LAURA LEISHMAN PODCAST

David Frum


David Frum is the leader of the Anti-Trump resistance on the right. He has been ringing the alarm bell for democracy throughout the last year and his hugely successful cover article for The Atlantic, “How to Build an Autocracy“, is a sobering explanation of how a Trump presidency can undermine the fundamentals of American democracy if citizens don’t act.
A leading conservative thinker for 20 years and previously known to most as the writer of George W Bush’s “Axis of Evil” line, in this wide-ranging interview we discuss everything from Iraq to Lady Gaga to growing up as the son of Canada’s most famous journalist.
And of course, how to defend democracy from Trump autocracy.


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David Frum Bonus: Media and Hip-Hop


In this bonus episode, David Frum discusses media in the age of Facebook and Twitter, how he became persona non grata at Fox News, and recites some Grandmaster Flash from memory.
Be sure to check out the original full interview here: David Frum LLP


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Arwa Damon


An award-winning senior international reporter for CNN and founder of the INARA charitable foundation, Arwa Damon is a war correspondent with a heart of gold. From her charity’s offices in Beirut, she tells me about her unlikely journey from selling dog bathrobes to becoming one of the most respected journalists of her generation.
INARA provides vital medical aid to children affected by war in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere; let’s help make a difference in a young person’s life by donating generously here: http://www.inara.org


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Angelique Kidjo


Legendary world music diva and devoted humanitarian, Angelique Kidjo’s journey from her home country of Benin to the top of the world music charts is as extraordinary as her talent. I sat down with her at the Montreux Jazz Festival for a wide ranging discussion on music, human rights, Africa and James Brown.

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Nemr


Known as “Lebanon’s King of Comedy” and the man who pioneered stand-up comedy in the Middle East, Nemr was born in Beirut, grew up in San Diego and moved back to Lebanon when he was still a kid. I caught up with him at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal to talk about his unique vision of comedy, culture and Donald Trump.

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