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The Costa Report - August 5, 2011 Michelle Rhee

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Ms. Rhee is the CEO and Founder of StudentsFirst, a non-profit whose mission is to protect the interest of children in public education and to produce transformative reform in our public schools. She began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, and in 1997 founded The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing -- for the first time in decades -- in enrollment.

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The Costa Report - July 29, 2011 Grover Norquist

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Mr. Norquist has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for over two decades. He is President of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. In the 112th Congress, 236 House members and 41 Senators have taken the pledge. He also chairs the Washington, DC - based “Wednesday Meeting,” a weekly gathering of more than 150 elected officials, political activists, and movement leaders. He serves on the board of directors of the NRA and American Conservative Union, and is Contributing Editor to American Spectator Magazine.

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The Costa Report - July 15, 2011 George Whitesides

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George Whitesides is the President and CEO of Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. He also serves in the same roles for The Spaceship Company, a joint venture between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites to build commercial spaceships. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff for the NASA Administrator, where he was the recipient of the agency’s Distinguished Service Medal. Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society.

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The Costa Report - July 1, 2011 Jonathan Alter

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Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and wrote hundreds of columns and features on a wide variety of subjects. He is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. His 2010 book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," went to #4 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List and was one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," published in 2006, was also a bestseller.

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The Costa Report - July 1, 2011 L. Hunter Lovins

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Bestselling author and a promoter of sustainable development for over 30 years, the Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project, founder and President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. and Natural Capitalism Solutions, a non-profit in Longmont, Colorado. She was a founding professor at Presidio Graduate School's MBA in Sustainable Management program, has taught at various universities, consulted for many citizens’ groups, governments and corporations. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. She has addressed the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Congress, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and hundreds of major conferences. Named millennium "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine, she has received the Right Livelihood Award, the Leadership in Business Award and dozens of other honors.

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The Costa Report - June 24, 2011 Alfred Adask

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Alfred Adask is the leading figure in the very controversial sovereign citizen movement, which takes the position that citizens are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state or municipal levels. They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate. He was recently featured on 60 Minutes, which has sparked a great deal of interest in his cause. For 12 years he published AntiShyster Magazine, he is a former candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, and was identified by the Federal government as one of the top dozen anti-government activists during the 1990s.

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