Building Adaptive Capacity — Interview

Do we want to build a secure and resilient system for powering . . . our country? And do we want to attack the biggest challenge of collective action in the course of human civilization? And those are the two questions that we have to answer. — Michael Wu Michael Wu is the founder and… Read More

Race Prejudice, War Hysteria, and a Failure of Political Leadership — Interview

Rose Masters is a Park Ranger specializing in oral history at Manzanar National Historic Site. In this interview Rose talks about the conditions that led to the signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the eviction of ethnically Japanese Americans from the Western United States and the incarceration of nearly 70,000 American citizens. Learn how… Read More

Reflecting the People’s Will — Interview

What are politicians telling us? Why do campaigns go negative? Political operative Ben Sparks discusses the art and craft of campaign communication. Ben has directed campaign communications and managed campaigns for a variety of household names, including several sitting governors and senators. In this interview, we face uncomfortable truths about how campaign messages we despise are simply hideous… Read More

Recoding the American Economy — Interview

At the beginning of 2017 there are over 500,000 unfilled tech jobs in the United States. How will applicants learn the required skills to succeed in these jobs? How will employers avoid overlooking qualified candidates? How will applicants from underserved communities gain access to the training they need to compete for these jobs? Tess Posner… Read More

How to Fight Back against Threats to Social Security — Interview

What role does Social Security Insurance play in holding together the fabric of society? How does it benefit children and the disabled? Why is it constantly under attack on Capitol Hill? Discussing these questions in this episode is Alex Lawson (@alaw202). Alex is the director of Social Security Works, an organization dedicated to protecting and improving… Read More

A Brief History of Bitcoin — Interview

By now we’ve all heard of Bitcoin, but what is it and how does it work? How is cyber currency changing the way we conduct financial transactions? Jesse Posner (@JessePosner) is a securities lawyer turned programmer. In this interview provides a primer on cyber currency, covering both its great promise and tremendous pitfalls. Listen to… Read More