Tony Hall on being surrounded by death, starving for hunger, nasty politics and apologizing for slavery

Tony Hall, a former U.S. Congressman and the United States Ambassador, appeared on the " What Had Happened Was" with host Amelia Robinson

It is one thing to talk about a cause. It’s is another to starve yourself for it.

For the latest “What Had Happened Was” podcast episode, Dayton native Tony Hall, a former U.S. Congressman and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, spoke to Amelia Robinson about his hunger strike and ongoing work to end hunger worldwide.

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The three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee also told stories about his father, former Dayton Mayor Dave Hall, football, the hate he received after asking Congress to apologize for slavery, Mother Teresa, praying with a Republican, the need for unity and the toxic political climate.


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Tony Hall, who represented the Dayton area in the U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years, returned home in 2004 for an appearance at a Dayton Council on World Affairs luncheon at the Schuster Center. Hall, then the Rome-based U.S. ambassador to the United Nations’ food and agriculture organizations, attended with his mother Ann Hall, right, and talks with Burt Saidel at left. FILE PHOTO


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Former Congressman and US. Ambassador Tony Hall appeared on the What Had Happened Was podcast with Amelia Robinson.

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