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26 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Mary Mattingly on What’s Driving the World’s Water Crisis
Artist Mary Mattingly talks with us about how “Public Water,” her current installation in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, exposes the various forms of the water crisis; the social, political, and economic mechanisms affecting clean water access; and the truths that tracing the origins of an object or a material can reveal.
40 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Dr. Suzanne Simard on the Social Nature of Trees
Forest ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard, author of the new book “Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest,” discusses the consciousness of trees; how slow, selective logging can rejuvenate forests; and why being attuned to local ecosystems can lead to a better understanding of global biological communities.
50 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Forces Perpetuating Anti-Asian Hate
Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the new novel “The Committed,” speaks with us about how the term “the American dream” masks the nation’s colonial history, the importance of distinguishing between identity and ideology, and why the only new aspect of the recent violence and racist rhetoric directed toward Asian Americans is that it’s triggered by Covid-19.
35 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Simon de Pury on How the Art World Changed in 2020
Swiss auctioneer, art dealer, curator, and collector Simon de Pury talks with us about how the pandemic shifted the art market toward increased inclusivity and equality, the NFT phenomenon, and why technology such as blockchain and digital renderings can benefit physical artworks and the institutions that house them.
53 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Peter Adamson on How to Form Opinions When It’s Impossible to Know Everything
Peter Adamson, host of the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast and professor of late ancient philosophy and Arabic philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, discusses stoicism, the dangers of rationalism, and the importance of understanding when to think for ourselves and when to seek expertise.
35 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Stefano Mancuso on What Plants Can Teach Us About Life on Our Planet
Neurobiologist, author, and professor Stefano Mancuso, director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology in Florence, Italy, talks with us about embracing plants as a path toward planetary survival, humans as an invasive species, and why all living organisms deserve rights.
38 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Lili Chopra on How the Arts Can Help Cities Heal From Trauma
Lili Chopra, the executive director of artistic programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, talks with us about the 2021 River to River Festival, the importance of integrating the creative community within a city’s urban fabric, and the role that the arts can play in rebuilding societies and envisioning the future.
33 minutes | May 24, 2021
Kathryn Garcia on Why New York Needs a Mayor Who Understands How the City Works
Kathryn Garcia, New York City’s former sanitation commissioner and a Democrat currently running in the city’s 2021 mayoral race, discusses innovating by leveraging relationships of trust, holistic thinking as a tool to evolve municipal programs, and her plan to create “the most climate-forward city on earth.”
33 minutes | May 10, 2021
Nevine Michaan on the Spiritual Value of Mastering Something
Nevine Michaan, founder and creator of the Katonah Yoga Center in New York, speaks with us about honing a craft to save one’s soul, the difference between self-care and healing, and how metaphors can provide a means for mutual understanding.
40 minutes | May 3, 2021
Stefan Sagmeister on the Importance of Questioning Our Assumptions
Austrian-born, New York–based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister talks with us about the media’s proclivity for negative news, why progress often stems from complexity, and how recognizing humanity’s historical long-term successes can help encourage a more rationally optimistic perspective.
52 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Ifeoma Ozoma on Big Tech’s Oppressive Use of NDAs
Policy expert and equity advocate Ifeoma Ozoma, founder of the Santa Fe–based consulting firm Earthseed, discusses how companies use nondisclosure agreements as a means of ensuring indefinite constraint on their employees, the effects that the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have had on the ways in which NDAs serve as corporate cover for illegal behavior, and why holding executives liable for their businesses’ criminal offenses could help facilitate change.
38 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Katie Engelhart on What It Means to Die With Dignity
Writer and producer Katie Engelhart, author of the new book “The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die,” speaks with us about the underground euthanasia movement, the differing perspectives on assisted suicide in countries around the world, and the problems with the media’s portrayal of the elderly.
38 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Austin Whitman on the Vast Value of Tracking Company Carbon Footprints
Austin Whitman, founder and CEO of the climate certification nonprofit Climate Neutral, talks with us about the economic benefits of helping brands reduce their environmental impacts, the difference between facts and strategy, and the importance of holding companies of all sizes accountable for offsetting and reducing their carbon emissions.
33 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Doug Bierend on the Social and Environmental Magic of Mushrooms
Doug Bierend, author of the new book “In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms,” discusses using fungi to clean up pollutants, how mycology can guide conversations around the climate crisis, and mushrooms as a gateway to new ways of thinking about food, nature, and society.
40 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Kim Hastreiter on Finding Clarity Amongst Chaos
Kim Hastreiter, co-founder of Paper magazine and creator of the pop-up “public service” newspaper The New Now, speaks with us about her friends’ pandemic-induced workarounds, the importance of documenting history, and why New York City may be on the verge of a creative explosion.
46 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Danny Dorling on Our Remarkable Era of Slowdown
Danny Dorling, author of the book “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives” and the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, talks with us about geography as a means to understand culture; how and why, despite our sped-up modern lives, the world has been in a global slowdown since the late 1960s; and the ways in which this slowdown illuminates women’s aptitude for leadership.
35 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Edmund de Waal on Contemplating Life Through Pottery and Poetry
London-based artist, author, and master potter Edmund de Waal, whose work is currently on view at the British Museum and Gagosian’s galleries in London and Hong Kong, discusses the psychological value of human touch, the intimate relationship between pottery and poetry, and the importance of kindness as a societal response to the pandemic.
27 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Michelle Wu on Reimagining a City’s Political Landscape
Boston city councilor at-large Michelle Wu, a progressive Democrat currently running in the 2021 Boston mayoral race, speaks with us about transitioning cities to a “community-based” leadership model, why governing bodies need to reflect the people they serve, and the role that local administrations can play in the global climate-justice conversation.
47 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Melissa Harris-Perry on Finding Tools to Fix Our Harmful Systems
Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University and co-host of The Nation’s new System Check podcast, talks with us about the camera’s monopoly on shaping public conversation, having the courage to be wrong, and why personal experience is an apt way to develop hypotheses, but the wrong way to test them.
32 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Lizania Cruz on the Fallacy of the American Dream
Dominican artist, curator, and activist Lizania Cruz, whose latest project, “Obituaries of the American Dream,” was commissioned by El Museo del Barrio for “Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21,” discusses the difference between integration and assimilation, storytelling as a means for understanding, and why traveling between states in the U.S. should be considered migration in the context of the climate crisis.
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