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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.

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.

 

Dec 15, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile. Ambassador Valdés explores many aspects of his country, including Chile’s development and successes, root causes of recent political conflicts and Chile’s uniquely varied natural beauty. 

Additionally, the Ambassador explains that from Chile's leading role in the world of astronomy to its rich history and indigenous people, Chile has a great deal to share with the region and the world. 

This interview with Chile's Ambassador to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the summer of 2015. The interview was broadcast as episode 1842 on July 16th, 2015. 

You can view this and all interviews on This Is America & The World's website HERE.

 

Dec 15, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador from Republic of Liberia to the United States, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh. Ambassador Sulunteh explains that Liberia and the United States have remarkable similarities and bonds that extend deep into the history of both countries. Additionally, the Ambassador discusses Liberia's recent struggle with Ebola as well as the eye opening experience the country encountered when Michelle Obama visited the country to launch an education project for young women.

The Ambassador is a calm educator which makes this interview rich and full of detailed information. 

This interview with Liberia's Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the summer of 2016. The interview was broadcast as episode 1943 on July 21st, 2016. 

You can view this and all other interviews on This Is America & The World's website HERE.

Dec 15, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the United States, Vlora Çitaku. The conversation explores Kosovo's unique and powerful history, its people and culture as well as the country's relationship with the United States and Europe. The Ambassador explains that the country is a success story having navigated a great deal of hardship in recent history. This point is poignantly made when the Ambassador shares her own personal story of life as a refugee.

The interview is full of interesting facts about Kosovo. The Ambassador explains that being only two years younger than Twitter, Kosovo is the youngest democracy in Europe. Additionally, 70% of the population is under the age of 30, making Kosovo the youngest demography in Europe. 

The conversation is lively and entertaining while still offering a wealth of information on the small Balkan nation. 

This interview with the Republic of Kosovo's Ambassador to the United States, Vlora Çitaku was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World and broadcast on October 13th, 2016. 

You can view this and all other programs HERE.

Dec 15, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with the Republic of Slovenia's Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Božo Cerar. The conversation explores Slovenia's long history, rich culture and how the country is navigating the refugee crisis. Ambassador Cerar has formerly served as State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Slovenia and as Slovenian Ambassador to Canada, Poland and NATO.

This interview offers wonderful insight into the small, diverse and beautiful country of Slovenia. 

This interview with Slovenia's Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Božo Cerar was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the summer of 2016. The interview was broadcast on June 16th, 2016. 

You can view this and all other programs HERE.

Dec 14, 2016

Dennis Wholey speaks with Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to the United States, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Anthony Phillips-Spencer. Their conversation explores the unique Caribbean success story that is Trinidad and Tobago as well as the country's long history and ties to the United States. The Ambassador emphasizes his countries ingenuity and diverse culture throughout the interview and shares the various struggles and successes Trinidad & Tobago has experienced. To date Trinidad & Tobago is the most successful Caribbean nation. 

Contrary to what some may expect from the Ambassador's strong military background, his warm and open nature makes for an excellent and informative interview.  

This interview with Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to the United States, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Anthony Phillips-Spencer was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the fall of 2016. The interview was broadcast in November 3rd, 2016. 

This and all full episodes can be viewed HERE.

Dec 7, 2016

The conversation explores the qualities of the Irish people, Irish culture, travel and tourism, Ireland's relationship with Europe as well as the United States and why 2016 is such an important year for the country. Additionally, the Ambassador spoke about her own career and life in Ireland. Her insight into the qualities of the Irish that she sees in herself and family are wonderful and provide an excellent example of the humanity Mr. Wholey brings out of guests in such interviews.

Ambassador Anderson is Ireland's 17th Ambassador to the United States and Ireland's first female Ambassador. 

This interview with Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson was conducted for the television series, This Is America & The World in the winter of 2016. The interview was broadcast as episode 1915 on January 7th, 2016. 

 You can view this and all other programs HERE.

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