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Interpreting Conflict [01.27.09]

Gamal Helal is the top Arabic interpreter at the State Department. He has served three presidents, numerous defense secretaries and secretaries of state in their diplomatic efforts in the Middle East. He’s got a handful of new bosses, from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to a special Middle East Envoy. Tensions in the region are high, and expectations may now be higher. Also in the show: A politician deals with disaster his first day in office.

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