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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.

    A Truce with the Taliban

    A Truce with the Taliban

    Former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins on a possible peace deal after more than 18 years of war.
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    • 32 min
    The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro

    The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro

    An Oscar-nominated documentary examines Brazil's deep political fault lines 
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    • 35 min
    The President Who Played One on TV

    The President Who Played One on TV

    Journalist Franklin Foer on the peculiar rise of Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine and his role in the Trump impeachment ordeal
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    • 35 min
    Counseling John McCain

    Counseling John McCain

    This week we’re giving our listeners a chance to hear a different podcast, this one produced by our friends over at the Center for a New American Security. The show is called Stories from the Back Channel and it looks at some of the most important national security issues of our time. In this episode, host Ilan Goldenberg interviews Richard Fontaine about his job as foreign policy advisor to the late Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election campaign.
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    • 36 min
    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

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