Hollywood on the Potomac

Mayor Pete

December 15, 2019

“Really thrilled to have our latest in our 2020 Candidate Series where we can bring you in-depth interviews with the men and women vying to be the next President of The United States. This series really allows us to go beyond soundbites and dig deeper into the issues,” said Kristine Coratti, General Manager of Washington Post Live who welcomed guests. “So today, our guest is Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Mayor Buttigieg was a relative newcomer to a national stage when he launched his presidential campaign earlier this year and has since emerged as one of the top contenders in the race. We’ll ask him about the increased scrutiny that comes with being a front runner, battling establishment candidates and the work that he’s doing to build support among African American voters.”


The below conversation between Bob Costa and Mayor Pete has been edited.  Also refer to the video for responses to additional questions.

Bob Costa, Washington Post national political reporter lead the discussion and didn’t waste anytime hitting on the issues of the day. “Right now, there are polarizing issues in the news today. The judiciary committee formally moved two articles of impeachment toward a floor vote. What’s your response to the house judiciary committee vote along party lines this morning?”

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'Face to Face'

December 9, 2019

“Brian first came into our orbit five years ago and since then we are fortunate enough to connect our relationship through this incredible series called Genius. He’s been able to take people around the world with some iconic movies like A Beautiful Mind, Empire, 8 Mile, Arrested Development,” said Gary Knell, Chairman of National Geographic Partners when introducing Brian Grazer and Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief National Geographic Magazine in conversation on his new book Face to Face:The Art of Human Connection.

“Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind (2001). In addition to winning three other Academy Awards, “A Beautiful Mind” also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.” IMDB

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The Future of Work 2.0

December 2, 2019

The future of work is one of the hottest topics in 2019 with conflicting information from various experts leaving plenty of room for debate around what impact automation technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will have on jobs, skills and wages. “I’m very happy to welcome you at Singapore,” said Ambassador Mirpuri. “This is the second time we’re hosting The Institute for Education this year.” 


Special guest Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget discussed what these technologies are, how they will change work and what new research says we can expect. She was joined by the Ambassador of Singapore Ashok Mirpuri and the Ambassador of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov.

The evening included remarks by Dr. R. David Edelman, the Director of the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security at MIT and moderated by Nina Bianchi, Director of Workforce Solutions with the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence (COE), GSA.

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