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The Ambassadors: America's Diplomats on the Front Lines

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Aired Friday, December 6, 2019

At a time when America's foreign service professionals are front and center in the national debate, we hear the story of four exemplary ambassadors from the State Department's Near East bureau. Veteran foreign policy and national security journalist Paul Richter, formerly of the Los Angeles Times writes about six-time ambassador Ryan Crocker, five-time ambassador Anne Patterson, former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, and late ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in his book "The Ambassadors: America's Diplomats on the Front Lines." The book also serves as a diplomatic history of the US's involvement in the Middle East since 9/11. 

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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