Why Am I Telling You This?

By The Clinton Foundation & At Will Media

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Bill Clinton is a master at using storytelling to explain complex issues and bring people closer together. To hear him tell it, this comes from growing up in a family where everyone had a story, but in order to tell one, you first needed to listen. Inspired by these ideas, this series will feature conversations with Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff, partners and special guests from across society as they share their unique experiences and stories to help explain the factors shaping our interconnected world – and why we should be optimistic about its future.

Episode Date
Special Episode: “We, the People”

In this special episode for Independence Day, President Bill Clinton traces the evolution of the presidency from America’s founding through the present day and explores how the best presidents used the office to build an America that more closely resembled our highest ideals and aspirations.

The episode features President Clinton’s keynote speech from this year’s Presidential Ideas Festival at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center with commentary by David Blight, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” and professor of American History at Yale University.

Professor Blight says the speech is a “rare blend of learned history and lived experience ... This speech is a reminder of what the future of the institution of the presidency can still be.”

Jul 03, 2019
Stonewall 50: Pride, Progress, and the Future Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights

In this episode, Chelsea Clinton speaks with Stonewall Inn co-owner, Kurt Kelly, about the history of the Stonewall Inn, the modern LGBTQ+ movement, NYPD’s first formal apology for the raid, and how the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative is mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities in the United States. Plus, meet our Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) alum, Katie Sgarro who is helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers find safe, immigrant-friendly services though her organization, AsylumConnect. Her CGI U commitment led to the advancement of the first online resource database of its kind in the United States.

Fifty years ago, on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s West Village neighborhood. It was a regular occurrence meant to intimidate and harass, but this time, the patrons decided to fight back. The uprising and subsequent demonstrations that ensued drew hundreds of supporters and jumpstarted a new chapter of activism and advocacy in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality – a fight that’s still going on today, half a century later.

While LGBTQ+ rights have made some progress in the United States and around the world, it is still a crime to be LGBTQ+ in 70 countries, and unsafe in countless others. Those that are forced to leave because of emotional or physical violence, seek asylum in the United States for the freedom to lead their authentic lives. CGI U alum, Katie Sgarro, is helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers with verified LGBTQ+ and immigrant-friendly services through the first and only resource website and app.

Copy-written material is featured in this episode with permission from Voices of America

Jun 27, 2019
Too Small to Fail

In this episode, Chelsea Clinton sits down with Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Dr. Susan Neuman, New York University Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education, to share stories and strategies on how to help every child reach their full potential.

Nearly 60 percent of children in the United States show up to kindergarten unprepared to learn. This problematic truth results in a lifelong burden that no child should bear and can have broader consequences across society. The issue is especially acute for children in low-income families and at-risk communities, as they often start behind in kindergarten and are less likely to catch up. The good news is that strong relationships and simple actions like talking, reading, and singing with children from birth can make a big difference in a child’s future.

Chelsea, Ralph, and Susan, along with Patti Miller, CEO of Too Small to Fail, the Clinton Foundation’s early childhood initiative, also highlight the Foundation’s innovative approaches to providing families with language and learning opportunities in the laundromat, grocery store, and other places parents go with their children everyday.

Jun 17, 2019
Ep Preview: An apology for the Stonewall raid – 50 years in the making

In this preview, Stonewall Inn owner Kurt Kelly shares with Chelsea Clinton his emotional reaction to the New York City Police Department's first formal apology issued this week for the Stonewall raid almost 50 years ago. Listen to our full episode on LGBTQ equality and pride coming later this June.

Jun 07, 2019
José Andrés Controls the Fire

In recent years, the world has been hit by larger and more frequent natural disasters – the devastating consequence of climate change, with an immense human toll – and scientists predict it will only get worse. In the wake of these crises, responding quickly and understanding the challenges and needs facing people and communities is critical.

In this episode, President Bill Clinton sits down with chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés as he shares stories of working in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Mozambique to provide hot meals, human dignity, and hope after catastrophe hits—and how he found his passion in cooking.

May 30, 2019
Series Preview: Why Am I Telling You This?

Podcast series will debut this summer featuring conversations and stories with Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff, partners and special guests about issues and events shaping our world.

May 02, 2019