Something different on the podcast this week! I sat down with a number of officials at the United Nations as part of Talk Radio Day 2014. This is an annual event hosted by the United Nations Foundation in which talk radio hosts from around the country broadcast from the UN for the day. I spoke with about a dozen officials, both from the United Nations secretariat and from member states. Each of the interviews focuses on topical issues related to the work of my very interesting guests.

Here’s the first batch of interviews. Look out for part two in the near future.

John Ashe, President of the General Assembly

Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the UN

Le Hoai Trung, Vietnam’s Ambassador to the UN

Kurt Chesko, UN Mine Action Service

Andrew Hudson, UN Development Program

Chris Whatley, United Nations Association of the USA


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Episode 13: Gary Bass, historian

Episode 12: Mark Montgomery, demographer

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Episode 10: Live from the UN, Volume 2.

Episode 9: Mia Farrow, humanitarian activist and Goodwill Ambassador

Episode 8: Suzanne Nossel, Big Thinker

Episode 7: Live from the UN, Volume 1. 

Episode 6: PJ Crowley, former State Department Spokesperson

Episode 5: Octavia Nasr, reporter

Episode 4: Arsalan Iftikhar, “The Muslim Guy”

Episode 3: Dodge Billingsley, filmmaker.

Episode 2: Laura Seay,  @TexasinAfrica

Episode 1: Heather Hurlburt, national security wonk

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