guests

Deborah Kalb

Deborah Kalb is a writer and editor. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill. Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted with a wide variety of authors.…

Gil Levanon

Gil has been writing, producing and directing award winning commercials, industrial and short films for over 15 years. She served in the IDF film unit where she produced the films for Israel’s Jubilee national TV celebration. She then became the youngest first Assistant Director in the TV and commercial industry in Israel. She then became…

Kat Rohrer

In 2002 Kat Rohrer founded her New York based production company GreenKat Productions. Since then Rohrer has directed and produced more the ten short films, music videos, documentaries, and a wide variety of industrials and commercials. Her short film The Search won Best Short at the 2005 LA Femme Film Festival. Kat has also acted…

Adina Appelbaum

Adina Appelbaum created and leads the Immigration Impact Lab, CAIR Coalition’s first-ever federal courts and appellate impact litigation project. She has litigated several individual and class action impact cases on behalf of detained immigrants facing deportation involving asylum law, due process and conditions of detention, and the intersection of criminal and immigration law, including Obando-Segura…

Amitai Etzioni

After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior…

Seth Kibel

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond.  He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards…

Jason Mesches

Born in new jersey and raised at summer camp, Jason has drawn on his own experiences as a child to bring a new sound and style to the world of accessible family music. Jason has been touring for the last 4 years with his first album “oneg time” and as a member of the nationally…

Judy Meschel

Judy Meschel is a producer for local PBS station WETA. She produces WETA Arts, a half-hour magazine-style show featuring local art and artists, and Around Town, interstitial guides to local theater, museums and films. Her personal connection to Seder (the rituals observed at Passover) and masochism? She co-writes her own Haggadah (the book that lists…

Carletta S. Hurt

Carletta S. Hurt, founder and lead producer at IKAM Productions, is an award-winning producer, passionate educator, and fierce youth advocate. Her film credits include JACQUELINE AND JILLY (feature), THE CATCHER (short), WATER IN A BROKEN GLASS (feature), JACKIE (short), REMEMBER THE TITANS, and DRUMLINE. Carletta has worked at TBS and Cartoon Network during her early days.…

Alberto Fierro Garza

Alberto Fierro Garza is the current Counselor for Culture and Education at the Mexican Embassy to the United States and Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. He is a member of Mexico´s Diplomatic Corps since 1993. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director General for Educational and Cultural Cooperation and…