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The Ambassador Series podcast

The Ambassador Series provides intimate interviews with Ambassadors from all over the world. These unique interviews are produced for the television series, This Is America & The World with host Dennis Wholey. The television programs are presented here for The Ambassador Series. This Is America & The World is a weekly, internationally focused television series, which is designed to explore the cultural, social and political lives of people around the world. The series is broadcast nationally on PBS stations in the United States and distributed internationally by Voice of America Television.
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The Ambassador Series provides intimate interviews with foreign diplomats from countries throughout the world. The podcasts explore the culture, government, economy and daily life of people in important and interesting countries.

These unique interviews by host Dennis Wholey are produced for the weekly, television series, THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD. The series is broadcast in the United States on PBS stations and distributed internationally by Voice of America Television.

You can view all programs featured on The Ambassador Series HERE.

May 9, 2017

On this episode of This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey speaks with Greece's Ambassador to the United States, Haris Lalacos. The conversation covers many topics including how Greece has navigated the historic refugee crisis,  confronting its own economic struggles and good news about a recent economic upturn.  Additionally, Ambassador Lalacos discusses the unique and longstanding relationship Greece has maintained with the United States and the strategic location Greece plays in world security.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in May of 2017 as episode 2032.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Feb 14, 2017

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib. Their conversation examines often misunderstood facets of the country and explores the nature of Afghanistan beyond negative headlines of war and the Taliban. The Ambassador also discusses his role during his time in Washington and the lives of citizens at home in Afghanistan.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in February of 2017 as episode 2020.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Jan 13, 2017

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Chief Representative in the United States, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat. During the conversation the Ambassador explains the PLO's perspective on the history and current state of relations between Israel and Palestine. Additionally, he talks about the daily life of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The interview offers excellent insight into the concerns of the Palestinian people.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in January of 2017 as episode 2016.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey concludes a two part conversation with the Ambassador from the Republic of India to the United States, Nirupama Rao. Their conversation focuses on India's successes, struggles and the country's role in the region and the world.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in October 2013 as episode 1704.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey begins a two part conversation with the Ambassador from the Republic of India to the United States, Nirupama Rao. Their conversation focuses on India's unique and important relationship with the United States.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in October 2013 as episode 1703.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Republic of Finland's Ambassador to the United States, Kirsti Kauppi. The Ambassador explains various aspects of the Nordic country's rich history, culture and government function as well as Finland's role in the region and the world.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the winter of 2016 as episode 2007.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the European Union's Ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan. Ambassador O'Sullivan brings a great deal of energy and experience to the lively conversation which explores many aspects of the European Union. The discussion offers an excellent education on the history and function of the European Union as well as the modern successes and challenges of European unification.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the summer of 2016 as episode 1936.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering about Russia, the upcoming Olympics and various issues at play within the country and the region. Ambassador Pickering holds the title of Career Ambassador, which is the highest rank in the Foreign Service and is nominated by the President. Ambassador Pickering has served as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador, Nigeria and the United Nations.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the winter of 2013 as episode 1717.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Ambassador Suleymanov explains the historical significance of his country, the progressive leanings of its people and the increasing development of Azerbaijan since its independence.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the fall of 2013 as episode 1707.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Republic of Lithuania's Ambassador to the United States, Rolandas Kriščiūnas. The conversation touches on many topics including Lithuania's deep historic roots as well as its evolution over the last century. The Ambassador also discusses the country's culture, population and how Lithuania has become one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in November of 2016 as episode 2008.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 28, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua, Francisco Campbell. Their discussion focuses on Nicaragua’s current goals, economy, trade, tourism, culture and the relationship Nicaragua maintains with the United States.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the fall of 2013 as episode 1706.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 27, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the United States, Daouda Diabate. Throughout their conversation Ambassador Diabate explains the many ways in which Côte d'Ivoire has an incredible amount to offer the West African region and the world. 

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the summer of 2016 as episode 1944.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 27, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Brazil's Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado. Their conversation explores Brazil's successes, struggles, the hosting of the upcoming Olympic games, the recent concerns regarding the Zika virus and the dynamic multi-ethnic cultural make-up of the country's 200 million citizens.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in the winter 2016 as episode 1919.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 27, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya. Their conversation touches on various unique aspects of life in Costa Rica and the country's relationship with the United States, the region and the world.

Additionally, the Ambassador navigates, Costa Rica's unique history, economy, rich and complex culture as well as why Costa Rica does not have an army and has banned smoking. 

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in January, 2016 as episode 1916.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

 

Dec 27, 2016

Dennis Wholey conducts a timely and passionate conversation with Ambassador Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif representing the League of Arab States in the United States. The discussion focuses on the various sources of extreme tension throughout the Middle East and touches on Islam, ISIS and recent developments in Israel and Palestine.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in October, 2014 as episode 1801.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

 

Dec 27, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Norwegian Ambassador, Kåre R. Aas. The Ambassador discusses Norway’s Arctic focused foreign policy efforts, the character of the Norwegian people, the Ambassador’s work in Afghanistan and how in Norway there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in November of 2014 as episode 1804.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 25, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Gabriel Silva, who is serving as Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia the United States. Ambassador Silva explains how Colombia has transformed itself over the years and has become a prominent player on the global field.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in May, 2012 as episode 1533.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 25, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse who is serving as Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States. Ambassador Seretse explains how Botswana was once the one of the poorest countries on earth and is now a model of success on the African continent.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast in May, 2012 as episode 1535.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 25, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey concludes his two part conversation with Said Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States. Ambassador Jawad discusses the political architecture of Afghanistan, the relationship the country has with the United Sates as well as the relationship between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast on March 26th, 2014 as episode 1726.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 25, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey begins his conversation with Said Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States. Ambassador Jawad discusses the political architecture of Afghanistan, the relationship the country has with the United Sates as well as the relationship between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama.

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast on February 13th, 2014 as episode 1720.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 22, 2016

This week Dennis Wholey speaks with Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Their conversation touches on the unique history of the small nation, its incredibly diverse cultural background and what life is like for the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Additionally, the Ambassador shares his own personal story which is powerful and dramatically tied to Timor-Leste's political evolution. 

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast on 01/21/2016 as episode 1917.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 22, 2016

On this program Dennis Wholey interviews Ambassador Claudia Fritsche from the Principality of Liechtenstein. Their conversation serves as an excellent education on the small alpine country's unique origins, culture and government as well as Liechtenstein's relationship with the United States. Additionally, Ambassador Fritsche weighs in on her extensive career as Liechtenstein's first Ambassador to the United Nations (1990 - 2002) and Liechtenstein's first Ambassador to the United States stationed in Washington (2002 - 2016).

This interview was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast on 05/19/2016 as episode 1934.

You can view this and all other programs here - http://www.thisisamerica.net/.

Dec 20, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde, José Luis Rocha. Their discussion swiftly walks through the country’s history, culture and people as well as the regional role the country plays in West Africa. Additionally the Ambassador addresses concerns about Ebola and explains why New England has a concentrated presence of citizens from the Republic of Cabo Verde.

This interview with Cabo Verde's Ambassador to the United States, José Luis Rocha was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and was broadcast on October 9th, 2014.

You can view this and all other programs HERE.

Dec 20, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger, Hassana Alidou, Ph.D. The conversation explores various aspects of Niger’s recent history, population, the country’s role in the region and the steps being taken to improve West Africa’s infrastructure. Additionally the Ambassador explains that despite the country's harsh conditions (major portions of the country are in the Sahara desert) the people of Niger are tremendously a diverse people and proud of the fact that within the population you will find the heart of Africa in many forms.

This interview with Niger's Ambassador to the United States, Hassana Alidou was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the summer of 2015. The interview was broadcast as episode 1838 on June 16th, 2015. 

You can view this and all other episodes HERE.

 

Dec 20, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Malaysian Ambassador Awang Adek Hussin. The Ambassador educates Dennis about Malaysia’s incredibly rich culture, geography and people as well as the country's relationship with the United Sates. From major urban centers to wild jungles Malaysia has so much to offer and the Ambassador covers a great deal of interesting territory in this interview. 

This interview with Malaysia's Ambassador to the United States, Awang Adek Hussin was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the autumn of 2014. The interview was broadcast as episode 1804 on October 23rd, 2014. 

This interview and subsequent programs taped on location in Malaysia can be found HERE.

 

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