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Heavyweight Roster for August Newsmakers Interview Series

August 8th, 2012

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Scroll down to see a gallery of this week's interviews,
updated every afternoon.

Year two of the groundbreaking Newsmakers Interview Series with Marvin Olasky wrapped up Friday, Aug. 24, with a stirring interview with Hispanic evangelical leader, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke about the swelling ranks of Hispanic evangelicals in America, their natural conservative values and spiritual impact on the nation, and the enormous influence they will have on 21st. Century politics. The interviews in the Barbara Hodel Center Coffeehouse were, as always, outstanding and well attended, and a significant national webcast audience also tuned in each day. 

"I'm convinced that a legitmate Christian worldview agenda in the political realm can transform America," Rodriguez said. "But it will be difficult for the GOP to succeed if they alienate a natural conservative base as large and as growing as the Hispanic evangelical community." To view a photo gallery of the week's distinguished guests, scroll to the bottom of the page. And be on the lookout for upcoming audio and video links of this week's interviews on our Newsmakers web-page. View interviewee profiles below.

Melanie Kirkpatrick

The week launches Monday, Aug. 20, 12:40 p.m. ET, with Hudson Institute fellow and Wall Street Journal editor and columnist Melanie Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has written a new book, Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad, and will discuss with Dr. Olasky the fascinating, untold story of the increasing numbers of North Koreans daring to flee that repressive state along a secret route known as the new underground railroad. Just as escaped slaves from the American South educated Americans about the evils of slavery, the North Koreans are now informing the world about the secretive country they fled and sowing seed for change within North Korea itself.


Claude Allen

Claude Allen, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 12:20 p.m. ET – Claude Allen was the Assistant to the President of the United States for Domestic Policy in George W. Bush’s White House and judicial nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He resigned in February, 2006, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, but within a month news broke that Allen had been shoplifting from retail stores Target and Hecht’s and refunding the items for cash. It triggered an investigation that resulted in Allen’s arrest on felony counts of theft. Dr. Olasky will interview Allen, a longtime evangelical Christian, married and a father of four, about that perplexing episode and try to learn more about how Allen has put his life back together.


Charles Murray

Charles Murray, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 12:40 p.m. ET – Author Charles Alan Murray is an American libertarian political scientist, columnist, pundit and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. Referred to by some as the “Father of Welfare Reform,” Murray was among the first to conclude, in his ground breaking book Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980, that all social welfare programs are doomed to affect a net harm on society and hurt the very people they are intended to help. Another of his bestsellers, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, argued that intelligence is a better predictor of success and good citizenship than education and socio-economic status and documented the dangerous, emerging gap between the “cognitive elite” and the general population. Set against the backdrop of Obamacare, big government, and presidential elections, Dr. Olasky’s interview with Charles Murray should yield some fascinating conversation.


John C. Goodman

John C. Goodman, Thursday, Aug. 23, 12:20 p.m. ET—John C. Goodman is regarded as a leading national authority on conservative approaches to healthcare. A Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and President of the Kellye Wright Fellow in Health Care at the National Center for Policy Analysis, he has been named by the Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.” Goodman is frequently called to testify before Congress on health care reform, and his Health Policy Blog is the premier health care blog on the internet where pro-market, pro-private sector solutions to health care problems are examined and debated by top national health policy experts. He is the author of more than fifty studies on health policy and of nine books, including Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws.


Samuel Rodriguez

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Friday, Aug. 24,12:40 p.m. ET – CNN named Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement. The Wall Street Journal also identified him as one of America’s seven most influential Hispanic leaders, and Charisma Magazine called Rev. Rodriguez America’s most influential spirit-filled Christian leader in the political sphere. Having emerged as one of the nation’s leading Christian voices, the President of America’s Preeminent Latino Christian Organization has been featured, profiled and quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, FOXNEWS, Bill Moyers, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, among many others, as the Preeminent Leading Voice for Hispanic Born Again Believers in America. The current president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 40,118 member churches, Rodriguez leads Hispanic faith leaders in support of life, family, the Great Commission, education, and justice. Among other topics, Dr. Olasky will query Rev. Rodriquez on the role of Hispanic evangelicals in the upcoming presidential elections.


View the gallery of the week's interviews, updated every afternoon.