Solvable

Solvable

Solvable showcases the world’s most innovative thinkers and their proposed solutions to the world’s most daunting problems. The interviews, conducted by journalists like Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, will launch a dialogue that both acknowledges the complexity of the issues while inspiring hope that the problems are, in fact, solvable.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

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May 12, 2021 18 min
Ronald Young Jr is the newest host of Solvable. Jacob Weisberg and Ronald Young Jr. talk about some of their hosting inspirations from Larry King, Studs Terkel, Terry Gross and Dick Cavett.  Ronald Young Jr. Seizing Freedom, Northern Virginia Magazine Time Well Spent Podcast Leaving the Theater Podcast Dick Cavett with actor and comedian Don Rickles Studs Terkel Radio Archive, WFMT Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR Larry King with Je...
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Maria Konnikova is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Biggest Bluff, The Confidence Game, and Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes. To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself check out the links below. Ricky Jay Remembered, NPR 2018 The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David Maurer Mastermind: How To Think Like She...
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April 28, 2021 24 min
Abby Maxman is President and CEO of Oxfam America and says “there's no reason in the 21st century that people should be going hungry.” Want to learn more about how you can reduce hunger locally and globally? Check out the links below to learn more about the suggestions that Maxman makes in this episode: Find Your Local Food Pantry, Feeding America  Local Food Directories, USDA The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow The Hungry ...
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The Bomber Mafia is the new audiobook by Revisionist History host (and Pushkin co-founder) Malcolm Gladwell.?It examines the rise of air power, which created one of the greatest moral challenges of the Second World War.?In The Bomber Mafia, you’ll hear the voices of the generals, aircraft soaring, and bombs crashing. It is history brought to life through the power of audio. Buy the audiobook at?bombermafia.com?and receive an exclus...
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Angeline Murimirwa is executive director of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). By engaging local communities in their nomination process, young people and their families receive support that makes education more attainable and the benefits of that education more widely enjoyed. Want to learn more about the UN Sustainable Development goal to provide basic education to all young people? Check out the links below.  My Bette...
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As part of our Setbacks series examining the impact of COVID-19 on global development, Paul Farmer explains why he is still optimistic after working for 40 years to end global health inequities. Paul Farmer is a professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-Founder of Partners In Health. He believes that solutions flow from addressing social pathologies along wi...
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Dasia Taylor is a senior at Iowa City West High School. She’s working to develop and produce medical sutures, dyed with beets, that can detect infections and alert patients to signs of risk. According to the WHO patients with surgical site infections are twice as likely to spend time in an intensive care unit, five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge. And twice as likely to die. Out of nearly 2000 students Taylor w...
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Cults and other manipulative groups are an issue of public health and Diane Benscoter has strategies that may help. Diane Benscoter is the founder of Antidote and the author of Shoes of a Servant: My Unconditional Devotion to a Lie. Here are some links to additional information about cults and psychological manipulation and how to find support: Support for Individuals, from Antidote  Support for Families, from Antidote Freedom of M...
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Keller Rinaudo is the CEO and Founder of Zipline International. Their “sky ambulance” service is delivering medical supplies to hard to reach places via drone delivery. Here are some links to information and resources that Rinaudo mentioned in this episode. Zipline International Factfulness by Hans and Ola Rosling  Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker  Children: Improving Survival and Wellbeing, UN World Health Organization, Sept 8, ...
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March 17, 2021 29 min
Resmaa Menakem is an author and psychotherapist working in Minneapolis Minnesota. As a specialist focused on racial trauma, Menakem works to help people metabolize intergenerational pain and pay attention to the cues their bodies are communicating rather than burying them. Here are links that Menakem recommends to learn more about trauma and systemic racism, and links to some tools that can help to address both. Hotlines for Surv...
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Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City and he thinks that extreme poverty is a solvable problem. Here are some links to learn more about universal basic income and guaranteed minimum income.  “2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments,” Bloomberg News, Jan 4, 2021 “Andrew Yang's 'People's Bank' to Help Distribute Basic Income to 55K New Yorkers,” Newsweek, Feb 17, 2021 “Universal Basic Incom...
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Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. She was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2020 for her work researching and documenting America’s waste water failures.  Learn more: Have you faced local sanitation issues in the US? We want to hear from you, The Guardian, 2021 Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret By Catherine Coleman Flo...
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Nathan Matias is a professor at Cornell University and leads the Citizens and Technology Lab. He believes that the strong tradition of scrappy, responsive, citizen science (which has led to positive changes in food safety and quality assurance regulations) can also bring positive changes to how algorithms impact our lives.  The Citizens and Technology Lab, Cornell University Mozilla Foundation- volunteer opportunities   Algorithmi...
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Eli Pariser is a social activist and technology entrepreneur. He sits on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Foundation and the Information and Democracy Commission. He is currently co-director of the Civic Signals project with Talia Stroud, at the National Conference on Citizenship. To learn more about urban planing and digital design check out these links below: New Public by Civic Signals  What obligation do social medi...
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February 10, 2021 37 min
Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, contributing writer at The Atlantic and a co-host of Solvable and she believes that political polarization is solvable. Learn more about the topics that Anne discussed with Jacob: Coexistence is the Only Option, The Atlantic, Jan 20, 2021 Quebec’s landmark 1995 independence referendum, The McGill Tribune, Nov 3, 2020 The Northern Ireland Peace Process, Council on Foreign Relatio...
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February 3, 2021 27 min
Juan Manuel Santos is credited with ending the long and violent civil war in Colombia. He believes that every conflict can have a solution. This episode originally published in 2019. Want to know more about making and maintaining peace in Colombia? Check out these links. Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Prize, 2016 Colombia peace built by British veterans of IRA accord, The Sunday Times, 2016 Colombia Signs Peace Agreement with FARC rebel...
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January 27, 2021 22 min
Dr. Anne Zink is the Chief Medical Officer for the state of Alaska and has helped to coordinate one of the nation's most successful vaccine distribution efforts to date. Dr. Zink believes that part of their success comes from the many people joining in to the enormous effort, in creative and meaningful ways. Want to learn more about how to volunteer to help with vaccine distribution? Contact your local health department and che...
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January 20, 2021 28 min
Dr. Wendy Wood is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. Here are some links to the studies referenced in this episode and a few stories: Reducing Elevator Energy Use: A comparison of posted feedback and reduced elevator convenience, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis How to Keep our Buildings from Making us Fat, Fast Company Finding a Closer Gym May Be the Key to Working Out More, ...
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January 13, 2021 28 min
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Even though systemic racism and a history of medical abuses against people of color are indisputable, she believes that the lack of trust in the COVID-19 vaccine can, should, and will be reversed. Dr. Montgomery Rice suggested these links, from trusted sources, for more information about the COVID-19 vaccines. Information about the Pfizer-Bio...
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December 23, 2020 16 min
Rachel Stroer is the acting president of the Land Institute. She believes that many of the ecological and economic problems stemming from our current dependence on monoculture farming can be solved through investing in regenerative agriculture. Here are some ways to learn more! The Land Institute Project Drawdown Regenerative Annual Cropping, Project Drawdown The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier Perennial Vegetables, Frui...
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