Central Coast beachcombing Donna Wares, Wares is the editor of the bestselling "My California: Journeys by Great Writers" and author of "Great Escapes: Southern California." Her new book, co-written with photographer Rick Rickman, is "The Wonder Years."
Broken healthcare and broken lives Alex Blum, Alex Blum trained in pediatric medicine at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. He is now an Evidence and Health Policy Fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He sits on the board of directors of the National Physicians Alliance and is the national field director for Doctors for America.
After images Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
Rethinking our Iran strategy Robin Wright and Robert Litwak, Robin Wright, author of "Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East," has covered Iran since 1973. Robert Litwak is the former director for nonproliferation at the National Security Council. Both are at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.