Iraqi from Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, who left the country during the unsuccessful 1991uprisings after the Gulf War; Senior Program Officer on the Middle East and Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy , a private nonprofit think-tank funded by Congress
Former Minister of Trade and Minister of Defense in the cabinet appointed by the Interim Iraqi Governing Council (September 2003-2004), subsequently Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government (2005-2006); author of The Occupation of Iraq : Winning the War, Losing the Peace and The Crisis of Islamic Civilization
of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of Talking to Strangers : Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education; contributor to Barack Obama 's presidential
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999); a story collection, Holding Pattern (Graywolf, 2008); and the widely celebrated novel Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000), which won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction.
Head of Content at Sidewire, a social platform for political discussion, and columnist at Roll Call; author of 'HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton;' former Washington Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News
Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer at Sidecar, a company
that offers ride-sharing services in Los Angeles and 8 other cities through a
smartphone app (He’s in the San Francisco office but has been a point-person on
Los Angeles issues)
Los Angeles artist Aloe Blacc started his career as a rapper, but it’s his recent recordings as a singer that have captured our attention. He bathes current concerns about the state of the world in the sound of vintage soul and we’ll hear it live when he joins Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am.
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College; media columnist for The Nation and Daily Beast ; author of When Presidents Lie : A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences, What Liberal Media? : The Truth about Bias in the Media and Kabuki Democracy : The System vs. Barack Obama
Senior vice president, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security at Geostrategy and director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; former member of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Former head of Program Development at Comedy Central , responsible for shows like Strangers with Candy and The Upright Citizens Brigade before moving into production at New Line Cinema . He became executive Vice President of Production in charge of movies like Little Children, A History of Violence and Elf before leaving to direct his first film, Semi-Pro .
Economist ; Director of Thought Leadership at Dalberg Global Development Advisors , a consulting firm that has worked with a variety of public and private entities to raise living standards in developing countries
Co-Director of Social Security Works and co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign; chair of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center and author of The Battle for Social Security : From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble