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Highlights From Our First Year
Oct 2 • 53 min
We’re celebrating our first season with highlights from the past year. This episode features some of the most fascinating nuggets on the future of work, universal basic income, saving the oceans, saving democracy, and more. Among those featured: Former…
Amanda Renteria: How to Create Impact in the Public & Private Sectors
Sep 4 • 53 min
Raised in a farmworking family, Amanda Renteria has worked for Goldman Sachs, the City of San Jose, and two senators; has been a teacher and coach; has run for Congress; was a top adviser to Hillary Clinton; directed operations for the California…
Saving Democracy: National Perspectives From Left & Right
Jul 12 • 122 min
How did the world’s leading democracy get in so much trouble? To talk about that — and what we should do about it — ”Saving Democracy” brought together panelists with experience in Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, the federal government,…
Joe Sanberg: We Can - And Must - End Poverty in 30 Years
Jun 28 • 50 min
After succeeding on Wall Street, Joe Sanberg decided to devote the rest of his career to the cause of ending poverty, not just for his mother, but for all Americans. He thinks we can, and must, do that within 30 years. One of his projects: Aspiration, a…
Find a Purpose or Face the Pitchforks: This Ad Agency Is Betting on Doing What’s Right
May 29 • 51 min
Drew Train was a rising star on Madison Avenue, working at the legendary J Walter Thompson agency for clients like HSBC, one of the biggest banks in the world. But at night, he was going to Occupy Wall Street rallies. Eventually, he couldn’t stand the…
What If Everyone Were Guaranteed a Paycheck?
May 2 • 43 min
What if everyone got paid - even if they didn’t have a job? That’s the idea behind universal basic income, or UBI. It’s advocates say we need it to protect humans who are losing their jobs to robots — and as one of the best ways to end poverty. In this…
How to Communicate for Impact
Apr 11 • 40 min
We sometimes think that good communicators are just born talented, like a Jefferson or a Lincoln. But anyone can learn to communicate better. To explore how, Spencer talks to Sean Smith, who has worked on presidential campaigns for Bill Clinton, John…
Can We Make Government Work?
Mar 21 • 46 min
Dan Schnur is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. He worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns.…
Why Do We Vote the Way We Do?
Feb 26 • 40 min
When Santa Fe Institute Professor Mirta Galesic was a teenager, her country fell apart. She lived in what was then Yugoslavia. But after the death of President Josip Broz Tito, that country was riven by ethnic nationalism. Amidst the turmoil, young Mirta…
North Korea & WMD: How to Think About the Unthinkable
Jan 24 • 36 min
Spencer talks with David Schmerler, a researcher who keeps track of North Korea and its weapons of mass destruction. David says his work can be like a spy novel, or a video game — and in fact he even helped create a Minecraft simulation to help people…
The Future of Work with Kristin Wolff
Jan 3 • 54 min
Everything about jobs is now open to question — including the question of whether jobs will even exist. To sort it out, we talk this time about robots, the gig economy, income inequality, the disruption of education — even bitcoin. All that and more from…
More Than Just Pretty Fish: This Aquarium Is a Force in Ocean Preservation
Dec 12, 2017 • 46 min
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for otters, sharks, a spectacular setting — even appearances in movies and TV shows. But that’s just the most visible part. The Aquarium is also a powerful force for protecting the oceans through education,…
If We Got the First 5 Years of Life Right, It Would Change Everything
Nov 26, 2017 • 31 min
If more children got what they need between the ages of 0 and 5, it would mean less crime, less violence, less poverty, and more people having happy, productive lives. Host Spencer Critchley talks to Gabriel Sanchez, Director of Communications for First 5…
We Know How to Reduce Gang Violence — If We’re Willing to Act
Nov 9, 2017 • 36 min
Cities across the United States struggle with gang violence, and the challenge can sometimes seem hopeless. But you may be surprised to learn that we know a lot about how to reduce gang violence — often dramatically. We just have to act on what we know.
“Debt-Free College” & Other Ways We Could Transform Education, Jobs & the Economy with Apprenticeships
Oct 27, 2017 • 36 min
What if we could get millions of young people good jobs, free them from college debt, and give the economy a big boost? This episode’s guests say we can do it — if we just follow a proven model from Switzerland, now being tried and tested with promising…
Hope for Democracy, Part 3 of 3
Oct 12, 2017 • 47 min
Part 3 of a discussion with former Congressman Sam Farr, former Obama White House official Adrienne Harris, presidential campaign veteran and local elected official Zach Friend, and presidential campaign veteran and media consultant Spencer Critchley.
Hope for Democracy, Part 2
Sep 25, 2017 • 30 min
Part 2 of a discussion with former Congressman Sam Farr, former Obama White House official Adrienne Harris, presidential campaign veteran and local elected official Zach Friend, and presidential campaign veteran and media consultant Spencer Critchley.
Hope for Democracy, Part 1
Aug 30, 2017 • 40 min
Part 1 of a discussion with former Congressman Sam Farr, former Obama White House official Adrienne Harris, presidential campaign veteran and local elected official Zach Friend, and presidential campaign veteran and media consultant Spencer Critchley.