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Seg. 1: Ambassadors And Presidents | Seg. 2: Film Critics

Segment 1: Former U.S. ambassador thinks "the diplomatic corps is having a very good moment."

Allan Katz was appointed as the ambassador to Portugal and held the post from 2010 to 2013.  When it comes to events surrounding Ukraine Katz said, "I think the biggest problem here was is that these were acts that were contrary to the policy of the United States government." The president's conduct toward Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Katz feels, has made the foreign service less attractive to potential diplomats. 

Segment 2, beginning at 21:14: "Parasite" is the must-see film this week.

Our film critics liked "Give Me Liberty" but with only four showings at The Tivoli in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, you'll need to be quick if you want to see it. "Harriet," a fictionalized account of abolitionist Harriet Tubman's life, didn't impress but Steve Walker raved about "Parasite," saying the South Korean movie addresses income inequality in a way that's " ... funny, at times. Then it gets really dark." 

  • Cindy Haines, film professor and critic
  • Steve Walker, film critic and freelance arts reporter
  • Bob Butler, film critic and creator of ButlerCinemaScene.com
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