Video Archive (2017-2018 Season)

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Show 2144:
Educator Chris Whittle (Global Education)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with progressive educator and entrepreneur, Chris Whittle. Mr. Whittle discusses why and how he is working to create international schools in the US and abroad that will offer a modern and cutting edge education, based on the best teaching practices from around the globe. Mr. Whittle elaborates on the success and failures of various education systems and speaks about his devotion to re-imagining education worldwide. Chris Whittle is Chairman and CEO of Whittle School & Studios.

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Show 2143:
Attorney Dree Collopy (US Immigration and Asylum)

In this unique program THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD is focusing on the complicated, controversial and timely topics of immigration and asylum in the United States. To learn about these important subjects Dennis Wholey speaks with the highly regarded immigration lawyer, refugee advocate and asylum expert, Dree Collopy. Their conversation explores the legal complexities of immigrating to and seeking asylum in the United States. Additionally, the interview expands to the issues of family separations and the migrant experience at the US border as well as the Trump administration's recent policy efforts. Mrs. Collopy is a Partner at the immigration firm Benach Collopy LLP, Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's National Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee and author of the AILA’s, Asylum Primer.

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Show 2142:
Deputy Ambassador Kirsten Hillman (Canada)

On this special program Dennis Wholey speaks with Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman. The conversation explores Canada's cultural identity, historic relationship with the United States and its place as America's number one trading partner. Additionally Deputy Ambassador Hillman touches on how Canada is navigating recent trade tensions with the Trump Administration, NAFTA and NATO conflicts and the ways in which Canada sees the longstanding relationship between Canada and the United States progressing forward.

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Show 2140:
Amb. Dirk Wouters (Kingdom of Belgium)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Dirk Wouters of the Kingdom of Belgium. The Ambassador discusses many aspects of his home country, including its long history, close relations with surrounding countries and the unique cultural and linguistic nuances contained with the country's identity. The conversation offers a wonderful introduction to viewers who may be unfamiliar with this one-of-a-kind country in the heart of Europe.

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Show 2139:
US Ambassador Thomas Pickering

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with renowned Career US Ambassador Thomas Pickering to get his insight into the world today. Their conversation touches on many topics including the recent "Singapore Summit", Russian interference in US elections and the increasingly complicated relationships between the United States and its adversaries and allies around the world. Ambassador Pickering holds the title of Career Ambassador, which is the highest rank in the US Foreign Service and is nominated by the President. Ambassador Pickering has served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador, Nigeria and the United Nations.

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Show 2138:
Gen. Michael V. Hayden (The Assault on Intelligence)

In this timely and extensive interview, Dennis Wholey speaks with Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Former Director of the CIA) about his new book, The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. Their conversation explores the unique way in which the world and our leaders operate within a "Post Truth" society and the cultural shifts that have lead us into this new age. Additionally Gen. Hayden offers his highly informed perspective on President Trump's decision making processes, the impact of the recent "Singapore Summit" and the very nature of American ideals. General Hayden has formerly served as Director of the National Security Agency and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Show 2135:
Haiti Today - History & Culture

While on location in the Republic of Haiti, THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD explores the country's wonderfully vibrant and rich culture. Dennis hears about the exciting and evolving art scene in Haiti and the crucial role Voodoo plays in the culture of Haiti. Dennis also travels to northern Haiti to see a variety of stunning tourism locations available to visitors and gets a personal history lesson about Haiti when he visits the historic sites of the Sans-Souci Palace and the massive Citadelle Laferrière. These dramatic locations tell the powerful story of Haiti's independence and reveal that Haiti is far more than negative news stories but a country of immense depth and rare beauty.

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Show 2134:
Haiti Today - Business & Investment

On this episode of THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey is in the Republic of Haiti to learn about its potential for growth and opportunity. While in Port-au-Prince and in the northern region of the country, Dennis visits with a variety of businessmen, government officials and expatriates that speak to both the country’s current need for jobs but also Haiti’s potential for investment. Interviews include American businesses employing Haitians, Haitian companies that have been in operation for decades and foreign companies that have turned to Haiti as a target for major investment.

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Show 2133:
Haiti Today - Looking to the Future

On this episode of THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey travels to the Republic of Haiti to learn about life in the country beyond the headlines. While in the capital of Port-au-Prince, Dennis has an exclusive interview with the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse to learn about his vision for the country. Dennis also visits with new US Ambassador to Haiti, Michele Jeanne Sison to discuss the important relationship between the United States and Haiti. The Haitian Ambassador to the United States, Paul Altidor welcomes Dennis to Port-au-Prince and three NFL players share their passion about their ancestral home country of Haiti.

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Show 2131:
America and Japan - Vital Economic Bonds

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey explores the long lasting relationship between the United States and Japan. To understand the economic and cultural ties that bind the two countries together Dennis speaks with newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to the US, Shinsuke J. Sugiyama -- The Ambassador's first television interview in the States -- and James W. Fatheree of the US Chamber of Commerce. As an example of collaboration between the United States and Japan, Dennis meets with Sukeyuki Namiki representing Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Japan and Brian Baird representing Boeing in South Carolina to understand the working relationship the companies maintain to develop the cutting edge Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes.

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Show 2130:
America & Japan: Cultural Fusion

In this special program, Dennis Wholey enjoys the vibrant and beautiful cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. While in Japan, Dennis explores how the famous Japanese music club Blue Note Tokyo and the prominent Japanese restaurant Yoshinoya are strongly connected to American artists and food suppliers. Additionally Dennis visits a one of a kind business known as Little Texas which offers a very American experience in the heart of Tokyo. In the United States, Dennis learns about Washington DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival, Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo and the importance of Japanese art to the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

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Show 2129:
Japanese Investment In America

This week Dennis Wholey is traveling throughout the United States to learn about the various ways in which Japanese companies are investing in the US and impacting American communities with culture and jobs. While in Kentucky, Dennis meets with Toyota's Susan Elkington at one of the largest Toyota facilities in the world. In Maryland, Dennis explores how multiple companies from Japan are working with Dominion Energy to meet Japan's energy needs. Lastly, Dennis travels to the Detroit Institute of Arts to learn about the special way Japanese companies came together to help ensure that the Detroit Institute of Arts continues to serve the Detroit community long into the future.

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Show 2128:
American Investment In Japan

In this special program shot on location in Japan, Dennis Wholey speaks to a variety of fascinating guests about American investment in Japan. While traveling throughout the country, Dennis visits with guests such as Amazon's Jeff Hayashida to discuss Amazon's stunning Kawasaki Fulfillment Center as well as Rod Morgan of Micron Memory which has chosen Hiroshima, Japan as a major site for its state of the art data storage development and manufacturing facility. Additionally, Dennis meets with Katsuhito Asai of Agilis GTRI Japan Inc. to learn about how the US and Japan are working together on gene therapy research and visits Kaihara, a family-owned textile company that has existed for over 100 years and is known for making high quality denim for many well known American brands.

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Show 2127:
Amb. Grigor Hovhannissian (Republic of Armenia)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian from the Republic of Armenia. Their conversation touches on Armenia's rich history, strategic location and long-lasting culture as well as the many Armenians living outside of the country itself. Additionally the Ambassador discusses recent history, current political life and his goals for his time in Washington.

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Show 2122:
Africa Roundtable 2018, Part II of II

In the second half of our 2018 Africa Roundtable, Dennis Wholey speaks with four experts who have devoted their lives to the region and who bring a wealth of insight to the table. The conversation examines the challenges and successes that the continent is navigating and the many ways in which Africa is going to become increasingly present in the lives of all global citizens. Guests include Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research & Regional Initiatives and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council; Vivian Lowery Derryck, President and CEO of the The Bridges Institute (Former Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID); Mr. Abe Selassie, Director of the Africa Department at the International Monetary Fund; and Mr. Joshua Meservey, Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and the Middle East at The Heritage Foundation.

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Show 2121:
Africa Roundtable 2018, Part I of II

This Is America & The World continues to explore Africa's complexities and importance to the world through annual Africa focused roundtables. For our 2018 Africa Roundtable, Dennis Wholey speaks with a variety of experts who are personally devoted to the continent. The first part of the two part roundtable explores why the guests have focused their professional carriers on Africa and its personal importance to their lives. Guests include Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research & Regional Initiatives and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council; Vivian Lowery Derryck, President and CEO of the The Bridges Institute (Former Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID); Mr. Abebe Selassie, Director of the Africa Department at the International Monetary Fund; and Mr. Joshua Meservey, Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and the Middle East at The Heritage Foundation.

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Show 2120:
Amb. Cho Yoon-je (Republic of Korea)

In this exclusive half-hour interview, Dennis Wholey speaks with Amb. Cho Yoon-je from the Republic of Korea. The Ambassador offers a wealth of information regarding South Korea's role as host for the 2018 Winter Olympics and the country's desire to make these Olympics the "Peace Olympics". Additionally, Ambassador Cho discusses South Korea's unique regional position in East Asia. The conversation explores the new dialogue between North and South Korea and the inclusion of North Korean athletes in the Olympics. Lastly the Ambassador discusses his role as Ambassador and his personal mission to raise awareness of his country in the minds of Americans.

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Show 2119:
Amb. Paul G. Altidor (Republic of Haiti)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Paul G. Altidor from the Republic of Haiti. Their conversation goes far beyond recent headlines concerning the country and explores Haiti as it is today and the various struggles and successes the country is currently navigating. Additionally the conversation explores how Haitians have been woven into the fabric of American society and Haiti's role as a central pillar of Caribbean life and a symbol of independence.

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Show 2118:
Amb. Djerdj Matkovic (Republic of Serbia)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Djerdj Matkovic from the Republic of Serbia. The conversation covers many topics from Serbia's rich historical past to the present day, while also exploring the country's complex relationships within the Balkan region. Additionally the discussion touches on the country's population, recent events and the Ambassador's goals while stationed in the United States.

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Show 2117:
Amb. Faycal Gouia (Republic of Tunisia)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Faycal Gouia from Republic of Tunisia. In this lively conversation the Ambassador discusses how the country has progessed since the dawn of the Arab Spring. The Ambassador goes on to explore various aspects of life in Tunisia that many Americans may find surprising while also discussing the unique role that the country plays within a region of North Africa referred to as the Maghreb.

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Show 2116:
David Ignatius,

(The Washington Post, The Quantum Spy) - Part II of II

This week Dennis Wholey concludes an in-depth two part program with renowned author and journalist, David Ignatius. As an award-winning foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post, Mr. Ignatius offers his keen insight on many of todays most pressing issues and discusses how his fiction writing and new novel, The Quantum Spy directly apply to our modern world. In this second half of the interview the conversation shifts focus to The Quantum Spy. David offers his appraoch to writing fiction and shares various personal details about his love for journalism and how covering steel unions in rural America is essential to his work today as a highly respected and valued voice in his field.

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Show 2115:
David Ignatius,

(The Washington Post, The Quantum Spy) - Part I of II

This week Dennis Wholey begins an in-depth two part program with renowned author and journalist, David Ignatius. As an award-winning foreign affair columnist for The Washington Post, Mr. Ignatius offers his keen insight on many of today's most pressing issues and discusses how his fiction writing and new book The Quantum Spy directly apply to our modern world. In part I of this interview the conversation explores the undeniable presence of China, the current posturing of Russia, US relations with North Korea and most dramatically the future global role of the United States.

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Show 2108:
David Litt,

(Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with David Litt author of the book, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. As one of history's youngest White House speechwriters, Mr. Litt spent much of his 20's crafting speeches for President Barack Obama and talks with Dennis about many unique aspects of this one of a kind job. The conversation explores Mr. Litt's path to Washington, his insight into the character of President Obama and many exciting details of life within the White House complex.

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Show 2107:
Caribbean Nation Roundtable, Part II of II

This week Dennis Wholey concludes a two part roundtable program devoted to the Caribbean region and the Caribbean Community known as CARICOM. The roundtable includes Ambassador retired Brigadier General Anthony Phillips-Spencer of Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders of Antigua and Barbuda as well as Ambassador Daniel Gutierez of Belize. The conversation covers many issues that are of central importance to all Caribbean nations such as global financial relationships, internal bonds within the region and the varying ways in which countries are recovering from the most recent hurricane season.

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Show 2106:
Caribbean Nation Roundtable, Part I of II

This week Dennis Wholey begins the first half of a two part roundtable program devoted to the Caribbean region and the Caribbean Community known as CARICOM. The roundtable includes Ambassador retired Brigadier General Anthony Phillips-Spencer of Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders of Antigua and Barbuda as well as Ambassador Daniel Gutierez of Belize. The conversation explores the recent natural disasters that have impacted the Caribbean, the value of unity in the region and the entire region's importance to the United States.

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Show 2105:
Amb. Mohammad Ziauddin

(People's Republic of Bangladesh)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin from the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The powerful conversation explores the flight of the Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh from Myanmar and the political happenings that have lead to the crisis as it is today. The discussion expands to cover various aspects of life in Bangladesh including the country's culture, challenges and successes over the last ten years.

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Show 2104:
Amb. George Cristian Maior (Romania)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Romania's Ambassador to the United States, George Cristian Maior. Ambassador Maior discusses Romania's population of 20 million citizens as well as the country's unique history, culture and location. Additionally their discussion explores Romania's important relationship with the United States as well as its regional role, fast growing economy, modern political life and the sites that make Romania a major tourist destination.

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Show 2103:
Amb. Mohamed Siad Doualeh (Republic of Djibouti)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Republic of Djibouti's Ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Siad Doualeh. Their conversation explores the unique mix of cultures found in Djibouti and how its unique location on the "Horn of Africa" has impacted its development. Additionally, the conversation touches on Djibouti's relationship with the United States and the region as well as the Ambassador's goals while in the United States.

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Show 2102:
Patrick Jephson (Shadows Of A Princess)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with renowned bestselling author Patrick Jephson. Mr. Jephson served as military aide, private secretary and chief of staff for Diana, Princess of Wales from 1988 -1996. Now 20 years since her passing, Mr. Jephson has released a new edition of his book, Shadows Of A Princess and speaks about his service to Princess Diana, life within the Royal Family and the resulting insights from his experiences then as well as his thoughts and feelings 20 years later.

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