Video Archive (2018-2019 Season)

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This Is America with Dennis Wholey

Show 2208:
Amb. Jonatan Vseviov (Republic of Estonia)

This week Dennis Wholey visits the embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Washington, DC to meet with Estonia's Ambassador to the United States, Jonatan Vseviov. The conversation explores the Northern European country's history, culture and population while also touching on how Estonia relates to the region and the world. Additionally, the Ambassador discusses Estonia's positive human rights record and how it is one of the most tech oriented countries in the world with its elections being held online. The Ambassador also explains the relationship that Estonia maintains with the United States and his personal goals as the Estonian Ambassador in Washington.

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Show 2207:
DCM, Mohammed Al-Hadhrami (Embassy of the Republic of Yemen)

This week Dennis Wholey visits the embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington, DC to learn about the country from the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mohammed Al-Hadhrami. The conversation serves as an excellent introduction to the Middle Eastern nation and explores the unique role Yemen plays in the Arab world. Mr. Al-Hadhrami also discusses his country's complex recent history and current civil war as well as how it relates to Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and discussions of peace on behalf of the United States. Additionally, the dialogue examines Yemen's relationship with the United States and how the country can move beyond its current struggles.

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Show 2206:
Musical Diplomacy

This week Dennis Wholey celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Embassy Series. During a visit to an Embassy Series concert at the home of Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, Dennis Wholey learns about The Embassy Series' mission of "Musical Diplomacy" and the history of the organization's effort to host concerts with an array of unique international performers at diplomatic locations for the past 25 years. Interviews include Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, Director and Co-Founder of The Embassy Series, Jerome Barry and renowned pianist Thomas Pandolfi. The program is a wonderful chance to see and hear music in a new way and to explore music as not only a form of personal expression but as cultural communication and a diplomatic tool that can thrill and unite people from all backgrounds.

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Show 2205:
Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao (African Union)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, who currently serves as the Permanent Representative of the African Union Representational Mission to the United States of America. Their conversation explores the history, function and goals of the African Union and examines the issues that are of the utmost importance to the continent today. Additionally, the Ambassador offers her thoughts on her role here in Washington and the goals she has set for herself while serving as Ambassador.

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Show 2204:
Stress in America - (Part II of II)

In the second half of this two-part program, Dennis Wholey speaks with four psychologists to confront the complex issue of stress in the United States. The conversation explores the ways in which Americans can safely navigate the record levels of stress and anxiety that are involved with American life in 2018. Guests include Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble of The AAKOMA Project (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully- Healthy Adolescents); Dr. Vaile Wright of the American Psychological Association (APA); clinical psychologist Dr. David Kupfer and Dr. Jonathan Dalton of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change.

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Show 2203:
Stress in America - (Part I of II)

In the first part of this two-part program, Dennis Wholey speaks with a gathering of four psychologists to examine the complex issue of stress in the United States. The conversation explores the ways in which life in America today has unique hidden costs which can be seen in record levels of stress and anxiety among Americans. Questions focus on the causes of stress and anxiety for many Americans and what sustained and unchecked stress means for American citizens and American culture. Guests include Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble of The AAKOMA Project (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully- Healthy Adolescents); Dr. Vaile Wright of The American Psychological Association (APA); clinical psychologist Dr. David Kupfer and Dr. Jonathan Dalton of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change.

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Show 2202:
Robert Kagan (The Jungle Grows Back)

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with renowned author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Robert Kagan. The conversation is an exploration of Mr. Kagan's new book, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World, in which he confronts America's role as an engaged global leader while struggling with historically familiar tides of nationalism and hostility. Additionally the interview covers Mr. Kagan's assessment of the current climate of American politics and what history can teach us about the country's future and that of the world.

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