Interview with FDA and NSA whistleblowers on truth-telling, Sunday at 6 p.m. on The Campbell Conversations


Tune into WRVO’s Campbell Conversations Sunday to listen as Maxwell Professor Grant Reeher interviews Thomas Drake and Susan Wood

In a continuation of last week’s conversation about government whistleblowing, host Grant Reeher talks this week with two actual whistleblowers, both of whom tell powerful stories about their experiences. Susan Wood is a former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration.  She resigned her position and blew the whistle on the FDA’s political stonewalling on the approval of the morning-after pill “Plan B.”  Thomas Drake is a former senior executive with the National Security Agency.  He was prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Espionage Act after blowing the whistle on NSA’s “Trailblazer” data collection program.  These charges were dropped just days before the trial, and after stories about the prosecution aired on 60 Minutes and appeared in The New Yorker Magazine, among other places.  In 2011, Drake received the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

Listen in to the last edition of Campbell Conversations where Grant Reeher:

The not-for-profit Government Accountability Project has been at the center of many of the nation’s highest profile whistleblower cases—involving nuclear power plants, the Star Wars anti-missile defense system, the World Bank, and the National Security Agency. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Louis Clark, the Project’s President and also its Director of Corporate and Financial Accountability. Clark discusses the importance of individual employees going public, and the challenges to them in doing so. Next week Grant will speak with two whistleblowers.


The Campbell Conversations

Sundays at 6:00 p.m. with Grant Reeher

Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from central New York – writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community – as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.

The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.

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If you have any questions about an episode or any comments for Grant, feel free to contact him by email at at your convenience.

Support for the The Campbell Conversations series on WRVO is provided by The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship.


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