Note: This blog draws in part on my experiences and observations interviewing political figures, writers, and analysts for "The Campbell Conversations" on WRVO. To hear past interviews I refer to in these posts, please go to the show's website. The views expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent Syracuse University, the Campbell Institute, or the WRVO Stations.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A Really Neat Conversation
Please check out my recent Campbell Conversation interview with Jan Carnogursky, which you can find here. It's probably my favorite interview so far in the series. Jan was a dissident leader in Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia, who was jailed prior to the “Velvet Revolution,” which freed him. He went on to serve as the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, and then later its Justice Minister. In this interview he relates growing up in the Soviet-controlled system and becoming a dissident, his experiences in prison, and the exciting and challenging times as a leader of an emerging democracy and a politician who had to learn the political skills required in democratic politics. He then connects some of these experiences to current revolutions and current politics more generally. The stories were amazing and he was just a really neat person to talk with.