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19. Finding New Opportunities in the SPAC Landscape

May 10, 2021

May 2021 Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have raised more money in the first quarter of this year than they did in all of last year. And 2020 was already being labeled “The Year of the SPAC,” with hundreds launched. Now, more and more sponsors are stepping up. Why are SPACs so hot, and how […]

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Covering the Debate Debacle #1 — INCIVILITY

September 30, 2020

WCBS asked me to cover first the Presidential Debate from the station’s studios, where we maintain a severely limited in-person staff and a strict COVID protocol. I was tasked with reporting, writing and producing four 90-second reports for morning drive time. Each covers a different substantive slice of the debate and aired in a four-part […]

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U.S. Amb. Pyatt says Greece’s Successful COVID Response is a ‘Moment of National Pride’

June 19, 2020

My talk with U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, June 18, 2020 Ambassador says response was guided by scientific advice. Such U.S. companies as Microsoft, Google and Cisco aided with technology. Silver lining of effort was the progress Greece made in digital governance. The interview is an excerpt from the NHSTalks presentation by the National […]

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Michael Flynn’s Turkey Connection and the Implications for U.S. Security and Democracy

June 1, 2020

As the Michael Flynn legal drama comes to its denouement, the media narrative has focused on his guilty plea to lying about conversations with the Russian ambassador and the Justice Department’s late decision to seek to drop charges against Flynn. But Flynn’s other foreign entanglement, with Turkey, may be even more significant to U.S. security, […]

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My live WCBS interview with Alan Dershowitz ahead of impeachment trial

January 20, 2020

Harvard Law Prof Waffles on Scope of His Role Asserts ‘I’m not a full-fledged member’ of impeachment defense team Claims Sekulow is not conflicted by Parnas allegations Dershowitz arguably should be considered an expert witness in this case and Dems should get a rebuttal witness Sekulow should be called to testify on Parnas representation When […]

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Back Channel Diplomacy Attempts to Defuse World Hot Spots, says U.S. Ambassador Dr. Susan Elliott

August 16, 2019

Retired U.S. Ambassador Dr. Susan Elliott tells us that back channel diplomacy is currently going on in ways unimagined by most citizens, through her organization, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. She became the NCAFP’s President and CEO in August 2018. Officially known as Track II Diplomacy, these closed­-door and off­-the­-record conferences provide opportunities for […]

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From Zionist to Palestinian Advocate: One Lawyer’s Journey

January 31, 2019

Podcaster John Metaxas interviews veteran civil rights attorney Robert Herbst about his journey from his liberal Jewish upbringing to becoming an advocate for Palestinian rights. Bob says just as “Black Lives Matter in the U.S., Palestinian lives matter in Israel/Palestine.” He says his viewpoint changed significantly after what he calls Israel’s brutal 2014 Operation Protective […]

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Hughes Hubbard’s George Tsougarakis on Pro Bono Recovery of Looted 9th C. Greek Manuscript

June 2, 2018

Hughes Hubbard & Reed partner George Tsougarakis tells WallStreetNorth’s John Metaxas the fascinating story of his firm’s recovery of a 9th Century handwritten copy of the New Testament that was looted from a monastery in northern Greece by Bulgarian soldiers during World War I and went missing for 99 years. Despite the voluntarily return of […]

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John Bandler on Cybersecurity for the Home and Office

June 2, 2018

Attorney John Bandler speaks with WallStreetNorth’s John Metaxas about his book Cybersecurity for the Home and Office. Bandler’s book is published by the American Bar Association and is available through the ABA website and Amazon. John Bandler founded the Bandler Law Firm PLLC in Manhattan. The firm counsels corporations and individuals on issues that require […]

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Tasoula Hadjitofi: The Icon Hunter

June 2, 2018

John Metaxas interviews author Tasoula Hadjitofi about her book The Icon Hunter and her quest as a refugee to reclaim her nation’s stolen heritage. “As a girl growing up in Cyprus, I never imagined I’d learn as much as I have about the inner workings of art trafficking,” says Hadjitofi. Despite suffering from war, cultural […]

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