The Bridge from The Aspen Institute

The Bridge from The Aspen Institute
These days, women of different generations and geographies have never needed one another more. And yet, there are so few places where we are in meaningful dialogue. This inspired The Aspen Institute to create The Bridge, a podcast that puts two people with deep knowledge and compassion in fierce, fun conversation with one another.

Ai-jen Poo and Kumi Naidoo: Activism is an Act of Love
Jun 14 • 43 min
How can we build a global movement of love in a time of change and hatred? Hear from two people working to answer that question.
Irin Carmon and Linda Hirshman: Fierce Integrity
May 10 • 52 min
Irin Carmon and Linda Hirshman sit down to discuss how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s leadership has shaped the country and what the future looks like for women in positions of power.
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho: The Heart of Healing
Apr 12 • 39 min
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho served as the Rwandan Minister of Health for 5 years, and she is now a leader in the fight for global health equity. Hear her thoughts on creating better health systems and the value of women in leadership.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: When Women Lead
Mar 8 • 34 min
To kick off season two of the Bridge, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 24th president of Liberia and the first democratically elected female head of state on the African continent, shares her wisdom on leadership.
Melanne Verveer & Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Women’s Rights are Human Rights
Sep 27, 2017 • 53 min
At the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, Hillary Clinton famously said “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” Listen to two pioneering women describe where they were and what they were thinking when they heard that…
Akaya Windwood and Liz Ogbu: Sitting in the River
Aug 8, 2017 • 53 min
In what direction is the river flowing today for women in power and leadership? What tools do we have to break down walls and constructs of oppression: race, class, gender? Close friends Akaya Windwood, president of Rockwood Leadership, and Liz Ogbu,…
Teresa Younger & Vera Papisova: Vantage Point - Tales of Women’s Health
Jun 26, 2017 • 45 min
How does understanding our bodies, our health, and our sexual experiences push the feminist dialogue forward today? From the institute’s Spotlight Health conference, The Bridge explores this question from two viewpoints: Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue’s…
Abigail Disney and Michèle Stephenson: Everyone Loves a Good Story
May 19, 2017 • 51 min
How can storytelling, especially through film, take people to a different place? How can stories expose vulnerabilities and empower people to take action? This episode features two award winning filmmakers who have used their craft to change hearts and…
Kimberlé Crenshaw and Mia Birdsong: We Have Our Own Table
Apr 10, 2017 • 44 min
How can the civil rights and women’s movements be mutually supportive? What does the women’s movement look like today? What are its shortcomings?
Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte: Our Common Future
Feb 27, 2017 • 39 min
As fossil fuels, natural disasters, the role of science, and the Environmental Protection Agency fill the news, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, discuss why climate change is at the heart of the…
Joy Phumaphi and Sisonke Msimang: This Is What Resistance Looks Like
Jan 31, 2017 • 44 min
After seeing a mass mobilization of women across the world in January, one important question arises: What does a global women’s movement look like?
Courtney Martin and Pat Mitchell: The Women’s Movement Redux
Jan 4, 2017 • 47 min
How will a new Trump administration impact the women’s movement? Will the urgency around issues like reproductive justice dissolve women’s generational differences? Journalists and friends Courtney Martin and Pat Mitchell discuss what’s ahead.