American Diplomat

American Diplomat

Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
May 28, 2020 35 min

I'm an Inspector General and I'm Here to Help

No one likes the Inspector General, but they're here to protect the taxpayers' money through inspections, audits, criminal investigations and advisement. They are impartial (read: strictly not partisan). The ethos is independence. Ambassador Anne Patterson shares her expertise.
May 21, 2020 26 min

Saving Lives: Collaborate or Vilify?

Jimmy Kolker, who ran the largest AIDS program in the world, discovered the power of diplomatic skills in saving lives during numerous worldwide health crises. So what happened in Wuhan? Have we "self-disarmed"?
May 14, 2020 45 min

"Get Me Out of Here!"

From "Pearl of the Pacific" to epicenter of COVID 19 in Latin America. Consular Officers Gabriel Kaypaghian and Ian Hayward share their tale of evacuating Americans fast during the sudden outbreak in Ecuador. But is this a tale of misery and woe? Far from it, friends. Kindness knows no borders.
May 07, 2020 32 min

Stay Home and Pour the Tea

A social worker by profession, Bonnie Miller traveled the world with her spouse Ambassador Tom Miller and created the first-ever course in Psychosocial Consequences of War in response to trauma she witnessed in Sarajevo. But the life changing moment came when she met victims of sexual trafficking. And that's when Bonnie Miller really got started.
Apr 29, 2020 23 min

When You Shouldn't Follow the Rules (Repost)

A repost of Pete's chat with Laura Lane, one of our most inspiring guests ever. Ambassador Laura Lane served in Rwanda during its period of genocide in the 1990s and learned when you need the courage not to follow orders. Here is the audio track of her TED talk on the subject, bookended with comments from Pete.
Apr 23, 2020 29 min

Repatriating Americans During COVID

Ian Brownlee, head of the State Department's Repatriation Task Force, tells us how it's been to preside over an unprecedented effort to bring back well over 60,000 American citizens in very short order. How do you do get these people home? Go, Ian!
Apr 16, 2020 35 min

Unity, Love, Positivity

Jeffrey Franca, the drummer for DC's own world music icon Thievery Corporation - the band that generously allows us to use its music to open our show each week - brings us on the journey he took to become a musician. He shares with us the value of unity, love and positivity in his work, which is influenced by musical styles found worldwide. Our chat also highlights his work outside of Thievery, in the band Congo Sanchez and in his indpendent project Ethno. We love this music and we hope you will, too!
Apr 09, 2020 53 min

School Scandal in Jakarta

Lainie McKeating and her spouse launch a husband-wife career change and land in Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. How does she get a substantial job of her own at their very first post? She puts the pedal to the metal and lands the huge job of Community Liaison Officer, just in time for a terrifying scandal to unfold involving the embassy's schoolchildren. Lainie and Ambassador Bob Blake rise to the occasion.
Apr 07, 2020 5 min

AmDip Carries On

We're all stuck at home, as we should be. But we still love you! This little mini-dealio tells you how we will continue to share our diplomats' so very human stories despite these strange times. Be well and be safe, and we wish your families the same.
Apr 02, 2020 29 min

Glamping With the Masters, and with Vicki, Again

One of our best episodes ever (in Laura's humble opinion) about just another day in the Amazing Vicki Huddleston's life in Mali. This repost offers good company and a virtual adventure for these days at home. Enjoy!
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