democracy in Northern Europe, not to be confused with socialism of any stripe.  And what is socialism, anyway?  With Ambassador Jimmy Kolker.  Plus knowledge test:  What fabulous 70s band brought us the name of this episode?

 Bromance? Trump and Brazil's Bolsonaro | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:19

Peas in a pod?  Or something much more complex?  As it happens, each country is different, even if each would-be strong man looks much the same.  Join Tom Shannon and Melvin Levitsky for an expert look at a fascinating polity. Part of our "Is It Happening Here?" series.

 What, More Feeley and Brownfield? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:24

Will Cops-in-a-Box keep Fulanita home?  What else do these guys have for us?

 Foreign Service Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:18

You think of your loved ones first:  Honoring the lives of those who sacrificed theirs in the line of service.  With remarks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the story of Ambassador Jonathan Addleton.  

 Here I Am, Now What? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:50

What happens when Fulanita arrives? And what is this wall, really? And what do drugs have to do with all of this?  Bill Brownfield and John Feeley, together with Pete, unpack the deets in our second of three episodes on the border.  Plus, a barnyard narco song you do not want to miss.

 Fulanita's Progress, An Immigration Tale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:04

Episode One, in which John Feeley, Bill Brownfield and Pete lay it all out: How and why does Fulanita, our Guatamalan every-gal, end up at the US border with young son Javier, delivered by the cartels' fancy coach service?  

 Plastics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:29

Remember the movie The Graduate?  Fifty-two years on, here's where we are with plastics.  It ain't pretty, but Bob Blake is on the job.

 Quick Bonus ep! Future of the Foreign Service | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:44

Miss us? Here's a midweek extra: Ashley Inman, a master's student at Georgetown who will become a US diplomat upon completion of her studies, shares her passion for service and her reasons for joining.  Go, Ashley!

 The Diplomat Environmentalist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:39

The life and (near) death of Indonesia's Palm Oil Pledge, a guy named Anderson and an air pollution monitor in Jakarta.  Bob Blake works with private industry and government to foster lasting change in Indonesia.

 Ever Hear of Ebenezer Bassett? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:42

Me, neither.  Chris Teal, filmmaker, author and diplomat, shares the little-known tale of integrity and courage of the first African American diplomat, appointed 1869, preceding longtime friend Frederick Douglass by 20 years.  

 Immigration Made Simple | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:07

Michele Bond parses immigration and solves the whole conundrum. So what's the problem? (Hint: Pete thinks it's us.)

 And How Long Will You Be Staying? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:36

Courtesy, respect, denial (painful, but often true).  Tourist visas to visit the US, with Michele Bond, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.  Can you guess why Pete is admitted and Laura is not?

 Remember Ron Brown? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:21

In case you don't (say, you were born after 1960), Lauri Fitz-Pegado remembers him for us: his vision, his vim, his leadership, his significance to our participation in the worldwide economy.  With bonus continuing comment from Pete on Venzuela.


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