Video Archive (2021-2022 Season)

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Show 2545:
Amb. Manasvi Srisodapol - (Kingdom of Thailand)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ambassador to the United States, Manasvi Srisodapol about the ancient culture and customs of the “fun loving” people of Thailand, his country's goal to develop a green economy and Thailand’s hosting of the 2022 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. 

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Amb. Keo Chhea - (Kingdom of Cambodia)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Ambassador to the United States, Keo Chhea. Their conversation explores how “the killing fields” of the Khmer Rouge affected the Ambassador's family, the historical importance and power of the Angkor Wat temple complex and the country’s transition from Hinduism to Buddhism.

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Amb. Sridhar Khatri (Nepal)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Nepal’s Ambassador to the United States, Sridhar Khatri at his residence in Washington, DC. Ambassador Khatri discusses the impact of Mt. Everest and the Himalayan Mountain range on Nepal, gun safety and democracy within Nepal and the United States and the unique ways in which both Buddhism and Hinduism have helped to craft the culture of Nepal and the spirit of its people.  

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Amb. Bergdis Ellertsdottir (Iceland)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Iceland’s Ambassador to the United States, Bergdís Ellertsdóttir. The Ambassador discusses many facets of life in Iceland today including the frightening effects of the climate crisis within the Arctic region, the impact the war in Ukraine has had on Iceland's economy and the uniquely high quality of life enjoyed by the Icelandic people, which includes more book stores per capita than anywhere else on earth.  

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Amb. Sonia Guzmán (Dominican Republic) Pt. II of II

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey concludes a two program conversation with the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, Sonia Guzmán. The Ambassador explores the essence and values of democracy, its importance in today's Dominican Republic and her country's vital relationship with the United States, including it's number one status as a Caribbean tourist destination for Americans.  

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Show 2534:
Amb. Sonia Guzmán (Dominican Republic) Pt. I of II

This week on This Is American & The World, Dennis Wholey begins a two program conversation with the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, Sonia Guzmán. The Ambassador discusses the many cultural influences and general happiness of the Dominican Republic people, contrasts the democratic stability of the Dominican Republic with the chaos of it's shared Hispaniola island neighbor Haiti, and calls on France, Canada and the United States to do more to aid Haiti, as the Dominican Republic has done for years.  

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Show 2533:
Sarah Longwell (Changing American Conservatism)

This week on This Is American & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Sarah Longwell about the changing face of American conservatism, the weakening of democratic values within the United States, and what the future may hold if Democrats and Republicans cannot change course. Sarah Longwell is Co-Founder of the organization Defending Democracy Together and Executive Director of the Republican Accountability Project. 

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Show 2532:
Lynn F. Bufka, PhD - (Mental Health for Modern Times)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with psychologist, Lynn Bufka, PhD, of the American Psychological Association about the mental and emotional health issues Americans are still struggling with 3 years into the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and inflation here at home. Dr. Bufka offers practical advice to improve our wellbeing and highlights the importance of finding hope and discovering the common values we all share during these difficult times. 

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Show 2531:
Pres. Becky Pringle (National Education Association)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with President Becky Pringle of the National Education Association (NEA) about the current state of education in the United States, the wellbeing of students and teachers today, societal inequities that impact education and the importance of in-person learning for all.  

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Show 2529:
E.J. Dionne Jr. (100% Democracy)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with author and journalist E.J. Dionne Jr. about democracy in America and his new book, 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting. Throughout the conversation Mr. Dionne examines the degree to which American politics may be fatally injured and if the country can muster a functional democracy moving forward with its current political landscape. Additionally, the conversation touches on the powers that threaten our democratic process, possible upgrades to the function of elections and what is in store for America's elections in 2022 and 2024.  

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Show 2528:
Daniel S. Hamilton, PhD (The Fragile World Order)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey discusses the fragile order of the world with Daniel S. Hamilton, PhD. The dialogue focuses on the stability of world order in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as what Dr. Hamilton sees as the best and worst outcomes for Ukraine, Europe, Russia and the world. Dr. Hamilton is a Senior non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute with an extensive career in international affairs. 

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Show 2527:
Ambassador Eugen Caras (Republic of Moldova)

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Eugen Caras from the Republic of Moldova. Their conversation covers many topics including the Russian invasion of Ukraine with whom Moldova shares a border, how the country has handled the recent influx of Ukrainian refugees and if Moldova may be Russia’s next target. In addition, the conversation touches Moldova’s history, people and hopes for the future given the former Soviet republic’s unique position in Eastern Europe.

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Show 2524:
Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček - (Czech Republic)

On this program Dennis Wholey speaks with the Czech Republic’s Ambassador, Hynek Kmoníček at his residence in Washington, DC. Among many topics, Ambassador Kmoníček discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its ramifications for the region and the world. Additionally the Ambassador examines the Czech Republic’s history and explains that "resilience" is at the heart of Czech culture.

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Show 2523:
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall - (Ireland) 

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Mulhall's extensive 40 year career as a diplomat has placed him all over the globe and affords him an excellent perspective on Ireland's political life as well as the country's impact in Europe and throughout the world. As a career diplomat, Irish historian and decorated author, Ambassador Mulhall discusses Irish culture from many angles, explores how the country's history has impacted the spirit of its people and maps out what he believes to be the ideal itinerary for a visit to Ireland.

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Show 2522:
U.S. Congressman David Trone - Opioids in America 

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with U.S. Congressman David Trone (D-MD 6th CD) about the importance of confronting the impact of opioids on America today. Along with Senator Tom Cotton (R) from Arkansas, Congressman Trone is Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking and discusses a new report examining the magnitude of opioid manufacturing and trafficking operations as well as how to confront opioid addiction and abuse as a national emergency. Congressman Trone shares how opioid addiction and overdoses have impacted him personally and advocates to re-imagining how America understands addiction.

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Show 2521:
Patricia Kim, Ph.D. - Understanding China Today

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks to Patricia Kim, Ph.D. about China and its role throughout the world today. Dr. Kim is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings and has been appointed to both the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Dr. Kim examines the plusses and minuses of China's hosting of the current Olympics as well as China’s goals, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, of global economic, technological and military superiority.

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Show 2520:
Scenes from Around the World

In an effort to bring the sites and sounds of the world to viewers, this week Dennis Wholey revisits various locations from his recent travels throughout the globe. Aggressive news headlines and conflicts make it is easy to forget that our world is comprised of many wonderful cultures, people, and places. This program serves as a celebration of the varied and beautiful world we all share. Segments feature a Texas themed bar in Tokyo, ancient Greek ruins on the island of Delos, Estonia’s medieval architecture and Oman’s longest running market.

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Show 2519:
US Ambassador Thomas Pickering

On this program, Dennis Wholey speaks with Career US Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Their conversation explores the various topics and issues of concern to the Ambassador as he surveys the world today. Ambassador Pickering also offers insight into US foreign policy that goes behind the headlines as it pertains to recent developments with Russia and Ukraine. 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 2518:
Bill Kristol - Commentary on America, Pt. II of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey concludes a two-part conversation with renowned political commentator, writer and editor, Bill Kristol. As co-founder of The Weekly Standard, Editor-at-Large of The Bulwark and having served as a senior staff member in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Mr. Kristol has an expansive view of American politics today. The conversation examines in detail the struggles both Democrats and Republicans are facing as the Biden administration enters its second year and as the 2024 elections begin to emerge not as a distant concept but as an approaching challenge to America itself.

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Bill Kristol - Commentary on America, Pt. I of II

On this program, Dennis Wholey begins a two-part conversation with renowned political commentator, writer and editor, Bill Kristol. As co-founder of The Weekly Standard, Editor-at-Large of The Bulwark and having served as a senior staff member in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Mr. Kristol has an expansive view of American politics going back for decades. The conversation touches on the mechanics of modern American politics, what is working, what is not working, where to be hopeful and when to be gravely concerned for the political health of the nation. Mr. Kristol's tremendous experience lends gravity and depth to the vibrant dialogue.

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Show 2510:
The Kingdom of Morocco - Culture

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey travels to the Kingdom of Morocco in North Africa. To understand Moroccan culture and history Dennis turns to the rich religious traditions of the country by visiting a variety of sites that speak to the interdependence of different faiths all contributing to the rich culture of Morocco. An interview with Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, and a visit to the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates which articulates the role of Islam throughout the country. In addition, The Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca communicates the presence of Judaism’s history in Morocco and a visit to St. Peter's Cathedral in Rabat touches on the Catholic presence within the country. Those of each faith live as neighbors within the wonderfully unique culture of Morocco.

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Show 2509:
The Kingdom of Morocco - Tourism

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey travels to the Kingdom of Morocco in North Africa. Director General and CEO of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, Adel El Fakir, shares an overview of what Morocco has to offer visitors from around the world. In addition, Dennis visits with Jen Rasamimanana, Resident Director of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies and Neila Tazi, President of the Federation of Cultural and Creative Industries, discusses the impact of Morocco’s rich cultural past on its economy today.

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Show 2508:
The Kingdom of Morocco - Economy & Trade

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey travels throughout the Kingdom of Morocco to learn what drives the country’s economy. Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour, offers an overview of the financial function of the country while other segments touch on the importance of investments in Morocco, the country’s Aeronautics industry, and the powerful scope of Tanger-Med Port, a massive industrial port in Northern Morocco. In addition, Dennis speaks with Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports and President of the Special Commission on the Development Model of Morocco. The Special Commission strives to craft Morocco’s future built on the direct feedback and input of its social, political, and business stakeholders and citizens.

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Show 2507:
The Kingdom of Morocco - Country Overview

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey travels to North Africa to begin a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. While in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat, Dennis visits the city’s Museum of History and Civilizations to get a sense of Morocco’s historical role in the expansion of human civilization. To learn about Morocco today as well as the historic US/Morocco relationship, Dennis visits U.S. Consul General to Casablanca, Lawrence M. Randolph. Their conversation explores Morocco’s importance to the region, its role in the world as well as what Americans can expect when exploring the rich history and modern culture of the Kingdom of Morocco.

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Show 2505:
Prof. Stephen A. West, Ph.D. - Elections & American Democracy

This week on THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey speaks with Stephen A. West, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at The Catholic University of America about elections and American democracy. Their conversation reviews the history of American elections and the evolution of the democratic process that brings us to our most recent election and the turmoil that has followed. With an eye on continued election critique, the dialogue turns to claims of election fraud in 2020 and naturally what can be expected as the United States approaches its next presidential election in 2024.

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Show 2504:
David Ignatius - Foreign Affairs, Pt. II of II

This week on THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey concludes his extensive two program conversation with renowned journalist and author, David Ignatius. With a decorated career as a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post, Mr. Ignatius offers his unique input on a variety of topics. The conversation explores political tensions felt around the world and the various strings attached. This includes a detailed review of China’s efforts to contain its own capitalist growth, US obligations regarding NATO, as well as nuclear capabilities of North Korea and political uncertainty with Russia. Lastly, on a personal note Mr. Ignatius shares his insight on what is truly of value in his life and the importance of keeping those things regularly in view.

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Show 2503:
David Ignatius - Foreign Affairs, Pt. I of II

This week on THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD, Dennis Wholey begins an extensive two program conversation with renowned journalist and author, David Ignatius. With a decorated career as a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post, Mr. Ignatius speaks to many aspects of global politics today. The conversation examines the similarities of US foreign policy under Biden and Trump, assesses the role of the United States around the globe and dissects the complexities of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

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