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"Washington Transformation? Politics, Policies, Prospects."

With Allen Sinai of Decision Economics, Stanley Fischer, vice-chair of the Federal Reserve, and Kenneth Adelman, arms control negotiator for Ronald Reagan.


"In Search of Unbiased Reporting"

​Helen Boaden, longtime director of BBC News.

07/20/17 -- note program change:

“U.S. Science: Underfunded Asset”

Dr. Eric D. Isaacs, physicist and Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation, and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago.

07/27/17 -- At the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown

"The Secretary’s Perspective:

The US Role in a Tumultuous World"

Secretary of State, John Kerry

With Q&A moderated by Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.


"How Did it Happen?  The 2016 Election"

Beth Myers and David Plouffe discuss


"Thieves of State: How Global Corruption Undermines Us"

Sarah Chayes, NPR reporting star and Afghanistan expert