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Naomi Judd

Country Music Artist and Social Advocate

We didn't have a bio. We didn't have an eight-by-ten. We didn't have -- zero, zip, zilch. You talk about falling off the turnip truck! I love it, because that gives people hope, because that's what we're all about is saying that, "You know, technology is cool, it's all great, and the information highway and all that stuff, but you know what? Give me that human touch. Give me that one-on-one."
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Naomi Judd

Country Music Artist and Social Advocate

It began when I was 17, and I had started my senior year of high school and I found out I'm pregnant, and my family is exploding into chaos, and my little brother is dying, and my parents are getting a divorce. I mean, I'm PG in 1963 in small town America. Big scandal! It was awful. And that was the night that I grew up, because I realized as I sat there and told my family doctor that I thought I was pregnant, he began to weep, and I remember sitting there in my chair, and it dawned on me for the first time in my young life that change is the true nature of this world. And I got up out of my seat and walked behind his desk and put my hand on his starched white lab coat and said, "It's okay. I don't have anything else, but I have hope."
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

I told the French, I told the U.S., I told the Europeans that this somebody called Osama -- and people coming to me -- common Afghans came to tell me that the Taliban are bringing in horrible people from the Arab world, from Pakistan, and these are killers. "These are very inhuman people. Talk to the rest of the world. Liberate Afghanistan from these people, because they are going to hurt everybody, not only Afghans." And I went on a daily basis, I went to the rest of the world to tell them that this is what's going on in Afghanistan. I hardly stayed two or three days a week in my home with my family, and later on when I got married with my wife. I kept telling them. Nobody believed me. When they believed me they thought, "Well, it may not be as serious as he's talking about." Or if it is as serious as he's talking about, maybe his estimation of the Afghan resolve to get rid of the Taliban and terrorism was something that they thought I was overstating. So all those things probably made things a bit difficult.
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Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan

Osama Bin Laden had just arrived in Afghanistan at that time. I had just heard his name at that time. Somebody in Afghanistan, a pilot, told me that he flew this man from a certain border of Afghanistan to Kandahar to meet with Mullah Omar with two sacks of money in his hands, briefcases of money. But the Taliban were banning people from education, banning women from work. The world did not know them the way he knew them at the time. The world was still sympathetic to them, the West in particular. I began to disassociate with them. I began to travel to America. I began to travel to Europe to tell the Europeans and the Americans that Afghanistan is going through very difficult times; that there is a danger in Afghanistan for Afghans and for the rest of the world. Very few people believed me. They said, "This is not true. You are saying this because they are not the type of people you are. They represent Afghanistan; you represent another culture. You speak English, you are educated, so you don't represent Afghanistan. The Taliban do represent Afghanistan." We began in Afghanistan a campaign against them, a campaign to dislodge them, without help from the rest of the world.
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Anthony Kennedy

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Anthony Kennedy: I think I maybe learned more in the oil fields than I did in the State Senate. I think there's a lot of wisdom in the working man and the working woman. I think they're very concerned with what the country is like, what their life should be like. And I think that taught me a lot, because I was the butt of many jokes when I was a little kid working with these high-powered people in the oil fields, and I had to learn to adjust to that and try to pull my own weight.
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