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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

    The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin

    The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin

    New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen on how the Russian president is planning to rule for live.
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    • 31 min
    A Fateful Decision that Led to the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

    A Fateful Decision that Led to the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

    Journalist David Kirkpatrick on how President Carter was pressured into letting the Shah of Iran into the U.S.
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    • 37 min
    The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United States

    The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United States

    Following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, we examine again what a trove of leaked intelligence cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq. 
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    • 29 min
    The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

    The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

    Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won. 
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    • 34 min
    The Documentaries of 2019

    The Documentaries of 2019

    On this episode, we look back at some of the documentaries we featured on the show in the past year. 
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    • 31 min
    The Books of 2019

    The Books of 2019

    On this episode, we look back at some of the books we featured on the show in the past year.
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    • 33 min

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