The best of my show’s first season

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” we take a look at some of the best moments of our first season — with appearances by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan, Harvard professor Joseph Nye, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and other guests.

From the peanut fields of Alabama to the Foreign Service

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Jimmy Mauldin, a Foreign Service officer currently serving in India, talks about his unlikely path from the peanut fields of Alabama to American diplomacy, and about raising a family in the Foreign Service.

U.S. calls on China to lift flight limits

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the chief U.S. aviation negotiator, Krishna Urs, talks about Open Skies agreements and other international airline accords, their impact on the flying public, and what diplomacy and travel have in common.

Behind the scenes of running an embassy

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the State Department’s innovation catalyst, Kerry O’Connor, talks about the challenges of running an embassy, improving deeply rooted but inefficient policies, and changing a culture resistant to change.

What soldiers can learn from diplomats in war zones

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, talks about the different approaches America’s soldiers and diplomats employ in war zones, and what they have learned about each other in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Is diplomacy a real profession?

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” American Foreign Service Association President Susan Johnson talks about the varying value the U.S. places on diplomacy, investing in a professional diplomatic service, and the State Department’s “struggle” to explain to Americans what it does.

20,000 want to be U.S. diplomats each year

On this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” the director-general of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, talks about recruiting, selecting and training America’s diplomats, and what it takes to maintain 275 diplomatic posts around the world.

U.S. issued record 8.9m visas in 2012

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs talks about managing U.S. visa operations around the world, the record number of visas issued in 2012, foreign students, and the challenges of consular work in the Foreign Service.

My TV show premieres with Pickering on Benghazi

In the premiere episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, talks about the Benghazi investigation, the conflict in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program. The full episode is below.