30 Years of Diplomacy: Stories from an American Foreign Service Officer

Jun 18, 2015

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa-native, Ambassador Ron McMullen. He shares stories from his service in Burma, South Africa, Fiji, South Africa, and Eritrea. He also talks about the importance of keeping engaged with the world, something he hopes to impart on the University of Iowa students he teaches.

"It's fun to see their excitement and to help them grow in their understanding, knowledge, and interest in things beyond Iowa," McMullen says. "The world is valuable to Iowa. About one out of five Iowa jobs depends on international trade, [and] Iowa exported more than $15 billion worth of products last year."

Also on the program - the Paris Air Show is going on this week, and the Cedar Rapids-based international avionics company Rockwell Collins is there. Jeff Standerski, a representative of Rockwell Collins, talks about how the company is pursuing a seamless and secure flow of information between aircraft and the ground.