Episode 307. Ambassador Chris Stevens

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The death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 hit very close to home as our own Austin Tichenor and Chris were old friends from high school and college roommates. For this reduced audio wake, Austin is joined by fellow roommate Steven McDonald (top left corner above, and on the right) as they share memories and pay tribute to this extraordinary man. Featuring lessons in confidence, stories of bravery, examples of the value of a broad and wide liberal arts education, diplomatic responses to undergraduate theatre, unfortunate attempts to politicize his death, and the embodiment of humor and grace under pressure. (Length 32:46)


Mary (Andrews) Franklin · January 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

Austin- I just listened to this lovely tribute and it was fun revisiting our days at Cal. I was there at the same time (I was a Pi Phi) and had lots of friends in the ATO house. I didn’t realize that Ambassador Chris Stevens was the same person I knew in college until I received my alumni magazine this month. I have been looking through the website while listening to your podcast and remembering days at Cal and Chris. What an amazing person! My condolences for your loss of a dear friend and we are a world have certainly lost an important citizen.
Take care

Fatima · November 13, 2012 at 4:24 am

Austin, I heard your podcast about Chris Stevens. His prayer in arabic amazed me. His assassination affected every sensible and educated Muslim as Islamically it’s not permissible to kill any ambassador or any innocent soul however ironically these atrocities are done in the name of Islam, Allah( the Most Merciful and the Benefecient ) and His last messenger Muhammad( peace be upon him) who was the kindest human being ever lived( you can check history)

I really hope like Chris that we all may be protected and be in good hands always. It’s always saddening to hear about loss of human lives. One thing that you are going to find common through out the world is every one wants to help the other with their true sincere affection and intention when they see someone in crisis. But common people just don’t know how to or where to go to give help.

So on platforms like these things have become a bit easier but condolences are nevertheless hard to give…a loss is a loss!
Only and only Allah can give peace to the disturbed one .

So salamaliqum

austin · November 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Dare! DARE!

Thanks, John. I appreciate it…

John Schwab · November 3, 2012 at 12:31 am


Great podcast. So great to hear personal stories about a man that, unfortunately due to the news coverage, we haven’t been given much insight into his amazing career.

I think when I did hear about his death, I did post that the world needed more people like him, and after hearing this podcast, I can only say the same thing again. Dare I say he was America’s GREATEST Ambassador?

All the best to the RSC team.


austin · November 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Thank you, Patricia. Much appreciated.

Patricia · October 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

Thanks for a lovely podcast, Austin. My sincere condolences for your loss.

austin · October 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

Thanks, Kit. It was so lovely to see you at the Memorial.

Kit Lofgren · October 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Quite simply, thanks.

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