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Talk to Al Jazeera Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

109 Episodes 2013 -

Episode 1

Cornel West

Sun, Aug 25, 2013 30 mins

Scholar Cornel West is interviewed. Topics include President Obama; Hillary Clinton; and the Trayvon Martin verdict.

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Episode 2

Richard Trumka

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 30 mins

Richard Trumka.

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Episode 3

Ron Paul

Sun, Sep 8, 2013 30 mins

Ron Paul.

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Episode 4

Reza Aslan

Sun, Sep 15, 2013 30 mins

Writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan.

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Episode 5

Wesley Clark

Sun, Sep 22, 2013 30 mins

Wesley Clark is interviewed. Topics include President Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria.

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Episode 6

President Evo Morales

Sun, Sep 29, 2013 30 mins

President Evo Morales of Bolivia is interviewed. Topics include his criticism of the U.S. and his offer of asylum to Edward Snowden.

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Episode 7

Luis Gutierrez

Sun, Oct 6, 2013 30 mins

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) shares his personal story and talks about his fight for immigration reform.

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Episode 8

Bernie Sanders

Sun, Oct 13, 2013 30 mins

Bernie Sanders (Ind.-Vt.) is the guest. Topics include gridlock in Washington, D.C.

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Episode 9

Guerrilla Artist JR

Sun, Oct 20, 2013 30 mins

A conversation with French street artist JR.

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Episode 10

Malcolm Gladwell

Sun, Oct 27, 2013 30 mins

Author Malcolm Gladwell is the guest.

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Episode 11

George Takei

Sun, Nov 3, 2013 30 mins

George Takei discusses civil rights and his acting career.

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Episode 12

Charles Barkley

Sun, Nov 10, 2013 30 mins

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley discusses racism, homophobia and money in the NBA.

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Episode 13

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Sun, Nov 17, 2013 30 mins

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national-security adviser, weighs in on Edward Snowden, the relationship between Iran and the U.S., and problems in Egypt and Syria.

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Episode 14

Alice Waters

Sun, Nov 24, 2013 30 mins

Chef and farm-to-table advocate Alice Waters discusses healthy school lunches and the U.S. food industry.

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Episode 15

Inside Iran's Nuclear Pact

Sun, Dec 8, 2013 30 mins

Iran's positive shift in relations with the West is explored.

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Episode 16

Jimmy Carter

Sun, Dec 15, 2013 30 mins

Former president Jimmy Carter remembers Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

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Episode 17

M. Night Shyamalan

Sun, Dec 22, 2013 30 mins

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is the guest. The discussion centers on schools in the U.S.

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Episode 18

Ira Glass

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 30 mins

Radio personality Ira Glass ("This American Life") is the guest.

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Episode 19

Best of Talk to Al Jazeera 2013

Sun, Jan 5, 2014 30 mins

A best-of edition includes conversations with Jimmy Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, Charles Barkley, Cornel West, Reza Aslan, Ron Paul and George Takei.

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Episode 20

Mystery Master Martin Cruz Smith

Sun, Jan 19, 2014 30 mins

Mystery writer Martin Cruz Smith is the guest.

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Episode 21

First Lady of the Gray Lady: Jill Abramson

Sun, Jan 26, 2014 30 mins

The views of editor Jill Abramson (The New York Times). Subjects include the NSA leak scandal; press freedom; and the challenges of running a paper in the digital age.

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Episode 22

Hollywood Sports Agent

Sun, Feb 2, 2014 30 mins

Sports agent Leigh Steinberg is the guest. Topics include controversy in the NFL.

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Episode 23

Space Entrepreneur Peter Diamandis

Sun, Feb 9, 2014 30 mins

XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis is the guest. Topics include prize competitions and private space travel.

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Episode 24

Russell Simmons

Sun, Feb 16, 2014 30 mins

Soledad O'Brien interviews hip-hop figure and media mogul Russell Simmons. Included: Simmons talks about the role of meditation and yoga in his life.

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Episode 25

Art Spiegelman

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 30 mins

Cartoonist and author Art Spiegelman discusses his graphic novel "Maus."

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Episode 26

Billion-Dollar Battle for Education: Julia Gillard

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 30 mins

Australian politician Julia Gillard is the guest. Topics include helping children in poor countries attend school.

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Episode 27

Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko: From Prison to President?

Sun, Mar 9, 2014 30 mins

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is the guest.

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Episode 28

Travel Secrets With Arthur and Pauline Frommer

Sat, Mar 15, 2014 30 mins

Travel-guide entrepreneur Arthur Frommer and his daughter, Pauline Frommer, share travel advice and industry secrets.

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Episode 29

Simon Schama Tells the Story of the Jews

Sat, Mar 22, 2014 30 mins

Author and historian Simon Schama traces Jewish history and culture.

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Episode 30

Killing Creativity: Sir Ken Robinson

Sat, Apr 5, 2014 30 mins

Education adviser Ken Robinson is the guest. Included: how schools can dull creativity.

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Episode 31

Ken Burns

Sat, Apr 12, 2014 30 mins

Documentarian Ken Burns discusses his 2014 film "The Address."

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Episode 32

Jane Goodall

Sat, Apr 19, 2014 30 mins

Anthropologist Jane Goodall discusses technology's impact on the work she does with chimpanzees.

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Episode 33

Sean Penn

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 30 mins

Sean Penn is interviewed. Topics include privacy concerns; U.S. foreign policy; and Hugo Chavez.

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Episode 34

Gloria Steinem

Sat, May 3, 2014 30 mins

An interview with Gloria Steinem, who discusses the modern-day feminist movement.

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Episode 35

Fighting for Love and Gore: David Boies

Sat, May 10, 2014 30 mins

Lawyer David Boies is the guest. Subjects include the fight for marriage equality.

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Episode 36

Glenn Greenwald

Sat, May 17, 2014 30 mins

Journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses the NSA leaks and Edward Snowden.

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Episode 37

Passion and Prejudice: Abe Foxman

Sat, May 24, 2014 30 mins

Anti-Defamation League leader Abe Foxman is the guest. Subjects include anti-Semitism.

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Episode 38

Rosie Perez

Sat, May 31, 2014 30 mins

Actress Rosie Perez is the guest. Topics include her mother and her upbringing.

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Episode 39

Angelique Kidjo: Rhythm and Rights

Sat, Jun 7, 2014 30 mins

World-music singer Angelique Kidjo is the guest. Topics include education for all girls in Africa; Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls; and the power of music.

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Episode 40

Ambassador Robert Ford

Sat, Jun 14, 2014 30 mins

Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria, is the guest.

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Episode 41

Fran Drescher

Sat, Jun 21, 2014 30 mins

Fran Drescher discusses her health-advocacy work and her Broadway endeavors.

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Episode 42

George Mitchell

Sat, Jun 28, 2014 30 mins

Diplomat George Mitchell is the guest. Topics: Iraq; efforts to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace; and frustrations with politics in Washington, D.C.

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Episode 43

Kite Runner Author Khaled Hosseini

Sat, Jul 5, 2014 30 mins

Author Khaled Hosseini ("The Kite Runner") is the guest. Topics include the inspiration behind his book, world refugees and the future of Afghanistan.

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Episode 44

Dolores Huerta: Sowing Civil Rights

Sat, Jul 12, 2014 30 mins

Civil-rights figure Dolores Huerta is the guest. Topics include Huerta's past and immigration reform.

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Episode 45

Fight Story: Prop 8

Sat, Jul 19, 2014 30 mins

Two couples who challenged California's Proposition 8 and the ban on same-sex marriage reflect on their story.

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Episode 46

Keeper of America's Attic: David Skorton

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 30 mins

Academic administrator David Skorton discusses the rising cost of college and innovation's positive impact on the economy.

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Episode 47

Defending Human Rights: Ken Roth

Sat, Aug 2, 2014 30 mins

Ken Roth (Human Rights Watch) discusses human-rights abuses.

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Episode 48

Deepak Chopra

Sat, Aug 9, 2014 30 mins

Deepak Chopra provides tips for happiness and conflict resolution.

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Episode 49

Toxic Testing and Teachers: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 30 mins

Educator Lily Eskelsen Garcia discusses student testing.

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Episode 50

Ferguson Ignites: Dick Gregory and Civil Rights

Sat, Aug 30, 2014 30 mins

Civil-rights figure Dick Gregory is the guest. Topics include the protests in Ferguson, Mo.; and the use of comedy as a way to advance dialogue.

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Episode 51

On the Edge of Eighteen With Alex Gibney

Sat, Sep 6, 2014 30 mins

Filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses his documentary series "Edge of Eighteen."

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Episode 52

Tavis Smiley

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 30 mins

Guest Tavis Smiley discusses Martin Luther King Jr.'s final days.

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Episode 53

Global Problems and Solutions

Sat, Sep 27, 2014 30 mins

Ali Velshi addresses difficult global topics, including Ebola, carbon emissions, childhood poverty and the crisis in Syria. Interviewed: Jim Yong Kim, World Bank president; and Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children.

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Episode 54

The Technology President

Sat, Oct 4, 2014 30 mins

Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves discusses utilizing technology in governing. Also: Estonian-Russian relations.

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Episode 55

Forest Whitaker

Sat, Oct 11, 2014 30 mins

Actor Forest Whitaker is the guest. Topics include efforts to help child soldiers; Robin Williams; and race relations in America.

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Episode 56

Robert Kennedy Jr.

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 30 mins

Robert Kennedy Jr. is the guest. Topics include the environment.

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Episode 57

The Driven CEO: Carlos Ghosn

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 30 mins

Car-company CEO Carlos Ghosn is the guest. Topics include global unrest; and the future of the electric car.

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Episode 58

Geena Davis

Sat, Nov 1, 2014 30 mins

Actress Geena Davis is the guest. Topics include sexism in Hollywood.

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Episode 59

George R.R. Martin

Sat, Nov 15, 2014 30 mins

Author George R.R. Martin ("Game of Thrones") is the guest.

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Episode 60

Dick Cavett

Sat, Nov 8, 2014 30 mins

Dick Cavett is the guest. Cavett shares his experiences with show-biz luminaries, including Marlon Brando, Johnny Carson and Robin Williams.

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Episode 61

Peter Gabriel

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 30 mins

Rock singer Peter Gabriel is the guest. Topics include Gabriel's political education and his human-rights endeavors.

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Episode 62

The Terrorist Interrogator: Ali Soufan

Sat, Dec 6, 2014 30 mins

Former FBI special agent Ali Soufan is the guest. Topics include the Islamic State; foreign fighters; and torture.

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Episode 63

Why Women (and Men) Can't Have It All: Anne-Marie Slaughter

Sat, Dec 13, 2014 30 mins

Anne-Marie Slaughter, who headed Policy Planning at the State Department, is the guest. Topics include changes that could allow men and women to better juggle family and career; and U.S. interventions abroad.

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Episode 64

Best of Talk to Al Jazeera 2014

Sat, Dec 20, 2014 30 mins

Best-of moments from "Talk to Al Jazeera" in 2014 are featured. Interview highlights with Peter Gabriel, Robert Kennedy Jr., George R.R. Martin and Jane Goodall are included.

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Episode 65

Norman Lear

Mon, Dec 22, 2014 30 mins

Television writer and producer Norman Lear ("All in the Family") is the guest. Topics include using comedy to address important social issues.

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Episode 66

Ethan Hawke

Mon, Jan 5, 2015 30 mins

Actor Ethan Hawke discusses his 2014 film "Boyhood," divorce and drones.

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Episode 67

The Rock Star Astronaut: Chris Hadfield

Mon, Jan 12, 2015 30 mins

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is the guest. Topics include the privatization of space exploration.

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Episode 68

The Original Muhammad Cartoon Crisis

Mon, Jan 26, 2015 30 mins

Danish editor and journalist Flemming Rose discusses tolerance and freedom of speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

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Episode 69

Misty Copeland Busts Ballet's Stereotypes

Sun, Feb 1, 2015 30 mins

Ballerina Misty Copeland is the guest. Included: her rise to fame from poverty.

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Episode 70


Sun, Feb 8, 2015 30 mins

Hip-hop artist Akon is the guest. Topics include Ebola, Ferguson and racial tensions in the U.S.

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Episode 71

The Battle to Defuse Extremists: Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Tue, Feb 10, 2015 30 mins

United Nations figure Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser is the guest. Included: his call for international action against extremism.

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Episode 72

Rain Pryor

Sun, Feb 15, 2015 30 mins

Comic Rain Pryor, Richard Pryor's daughter, is the guest. Topics include the role comedy plays in addressing race in the U.S.

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Episode 73

Taiye Selasi: Lost in Transnation

Sun, Feb 22, 2015 30 mins

Writer Taiye Selasi, an expert on race and culture, is the guest.

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Episode 74

Free Austin Tice

Sun, Mar 1, 2015 30 mins

The parents of missing journalist Austin Tice, who vanished in Syria in 2012, are featured.

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Episode 75

David Duke

Sat, Mar 14, 2015 30 mins

David Duke is the guest.

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Episode 76

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Sun, Mar 15, 2015 30 mins

Writers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discuss sex trafficking and violence against women in the U.S.

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Episode 77

UNICEF's Anthony Lake

Sun, Mar 22, 2015 30 mins

UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake is the guest. The topic centers on the impact of war and terrorism on children.

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Episode 78

Music Man David Foster

Sun, Mar 29, 2015 30 mins

Music figure David Foster is the guest. Topics include creativity and Foster's work helping children awaiting organ transplants.

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Episode 79

Civil Rights Legend Julian Bond

Sun, Apr 5, 2015 30 mins

Civil-rights leader Julian Bond is the guest. Topics include the current state of race relations.

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Episode 80

Top Cop Bill Bratton

Sun, Apr 12, 2015 30 mins

NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton is the guest. Topics include terrorism and racial tensions.

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Episode 81

Lang Lang

Sun, Apr 19, 2015 30 mins

Classical pianist Lang Lang is the guest. Included: Lang's childhood; his collaborations; and music education.

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Episode 82

Space Commander: Charles Bolden

Sun, Apr 26, 2015 30 mins

NASA official Charles Bolden discusses space exploration and the challenges of getting humans on Mars.

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Episode 83

B-52s' Kate Pierson

Sun, May 3, 2015 30 mins

B-52s singer Kate Pierson is the guest. Included: serious messages beneath the band's party music; her new song.

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Episode 84

Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten

Sun, May 10, 2015 30 mins

Singer Johnny Rotten (the Sex Pistols) is the guest. Included: the positive role anger has played in his life.

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Episode 85

McNulty's Better Half Wendell Pierce

Tue, Jun 2, 2015 30 mins

Actor Wendell Pierce is the guest. Topics include rebuilding New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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Episode 86

Ace Serves Tennis: Katrina Adams

Tue, Jun 9, 2015 30 mins

Tennis personality Katrina Adams is the guest. Included: her work in Harlem creating champions on and off the court.

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Episode 87

James Patterson

Tue, Jun 16, 2015 30 mins

Author James Patterson is the guest. Included: the secret to his prolific writing; and ways to inspire children to read.

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Episode 88

Richard Lewis

Tue, Jun 23, 2015 30 mins

Comedian Richard Lewis casts light on his career and his 2015 book "Reflections From Hell."

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Episode 89

Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 30 mins

Oceanographic explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of explorer Jacques Cousteau, is the guest. Topics include ocean ecology.

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Episode 90

Angus Kennedy: The Real Willy Wonka

Tue, Jul 14, 2015 30 mins

Chocolate taster Angus Kennedy discusses a chocolate shortage and its global causes.

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Episode 91

Comedian Mo Amer

Tue, Aug 4, 2015 30 mins

Comic Mo Amer is the guest. Topics include Bill Cosby and performing stand-up comedy in front of U.S. troops.

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Episode 92

Smithsonian Architect David Adjaye

Tue, Sep 1, 2015 30 mins

Architect David Adjaye is the guest. Included: his design for the new Smithsonian building; insight into how to bring a building to life.

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Episode 93

Putin's Enemy: Bill Browder

Sat, Sep 19, 2015 30 mins

CEO Bill Browder discusses Vladimir Putin.

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Episode 94

"M" Is for Maria

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 30 mins

Sonia Manzano, Maria from "Sesame Street," is the guest. Topics include Manzano's childhood and how she was cast on the iconic children's show.

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Episode 95

Liberia's Iron Lady

Sat, Oct 3, 2015 30 mins

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is interviewed.

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Episode 96

Negroponte Predicts the Future

Sat, Oct 10, 2015 30 mins

The future of tech is explored with One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte.

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Episode 97


Sat, Oct 17, 2015 30 mins

The guest is alt-rock techno artist Moby, who discusses social activism and his new music.

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Episode 98

Prosecuting ISIS: Luis Moreno Ocampo

Sat, Oct 24, 2015 30 mins

International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo is the guest. Topics include resolving the Syrian conflict and delivering justice in Iraq.

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Episode 99

Lady Marmalade: Nona Hendryx

Mon, Nov 2, 2015 30 mins

Soul singer Nona Hendryx is the guest. Topics include pushing musical boundaries, plus transformation.

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Episode 100

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

Mon, Nov 9, 2015 30 mins

Internet entrepreneur and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is the guest. Topics include Internet access for all and government censorship.

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Episode 101

Anna Deavere Smith

Mon, Nov 16, 2015 30 mins

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith is the guest. Topics include catastrophe and her play tackling the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Episode 102

Best-Selling Author Mitch Albom

Mon, Nov 30, 2015 30 mins

Author Mitch Albom ("Tuesdays With Morrie") is the guest. Topics include the power of music.

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Episode 103

Spike Lee

Mon, Dec 14, 2015 30 mins

Filmmaker Spike Lee is interviewed. Topics include gun violence and his 2015 film "Chi-Raq."

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Episode 104

Artist Molly Crabapple

Mon, Dec 21, 2015 30 mins

Artist Molly Crabapple is the guest. Topics include her memoir, her move into journalism and the future of art.

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Episode 105

Best of Talk to Al Jazeera 2015

Mon, Jan 4, 2016 30 mins

Best-of conversations from the series in 2015 are presented. Included: ballerina Misty Copeland; the B-52s' Kate Pierson; civil-rights leader Julian Bond; pianist Lang Lang; Liberia president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; and music figure David Foster.

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Episode 106

Bryan Stevenson on Racial Terrorism

Mon, Jan 11, 2016 30 mins

Human-rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson is the guest. Topics include slavery and terrorism, plus discrimination in the criminal justice system.

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Episode 107

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 30 mins

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is the guest. Topics include his culinary beginnings.

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Episode 108

Cassandra Wilson

Mon, Feb 1, 2016 30 mins

Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson reflects on her life and casts light on her songwriting secrets.

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Episode 109

Natalie Merchant

Mon, Feb 15, 2016 30 mins

Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant is the guest. Topics include the inspiration behind Merchant's music; and her efforts to give back.

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