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Madeleine Albright

Wednesday 24 May 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)

Philip Dodd interviews former US secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Duration:

45 minutes

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What can you tell about a person from their tastes? Favourite song - 'Coming to America ' by Neil Diamond. Favourite film - 'The Way We Were', with Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand. Dvorak's New World Symphony is a very special piece of music to this person. Dream date - Sean Connery. What might these choices tell us about a woman who was dubbed the most powerful woman in the world.

Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbel in Prague in 1937. With her family she came to London during the war and she remembers hiding in a shelter as the bombs fell. She saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time in November 1948 when the Korbel family reached the new world, and straightaway, she remembers, she wanted to be an American. Now she is, and she is also an academic, a wife and mother, a diplomat, a divorcee, an ex-Ambassador to the UN and from 1997 to 2001 she was US Secretary of State. She brokered peace deals at Camp David and was one of those responsible for Nato's action in the Balkans over Kosovo.

Madeleine Albrights new book, The Mighty and the Almighty - Reflections on Power, God and World Affairs, is published by Macmillan




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