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    The Gospel of Wealth

    Adam Jonas Segaller and The Innovators: The Men Who Built America

    He called upon the rich to redistribute their wealth throughout society. But what Andrew Carnegie created—in addition to the modern bridge, railway and skyscraper—was the scaffolding of philanthropy for the 20th century. Contributor BRENDA WENSIL chats with Adam Jonas Segaller about his portrayal of the legendary steel magnate, the problem with his seminal work “The Gospel of Wealth,” and why the responsibility of philanthropy shouldn’t apply just to the self-made rich.

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    A Bohemian Rhapsody

    Czech Republic Re-Brands Itself “Czechia.”

    The Czech Republic may have already come from behind the Iron Curtain, but its new sassy image touts a merger with the EU, nuclear talks with Iran, and a brand new name, too. Once known as the Kingdom of Bohemia, the new and improved “Czechia” is recruiting its exiled royalty from the Americas, and re-asserting itslef as the most progressive, if enchanting place in Europe.

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    The Battle for Britain

    The “Lion of British Politics” on Empire, Alliance, and his American Mother

    It’s no surprise the man that reunited England with its former Colonies was raised by an American Mom. A Lion of British Politics, Winston Churchill united adversaries during the Cold War to create a global military alliance in World War II. Contributor BRENDA WENSIL chats with Anne Sebba about her new book about the British icon, the nuance of bi-partisan collaborations, and discovers how and why unconventional parenting often foster leadership in their children with “Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother.”

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    The Education Bubble

    College Loans Create $1.3T Debt for Millennials

    It’s 2016 and Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever. You’ve probably heard the statistics: Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 43 million borrowers. The Center for American Progress contributor JULIE MORGAN looks back at America’s Education System: the value of a tuition dollar, how it comports into employment, the online revolution and if or whether the go-forward organization can help to save America!

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    Syria’s Civil War

    US Deploys 250 Troops to Largest Proxy War in Modern Era

    When President Barack Obama authorized secret US support to Syrian rebels in 2012, he quietly infused $500M into a new religious order. Called ISIL, Charlatan looks back at the Iran-Contra Affair for clues about financing insurgencies, to the consortium of states now fighting in the cause, and why a US-led coalition has deployed 250 special forces into the largest proxy war in the modern era

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    Cuba Opens Doors to Chanel, Freedom, and the Carnival Cruise

    Carnival Cruise ferries designers, expatriots, and the first US tourists to Havana in 50 years

    In the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, parent’s began shipping their children to the shores of America in what is considered the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors in history. Carlos Eire’s painful memoir, which won the National Book Award, depicts a vibrant and colorful Havana before it is swept asunder by communism. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with the Yale professor about the Cuban Revolution, the reign of Raúl Castro, and the truth behind Cuba’s new relationship with the U.S.

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    England’s New Anti-Bully

    World Cup Champion Ben Cohen: England National Rugby Union’s New Anti-Bully

    He won the World Cup, and was awarded an MBE by the Queen. But when Rugby Union's Ben Cohen retired from professional sports to start the StandUp Foundation, he single-handedly started the conversation about homophobia and anti-bullying in sports. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with the rugby star in London about why he got involved, what he wants for his kids, and about the future of chivalry and champions in the game of life.

The Politico

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Denmark’s Extreme Green Makeover

Foreign Secretary Martin Lidegaard on Sustainable Energy, Sovereignty and Wind

Denmark’s ‘Extreme Green Makeover’ declares independence from foreign oil by 2050. And with 42% of their electricity now being generated by turbines, this seafaring people demonstrate how their winds have and continue to provide economic strength and environmental relevance to a sovereign power. Editor-in-Chief DREW GOWING sits down with Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard at Christiansborg Palace.

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European Migrant Crisis

Secretary of State Sir Andrew Mitchell: Why 60M are Asylum Shopping the EU

Sixty million people are currently looking for a country to call home. Considered the largest migration in recorded history, contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with Her Majesty’s Fmr. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell about Germany’s ‘Open Door’ policy, Terrorists posing as refugees, and why the massacrers in Paris are blurring the lines between immigration and the axis of evil.

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The Panama Papers

Conservative MP Sir Alan Duncan goes on the record about Liberty, Low Achievers and Virtue

Sir Alan James Carter Duncan. Member of Parliament. Minster of State. Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George and the first openly gay conservative member of parliament, too! On the eve of the UK’s General Election, Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS talks with the former oil trader and Oxford grad about the cut and thrust of coalitions and why strange bedfellows often create the best alliances.

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How Barney Frank Razed the Morale on Capitol Hill

US Congressman Barney Frank Retires with Gay Rights Legacy

Retiring United States Congressman Barney Frank paces himself through 32 years on Capitol Hill showing an emotive surge in the final days of an illustrious career dedicated to the Gay Rights Movement. Editor-in-Chief DREW GOWING visits the political icon in Washington DC to discuss his legacy and last days on the Hill.

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Cornerstone of National Identity is Eco-Independence

Chatting with Kurdistan’s Agriculture Minister, Jamal Fuad

It is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. But where’s the beef? Contributor MICHELLE SHAIL chats with Fmr. Agriculture Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Jamal Fuad, about the Oil-for-Food program, excessive foreign aid and why sustainability is the keystone of national identity.

All the World’s a Stage

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Passions Culminate in Birth of Great Britain

Lady Anne Somerset on “Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

She deposed her father, created a 2-party system, and quelled the endemic squabbling between England and Scotland to single-handedly create Great Britain. With unique and stirring insights from her aristocratic past, contributor MATTHEW FLACKS visits Lady Anne Somerset at her London flat to discuss Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion.

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Countess Recounts Legacy in ‘The Real Downton Abbey”

Countess Fiona Carnarvon Reherses Legacy in New Book

Its the most watched costume drama in the world. But what creator Julian Fellows doesn’t readily admit is that he was inspired by the real life story still unfolding at Highclere Castle. Contributor MATTHEW FLACKS chats with the real mistress of Downton Abbey, Countess Fiona Carnarvon, and discovers how she and her predecessors used skill, talent and savvy to help save a very modern castle.

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Break Through

From the Death of Enviornmentalism to the Power of Possibility

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger’s 2004 essay “The Death of Environmentalism” sparked passionate debate while earning them a reputation as the wild boys of the Environmental Movement. Contributor DYLAN SMITH chats with the authors about their new book “Break Through” and a new political approach to the urgent problem of global warming.
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