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  • Aug 6 7:30 pm
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    Have We Seen The End of Diplomacy?
    Have We Seen The End Of Diplomacy? Guest: William Burns, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Bill Burns was Deputy Secretary of State, and Ambassador to Russia and Jordan. A consummate diplomat, he served over 30 years in the foreign service under five Republican and Democratic presidents. He tells Jim Zirin of the demeaning of Foreign service officers coming out of the impeachment hearings, the decline in morale among our career diplomats, the budget cuts that have decimated the State Department, and fears we are bordering on the end of diplomacy.
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  • Aug 13 7:30 pm
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    Will The Pandemic Be A Game Changer In Our Relationship With Korea?
    Will The Pandemic Be A Game Changer In Our Relationship With Korea? Guest: Christopher Hill, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, U.S. Foreign Service. Kim Jong-un recently claimed there were zero cases of covid-19 in North Korea. When Trump offered his “friend” assistance, Kim fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan. Ambassador Chris Hill, who negotiated with the North Koreans in 2007, tells Jim Zirin that neutralizing North Korean nukes is a national security priority that can’t be overlooked in this time of troubles.
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  • Aug 20 7:30 pm
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    Who Will Reopen America?
    Who Will Reopen America? Guest: Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary Homeland Security. Trump said he is the final authority on “Opening up America Again. Then, he said he was “authorizing” the state governors to “ call their own shots.” Then, he encouraged citizens to “liberate certain blue states if they didn’t like what their governors ordered. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson tells Jim Zirin that the Constitution puts the responsibility on the states, and Trump must not undercut them.
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  • Aug 27 7:30 pm
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    Can The Metropolitan Opera Survive The Cornavirus?
    Can The Metropolitan Opera Survive the Cornavirus? Guest: Peter Gelb, General Manager, The Metropolitan Opera. Topic: The Metropolitan Opera has been with us since 1883, and has never faced a more existential threat. The 3800-seat opera house went dark in March, three weeks before its end of season. General Manager Peter Gelb tells Jim how he has used technology to deal with the challenge, and what are his plans for eventual comeback.
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  • Sep 3 7:30 pm
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    Have We Stopped Paying Attention?
    Have We Stopped Paying Attention? Guest: Casey Schwartz, Author "Attention: A Love Story". Topic: Author Casey Schwartz has written a blockbuster, entitled Attention-A Love Story, about the human phenomenon we call attention. A brilliant piece of scientific journalism, her book is at the same time a personal memoir, and a critical chronicle of our digital age. She tells Jim Zirin that the electronic screen has become a distraction diverting us from paying attention to the important in our lives.
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