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American Diplomat

Ambassador (Retired) Pete Romero and Writer/Producer Laura Bennett

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American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid and more through the eyes of those who were there. A project of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation in partnership with the American Academy of Diplomacy.
 
Season 2: Persephone longs for the chance to do more than paint the flowers that suddenly bloom wherever she steps as she trails behind her mother Demeter. When Persephone breaks free to join her friends Artemis and Athena for a picnic, she is suddenly stolen away to the underworld, full of intimidating gods and misunderstood monsters. On her own for the first time, Persephone struggles to find her way in the dark world below. Demeter tears apart the world above to bring her daughter back to ...
 
Tara Bennett, SYFY WIRE's Sr. Producer, hosts the official podcast of HISTORY's new series, PROJECT BLUE BOOK. A TCA member and the author of more than 28 official books on the making of television and film, Bennett conducts a weekly exploration of the creative decisions behind every episode of of the new HISTORY drama starring Aidan Gillen as Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
 
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Never before has the Earth faced a challenge like this. Half the year with no harvest means half the year without food. Together, Persephone and Demeter must find a way to save humanity, and maybe learn a bit more about each other along the way. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth a…
 
Demeter is overjoyed when Persephone returns, but horrified to learn that her daughter has eaten the food of the underworld. When the two goddesses finally agree to meet Zeus, they must all come to terms with how their lives will be forever changed. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek my…
 
Athena, master strategist, insisted that all the gods get their vaccines and boosters. And good thing, too — Covid has reached Mount Olympus (and our production team…) Everyone is going to be ok, but it means the next episode will be delayed. Athena swears on the River Styx that the episode will be ready next week so we can all find out what happen…
 
Dave Silverman, Deputy National Summit Coordinator, Summit of the Americas, talks about the complexity and diplomatic significance of setting the Summit's agenda. Democracy, climate change and other urgent topics are set forth for negotiation between the leaders of the hemispher's nations. Who weighs in on the topics chosen? Are agreements binding?…
 
When Iris returns to Olympus with bad news, Zeus must find a new approach. He asks silver-tongued Hermes to convince Hades to do something unimaginable for the powerful king of the underworld. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imaginative power of audio, Live from Mount Ol…
 
Brian Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs brings us up to speed on the most pressing issues on the agenda for the upcoming ninth annual Summit of the Americas. Income inequality, Covid impacts, climate change, access to health care, and disinformation are all on the marquis. How do thes issues impact average people …
 
Persephone ventures deeper into the mists of the underworld, where she encounters a grieving soul with a fuzzy memory. As she helps this lost shade, the young goddess finds a new sense of purpose and faces her deepest fears - and some enormous monsters. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Gree…
 
Zeus must confront the disaster on earth that is unfolding because he gave Hades permission to marry Persephone without letting her – or her mother – know. So he sends Iris, goddess of the rainbow, to try to convince Demeter to let things grow again. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek m…
 
The night before the war begain, a calm confidence prevailed in President Zelensky's office. Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum, recently returned from Ukraine where he spent the first hours of the war. His stories are as powerful as his message that Putin did not unite the West; the Ukrainians did. And this is all …
 
Persephone is terrified when an enormous being appears from the depths of the rushing river. But could the River Styx have just the wit and wisdom Persephone needs to hear? Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imaginative power of audio, Live from Mount Olympus is an adventur…
 
Assimilation is better than integration, counsels Ambassador Michael Polt of ASU's Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab. Assimilation says: "I really want you to be a part of us." Assimilation means our new friends are expected to stay and become a valued part of who we are. Besides, hating people is exhausting. In the end, it all comes …
 
Demeter is furious at Zeus and done with Olympus. So she disguises herself as an old woman to live among mortals. She finds a family that needs her help and tries to fit in – but it’s hard to keep her power under wraps. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imaginative power o…
 
Immigration expert Eric Farnsworth is back to parse what he describes as our unilateral disarmament diplomatically in the Western Hemisphere, due to bipartisan failure to compromise. "We're doing it to ourselves," explains Eric. And here comes the Summit of the Americas in LA in June.By Ambassador (Ret.) Pete Romero & Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
 
Wrenched out of the sunlit meadow, Persephone confronts Hades, ruler of the underworld, and his three-headed dog, the terrifying yet strangely affectionate Cerberus. Persephone runs away from Hades’ gloomy palace, but learns there is no way home. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth …
 
When she hears Persephone’s cry, Demeter runs to the meadow where Artemis and Athena are searching for their friend. But Persephone has completely disappeared. Demeter turns to Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, magic, and the night, for help. Together they stop Helios from taking the sun across the sky until he tells them what he knows. It’s worse tha…
 
Overseas and at home, Foreign Service officers face danger to themselves and their careers, from Benghazi to McCarthyism to the Trump presidency. John Naland and Harry Kopp discuss these risks and why we take them in their book Career Diplomacy: Lfe and Work in the US Foreign Service.By Ambassador (Ret.) Pete Romero & Writer/Producer Laura Bennett
 
Persephone is tired of always being tied to her mother’s side. But when she runs off to attend a picnic with her friends Athena and Artemis, her curiosity leads to a terrifying fall and the beginning of a perilous journey. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imaginative powe…
 
When a young goddess strikes out on her own for the first time, she is pulled into a terrifying journey, and must find her power in the darkness. Her mother fights to get her back – and the fate of all humanity lies in the balance. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imagina…
 
We know Hermes is the god of liars, travelers, and thieves. But what other powers does he hold? Turns out, he’s one of Dr. Kate Birney’s favorite gods – and in our Mythlet she tells us why she connects with our favorite trickster (hint – Dr. B is a middle child…). Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by…
 
What better way to launch a depressive episode than to leave a beloved job as US Ambassador to Panama, at the pinacle of one's career, all because one cannot in good conscience act as the personal representative of a particular US President? Ambassador John Feeley shares candidly the painful but surmountable experience of depression and recovery up…
 
For Michael Peay, one of the first African Americans to serve in the Office of the Legal Adviser, the (incredibly hard) work was "tremendous fun!" When faced with racial prejudice, his wisdom carried him through: "You treat everyone with respect because you have respect for yourself." May we all, of every race, live by this credo.…
 
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