The Costa Report
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.
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Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He spent 28 years at Newsweek, where he was a longtime senior editor and wrote hundreds of columns and features on a wide variety of subjects. He is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. His 2010 book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," went to #4 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List and was one of the Times' "Notable Books" of the year. "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," published in 2006, was also a bestseller.
Bestselling author and a promoter of sustainable development for over 30 years, the Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project, founder and President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. and Natural Capitalism Solutions, a non-profit in Longmont, Colorado. She was a founding professor at Presidio Graduate School's MBA in Sustainable Management program, has taught at various universities, consulted for many citizens’ groups, governments and corporations. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. She has addressed the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Congress, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and hundreds of major conferences. Named millennium "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine, she has received the Right Livelihood Award, the Leadership in Business Award and dozens of other honors.
Alfred Adask is the leading figure in the very controversial sovereign citizen movement, which takes the position that citizens are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state or municipal levels. They especially reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate. He was recently featured on 60 Minutes, which has sparked a great deal of interest in his cause. For 12 years he published AntiShyster Magazine, he is a former candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, and was identified by the Federal government as one of the top dozen anti-government activists during the 1990s.
Dan Mathews is the irreverent driving force behind the colorful crusades and star-studded stunts carried out by PETA, one of the most high-profile pressure groups of all time. His brainstorms, such as the iconic “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, are regularly covered by CNN and TMZ. He has been profiled by such publications as The New York Times and USA Today. He as appeared on Dateline NBC, National Geographic Television, Good Morning America and Larry King Live. “Mathews’ greatest insight is his seemingly intuitive understanding that causes are as much about trendiness as they are about conscience,” wrote New York Magazine.
Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently as Director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995. His public service has also included appointments as Under Secretary of the Navy, Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Service.
Currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where his areas of research are U.S. foreign affairs and national security policy. He is the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as appointed by President George W. Bush. He has also served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the State Department, Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, and General Counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is widely considered to be a possible Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential race.
Alan Dershowitz is widely considered one of the great legal minds in the world. He has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is a Professor of Law at Harvard, and has written over 300 articles that have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Harvard Law Review, and The New Republic. He is also the author of 27 fiction and non-fiction books.
Doug is a Canadian-British bestselling author of the highly acclaimed book Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, and the London-based European bureau chief for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, which is Canada's equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize, an unprecedented four times.