The Academy Talk Show
By Blair Academy Students
The Academy Talk Show is a student-run podcast which features interviews with Blair's Society of Skeptics Program speakers on a variety of topics. Our mission is to help students learn more about the world and raise awareness for global issues that affect us as Blair students and thinkers of tomorrow - Daniel Dai'21, Ethan Rackleff'21, Jack Weber'21, DB Won'22, George Gan'22, Owen Shin'24
The Academy Talk Show EP11: Congressman Malinowski Visits Blair
In this installment of the Academy Talk Show we discuss Congressman Malinowski's "Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act" and the implications of the multitude of opposing "truths" on the American democracy. Rep. Tom Malinowski was born in Communist Poland and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6. Malinowski served as a Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council where he worked to end conflicts around the globe. He then served as the chief advocate for Human Rights Watch, where he led the bipartisan campaign to end the use of torture by the Bush Administration. Later he served the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where he helped lead America’s fight for human rights around the world - https://malinowski.house.gov/about
May 10, 2022
The Academy Talk Show EP10: Cato Senior Fellow Doug Bandow on U.S.-China Relations
In this installment of The Academy Talk Show we welcome Doug Bandow - senior fellow at the Cato Institute specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. As former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Bandow brings expert knowledge of Sino-American affairs. We thank him for shedding some light on this enfolding gambit between two great global powers.
April 10, 2021
The Academy Talk Show EP9: Anthony D’Amato on a Musician's Hardships and Triumphs During the Pandemic
The Academy Talk Show interviews Anthony D’Amato, American songwriter and singer signed to New West Records. Check out Mr. D'Amato's website
February 25, 2021
The Academy Talk Show EP8: Emmanuel Bello on Owl Rock Capital and the Financial World
In this episode we are joined by Emmanuel Bello '04. Mr. Bello is the Vice President of Owl Rock Capital, a specialty finance company focused on providing direct lending solutions to middle market companies. Before joining Owl Rock, Mr. Bello spent almost a decade at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, serving recently as Vice President in the high yield and leveraged loan business. We'd like to thank Mr. Bello for sharing his knowledge of the industry and his personal experiences with us.
February 22, 2021
The Academy Talk Show EP7: Nishta J. Mehra Discusses Intersectionality
In today's show we have the pleasure of speaking with Nishta J. Mehra, author of Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion. Ms. Mehra is the first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants; her wife, Dr. Jill Carroll, is white; and her adopted child, Shiv, is Black. In Brown White Black, she paints a portrait of her family through essays on motherhood, marriage, love and acceptance.
December 20, 2020
The Academy Talk Show EP6: The Afghan Peace Process with Jason Howk
Mr. Howk has in the past, shared his expertise on foreign policy, Islam, the Qur’an, and Afghanistan with the Blair community. Today he is here to talk with us about the Afghanistan Peace Process.
September 16, 2020
The Academy Talk Show EP5: An Immigrant’s Son with Sergio Troncoso
Today we speak with Sergio Troncoso about his upbringing and life story.
April 06, 2020
The Academy Talk Show EP4: Raymond Seitz on U.S. Alliances
Mr. Seitz, a retired career diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.K., discusses U.S. alliances and the recent controversy over Brexit.
February 27, 2020
The Academy Talk Show EP3: Mike Vaccaro on Sports Journalism
Mr. Vaccaro is a journalist graduate of St. Bonaventure University who is going to talk about his career in sports journalism and the importance of sports in society
February 10, 2020
The Academy Talk Show EP2: Michael Stival on the Sports Industry
Mr. Stival, a graduate of Harvard College, talks about working with professional athletes, the sports industry, and his life as a student at a Blair.
October 20, 2019
The Academy Talk Show EP1: Jason Piccolo on Immigration
In this episode we talk to Jason Piccolo who is a former boarder patrol agent. He will share his experience and knowledge on immigration and the misconceptions of it.
October 06, 2019