Jose Antonio Vargas

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration and his memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” was published by HarperCollins in 2018.

Peter Baker

New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker discusses his book, “Obama: The Call of History.” Baker also talks about his experience covering the Trump presidency.

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has covered the presidencies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Before joining The Times in 2008, he spent twenty years writing for The Washington Post. Baker has written several books.

Julián Castro

Julián Castro reflects on his time as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and talks about his future political plans.

Julián Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Before moving to Washington, Castro served as Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. He currently lives in San Antonio with his family.

DeRay Mckesson

Activist DeRay Mckesson talks about the 2016 presidential election, the origin and mission of the Black Lives Matter movement and issues America faces today.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and educator. He is a predominant member of the Black Lives Matter movement and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015. Mckesson is a co-founder of Campaign Zero, a platform to end police violence.

Jonathan Alter (2013)

Jonathan Alter is an author and commentator, who was at Newsweek for close to three decades. He has written several New York Times best-sellers about American presidents. Alter published his book, “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies,” in 2013.

Howard Dean

Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, 2004 contender for the Democratic presidential nomination and former DNC chair, discusses what the future holds for the Democratic Party.

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