Positive ideas for disturbing times. Fixes over fear.
Expert guests including: Jonathan Haidt, Maya MacGuineas, James Fallows, Davia Temin, Russell Shorto, Claire Cain Miller, David Bornstein of Solutions Journalism Network, Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Alan Dershowitz, Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times, Mike Rowe, Lenore Skenazy, Maajid Nawaz, Maria Konnikova, Michael Shermer, Farai Chideya, Philip K. Howard, Salena Zito, Diana Henriques, Geoffrey Colon and Dan Patterson.
Support for socialism is surprisingly strong, especially among young Americans, ages 18-29. According to recent polls, they are more likely to have a positive view of socialism than capitalism.
"Seriously debating socialism gets us talking about a good society really is and the philosophical, economic and political foundations that underlie it," wrote economist Emily Chamlee-Wright this month in The Wall Street Journal.
Human rights have rarely been at greater risk. President Trump and other world leaders are conspicuously silent about torture, the suppression of press freedom and threats to democracy. For the first time in many decades, the U.S. is led by a President who routinely praises foreign dictators, and rarely speaks up for democratic institutions.
Today's heads of government are "morally weak, shortsighted, mediocre, and no longer willing or able to defend human rights," says this week's "How Do We Fix It?" guest, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the former U.N. Human Rights chief. We find out why it wasn't always this way.
Our guest is Steven Feldstein, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Steve is a Professor at Boise State University and our guest for this episode. He is the author of,
The Road to Digital Unfreedom: How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Repression"
Our guest, 29-year-old Nick Troiano, Executive Director of Unite America, is a leading voice of the reform movement, who supports changes aimed at reducing gridlock, boosting voter participation, and finding common ground. "We are caught in a democracy that is spiraling in a very negative direction and the question before us is how do we break that," Nick tells us.
From dating to switching jobs and managing retirement. We all manage risk. Want to get better at it?
The best way to learn is to ask some of the real experts: Magicians, gamblers, big-wave surfers, horse breeders, and prostitutes. That's what economist, journalist and risk advisor Allison Schrager did. She's our guest in this episode.
Are you depressed when you read the news? The media's rampant negativity, with a daily emphasis on outrage and crisis, is a form of mental pollution that misinforms the public, harms democracy, and leads a distorted view of the world.
"You Are What You Read", by Jodie Jackson, is a call for reform. Written by a non-journalist, the book looks at the psychological impact of reading endlessly negative news, and shows viewers, listeners and readers how to protect themselves and change their media diet.
This show is released during the National Week of Conversation (April 5-13)— an annual event when people with diverse perspectives #ListenFirst to understand.
At a time of information overload, social media silos and political paralysis, we look at how can all of us be better communicators. In this 200th episode, Richard and Jim share lessons they've learned about listening, asking questions and interviewing guests during nearly four years of "How Do We Fix It?"
Novelist and journalist John Lanchester's new book "The Wall", imagines a world dealing with catastrophic climate change.
This is our first episode about a novel, which may help us understand with how individuals and society might react. Would we panic and be even more fearful or xenophobic than we are today? Would older people, who failed to act on climate change before it was too late, face bitterness and blame from younger generations?
Isolation and loneliness have reached epidemic levels, resulting in a profound loss of social capital. Despite mass communications, the spread of technology and social media, a recent survey found 47% of Americans often felt alone, meaningful connections to others.
In this second episode with the author of the new book, "Love Your Enemies", social scientist and president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks, we discuss the need for a stronger sense of community, deeper friendships, and a curiosity for uncomfortable ideas.
Best-selling author and social scientist, Arthur Brooks, makes the case for something that is far more life affirming than mere tolerance and civility. He explains a new way to lead based not on attacking others, but on bridging national divides and mending personal relationships.
We discuss his response to America's crisis of political polarization and those who profit from making us miserable and tearing our country apart.
This episode features former Reuters correspondent, investigative journalist, and advocate Carey Gillam-- the author of “Whitewash —The Story of a Weedkiller, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.” Carey's book won the Rachel Carson book award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
The climate change debate is heating up. Record numbers of people no longer see extreme climate as a distant threat, but as a crisis that is unfolding right now. According to a Yale survey, "the proportion of Americans who are very worried about global warming has more than tripled since its lowest point in 2011."
In this episode, Richard quizzes co-host Jim Meigs, who argues in the latest edition of City Journal that nuclear is the best source of clean, reliable and safe energy.
Our guest in this episode, Oren Cass, argues that we've abandoned the American worker, and pushed four-college at the cost of other, more effective, solutions.
Facebook turned 15 this month. The company has gone from being universally celebrated for changing the way we communicate, to a troubled adolescent with serious questions about its entire business model. We speak to Wade Roush, a technology journalist and podcast host, who is in the process of getting off Facebook.
Jim and Richard look at journalism's crisis and consider whether readers, viewers and listeners may be partially to blame. We also hear from Aron Pilhofer, professor of Journalism Innovation at the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, and David Bornstein co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network.
In this episode, Philip K. Howard attacks the failed ideologies of Republicans and Democrats, and calls for a radical simplification of government to re-empower Americans in their daily choices. Philip is the author of several books, including the best-seller “The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America” and, “Try Common Sense: Replacing Failed Ideologies of Left and Right.”
Rachel Kleinfeld, is the author of, "A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security." The book analyzes how many countries, once overwhelmed by massive violence, have since recovered.
With a simple Facebook post saying that she wanted to end partisan gerrymandering, Katie Fahey sparked the beginnings of an extraordinary grassroots campaign. Katie is in her late 20's. With neither connections nor deep pockets, she started Voters Not Politicians to change Michigan's State Constitution.
All year long, the headlines were dominated by President Trump, from his abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, to his harsh descriptions of migrants and the long fight over a border wall.
But what were some of the other big takeaways from 2018: The surprising findings that may have a longer-term impact than the furious fights over the President's behavior and policies?
This episode, "8 for '18, looks at the growing power of women in politics and media, concerns about capitalism, rising debt, climate change, and why there's hope from the heartland and a strong case for optimism.
Joseph Luzzi, is a Dante scholar and professor at Bard College. In this episode he talks about the power of reading, he speaks from personal experience. When his 1st wife, Katherine was 8 1/2 months pregnant she was killed in a car accident. The doctors were able to save the baby and in the space of a few hours Luzzi became a widower and a father on the same day. Luzzi turned to Dante. In our conversation, Luzzi talks about how Dante and other books helped him learn how to live again.
Our guest is the respected scholar, Elizabeth Economy, Director for Asia Studies at The Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the highly praised book, "The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.”
Most political experts did not think that Trump could win the 2016 election. Was Trump’s win a one-off event, or did it represent a fundamental realignment of American politics?
Our guest, Salena Zito, author of "The Great Revolt", argues that experts and elites are out of touch with Trump supporters. Zito has written extensively about Trump and populism. Her work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Examiner, and she has been a contributor to The Atlantic.
In this "Quick Fix" episode, Richard and Jim discuss the future of podcasting-- an industry that faces both opportunities and challenges.
Our guest is former Florida Congressman James Bacchus, Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. He was twice the chief judge of the highest court of world trade at the W.T.O. in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jim's new book is "The Willing World. Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity."
Paul Skinner the founder of the U.K.-based Agency of the Future, and founder of Pimp My Cause, which uses cause-related marketing to boost the capabilities of teams and individuals. His new book is “Collaborative Advantage: How Collaboration Beats Competition as a Strategy for Success."
Francis Fukuyama is a political scientist at Stanford University. His best-known book is "The End of History and the Last Man", published after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In his new book, "Identity: The Demand for Dignity and The Politics of Resentment," he warns that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continual conflict.
Steven was founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, Brill's Content Magazine, and The Yale Journalism Initiative. His new company is Newsguard. Newsguard's web browser extension rates websites that appear in searches on their reliability.
Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. She has a track record of working for notable non-profits and has worked for the state and federal government.
This episode is the first of three to report on local efforts that push back against the toxic impact of tribalization and political polarization.
Williams is also passionate about urban planning and revitalization. Her new book, "What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities" is both a well researched and beautifully written account of the death and rebirth of American towns and cities. The book is full of practical solutions and unique insight.
We discuss the American Revolution and the meaning of freedom with acclaimed historian and journalist, Russell Shorto, author of the 2018 book, "Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom."
Russell Shorto is also the writer of a fine new podcast series, "American History Tellers."
"Wherever there's a problem, I'm pretty sure you can find a use to overcome that problem utilizing drones," says our guest, Mehdi Salehi of the Parsons School of Design. His company, Drone Labs, specializes in drone design, R&D, data collection and analysis.
“Blockchaine is truly novel. It is something the world had never seen before, because it strengthens itself over time," says our guest, Dan Patterson, a senior reporter for TechRepublic and CBS News.
In part two of our conversation with James we look at the ways many local business owners, city planners, educators and citizens have worked in pragmatic and inventive ways to improve life in their communities.
James and Deborah Fallows are the authors of "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America."
"This still can be the country people would like to think it is," says well-known journalist James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine and co-author of "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America." He says that most people don't realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself.
"The debt will be as large as our entire economy by the end of the decade", says Maya MacGuineas, President of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "Every indicator that you could look for in terms of the numbers is on flashing red alert."
Our guest, journalist, Charles C. Mann, author of new book, "The Wizard and The Prophet", is a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science and Wired. Two of his previous books, 1491 and 1493, were widely-acclaimed best sellers.
We speak with Israeli public opinion analyst, strategic consultant and peace researcher, Dahlia Scheindlin, who is hopeful that a new peace agreement will emerge. In addition to her work with Israelis and Palestinian, she has expertise in conflict resolution in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Dahlia is co-host of the podcast, The Tel Aviv Review.
We revisit our interview with New York Times journalist Claire Cain Miller, who writes for The Upshot. Miller explains the challenges ahead in the fight for equality and respect for women in the workplace.
Mark Penn is a pollster and political consultant. He worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as for Microsoft. In the ‘90s he identified the rise of the “Soccer Moms” who helped elect Bill Clinton. In 2007, he wrote the book Microtrends, detailing many similar trends.
Our guest, finance professor, Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, makes a crucial distinction between free markets and big business. Luigi is the author of two widely reviewed books: "Saving Capitalism from Capitalists (co-authored with Raghuram Rajan) and "A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity." He is also the co-host of the popular podcast, "Capitalisnt."
Our guest, journalist Gregg Easterbrook is author of the new book, "It's Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear."
"When people get out of jail, their internet profiles can stay with them forever," says business executive, Brian Hamilton, founder of "Inmates to Entrepreneurs," an outreach group that helps ex-offenders start their own businesses. "There is systematic discrimination against these people by employers who always Google people."
In this episode with award-winning author, editor and journalist, Janice Kaplan, we learn about the exciting ways you can grab opportunities and improve your life.
There is a clear difference between random chance and luck. The case is made in the new book that she wrote with risk-taking expert Barnaby Marsh, "How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love and Life ."
"This generation has become more in tune and in touch with the avenues of political power," says Professor Elizabeth Matto, Director of the Center for Youth Political Participation at the Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University, and the author of "Citizen Now: Engaging in Politics and Democracy."
In this episode, technology journalist Joe Pappalardo, author of the new book, "Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight", tells us why the emerging space race is different this time, and includes a vital role played by SpaceX, Blue Origin and other private companies. Their drive may lead to stunning advances in the human quest to explore and understand the universe.
"We are more vulnerable to a radical readjustment," says our guest, New York Times journalist, Diana Henriques, author of the widely praised "A First Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History." She is also the author of “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” a New York Times bestseller.
Stanford University political scientist Morris Fiorina confronts the widespread assumption that voters are neatly split into rival camps, and argues that neither party can hold a majority for more than a few years. His new book is "Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting and Political Stalemate."
Our guest, Michael Shermer, is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine and the author of the new book "Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia." Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson calls him "a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality."
In this episode, Jim and Richard bravely venture out onto the high diving board of ideas and plunge into the pool of predictions. We also asked listeners and "How Do We Fix It?"guests for their forecasts of the year to come.
Our guest is "Science Mom" Kavin Senapathy, one of five mothers of young children who make up the Science Moms team. Kavin writes for Forbes and Slate. Other Science Moms are writers and working scientists with PhDs—in biology, genetics, neuroscience.
Peter Cappelli, Director for Human Resources at the Wharton School is our guest in this episode. His research is both contrarian and eye-opening. Peter has been named one of the most influential thinkers of the decade by HR Magazine, and is the author of "Why Good People Can't Get Jobs."
We discuss the American Revolution through six different pairs of eyes with acclaimed historian and journalist, Russell Shorto, author of the new book, "Revolution Song." Shorto is an acclaimed author. He is well known for the book, "The Island at the Center of the World."
Our guest is MIT-trained engineer and tech entrepreneur Krisztina “Z” Holly, host of the podcast, “The Art of Manufacturing." In addition to her popular podcast, Z is Founder & Chief Instigator of LA Mayor Garcetti’s "Make it in in LA" manufacturing initiative.
Our guest, Sam Quinones, author of the highly praised book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic."
In her new book, “On The Verge,” and on this podcast, Rebecca Costa says we now have the power to predict the future, adapting in advance to changing conditions. She also tells us about the ideas raised on the popular radio show, “The Costa Report” and in her bestselling book, “The Watchman’s Rattle.”
Anne Thompson, Editor-at-Large for the movie-news site, Indiewire, is our guest. Anne is a veteran entertainment journalist who has worked for the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Entertainment Weekly. She's the author of the book, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to The Oscars."
Amy Knight, has been called "the West's foremost scholar of the KGB” by The New York Times. In her book "Orders to Kill "Knight traces Putin's journey from the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the late 1990's to his rise to absolute power in the Kremlin.
In this episode, Richard speaks with Wesleyan University President, Michael Roth, who wrote a recent article for the Wall Street Journal: "The Opening of the Liberal Mind: Affirmative action for the study of conservative ideas."
Jeannie Suk Gersen is a noted Harvard Law Professor, author and a contributing writer for The New Yorker.
This show is an empowering response to anger and disgust. Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University, says that you're more powerful than you think. We discuss the stories, strategies and ideas raised in his timely book, "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen"
Bob Inglis was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina. This small-government Christian conservative from South Carolina; believes in a free-market answer to climate change. Find out more.
The economist Gernot Wagner, executive director of Harvard University's Solar Geoengineeering Research Program, makes the case for market-based climate insurance: A fix that even skeptical conservatives could love.
This "Fix It" episode is about passion, what inspired our guests to pursue their work, or write that book? We revisit interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mary Roach, Emily Esfahani Smith, Rose Gowen and Karen Firestone.
Ahmed is a writer, social entrepreneur, poet, and former refugee from Iraq. He discussed being a refugee and the current political climate.
Mary Roach has been called "America's funniest science writer" by the Washington Post. Her latest book is "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War."
Harvard University Professor Edward Glaeser says "there's a war on work." Taxation, housing, regulatory and social policies aimed at improving the lives of low income Americans, he says, often remove incentives for people to get a job. We based our episode on the findings and solutions suggested in Ed's article for City Journal-- "The War on Work and How to End It."
Our guest, Megan McArdle, a columnist at Bloomberg View explains why The Affordable Care Act is flawed and that many consumers have misconceptions about the true costs of health insurance.
In this episode we look at ways to add adventure to your life . We revisit previous guests: Kio Stark and Nicole Gelinas.
Kio is the author of "When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You.” and Nicole Gelinas is a Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute. She tells us about ways to improve urban safety for bikers, pedestrians and motorists.
"If You're a Kid, the Experts Want You to Have a Fun-Free Summer" is the title of a recent article by Lenore Skenazy. Skenazy is the founder of the Free Range Kids Movement.
Finn Murphy is the author of "The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road." His book is a penetrating look into the lives of big-rig drivers and the people they move.
Our guest is Professor Aron Pilhofer of Temple University, he is one of the world's most respected experts in digital innovation for journalists. Before joining Temple, Aron was the Executive Editor of Digital journalism at the Guardian in London. And he was a former senior executive at the New York Times.
Our guest, John Pfaff of Fordham University is both a law professor and an economist. Author of "Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform," he says state and local policies matter far more than changes in the federal system.
Our guest is New York Times Germany correspondent, Jack Ewing, author of "Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal." The book tells the remarkable story of a very dysfunctional company and how the scandal unfolded.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets, tackles science deniers on the right and left, and explains why we should invest more in pure science. Tyson also discusses his new book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s most prominent spokesman for science and Director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, talks about the benefits of a cosmic perspective, the case for manned space flight and much more in this first part of our wide-ranging conversation. We also discussed Tyson's new book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry."
A recap of our first 100 episodes. Lesson learned and some mistakes.