Iraq

Ben Nelson was the president of the online photo hosting and printing service Snapshot at the time it was purchased by HP.  In 2010, he started the Minerva Project to develop a university that would deliver an Ivy League education at a fraction of the cost of traditional universities. Minerva will have its first undergraduate class September 2014.

Also joining Speaking Freely and the KRUU is the new Fairfield Action News Team, presented by MSAE Middle Schoolers Paloma Braun, Hermela Gebremariam, Daniel Zhu and Drew Schoenfeld. They have been doing an amazing job. They follow KRUU's News at 12pm, 6pm & the following day 6am. M

Next week: Captain Jonathan Freeman of the Maryland National Guard will be the featured guest. Captain Freeman did two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics.

Eben Lazarus is a third year economics major at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recently an intern at the DC think tank, the Center for Global Development. Eben is currently in Senegal, studying the economics of the region. He will then go to Mekhe, Senegal to work with a microfinance company. Eben will be speaking to us live from Senegal.

Jonathan FreemanJonathan Freeman joined the US Army and in 2005 deployed to Taji, Iraq as an Artillery Officer attached to an Armor Company. He deployed again to Iraq in February 2007 to train an Iraqi Army unit. He left active duty in April with the rank of Captain. In June of 2008, he joined the Obama for America campaign as the Deputy Director of Veterans and Military Families Outreach. Since then, Jonathan has been working for the Obama Administration at the Pentagon as the Deputy White House Liaison.

Irene MooreReverend Irene Monroe is the Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, a Huffington Post blogger, and a syndicated religion columnist. Reverend Monroe is a graduate of Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as a Ford Fellow. Monroe has been profiled in O, Oprah Magazine. http://www.irenemonroe.com

Richard Downes regularly co-hosts Ireland's popular daily RTE radio program "Morning Ireland" and reports for television news and for the RTE current affairs flagship "Prime Time." During the 2003 war, he stayed in Baghdad and covered the collapse of Saddam's regime from within. His latest book is In Search of Iraq: From Baghdad to Babylon.

Sarah Reinertsen Sarah Reinertsen was the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Sarah was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, a bone-growth disorder that eventually lead to her becoming an above-the-knee amputee at the age of seven. She was featured on the cover of Runner's World and was named one of the first eight "Heroes of Running" in the magazine. Ms. Rienertsen has also appeared on the cover of Triathlete magazine and Max Sports & Fitness magazine. She also scooped up the well-deserved ESPY award in 2006.

Richard DownesRichard Downes is a seasoned international journalist; Richard Downes regularly cohosts the most popular daily RTÉ radio program "Morning Ireland" and reports for television news and for the RTÉ current affairs flagship "Prime Time." During the 2003 war, he stayed in Baghdad and covered the collapse of Saddam's regime from within. Vincent Browne described him as "the best reporter covering the war." Downes lives in Dublin with his wife and two young children. His latest book is In Search of Iraq: From Baghdad to Babylon.

Stuart Tanner

On Tanner and Moore, James interviews

BBC filmmaker Stuart Tanner, a KRUU-FM featured host who's been working on reconciliation programs in Iraq and is due back for several weeks in May to teach a film class at the university.

Coming up this Friday on Planet Erstwild:

James interviews Professor Norman Finkelstein, author of The Holocaust Industry and Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. Professor Finkelstein spoke at Grinnell College on April 21 at 8pm in Room 101 in the Joe Rosenfield Center, 1115 8th Ave., Grinnell, Iowa.