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Martin G
 Nov 4, 2019
Turns out even 'the most extraordinary people from around the world' give bland interviews.


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.

Episode Date
A Low-Turnout Election is Solvable (Even During COVID-19)
Michael Waldman is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The non-partisan center works to strengthen America's democracy. Waldman is the author of The Fight to Vote. He believes that the United States can have an election that is safe, participatory and with a robust turnout in 2020. Here are a few of the resources related to this episode: Voting by Mail / Voting Absentee National Mail Voter Registration Form (multilingual) Voter Registration and Election Dates (by state)
Jul 08, 2020
Lack of Accountability for Police Violence is Solvable
Chiraag Bains is the Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, a think tank focused on strengthening democracy and fighting for racial justice. He previously served as Senior Counsel to the head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He co-wrote the Ferguson Report. The Department of Justice sued Ferguson, Missouri, over unconstitutional policing and court practices. He believes that the lack of accountability for police violence is solvable. Here are a few of the resources related to this episode: Ending Qualified Immunity Act, introduced by Representatives Justin Amash and Ayanna Pressley June 4, 2020 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, introduced by Representative Karen Bass June 8, 2020 'CAHOOTS': How Social Workers And Police Share Responsibilities In Eugene, Oregon, NPR, June 10, 2020 Fatal Force, a study by The Washington Post (updated daily) Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, March 4, 2015
Jul 01, 2020
Mass Incarceration is Solvable
Insha Rahman is the director of strategy and new initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice. She believes that mass incarceration is solvable.  At Vera, Rahman’s work is focused on prosecutorial reform, bail, and decarceration, with an emphasis on developing advocacy-related strategies and accountability. Prior to Vera, Rahman worked as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders. She currently serves on the boards of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and the New York State Appellate Division's Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee. Here are a few of the resources mentioned in this episode: 13th, Ava Duvernay Locking Up Our Own, by James Foreman Solitary, by Albert Woodfox How Conservatives Learned to Love Prison Reform, March/April 2014, Mother Jones Prison reform: A smart way for states to save money and lives, January 2011, Washington Post
Jun 24, 2020
Solvable Presents: Axios Today
Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. Host Niala Boodhoo and a team of award-winning journalists will bring you the latest scoops from the White House and Congress, analysis on the economy and insight into the trends shaping your world—from China to AI, and all the forces shaping the next five years. And it’s all delivered in Smart Brevity—a clinical, concise coverage style that respects your time.
Jun 23, 2020
Unjust Systems of Power are Solvable
Host Anne Applebaum speaks with Srdja Popovic about how strategic nonviolent action can bring about lasting and meaningful social change. Srdja Popovic is the executive director of the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). He's a social change educator who draws on his experience as a leader of the student movement Otpor! Optor! is credited with helping to oust Serbian president Slobodan Milošević using creative and strategic techniques that marry humor and coalition building. He is the author of Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World. Popovic references a series of short educational videos about nonviolent strategies which can be found at
Jun 17, 2020
Solvable Presents: Help in a Crisis
While working on the next season of Against the Rules, coming later this spring, Michael Lewis has had some conversations that we didn’t want to hold. Conversations with people who are helping others through the Covid-19 crisis. We’ll hear from a software developer focused on helping the 40 million Americans on food assistance manage their benefits. To help those in need, go to
Apr 03, 2020
Solvable Presents: Deep Background with Noah Feldman
Deep Background is the latest podcast from Pushkin Industries, in which Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman breaks the relentless 24-hour news cycle with real conversation. In this episode--We Testified for Impeachment and It Made No Difference-- Feldman and University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Michael J. Gerhardt, who both testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee, discuss everything from how they made their arguments to how they dealt with the hate mail. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Feb 05, 2020
The Mental Health Crisis is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Dixon Chibanda about giving access to mental health care in non-Western nations.
Dec 25, 2019
Maternal Mortality is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Dr. Naveen Rao about fostering safe pregnancies and healthy deliveries worldwide.
Dec 18, 2019
Widespread Poverty is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Michael Faye about cutting out the middle man in charitable donations via GiveDirectly.
Dec 11, 2019
Extreme Inequality is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz about closing the wealth gap in the United States.
Dec 04, 2019
Youth Unemployment is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks with Nicola Galombik about increasing access to future work for young people in South Africa.
Nov 27, 2019
Restriction of Speech Online is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks with David Kaye about fostering public understanding of free speech on the internet and who should make the rules about regulation.
Nov 20, 2019
Gender-Based Violence is Solvable
Ahmed Ali Akbar talks with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about using film to tackle violence against women in Pakistan.
Nov 13, 2019
Racial Reconciliation is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks to former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about mending race relations in the U.S.
Nov 06, 2019
Poverty in Marginalized Communities is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks to Saumya Roy about using micro-financing to eliminate poverty amongst marginalized groups.
Oct 30, 2019
Global Disease is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to global health advocate Steve Davis about eliminating or eradicating diseases causing great human suffering worldwide.
Oct 23, 2019
Climate Change is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Anousheh Ansari about balancing the carbon cycle and fighting climate change through incentivized prizes and innovation.
Oct 16, 2019
Child Marriage is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides, about ending child marriage by 2030.
Oct 09, 2019
Educational Inequity is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Dr. Urvashi Sahni--a social entrepreneur, women rights activist and educationist--about redefining education and curricula.
Oct 02, 2019
US-China Conflict is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Kevin Rudd about the need for diplomacy between China and the United States.
Sep 25, 2019
Poor Nutrition is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Roy Steiner about changing global diets.
Sep 18, 2019
Electricity for the Developing World is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks with Ashvin Dayal about creating worldwide access to electricity. 
Sep 11, 2019
Global Poverty is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks with Dr. Shashi Buluswar about fighting global poverty with the Institute for Transformative Technologies.
Sep 04, 2019
Conflict is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Victor Ochen, Founder and Executive Director for African Youth Initiative Network, about building peace in Africa.
Aug 28, 2019
AIDS is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Baltimore about his work that made a treatment for HIV/AIDS possible.
Aug 21, 2019
Basic Education is Solvable
Ahmed Ali Akbar talks to Sal Khan about bringing world class education to everyone, for free.
Aug 14, 2019
Cervical Cancer is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Vincent DeGennaro about building cancer programs in developing countries.
Aug 07, 2019
Gender Inequality in Leadership is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks to Julia Gillard, the first and only woman to be Prime Minister of Australia, about the underrepresentation of women in leadership around the world.
Jul 31, 2019
Civil War is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia and Nobel Peace Laureate, about ending more than 50 years of conflict in his country. 
Jul 24, 2019
Misuse of Data is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jake Porway about using big data for good.
Jul 17, 2019
Fake News is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Renée DiResta about building a more trustworthy Internet.
Jul 10, 2019
The Tech Gender Gap is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mariéme Jamme about teaching a million disadvantaged girls to code.
Jul 03, 2019
Food Waste is Solvable
Ahmed Ali Akbar talks to activist and author Tristram Stuart about using food scraps to eliminate waste. 

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Jun 26, 2019
Refugee Poverty is Solvable
Jacob Weisberg talks to David Miliband about helping refugees stay in work and in school.
Jun 19, 2019
Political Demonization is Solvable
Anne Applebaum talks to Flavia Kleiner about how patriotic liberalism can beat xenophobic populists.
Jun 12, 2019
Homelessness is Solvable
Malcolm Gladwell talks to Rosanne Haggerty about ending homelessness for everyone. Forever.
Jun 05, 2019
Introducing: Solvable
Solvable will be a recurring showcase for the world’s most inspiring thinkers to propose solutions to the world’s most daunting problems.

May 13, 2019