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This week on Speaking Freely, host Dennis Raimondi has an interview with former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who came into KRUU-FM studios.
Former Ambassador Joe Wilson

Wilson was in town stumping for Hillary Clinton. Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is the CIA covert operative allegedly outed by administration officials in retaliation for Wilson's Op-ed piece in the NY Times. Wilson's personal and direct challenge caused the President to withdraw claims Bush made in his 2003 State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein was seeking yellowcake uranium for nuclear weapons, the White House's central justification for invading Iraq.

Plame has just released a book, "Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House," about her experiences which led to Dick Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby being convicted of perjury. Libby's sentence was commuted by President Bush this past July. 'Fair
Game' was the term the president's then-chief strategist, Karl Rove, used regarding the vicious smear campaign unleashed against Plame and Wilson, in hopes of softening the serious blow to White House credibility.

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Rudy Guiliani

This week on Speaking Freely, host Dennis Raimondi has a short interview with Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giulliani. Giulliani, the former mayor of New York City, who was traveling through Iowa, is the Republican national frontrunner, though he is presently fourth in the polls in Iowa.

A lawyer, businessman, and politican from the state of New York, Giuliani served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney.

Giuliani later served two terms as as Mayor of New York (1994–2001). Giuliani gained international attention during and after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2001, Time magazine named him "Person of the Year" and he was knighted by Quenn Elizabeth II.

20071023 - Speaking Freely - 20071023 - Elizabeth Edwards

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Elizabeth & John Edwards' wedding day

- Speaking Freely - 20071009 - John Edwards interview

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- Speaking Freely - 20071009 - Walter Mondale

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Walter Mondale

Walter Frederick ("Fritz") Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota on Jan. 5, 1928, the son of Theodore Sigvaard Mondale and Claribel Cowan Mondale. He spent his boyhood in the small towns of southern Minnesota, where he attended public schools. After he helped manage Hubert H. Humphrey's first successful U.S. Senate campaign in 1948, he earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1951. After completing service as a corporal in the U.S. Army, Mondale received his LL.B (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956, having served on the law review and as a law clerk in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

- Speaking Freely - 20061003 - Steve White

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Steven White

Mr. Steven White is a producer, director, and actor. Steven’s grew up in the film industry. His father was a cinematographer for Cecil B. DeMille. Steven is currently the founder and president of the Shakespeare Ensemble Company based in Fairfield, Iowa.

- Speaking Freely - 20071002 - Darren Peterson

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Dr. Darren Petersen is a recent recipient of a Fullbright Fellowship. The Fellowship allowed him to teach in the Eastern Free State of South Africa. He is the former Program Director for the South Bronx Educational Foundation.

- Speaking Freely - 20071002 - Craig Jessup

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Craig Jessup of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Craig Jessop,
Music Director, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

When Jessop became music director of the Choir in October 1999, he stepped into a position tailor-made for him. Not only had he served as the Choir's associate director from 1995 to 1999, he had also been a member of the Choir for four years during college. Growing up, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was his musical inspiration.

Under his leadership, the Choir has continued to live up to its tradition of excellence and has explored new territory in the musical and performance realms. As the music director of not only the Choir, but also the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale,

Jessop draws on the strengths of these three entities and combines them as appropriate to enhance the level of musical excellence in performance.

- Speaking Freely - 20070925 - Sondra Ward

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Sondra Ward


Sondra Ward - Recently appointed as Director of Strategic Marketing for the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield,
Iowa, Sondra had recently served as the spokesperson for the Tennis
Channel based in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Ward has her Bachelor's
and Master's degrees from Stanford University.

- Speaking Freely - 20070925 - Jim Leach

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Former Congressman Jim Leach

Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach has recently been named the new director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

Mr. Leach has agreed to take a leave from Princeton University, where he is the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Prior to his arrival at Princeton, Leach served 15 terms in Congress as a Republican representative from eastern Iowa. During his congressional career he served as chairman of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and was author or co-author of several significant pieces of legislation, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, reforming the financial services industry. He was educated at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the London School of Economics.

This will be the former Congressman's second appearance on Speaking Freely.

- Speaking Freely - 20070918 - Prof. Hannah Bowles Riley

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Hannah Riley Bowles
"Hannah Riley Bowles" is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and on the staff of the Center for Public Leadership. She is engaged in research on negotiation and leadership. She is interested in how people negotiate for resources and opportunities to advance into leadership positions and when gender differences tend to arise in negotiation expectations and performance. She teaches and has conducted case research on leadership in crisis and complex multi-party conflict. Earlier in her career, she was a research associate at Harvard Business School, Strategic Environmental Associates, and Conflict Management Group.

She was a technical advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy & Mines of Costa Rica and served in 1995 on the Costa Rican delegation to the UN Climate Change negotiations. She was fellow at the Argentinean National Institute of Public Administration, the West German Parliament, and Oxford University's Forestry Institute. Bowles is the faculty director of Women & Power, the Kennedy School's executive program for women leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. She won the Kennedy School's 2003 Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has a DBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPP from the Kennedy School, and an AB from Smith College.

- Speaking Freely - 20070911 - John Whitaker

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State Representative John Whitaker
John R. Whitaker is the Iowa State Representative from the 90th District and is an assistant majority leader. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2003.

Whitaker currently serves on several committees in the Iowa House - the
Administration and Rules committee; the Natural Resources committee;
the Public Safety committee; the Transportation committee; and the
Agriculture committee, where he is vice chair. His political experience
includes serving as Assistant Majority Leader of the Iowa House and
serving as Van Buren City Supervisor.

Whitaker was re-elected in 2006 with 7,827 votes, running unopposed.
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Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

Commonly referred to as "The First Lady of the Press," former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer, breaking through barriers for women reporters while covering every President since John F. Kennedy.

For 57 years, Helen also served as White House correspondent for United Press International. She recently left this post and joined Hearst Newspapers as a syndicated columnist.

Dennis Raimondi discusses a wide range of topics with Ms. Thomas from JFK's wit to Richard Nixon's shyness to Bill Clinton's blown chance for greatness to her dismay with the mainstream media to her well-documented friction with the current White House administration.

- Speaking Freely - 20070818 - Joe Biden

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- Speaking Freely - 20070815 - Vincent Bove

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- Speaking Freely - 20070814 - Jack Garcia

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- Speaking Freely - 20070807 - Mark Freeman

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- Speaking Freely - 20070805 - Congressman Ron Paul

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- Speaking Freely - 20070731 - Michael Otterson

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Michael R. Otterson

Michael Otterson has served as director of media relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since 1997. Mr. Otterson was born and educated in England. For 11 years, from 1965-1976, he worked as a journalist on newspapers in Britain, Australia and Japan, with emphasis on politics and business

- Speaking Freely - 20070731 - Congressman Dave Loebsack

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U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack

US Congressman Dave Loebsack grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. Dave attended Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree. Dave then went on to earn a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. In 1982, Dave moved back to Iowa and became a political science teacher at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Today, Dave has the honor to serve as a Professor Emeritus at Cornell College.

Congressman Loebsack is currently serving his first term in the United States House of Representatives. He represents Iowa’s Second Congressional District which encompasses much of Southeastern Iowa. He serves on The House Education and Labor Committee and The House Armed Services Committee.

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- Speaking Freely - 20070724 - Mel Sauerbeck

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- Speaking Freely - 20070710 - Senator Barack Obama

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Dennis Raimondi interviews presidential candidate Barack Obama

- Speaking Freely - 20070703 - Keelan Dimick

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Keelan Dimick in Action

- Speaking Freely - 20070123 - Maria Ferencz

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- Speaking Freely - 20070116 - Noel Boxer

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Noel Boxer

Mr. Boxer worked in the Clinton White House and is now the country coordinator in the Republic of the Congo for the non-profit, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs,

- Speaking Freely - 20070116 - Gil Alba

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Gil Alba

Gil Alba. Former New York City Police Department Dectective, Mr. Alba now heads up Alba Investigations, Gil has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, and the O'Reilly Factor.

- Speaking Freely - 20061227 - Mary Johnson Pizzaro

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Mary Lou Johnson Pizzaro

Ms. Mary Lou Johnson Pizzaro works for the U.S. State Department and is currently stationed in the U.S. Consulate’s Office in Lagos, Nigeria. She works closely with the local community there and has also done State Department work in South Africa. Ms. Pizzaro has degrees from the University of Nebraska and Harvard University.

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