Video Archive (2014-2015 Season)

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Show 1852:
This Is America Visits Malaysia, Part II

While on-location in Malaysia Dennis Wholey explores various religious sites throughout the country and learns about Malaysia's rich religious landscape. Due to the population being comprised of a wide array of ethnicities, Malaysia is a wonderful example of many religious traditions living in harmony.

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Show 1851:
This Is America Visits Malaysia, Part I
(U.S. Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun)

While on-location in Malaysia Dennis Wholey speaks with U.S. Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun. The interview serves as a wonderful introduction to the successful, vibrant and diverse country in the heart of Southeast Asia. The conversation explores the unique qualities of the country, its people and Malaysia's role in the region and the world.

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Show 1844:
Amb. Francisco Borja
(Ecuador)

Just in time for Ecuador’s National Day, Dennis Wholey speaks with Ecuadorian Ambassador Francisco Borja. Their conversation covers the Pope’s to visit Ecuador on his recent South American trip, the country’s role in the region and the unique concepts of “Good Living” and the preservation of nature which are at the heart of Ecuador’s culture and politics.

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Show 1843:
Sec. Carlos M. Gutierrez

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Co-Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Carlos M. Gutierrez. Having been born in Cuba, Sec. Gutierrez offers heartfelt insight into his memories of life and family in Cuba, his journey as an immigrant to the United States and his support of future engagement between the United States and Cuba.

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Show 1842:
Amb. Juan Gabriel Valdés
(Chile)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile. Ambassador Valdés explores many aspects of his country, including Chile’s development and successes, root causes of recent political conflicts and Chile’s uniquely varied natural beauty.

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Show 1841:
Global Poverty Roundtable
Part II of II

This week Dennis Wholey concludes a roundtable discussion with 4 guests of varied backgrounds, all of whom are strongly devoted to confronting poverty throughout the world. The group discusses the definitions of poverty, how it takes shape in various parts of the world and most importantly as one guest stated, “poverty is far more than a lack of stuff” but in fact is often a lack of choices. Guests include World Vision’s Kent Hill, Oxfam America’s Gregory Adams, Brookings Institution’s Amadou Sy and Ambassador of Niger, Prof. Hassana Alidou.

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Show 1839:
Global Poverty Roundtable
Part I of II

This week Dennis Wholey begins a roundtable discussion with 4 guests of varied backgrounds, all of whom are strongly devoted to confronting poverty throughout the world. The group discusses the definitions of poverty, how it takes shape in various parts of the world and most importantly as one guest stated, “poverty is far more than a lack of stuff” but in fact is often a lack of choices. Guests include World Vision’s Kent Hill, Oxfam America’s Gregory Adams, Brookings Institution’s Amadou Sy and Ambassador of Niger, Prof. Hassana Alidou.

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Show 1838:
Ambassador Hassana Alidou, Ph.D.
(Republic of Niger)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger, Hassana Alidou, Ph.D. The conversation explores various aspects of Niger’s recent history, population, the country’s role in the region and the steps being taken to improve West Africa’s infrastructure.

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Show 1833:
Africa Roundtable Part II

This week Dennis Wholey concludes his roundtable discussion focused on Africa with four experts. The conversation highlights that Africa is far more than negative media attention but is in fact a vast continent of emerging global importance. The conversation provides a wonderful education on Africa today. Guests include the Brookings Institution’s Amadou Sy, Ph.D., the Wilson Center’s Monde Muyangwa, Ph.D., the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., and the Center for Global Development’s Todd Moss, Ph.D.

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Show 1832:
Africa Roundtable Part I

This week Dennis Wholey hosts a roundtable discussion focused on Africa with four experts. The conversation highlights that Africa is far more than negative media attention but is in fact a vast continent of emerging global importance. The conversation provides a wonderful education on Africa today. Guests include the Brookings Institution’s Amadou Sy, Ph.D., the Wilson Center’s Monde Muyangwa, Ph.D., the Atlantic Council’s J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., and the Center for Global Development’s Todd Moss, Ph.D.

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Show 1831:
Terrorism Roundtable Part II

This week Dennis Wholey concludes a roundtable discussion focused on Terrorism with four Washington experts. The conversation examines many aspects of terrorism as a global phenomenon but also as an emerging part of life in the United States. The experts are all devoted to the fields of Terrorism, Foreign Policy, and National Security. Guests include Lisa Curtis from The Heritage Foundation, Rick “Ozzie” Nelson from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Brian Katulis from the Center for American Progress and John Sawyer, Ph.D. from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism program at the University of Maryland.

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Show 1830:
Terrorism Roundtable Part I

This week Dennis Wholey begins a roundtable discussion focused on Terrorism with four Washington experts. The conversation examines many aspects of terrorism as a global phenomenon but also as an emerging part of life in the United States. The experts are all devoted to the fields of Terrorism, Foreign Policy, and National Security. Guests include Lisa Curtis from The Heritage Foundation, Rick “Ozzie” Nelson from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Brian Katulis from the Center for American Progress and John Sawyer, Ph.D. from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism program at the University of Maryland.

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Show 1829:
Republic of Panama - History & Culture

While on-location in Panama, Dennis Wholey speaks with Panama's Minister of Tourism, Jesus Sierra Victoria to learn about the country's most important cultural treasures. Throughout the program Dennis visits various historic locations and travels far out of Panama City to visit with Panama's indigenous Embera Tribe.

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Show 1828:
Republic of Panama - Connecting The World

This weekend, April 10 - 11, Panama will host the 2015 Summit of the Americas. The Summit will gather together heads of state from around the hemisphere to focus on the theme, “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas". To learn more about Panama's goals, challenges and what the country will offer to the summit, Dennis Wholey speaks with Panama's Vice President and Foreign Minister, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado. Additionally, Dennis explores the Panama Canal and other ways in which the country is connecting the world. Interviews include U.S. Ambassador Jonathan D. Farrar, Copa Airlines CEO, Pedro O. Heilbron and more.

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Show 1827:
Republic of Panama - Crossroads of the World

In April, Panama will host the 2015 Summit of the Americas. To learn more about Panama and why the country is hosting a gathering of the leaders of the Western Hemisphere, Dennis Wholey conducts an exclusive interview with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela. Additionally, Dennis speaks with U.S. Ambassador Jonathan D. Farrar to learn more about the country's unique history, culture and relationship with the United States and the world.

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Show 1823:
Japan - Welcoming the World

This week Dennis Wholey concludes his time in Japan by learning the ways in which Japan is welcoming the world. Through a visit to the hugely diverse and english speaking Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and interviews in the international city of Kobe, Dennis learns that Japan is weaving its citizens into the fabric of the world at home and abroad.

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Show 1822:
Japan - Tradition & Culture

This week Dennis Wholey experiences the profound cultural depth of Japan. Throughout the country Dennis finds that despite being one of the most modern countries on earth, Japan is still rooted in its traditions and culture. Segments focus on meditation in the mountain temples of Koyasan, traditional Washoku cuisine in Kyoto and Shinto beliefs at the Meiji Shrine in the heart of Tokyo.

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Show 1821:
Japan - Innovative Technology

This week Dennis Wholey learns about the many faces of technology in Japan and explores the various ways Japan has maintained its role as a leader in the technological world. Through visits to small and medium-sized businesses, Dennis finds that Japan's technological output is tremendously broad, forward thinking and incredibly innovative.

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Show 1820:
Japan - Planning For The Future

This week Dennis Wholey is on-location in Japan to explore the many ways in which the country is creatively confronting its biggest challenge, revitalizing the economy. Through interviews with government officials, business men and women as well as visits to unique locations throughout the country, Dennis learns more about Japan's struggles, successes and plans for the future. Interviews include Minister of Local Economy Revitalization, Shigeru Ishiba, Mayor of the city of Kobe, Kizo Hisamoto as well as Tokyo Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, Peter Landers. Additional segments focus on the company GRA Inc. which is devoted to expanding Japan's farming abilities, Kesennuma Knitting which handcrafts exquisite sweaters and Saikichi Shoten which develops high-quality fish products. Each business helps local economies in their own way. All interviews touch on Japan's unique ability to endure hardship and bounce back to creatively face new challenges ahead.

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Show 1818:
Sayasat Nurbek

(Nur Otan Political Party)

To conclude his time in Kazakhstan, Dennis Wholey speaks with Sayasat Nurbek about Kazakhstan's past struggles, the way in which the country strives to better itself day by day and its prospects for the future. Sayasat Nurbek is the Director of the Institute of Public Policy for the Nur Otan Political Party.

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Show 1817:
Latin America Roundtable
(Part II of II)

This week Dennis Wholey continues his conversation with 4 experts on Latin America from leading Washington think tanks. The roundtable examines what is on the horizon for Latin America, what has gone unnoticed as the media has focused elsewhere and what these experts have found after devoting their careers to the region. Guests include Harold Trinkunas (Brookings), Amb. Roger F. Noriega (American Enterprise Institute), Vanessa Cárdenas (Center for American Progress) and Juan Carlos Hidalgo (Cato Institute).

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Show 1816:
Latin America Roundtable
(Part I of II)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with 4 experts on Latin America from leading Washington think tanks. Their conversation examines what is on the horizon for Latin America, what has gone unnoticed as the media has focused elsewhere and what these experts have found after devoting their careers to the region. Guests include Harold Trinkunas (Brookings), Amb. Roger F. Noriega (American Enterprise Institute), Vanessa Cárdenas (Center for American Progress) and Juan Carlos Hidalgo (Cato Institute).

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Show 1815:
Sec. William S. Cohen
(The Cohen Group)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Secretary William S. Cohen about his incredible career, his time as Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton, maintaining America’s complex relationships abroad and his current work as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cohen Group.

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Show 1808:
Republic of Kazakhstan
(Looking To The Future)

This week Dennis Wholey is in the Republic of Kazakhstan to discuss the future of this unique Central Asian country. Through various interviews, Dennis learns about how Kazakhstan is planning to host the upcoming “Expo 2017” as it devotes serious effort towards green technology and renewable energy. Dennis also explores Kazakhstan’s creative way of educating its younger generations and securing a bright future for its growing and modern work force. Lastly, Dennis finds that while the country’s plans for the future are developing in many directions, its rich cultural history cannot be ignored. Among many interviews Dennis visits a cutting edge solar plant and the ancient city of Turkestan.

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Show 1807:
Republic of Kazakhstan
(World Affairs)

This week Dennis Wholey is on location in the Republic of Kazakhstan to learn about the country’s emerging role in the world. Sitting close to Europe, China and Russia and with its eyes set on the United Nations Security Council there are lots of questions to ask Kazakhstan about how the unique country sees the world and the important role it plays. Interviews include Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Erlan Idrissov, Senate Chairman, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and U.S. Amb. Richard E. Hoagland.

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Show 1806:
David Greene
(Midnight In Siberia)

This week, Co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition”, David Greene tells Dennis Wholey about the experiences that prompted his new book, Midnight In Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia. Greene discusses what he feels is at the core of Russian society and shares heartwarming stories of the people he met on his unique journey across the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Show 1805:
Ambassador Kåre R. Aas
(Norway)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Norwegian Ambassador, Kåre R. Aas. The Ambassador discusses Norway’s Arctic focused foreign policy efforts, the character of the Norwegian people, the Ambassador’s work in Afghanistan and how in Norway there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

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Show 1804:
Ambassador Awang Adek Hussin
(Malaysia)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Malaysian Ambassador Awang Adek Hussin. The Ambassador articulates educates Dennis about Malaysia’s culture, geography and people as well as the countries relationship with the United Sates.

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Show 1803:
Todd Moss (The Golden Hour)

This week, Todd Moss joins Dennis Wholey to discuss his new best-selling novel, The Golden Hour. The book focuses on diplomatic intrigue within Africa and offers a behind the scenes look at US diplomacy when dealing with an international crisis. Todd Moss is currently Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. State Department and teaches at Georgetown University.

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Show 1802:
Amb. José Luis Rocha
(Republic of Cabo Verde)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde, José Luis Rocha. Their discussion swiftly walks through the country’s history, culture and people as well as the regional role the country plays in West Africa. Additionally the Ambassador addresses concerns about Ebola and explains why New England has a concentrated presence of citizens from the Republic of Cabo Verde.

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Show 1801:
Amb. Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif
League of Arab States

This week on THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey has a timely and passionate conversation with Ambassador Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif representing the League of Arab States. The discussion focuses on the various sources of extreme tension throughout the Middle East and touches on Islam, ISIS and recent developments in Israel and Palestine.

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