Episode S4 | E5

Beyond Mass Incarceration: How Best to Reform American Criminal Justice?

Filmed live at Eastern State Penitentiary, guests Mark Holden of Koch Industries; Jeffrey Brown of UpLift Solutions; Paul Butler of Georgetown University Law; and Robert Listenbee, Philadelphia First Assistant DA, discuss possible alternatives to incarceration and the best approaches to systematic reform.

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About "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower"

Why is it that agreeing on the basic facts of a political argument so often seems nearly impossible, let alone the monumental task of creating an authentic position free of overblown rhetoric and partisanship rancor? We believe it doesn’t have to be that way… Joining with WHYY TV and American Public Television (A.P.T.), the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia has brought its style of civil, thoughtful, and enlightening debate on issues of the day to national public television with "The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower." Check your local PBS listings!

David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is a noted historian and the Director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He serves as a senior research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication and is a fellow in the International Relations Department at the University. Eisenhower is the author of "Eisenhower: At War," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986. Time magazine named it one of the five best nonfiction books of that year.

Episode S2 | E1

President Obama's Legacy in World Affairs: Change, For Certain, but What About Hope?

Zach Beauchamp of Vox.com, Trudy Rubin, ‘Worldviews’ columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies re-examine Former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy initiatives and how they shaped world affairs.

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    Zack Beauchamp​

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    Trudy Rubin

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    Thomas Wright

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    Phyllis Bennis

Episode S1 | E7

Exploring 21st Century Islam: Roles, Rights, Traditions, and Upheaval

Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Raza Bokhari, the North American Point of Contact for former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, journalist and author Asra Nomani and Manal Omar of the United States Institute for Peace discuss the current state of Islam in the United States and across the globe.

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    Nihad Awad

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    Raza Bokhari

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    Asra Nomani

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    Manal Omar

Episode S1 | E6

American Military Power: Too Much? Too Little? What Missions?

Nora Bensahel of the School of International Service at American University, General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Europe, Justin Johnson of the Heritage Foundation, and Christopher Preble of the Cato Institute consider the size, costs and missions for the United States Armed Forces.

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    Dr. Nora Bensahel

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    General Wesley Clark

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    Justin Johnson

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    Christopher Preble

Episode S1 | E5

The United States and China: Destined to Coexist or Doomed to Collide?

Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” Robert Knake of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Zhang Zhexin of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies consider the nature of relations between China and the United States.

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    Gordon Chang

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    Zhang Zhexin

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    Robert Knake

Episode S1 | E4

Was the Iraq War a Mistake?

Founder of the Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria, Ribal al-Assad, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under the Bush Administration, Doulas Feith, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs under the Obama Administration, Tamara Cofman Wittes, discuss past and present policy options in Iraq.

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    Ribal al-Assad

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    Tamara Cofman Wittes

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    Douglas Feith

Episode S1 | E3

Income Inequality: New Gilded Age or Age of Opportunity?

Northwestern University economist and professor Robert Gordon, Jim Iuorio of TJM Institutional Services, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and Joan Walsh of The Nation and MSNBC discuss the validity of income inequality and how it can be reconciled.

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    Robert Gordon

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    Joan Walsh

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    Jim Iuorio

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    Michael Tanner

Episode S1 | E2

Is American Politics Broken?

Former Congressman of Virginia Tom Davis alongside Michael Boos of Citizens United and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig examine the cause of the rigid partisan divide currently plaguing the United States.

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    Tom Davis

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    Michael Boos

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    Lawrence Lessig

Episode S1 | E1

Modern Media: More Information, Less Common Ground and Common Sense?

John Avalon, Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Beast and a CNN Political Analyst, Al Hunt of Bloomberg News and Chris Matthews of MSNBC provide their perspectives on the ever-changing media landscape and its impacts on American democracy.

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    John Avlon

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    Al Hunt

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    Chris Matthews

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