The Costa Report™ is a post-partisan talk show for thinking people – citizens who don’t care whether a solution comes from the left, right or center, so long as it works.
Each week The Costa Report goes where the big networks won’t. And delivers what big talk show hosts don’t. Costa invites the world’s top newsmakers and thought-leaders to discuss the challenges we now face for one full hour. No sound bites. No talking points. No scripting or editing. From government debt, healthcare and terrorism, to election, education and energy reform, no topic is off-limits.
Daniel H. Pink is an American author who has written five books about business, work and management. He worked as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997 he was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.
For eighteen years Russ Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. Well known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate alongside Senator John McCain, Feingold has always championed efforts to limit the influence of special interests. He was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, was the first to propose a timetable to exit Iraq, and has always fought against unfair trade agreements like NAFTA and against financial .
Dr. Anne Speckhard has interviewed over 400 terrorists - from Lebanon to Morocco - and was responsible for the design of the Defense Department’s “Detainee Rehabilitation Program for Islamic Terrorists.” Don’t miss a sobering look at the “psychology of terror.”
John Densmore is the drummer for 1960’s rock band, The Doors, and author of “The Doors: Unhinged (Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes On Trial).” Densmore will talk about the lawsuit he and the late Jim Morrison’s family filed against keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger when the two launched their Doors of the 21st Century and he will discuss his resistance to using the Doors’ music in advertising.
A veteran U.S. diplomat, Nicholas Burns was U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Ambassador to Greece. Professor Burns also worked for five years on the National Security Council in the administrations of Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
Political reporter, television pundit and author, Eleanor Clift is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on the Newsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group and a political contributor for the Fox News Channel.
A world-renowned expert in terrorism and kidnappings, Brian Michael Jenkins serves as the Senior Advisor to the President of the RAND Corporation. He is also the Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. Following the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he was part of the team that identified terrorist threats and developed new security measures. His latest book is The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism.
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William Shatner gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the science fiction television series, Star Trek. He wrote a series of books chronicling his experiences on Star Trek and authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Shatner also played veteran police officer, T.J. Hooker, hosted the reality based television series, Rescue 911, he starred as Denny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin off Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.