American Diplomat

American Diplomat

Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
The Merchant of Death
Jan 14, 2021 30 min

The Merchant of Death

The worst of the worst: Victor Bout, Russian arms dealer, is not the only one. A a host of other nogoodnicks invest their nefarious proceeds in American cities such as Louisville, Dallas, Cleveland, unbeknownst to city officials. These criminals receive real estate tax breaks but never pay tax, drive up market prices, destroy jobs, and are never held accountable for any of their crimes because American laws have not, up to now, required them to identify themselves. But things are changing.
The Dirty Money Tracker
Jan 07, 2021 31 min

The Dirty Money Tracker

What exactly is dirty money, and how is it laundered? How much of it flows through the world, and the United States in particular? And how does it impact regular Americans going about our daily lives? Kathleen Doherty, aka "the Dirty Money Tracker", shares her expertise.
Hiatus Post - More with Gina Winstanley
Dec 31, 2020 47 min

Hiatus Post - More with Gina Winstanley

For some even better discussion with Gina, here's our second of two with her: Religious police stop Gina and terrorists attack the consulate general in Jeddah. See you next week with new original content. Happy New Year!
Hiatus post: Gina Winstanley's Adventures in the Middle East
Dec 26, 2020 26 min

Hiatus post: Gina Winstanley's Adventures in the Middle East

Bet you haven't heard this one! We recorded this story when we began the show a few years ago and no one knew about us yet. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley regales, in her first of two episodes. Do you know where to find a hooker in Oman? And what happens when your boss nixes your husband’s job choice in Saudi Arabia, but you really would like to stay married?
Hiatus Post - Pete Goes Native
Dec 17, 2020 32 min

Hiatus Post - Pete Goes Native

Pete visits the Huarani Indians, botches up a boar hunt, drinks the mystery drink chicha, and receives upon his departure a marriage proposal, ambiguously addressed either to himself one of the other fine young gringos. Follows first episode, titled “Cowboys and Indian at the Embassy.” New photos of this wild ride are now available at www.amdipstories.org. Enjoy!
Hiatus Repost - Cowboys and Indian at the Embassy
Dec 10, 2020 37 min

Hiatus Repost - Cowboys and Indian at the Embassy

In this adventure tale in two parts, Pete visits the Huarani tribe in the Amazon jungle while serving as US Ambassador to Ecuador. Today, in light of Covid, Pete feels remorse. We promise that no one contracted any Western illness from Pete, but was he reckless? You be the judge. And in the meantime, meet Moi, tribal ambassador from the rainforest, here in part 1.
Hiatus Post - Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.
Dec 03, 2020 40 min

Hiatus Post - Foreign Service Test? Quiz Show? You Decide.

You’ve heard a zillion stories of adventures in Foreign Service. How did all of these regular people become such erudite heroes of public service? They took the Foreign Service Test. And so, for your entertainment, Laura did, too. Here’s a hiatus repost of one of our most fun episodes ever. Did she pass? Did she live? Were the questions fair? Were the examiners fair? Pete and Dave Rabadan are tough. Was Laura tough enough?
AmDip Thanksgiving Special!
Nov 25, 2020 44 min

AmDip Thanksgiving Special!

Join us for some of Pete's jokes (Laura laughed, we promise) and our annual show featuring stories of Thanksgiving overseas. Enjoy! Stay safe! ~Pete & Laura
Hiatus Post - Bill Burns: The Back Channel
Nov 18, 2020 39 min

Hiatus Post - Bill Burns: The Back Channel

Bill Burns, one of our favorite guests, is shortlisted for Secretary of State in the Biden administration. Go, Bill! We're reposting our discussion with him from last year about his book "The Back Channel," which is even more timely now than it was when it was first published. Plus, Pete has a story about his recent visit to Trumpland. Enjoy!
Hiatus Post - The Man of My Dreams
Nov 06, 2020 37 min

Hiatus Post - The Man of My Dreams

We're on hiatus until January - so we want to hear from you as we look ahead to future programming. Send us your questions, ideas, comments at [email protected], on Facebook or at www.amdipstories.org. And enjoy a rerun, a propos of this week's election, of "The Man of My Dreams." See you soon!
American Diplomat
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Next episode Thursday, January 21
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