Marjorie Spruill | Clinton School Presents

Marjorie Spruill

Interview with Marjorie Spruill.  Forty years ago, two women’s movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.  Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 in The New Yorker as saying the National Women’s Conference in 1977 “…may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about.”  After the United Nations established International Women’s Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women’s Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights – the latter a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women’s movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a Pro-Family movement.  “Divided We Stand” reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

Debby Schriver | Clinton School Presents

Debby Schriver

nterview with Debby Schriver.  Debby Schriver is a cult expert, an author, and a human rights activist whose projects connect us to common, core values that lift the human spirit. Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her study of psychological and sociological development began in college and has been an integral part of her career as an educator at UT and as a writer.  “Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom” is based on numerous interviews from group members and, more importantly, on interviews with the children—second and third-generation followers.  Schriver chronicles how this group wpsyas formed, documenting its many abuses and its gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices. Her extensive research – including interviews with Tony Alamo himself, harrowing visits to Alamo compounds, and witnessing gut-wrenching confrontations between freed children and their unreformed parents – tells the story of a closed group whose origins and history are unlikely ever to be definitively unraveled.

Howard Bryant | Clinton School Presents

Howard Bryant

Interview with Howard Bryant.  Howard Bryant is an acclaimed sports journalist who writes for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN Radio. Bryant has been a panelist on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters since 2006 and is a sports correspondent for Weekend Edition with Scott Simon on National Public Radio.  Bryant is the author of four books. His latest book, “The Heritage,” is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. Through deep research and interviews with some of sports’ best-known stars – including Colin Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber – as well as members of law enforcement and the military, Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.

Ken Thomas | Clinton School Presents

Ken Thomas

Interview with Ken Thomas.  Ken Thomas is a White House reporter with The Associated Press and has been based in the AP’s Washington bureau since 2005. He has covered President Donald Trump since the start of his transition and throughout his administration.  He previously covered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic primary campaigns of Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.  Thomas is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1999 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Jim Schultz | Clinton School Presents

Jim Schultz

Interview with Jim Schultz.  Jim Schultz is an American lawyer, political pundit, and was an Associate White House Counsel for U.S. President Donald J. Trump until November 2017. Schultz was part of the legal team at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Trump Transition Team.  Schultz previously worked as general counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and as a top aide to Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), when he was a U.S. attorney. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University before attending law school at Widener University.  In addition to having provided legal counsel to the President of the United States and his senior staff, Schultz has provided legal counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania and his senior staff and cabinet, a number of federal and state elected officials and has handled high profile matters for private sector clients.  In his role as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President, Schultz provided counsel to the White House on matters involving government contracting, procurement, trade, and transportation and infrastructure. Schlutz had liaison responsibilities to the Department of Transportation and the General Services Administration.  He played a significant role in the drafting and review of Executive Orders and was involved in the interview and selection process for United States Attorneys and Federal District and Circuit Court Judges.  Schultz also served as counsel to the Presidential Transition and was as a member of the legal team during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Jim was a frequent contributor on NBC 10 Philadelphia and currently serves as a contributor to CNN.

Michael Nelson | Clinton School Presents

Michael Nelson

Interview with Michael Nelson.  Published on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, Nelson’s book offers the most complete and up-to-date assessment of this still-unfolding story.  In “Trump’s First Year,” Michael Nelson, the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, provides a thorough account and scholarly assessment of Donald Trump’s first year as president, starting with his election and transition in 2016. The analysis is grounded in the modern history of the presidency as well as in the larger constitutional and political order.  Donald Trump took office in January 2017 under mostly favorable conditions. He inherited neither a war nor an economic depression, and his party controlled both houses of Congress. He leveraged this successfully by delivering on his campaign promises to roll back regulations on business, and he saw his nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, approved swiftly and with little controversy. Many more actions, however, have been perceived as failures or even threats to a safe, functional democracy, from immigration policies defied by state and local governments and volatile dealings with North Korea to unsuccessful attempts to pass major legislation and the inability to fill government positions or maintain consistent White House staff.

Nick Schifrin | Clinton School Presents

Nick Shifrin

Interview with Nick Schifrin.  Nick Schifrin is PBS NewsHour’s foreign affairs and defense correspondent. He has created week-long, in-depth series for NewsHour from Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Cuba, Mexico, and the Baltics. The series “Inside Putin’s Russia” won a 2018 Peabody Award.  Prior to PBS, Schifrin was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent. He led the channel’s coverage of the 2014 war in Gaza; reported extensively on the Syrian war from Syria’s Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian borders; and covered the  conflict in and annexation of Crimea. He won an Overseas Press Club award for his Gaza coverage and a National Headliners Award for his Ukraine coverage.  From 2008-2012, Schifrin served as the ABC News correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011 he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death and delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: the first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. His reporting helped ABC News win an Edward R. Murrow award for its bin Laden coverage. He ran the Islamabad and Kabul bureaus for nearly four years, beginning at age 28.  He is a visiting fellow at the Clinton School, where he lectures and teaches a foreign policy class. He is a Council on Foreign Relations term member, and an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he graduated with distinction.

Daniel Lippman | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Daniel Lippman, co-author of POLITICO's Playbook, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue with the distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Daniel Lippman, a reporter for POLITICO and co-author of POLITICO's Playbook, the most indispensable morning newsletter for the biggest influencers in politics.  Before joining POLITICO, he was a fellow covering environmental news for E&E Publishing and a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York. He has also interned for McClatchy Newspapers and Reuters. During a stint freelancing in 2013, he traveled to the Turkish-Syrian border to cover the impact of the Syrian civil war for The Huffington Post and CNN.com.

Shaukat Aziz | Clinton School Presents

Shaukat Aziz

Interview with Shaukat Aziz.  Shaukat Aziz served as Prime Minister of Pakistan between 2004 and 2007, following five years as its Finance Minister and thirty years at Citibank. While in office, he steered one of the biggest economic turnarounds in recent history, taking Pakistan from the brink of bankruptcy. His time in government was marked by high economic growth, exchange rate stability, a reduction in poverty and an upsurge in local and foreign investment. He survived a suicide bombing by Al Qaeda while on the campaign trail, driving him to engage in the fight against global terrorism.

Joe Nocera | Clinton School Presents

Joe Nocera

Interview with Joe Nocera, author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA”, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Joe Nocera, author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA”. His book tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decide to fight the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Jay Solomon | Clinton School Presents

Jay Solomon

Interview with Wall Street Journal’s Foreign Affair Correspondent, Jay Solomon, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Wall Street Journal’s Foreign Affair Correspondent, Jay Solomon. His book “The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East”, is the product of extensive, in depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict, from high ranking Iranian officials, to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team.

Russel Lewis | Clinton School Presents

Russel Lewis

Interview with Russell Lewis, the Southern Bureau Chief for the National Public Radio (NPR), for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Russell Lewis the Southern Bureau Chief for the National Public Radio. He covers issues and people of the Southeast to bring context and dimensions to issues ranging from immigration, transportation, and oil and gas drilling for NPR listeners across the nation and around the world.  He is also a key member of NPR’s “Go Team”, a small group of experienced producers and reporters who respond to major disasters worldwide and he is often the first on the scene for NPR. 

Gabriel Debenedetti | Clinton School Presents

Gabriel Debenedetti

Interview with Gabriel Debenedetti, POLITICO national politics reporter, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Gabriel Debenedetti, who is a political reporter for POLITICO. Before joining the magazine in 2015, he spent three years covering national politics for Reuters in Washington and New York. A New Jersey native, Debenedetti graduated from Princeton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian.

Joby Warrick | Clinton School Presents

Joby Warrick


Interview with Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Joby Warrick, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS”, he traces how the strain of muslims behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison, and spread with the unwilling aid of two American Presidents. Drawing on unique, high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, he weaves moment by moment operational details, perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than Al-Qaeda, and tried desperately to stop it.

Nick Shifrin | Clinton School Presents

Nick Shifrin

Interview with award winning foreign correspondent and Clinton School visiting fellow Nick Shifrin, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with award winning foreign correspondent and Clinton School visiting fellow Nick Shifrin. Shifrin was foreign correspondent for nearly a decade, he became abc News Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent and bureau chief at age 28, covering every major story in south Asia for nearly four years, including being the first journalist to provide video from inside Osama Bin Laden compound in 2011. He served as abc News’ London correspondent, and most recently was on assignment in Jerusalem with National Public Radio.

Kevin Merida | Clinton School Presents

Kevin Merida

Interview with Kevin Merida, editor-in- chief at ESPN, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Kevin Merida, the editor-in- chief for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s new website that provides in-depth reporting, commentary, and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports with innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary.

Michael Ross | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Michael Ross for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Puplic Programs, sat down with Michael Ross, an author and associate professor of History at University of Maryland. In his new book, “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case,” Ross offers the first full account of one of the events that electrified the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations. The book covers the kidnapping, where two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby in front of her New Orleans home. From the moment it happens through the highly publicized investigation and sensationalized trial that followed, Ross paints a vivid picture of the Reconstruction-era South and the complexities and possibilities that faced the newly integrated society.

Dan Schnur | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Dan Schnur for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Dan Schnur, one of California’s leading political and media strategists. He is the executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become involved in politics, government, and public service and teaches popular classes in politics, communications and leadership.

Henry Cisneros | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Henry Cisneros for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After leaving HUD in 1997, he became president and COO of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster that has become the fifth most-watched television network in the nation.