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Sunday 07 June 2009

Matt Frei speaks to Van Jones, adviser to President Obama on the subject of green jobs, and meets the young Republicans who are looking to revamp the Grand Old Party.

The programme also visits the small town of Greensburg, Kansas. In 2007 it was destroyed by one of the fiercest tornados on record. Today it is being reborn as a 'green town' and has been heralded by President Obama as an example to the world.

  • Van Jones

    Van Jones is the Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He is the founder and president of Green for All -- an American NGO which aims to combat poverty through green enterprise.

    He is author of the best-selling book, The Green Collar Economy, in which he outlines his vision for solving America's economic and environmental failures.

    Time Magazine named Mr. Jones as one of its 'environmental heroes' and Rolling Stone magazine named him as one of the key people shaping America today.

    White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Greensburg: the Kansas Green town

    On May 4 2007, at 9.45 PM, the small town of Greensburg in southwest Kansas suffered a direct hit by a maximum strength tornado. Estimated to be nearly 2 miles wide, it killed 11 people and levelled 95 per cent of the town. Previously known as the home to America's deepest hand-dug well, Greensburg, a town with around 900 residents now garners global attention. Determined to rebuild their community, Greensburg's residents and city council decided to reinvent the town as a beacon of eco-friendly, sustainable development and has been heralded as an example to the world by President Barack Obama.

  • Greensburg

  • Greensburg

    Greensburg, Greentown
  • Reinventing the Republican Party

    The Republican Party is working to bounce back - to reclaim its image, even change the way it’s seen by the public. The Obama campaign was celebrated for harnessing a new generation of young people through use of the internet, star power and encouragement of small donations during the campaign, but host Matt Frei speaks with two prominent young people who weren’t caught up in the whole Obama swell.

    Kristin Soltis and Reihan Salam are fired up about the potential of the Republican Party. They discuss the ways that the Republican Party is gaining momentum, even now with lower numbers representing the party in Washington D.C. and they draw some of their inspiration from the conservative hopefuls in the U.K.

  • Kristen Soltis

    Kristen Soltis is the Director of policy research at the Winston group, a Washington DC public opinion research and strategic consulting firm. Her writing on politics has appeared in academic journals as well as online at The American Spectator, The Next Right, Doublethink Online, Culture11, and Pollster.com. Soltis is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. When not immersed in politics she’s the lead singer for the D.C. based band, The Frustrations.

    The Winston Group
  • Reihan Salam

    Reihan Salam is a fellow at the New American Foundation. He is co-author of Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008). Salam was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. He is the editor of The American Scene.

    The American Scene
  • Kareem Salama: Muslim country and western singer

    Kareem Salama was born and raised in Ponca City, a small town in Oklahoma, after his parents migrated to the USA from Egypt in the 1970s. As a boy he was obsessed with cowboys, strutting around in a stetson and cowboy neck-tie from a young age. He studied chemical engineering at university and then completed a law degree. But rather than pull on a suit and tie and work as a patent attorney, he decided to follow his passion for country and western music instead. Inspired by poetry, be it western or classical Arabic, he mixes a unique blend of stories and experiences into his music, celebrating his life as both an American and a Muslim.

    Kareem Salama
  • Van Jones on green jobs - extended interview

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    Matt Frei speaks to Van Jones, adviser to President Obama on the subject of green jobs.


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