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The Costa Report - January 13, 2012 Josef Avesar

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Josef Avesar, an Israeli-born attorney who resides in Southern California, is president of the founding committee of the Israeli Palestinian Confederation. He has conducted numerous symposia on the concept of a confederation between Israelis and Palestinians and has hosted political and civic leaders from around the world in discussions of confederation as a means of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peace is his first political book.

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The Costa Report - January 6, 2012 Amy Chua

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Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. She is the author of two books on international affairs, and as of January 2011, she is most noted for her parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which is a comic memoir that ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting techniques

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The Costa Report - December 30, 2011 Alex Castellanos

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With more than two decades of political and private sector consulting experience in the US and around the globe, Alex has developed communications strategies and campaigns for Fortune 100 Companies, served as media consultant to five U.S. presidential campaigns, helped elect eight U.S. senators and six governors. Fortune Magazine singled out Castellanos as a “new-style media master.” In 2007, GQ Magazine called Castellanos one of the 50 Most Influential People in D.C. Castellanos brings a wealth of campaign strategy, public opinion research and communications experience to corporate and public policy campaigns. He is a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television," and appears regularly on NBC's Meet the Press and numerous other television public affairs programs.

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The Costa Report - December 23, 2011 Jeff Greenfield

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Jeff Greenfield is a four-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist. He is a veteran political, media and culture reporter, and has served as senior political correspondent at CBS News since May 2007. He contributes to the CBS Evening News, The Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning and other CBS News broadcasts, as well as CBSNews.com. Prior to joining CBS he was a senior political analyst for CNN from 1998 to 2007; and a political and media analyst for ABC News, where he was a regular contributor to Nightline and ABC World News Sunday from 1983 to 1997. In addition, he is a bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction books - including his 2011 release Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics – and has also written for such publications as Harper’s, National Lampoon, Politico, and the New York Times Magazine. Prior to becoming a member of the media, Greenfield worked in politics, including as a Senate aide and speechwriter for Robert F. Kennedy from 1967 to 1968.

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The Costa Report - December 16, 2011 Peter Coyote

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Peter Coyote is a bit of a modern day renaissance man. He is an acclaimed actor, director, screenwriter, author, musician, narrator and social activist. He has appeared in such film and television projects as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jagged Edge, Patch Adams, Erin Brokovich, Law & Order, and NCIS; and is an Emmy Award-winning narrator of numerous acclaimed projects for PBS, such as “War on Terror” and “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” – in addition to Ken Burns’ “National Parks” and “Prohibition.” He was a founding member of Diggers, a radical community action group of activists and improv actors operating in San Francisco from 1966 to 1968. He has written for Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, and the San Francisco Chronicle; and is also a past Chairman of the California State Arts Council.

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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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