Embedded Player They are the face of America abroad: Ambassadors are on the front lines of international conflict, cultural imperialism, congressional junkets, commercial contracts or the canapes for the cocktail party. Join host Neal Conan for a discussion about what it takes to be a U.S. ambassador.


Prudence Bushnell
*Former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala
*featured in the National Geographic film Ambassador: Inside the Embassy.

Ambassador Thomas Simons
*Visiting Diplomatic Scholar, Wellesley college (Cambridge, Mass.)
*Former Ambassador to Poland 1990-1993
*Former Ambassador to Pakistan 1996-1998

Ambassador James Lilly
*Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.)
*Former Ambassador to China (1989-1991)
*Former Ambassador to South Korea (1986-1989)