Scott Drabenstadt, 8pm to 9pm  (bio and link to be posted when rec’d from guest)

Christopher 2X, 8pm to 9pm formerly Christopher Anthony Bryant, is a community activist in Louisville, Kentucky. A former drug trafficker, 2X served seven years in prison before being released in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Nation of Islam temple in Louisville and changed his name to 2X. Since then, he has dedicated much of his time to community outreach programs in Louisville, especially in the West End.
2X is most known for providing emotional and social support for many West End teenagers after the Michael Newby murder trial in which the jury found the defendant, a Louisville police officer, not guilty. He holds a weekly youth group, “The War Zone,” at the Urban Learning Center in Louisville. He also leads vigils after each murder in the city if the victim’s family requests it.



Doug Knoll, 9pm to 10pm

Webpage: www.elusivepeace.com

Name Of Book:   Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better
Resolve World Conflicts

Topic: Helping make peace in our world.

Douglas E. Noll, Esq a full time internationally recognized mediator and peacemaker, specializing in difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators, and is certified under international standards established by the International Mediation Institute. He is the author of the award-winning book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts published by Prometheus Books. Doug has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005 by US News & World Report, is a Northern California SuperLawyer and is one of 193 mediators word wide selected for inclusion in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators.

  • Lawyer turned peacemaker, that sounds like a contradiction in terms. Tell us about what it means to be a lawyer and a peacemaker.
  • What exactly is mediation?
  • What does a mediator do to help people resolve their conflicts?
  • Does mediation really work?
  • Tell us about your Prison of Peace project in the largest, most violent women’s prison in the world?
  • What is the fastest way to de-escalate a conflict?
  • Why is that so simple to describe, but so hard to do in the heat of conflict?
  • What does it take to become a professional mediator?
  • You say that peacemaking is the hardest work anyone can do. Why is that?
  • Your latest book is about international mediators. What made you interested in international mediation?
  • How do you mediate evil and violence?
  • Has the U.S. really made international peacemaking illegal?
  • Why hasn’t the United Nations played a role in developing professional international mediators?
  • Why is a cadre of professional mediators needed today, as opposed to twenty years ago?
  • Where will the mediators come from?
  • You are optimistic about peace even as we see wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, troubling conflicts with Iran and North Korea, and instability in parts of Africa. Why?
  • What will readers take away when they read Elusive Peace?

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