The Keeper

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In 2017, the Lantos Foundation announced the launch of its podcast, The Keeper. Hosted by Lantos Foundation President, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, The Keeper features in depth conversations about the most pressing matters of justice in our world and welcomes some of the most important human rights leaders of our time as guests in an effort to bring listeners episodes which are entertaining, thought provoking, meaningful, and inspiring. 

The Keeper takes it's name from Congressman Tom Lantos’ personal conviction, fully lived out in his own life, that we have a moral and ethical obligation to be our brother and sister’s keeper. This guiding principle led Congressman Lantos to found the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and use his eloquence, leadership, and personal passion to advocate fiercely on behalf of those whose human rights were being trampled in every corner of the world.


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Episode 1

Guests Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, and Dr. Yang Jianli, founder of Initiatives for China, join Katrina to discuss how they came to be human rights activists, the shameful death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese governments moral bankruptcy, and the underlying political weakness that the regime is desperate to hide.

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Annette Lantos, Chair of the Lantos Foundation, shares the story of a perilous journey on Christmas Eve in 1944. At the age of 13, Annette, after seeking refuge from Nazi occupiers, was expelled from Switzerland. Mrs. Lantos narrates that terrible night and explains how she survived to become one of our country’s great advocates for human rights all around the world.


episode 2

Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital, was almost single-handedly responsible for the adoption of the Magnitsky Act, a groundbreaking piece of human rights legislation. Bill and Katrina talk about the tragic injustice that transformed him from an international financier to an international advocate for human rights and the rule of law. 


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Father Patrick Desbois is the author of the book “The Holocaust by Bullets”, which recounts his mission to uncover the truth behind the murder of 1.5 million Jews in the Ukraine. With utter dedication and quiet determination, he has succeeded in breaking the code of silence and the cloak of invisibility surrounding these unimaginable crimes.