'The Life of Veteran Washington Post Political Photographer Melina Mara'
February 3, 2010
Hosted by David Gibbons
“In Discussion” talks with Melina Mara about her long career behind the camera lens working as a photojournalist. While a Seattle-based photojournalist, she began photographing the 13 women in the U.S. Senate in 2001, continuing the project as their number grew to 14 in 2003. In focused bursts, Mara traveled the country to document this defining period in the history of U.S. politics. At a time when access to national politicians is increasingly controlled, Mara persuaded the senators to allow her to document the unprecedented role of women in the Senate, both behind the scenes and before microphones and lights. "Changing the Face of Power - Women in the U.S. Senate," a documentary work of the 14 female senators at work on Capitol Hill, opened at the Smithsonian Institution Arts & Industry Building in May 2003 and is presently a traveling exhibit. The book by the same name was released in the Fall 2005, published by University of Texas Press. The program charts her life journey and career in the political arena.
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"In Discussion" brings world leaders and people from all areas of life together in frank and powerful conversation. Interviewer and writer David Gibbons invites great thinkers, politicians, business leaders, scientists, religious leaders, scientists and entertainers and notable philosophic think tanks together in cleverly orchestrated interviews and discussions. In developing and encouraging frank conversation towards the dynamic ignition of positive mindsets, the paradigm of progressive and positive change is at the forefront of its vision and mission.
David Gibbons has been writing and involved in the broadcast arena since 2001. His work in understanding the world we live in and its people continues to fascinate and consume his interest, in pursuing a direct conversational style with leaders, literature scholars and everyday individuals. He is the host of David Gibbons "In Discussion", the daily program that engages world's thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business individuals, scientists and religious leaders. He is constantly seeking a greater understanding of the world we live in today with an unassuming style and delivery, leading to the premise of igniting dialogue towards dynamic change in our society.