Alice Driver | Clinton School Presents

Alice Driver

Interview with Alice Driver, a bilingual long form journalist based in Mexico City. Mrs. Driver’s works focuses on migration, human rights, and gender equality. For the past two years, she has covered migration along the United States/Mexico border and throughout Central America, witnessing first-hand how US policies have affected migrants living along the border.

Roderick Hart | Clinton School Presents

Roderick Hart

Interview with Roderick Hart, former Dean of the Moody College at The University of Texas at Austin, 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 Roderick Hart, former Dean of the Moody College at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of “Civic Hope; How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive” which analyzes over ten thousand letters to the editor from 1948 to the present published in twelve US cities. It states that the vitality of a democracy lies not in its strengths but in its weaknesses, and in the willingness of its people to address those weaknesses.

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.

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.

Mark Updegrove | Clinton School Presents

Mark Updegrove

Interview with Mark Updegrove.  In “The Last Republicans,” presidential historian Mark Updegrove offers a groundbreaking look at the lives of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.  Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other’s presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America’s role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on President Donald Trump and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.  “The Last Republicans” offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican “establishment,” which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.  Updegrove is an author, presidential historian, and president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation. He is the author of four books on the presidency including “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” He appears regularly on Good Morning America, and This Week, and has written for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, National Geographic, and Texas Monthly.

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.

Ilya Somin | Clinton School Presents

Ilya Somin

Interview with Ilya Somin.  Ilya Somin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.  Somin is the author of “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” and “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain.” He is the coauthor of “A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case” and co-editor of “Eminent Domain: A Comparative Perspective.”  From 2006 to 2013, he served as co-editor of “The Supreme Court Economic Review,” one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals.  Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz | Clinton School Presents

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz

Interview with Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz.  Dr. Rodriguez-Díaz spent the spring 2018 semester as the Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy.  Rodríguez-Díaz is currently an associate professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Previously, he worked as a public health scientist and an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan.  He will share findings from research conducted during his residency that explore the role of race in emerging response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

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.

John Hechinger | Clinton School Presents

John Hechinger

Interview with John Hechinger, a senior editor at Bloomberg News, a 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, and a two-time winner for the George Polk Award for his reporting on education, 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 John Hechinger, author of True Gentleman: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities, which takes readers deep into the world of fraternity culture, and reveals how profoundly that culture influences Wall Street, Main Street, and Washington.

Emily Crane Linn | Clinton School Presents

Emily Crane Linn

Interview with Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, 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 Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, a resettlement center that provides refugees with everything they need to build a new life: from a place to live and language classes to counselors and babysitters. They help refugees learn English, put together a resume, evaluate their degree, and prepare for the American workforce. 

James Pardew | Clinton School Presents

James Pardew

Interview with Ambassador James Pardew, United States’ Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2002-2005, 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 Ambassador James Pardew, he is the author of Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans, the first inclusive history of the successful multilateral intervention in the Balkans from 1995 to 2008 by an official directly involved in the diplomatic and military responses to the crisis. 

David O'Sullivan | Clinton School Presents

David O'Sullivan

Interview with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States, 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 Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States,as the European Union’s top diplomat to the United States, he oversees the EU’s bilateral relationship with the United States and the direction and work of the EU delegation including: political, economic, and commercial affairs.

Garrett Graff | Clinton School Presents

Garrett Graff

Interview with Garrett Graff.  Garrett Graff is the author of “Raven Rock,” the eye-opening true story of the government’s secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on US soil—a narrative that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.  In Raven Rock, Graff sheds light on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David, as well as dozens of other bunkers the government built its top leaders during the Cold War, from the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret plans that would have kicked in after a Cold War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and dissidents, and nationalize industries.  Equal parts a presidential, military, and political history, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government’s plans and the threats of global war from the dawn of the nuclear era through the present day. Relying upon thousands of pages of once-classified documents, as well as original interviews and visits to former and current COG facilities, Graff brings readers through the back channels of government to understand exactly what is at stake if our nation is attacked, and how we’re prepared to respond if it is.

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.