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The Costa Report - December 2, 2011 Sebastian Junger

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Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm", "A Death in Belmont", "Fire" and "War". He also teamed with Tim Heatherington to produce "Restrepo", a feature-length documentary that chronicled the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, with whom the filmmakers were embedded with for one year. It was the winner of the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other places around the globe. He has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. He became a fixture in the national media when, as a first-time author, he commanded The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years with "The Perfect Storm", which later set sales records and became a major motion picture from Warner Bros, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

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The Costa Report - November 18, 2011 Michael Winston

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Michael Winston is a prominent executive in the field of organization management, and is also a rarity among corporate whistle-blowers. A former executive at Countrywide Financial, he spent three years in a legal battle with the once-mighty mortgage giant, and its current owner, Bank of America. He contended that he was punished and pushed out for not toeing the company line, and in February 2011, a California jury agreed and awarded him damages, thus proving that the company was not above the law. With thirty years of cutting-edge experience as a business leader, change agent, and organization strategist, he has spent his career preparing organizations to meet the challenges of rapid, continuous and disruptive market change and to capitalize on the resulting opportunities. He is dedicating his life to promoting vision-driven, values-based leadership that is a force for good, not evil. Finally, he wants to rid the world of companies that abuse shareholders, customers, employees and society.

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The Costa Report - November 11, 2011 Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars. He is a professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California, and is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and for his groundbreaking studies of the birds of Papua New Guinea. He has authored eight books and numerous academic monographs, and his best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won two science prizes in 1992. It was his1997 publication of Guns, Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation. The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25 languages and sold millions of copies around the world.

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The Costa Report - November 4, 2011 Patrick Buchanan

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Patrick Buchanan is truly one of the grand champions of the conservative movement. He has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. From 1966 through 1974, he was an assistant to Richard Nixon, and from 1985 to 1987, White House Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan. He has written ten books, including six straight New York Times best sellers A Republic, Not an Empire; The Death of the West; Where the Right Went Wrong; State of Emergency; Day of Reckoning and Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War. His newest book is already making waves, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? He is currently a columnist, political analyst for MSNBC, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative.

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The Costa Report - October 28, 2011 Richard Marcinko

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Richard Marcinko is best known as the founder and first commanding officer of two of the military's premier counter-terrorist units: SEAL Team 6 and RED CELL. He has over 30 years experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. Enlisting in U.S. Navy in 1958, Marcinko worked his way up to the rank of commander. While serving two tours in Vietnam, Marcinko won the Silver Star, four bronze stars with combat V, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. His SEAL platoon became such an enemy killing force, that the Viet Cong posted a reward for his death. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and an autobiography, a critically acclaimed book on management and leadership techniques, and he gives professional lectures to law enforcement and business executives, and dynamic hands-on training to U.S. and foreign hostage rescue teams. He also acts as a corporate adviser to multi-national businesses including AT&T, Motorola and General Motors on such issues as corporate security, team-building, operational management and strategic planning.

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The Costa Report - October 21, 2011 Christopher Hedges

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Christopher Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005). In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored the front-page article "This Rebellion Will Not Stop" for Issue 2 of the The Occupied Wall Street Journal (October 8, 2011), the newspaper giving voice to The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City.

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