AG Lynch is an American lawyer who served as the 83rd US Attorney General under President Obama. She was the first African-American woman to hold this office. She previously served as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, from 1999 to 2001 and 2010 to 2015. In July 2016, AG Lynch announced the decision of the Justice Department to close the investigation into the use of a private email server by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. A longstanding advocate of criminal justice reform, she has dedicated much of her career to holding institutions, including Police Departments in New York, Chicago and around the country to account.
Love Island is not just a reality TV show, it is a cultural phenomenon. Its impact extends far beyond the gossip columns; in a supposedly egalitarian and liberated era, what does its popularity tell us about ourselves? Is it just harmless fun, or does it represent something deeper? Joining me to answer these questions are two former contestants, Jack Fowler, who featured in Season 4, and Amy Hart, who was on the island in Season 5.
72 years into its independence, is India continuing along the path of progress, or is it going backwards? Following a year of political turmoil, from secular violence to the revocation of the special status of Kashmir, does India live up to its found- ing principles? If not, does blame lie with its Hindu nationalist politicians, or with the constitution itself? Joining us to answer these questions are feminist constitutional lawyer Indira Jaising, leading journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and senior advocate Harish Salve.
Secretary Ryan McCarthy is the current US Secretary of the Army, serving, de facto, since 2017. Having served in Afghanistan as a US Army Ranger, he has since worked as a professional staff member on the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as a special assistant to former United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, and at defence company Lockheed Martin.
Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat and politician, who served as the eight Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 until 2016. Elected in 2006 to succeed Kofi Annan, his key achievements include the negotiation of early stages of peace in Darfur, the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the signing of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015. Alongside this, he pursued an agenda of bureaucratic reform and transparency within the UN, and oversaw the creation of UN Women. He has since co-founded the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, and has served as President and Chair of the Global Green Growth Institute, a treaty-based international organisation for sustainable development.
The COVID-19 crisis has pushed health policy to the forefront of government agendas, for the first time in generations. With the race for a vaccine underway across the world, lockdowns easing, and international organisations at breaking point, where does international health policy go from here? What lessons must be learned from the crisis? Joining us to answer these questions are Dr Leana Wen, Prof. David Baltimore and Prof. Lawrence Gostin.
CONTENT WARNING: This podcast contains references to sexual violence and assault.
Christina Lamb is the chief foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, and a war reporter who has covered conflicts in nations including Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her reporting, including several British Press Awards, an OBE, and the European Prix Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents. She joins us to discuss her latest book, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield, which addresses the use of rape as a weapon of war.
Comedy in a socially distanced world is not just an opportunity to critique the state of the world we live in, but a crucial form of escapism, from within the comfort of our homes. Joining us this weekend, for some lighthearted entertainment, are Simon Evans, Deborah Frances-White, Shazia Mirza and Samantha Bee
Vonn is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer, and winner of four World Cup overall championships. She is America's most successful ski racer and is considered one of the world's greatest skiers. By the time of her retirement in 2019 due to injury, she was the winner of 82 world cup races - a women's skiing record.
Aoki is an American DJ, record producer, and music executive. He is known for both his personal projects and his collaborations, including with will.i.am, BTS, and Backstreet Boys. His debut album, Wonderland, was nominated for a Grammy in 2013. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Char- itable Fund, which raises money for humanitarian causes around the world.
Stiglitz is an American economist, public policy analyst, and professor at Columbia University. Stiglitz was Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997, and Chief Economist of the World Bank from 1997 to 2000. A supporter of Georgist public finance theory and critic of the management of globalisation, laissez-faire economics, and international institutions, Stiglitz received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, will the world of work ever return to normal? Is it time for businesses to come to terms with remote working, and the permanent digitisation of the workplace? And with the advent of automation, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, what exactly are humans at risk of losing to machines? We are joined by Prof. William Kerr, Prof. Nancy Rothbard and Prof. Kate Kellogg.
Prime Minister Solberg has served as the leader of the Norwegian Conservative Party since 2004, and the Prime Minister of Norway since 2013. First elected to the Norwegian legislature in 1989, she served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development from 2001 to 2005. The second woman to serve as Prime Minister of Norway, she has also served as the co-chair to the UN Secretary General?s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals. She joins us to discuss her leadership of Norway both domestically and internationally, and most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Franklin is an American former competitive swimmer, and five-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been named World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year, and has won 27 medals in international competition. She previously held the world record in the 200-metre backstroke, and for the most World Aquatics Championships medals in women's swimming. One of America?s most successful swimmers, she retired in 2019 due to injury.
Dr Swaminathan is a renowned Indian clinical scientist and paediatrician, currently serving as Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation, having previously served as Deputy Director-General of Programmes. She was previously the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research. In her role at WHO, she has been at the forefront of the organisation's response to the COVID-19 crisis, and joins us today for a discussion of the WHO?s International Health Regulation, the criticisms it has faced, and the future of public health.
Charles LeClerc is a Formula 1 Racing Driver for Scuderia Ferrari. In 2019 he became the youngest ever and first non-Mercedes driver to win the Pole Trophy. LeClerc also won the GP3 Championship in 2016 and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, he is one of several Prominent racing drivers to champion E-Sports.
Opal Tometi is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has, since 2012, drawn attention to racial inequality in the US. She has served as the Executive Director for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and is currently serves in senior roles at Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity. We spoke with Opal on Thursday, 28th May, just days after the world witnessed the brutal killing of George Floyd, an African American man, by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, which sparked protests, and renewed calls for the rights of black people, in the United States and around the world. Opal joins us for a discussion of the root causes of police brutality, mechanisms for institutional change, and the road ahead for #BlackLivesMatter.
Over the last 10 years, countless refugees have lost their lives in the Mediterranean. With COVID-19 sweeping camps throughout Southern Europe, the future of those who have survived is far from bright. What duty do European nations have to these migrants? Does the reluctance of governments to help constitute a moral failure on the part of the entire continent? Joining us today are the Joan Clos, Olympic Swimmer Yusra Mardini, Catherine Wollard and the Greek Immigration and Asylum Minister
President Egils Levits has served as President of Latvia since July 2019. A lawyer, political scientist, and judge, he previously served as a Member of the European Court of Justice from 2004 to 2019. He has been involved in Latvian politics since the late Soviet era, contributing to the declaration of renewed Latvian independence in 1991. His first book, A Will for Statehood: Ideas and thoughts for Latvia 1985-2018, was published last year. He joins us for a discussion of the Latvian response to COVID-19, and the economic and political future of the country.
Authoritarian governments have been both lauded and criticised for their handling of the COVID-19 crisis. While some argue that the most effective tracking and prevention technologies function best under authoritarian regimes, many fear such technologies are opening the door to a greater role of the state in everyday life. In countries such as Hungary, Poland, India and the United States, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic used as an excuse to curb civil liberties, and bring out the authoritarian streak in the world?s populist leaders. Will the pandemic spell the end of liberal democracy as we know it? Joining us to answer these questions are Dr Erica Frantz, Professor Lawrence Gostin and Rami Khouri.
An English Actress, film director, producer, model and screenwriter, Bonnie Wright is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasely in the Harry Potter film series. Since Harry Potter, she has forged a career behind the camera as a director and screenwriter. She joins us today to talk about growing up as a child star, the transition from spotlight to director and her activism with Greenpeace.
Mental health is one of the defining crises of our generation, yet is often overlooked. As we collectively encounter great and unprecedented problems, mindfulness offers a genuinely practical solution to the challenges we all face. Far from a buzzword, it is a crucial tool in a busy world. In our podcast today we aim to dispel some of the myths surrounding mindfulness, to understand what it means, and how we can use it in our daily lives. Joining us in this project, are Sharon Salzberg, Amishi Jha, Shauna Shapiro, and H.E. Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche.
David Lammy is a Labour Party politician and current Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor. He has served as MP for Tottenham since 2000, and as Minister for Culture under the last Labour government. David is known for being vocal on topics of race and inequality, in particular in the UK criminal justice system. He has been a vocal critic of the government?s response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, and its policies the Windrush Generation. He joins us today for a conversation about his latest book ?Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society?, which was published earlier this year.
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are British triathletes, who rose to fame with their success at the 2012 London Olympics. Alistair is the only athlete to hold two Olympic titles in the triathlon event, while Jonathan was the 2012 Triathlon World Champion. They join us today to discuss training in the COVID-19 world, growing up in a sporting household and how preparations are shaping up for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Bernie Sanders, the Democratic party?s progressive wing has been met with great success. While Joe Biden, the party?s presidential nominee, continues to be the flag-bearer for the moderate wing of the party, he does so on an increasingly progressive platform. Is this realignment the route to success in 2020? To answer these questions, we are joined by Amy Klobuchar?s 2020 Campaign Manager, Clare Malone from FiveThirtyEight, and NYT Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker.
John Delaney is an American attorney, businessman, and former United States Representative for Maryland?s 6th congressional district. He was the first Democrat to announce his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination for the Presidency, which he subsequently suspended in late January 2020. Considered a moderate, Congressman Delaney is a supporter of corporate tax increases and universal healthcare. He joins us today for a discussion of his time in the House of Representatives, his two and half year long campaign for the Democratic nomination, and his hopes for the United States.
Description: As Latin American nations continue to be plagued by large-scale poverty and organised crime, and populist governments become more widespread, today we reflect on what the future holds for the region. A diverse panel discuss the impact of COVID-19, institutional barriers to development and the role of education and trade in fuelling long-term growth.
Phil spent the first ten years of his career playing for Manchester United, in which time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and the Champions League. Between 2005 and 2013, he played for Everton, before retiring from the game, to pursue a career in coaching and management. Since January 2018, he has served as the Head Coach of the England women's team. He has led the Lionesses through a world cup, and several European and international tournaments. In January 2020 Phil announced his decision to step down from the position starting 2021. He joins us today for a conversation about his life and career, both past and present.
Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, and businessman, best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the sitcom The Office. Rainn has earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for his role in The Office, as well as international acclaim for his roles in Six Feet Under, The Rocker, Super, Star Trek, and The Meg. Rainn is also founder of the website and YouTube channel, SoulPancake, and the co-founder of an NGO for the education of girls in Haiti.
Since 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar, in a conflict that has been deemed by the UNHCR as ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing?. With Burmese forces accused of crimes against humanity, has the inaction of the international community allowed the Burmese military to commit ethnic cleansing with impunity? This podcast is brought to you in two parts, the first containing Dr Maung Zarni, and Kyaw Win, and the second with Wai Wai Nu.
Since founding the civil rights organisation, Disability In Action, in 1970, Heumann has been at the very core of the disability rights movement in the United States. In 2010, Judy was nominated by President Obama as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State, previously serving as the World Bank's First Advisor on Disability and Development. Earlier this year, she was the central feature of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Crip Camp. Her memoir, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist was published earlier this year.
Schur is an American producer, writer, and actor. After serving as a producer and writer for the comedy series, The Office, he co-created Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Most recently, he has created The Good Place, and was a producer on Master of None. He has won two Emmy awards for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Office, and joins us today for an insight into his life and career.
Minorities and low-paid workers seem to be the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and most likely to suffer the economic consequences, as well as those in already unstable, war-torn countries. Individuals in abusive households and relationships remain trapped in close proximity with the perpetrators of violence, and the lockdown comes with its own, immense challenges for the one in four in our society suffering from mental health problems. To shine light upon these, marginalised voices of the pandemic, we are joined by the CEO of Mind, Dr Kamiar Alaei, the UK Domestic Abuse Comms and Professor Linda Bauld.
Having served as Governor of Florida between 1999 and 2007, Bush?s lineage is a distinctly political one. His father, George H. W. Bush served as President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, and his brother, George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2009. A vocal advocate for immigration reform and lower taxes, Governor Bush unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 2016. He remains a critic of President Donald Trump ever since. He joins us today for a discussion of his politics, past and present.
Next in our series of weekend specials, we have the Book Club. With COVID-19 crisis continuing to confine us to our homes, literature provides not only solace but escape. Yet, in allowing us to hear voices from beyond our own walls, it teaches us how to engage with the realities of the world we face. How has literature, particularly fiction as we know it today, changed over the years? And how can it help us to forge connections in an isolated world? Joining us to answer these questions, are Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Joyce Carole Oates, and Chigozie Obioma.
Senator Cruz rose to prominence seeking the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 2016, losing to President Donald Trump. His reelection to the US Senate in 2018, beating Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke, was one of the most publicised and expensive Senate races in history. He talks to us today about the 2016 race, his relationship with President Trump, and the geopolitical threat China poses in the face of COVID-19.
Wong is a Hong Kong student leader, known as a leader of the Umbrella movement, a civil resistance movement that occupied the city for 79 days in 2014. He has founded student activist groups, including Scholarism and Demosisto?, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. He joins us for a discussion of his childhood spent on protests, and the future of politics in Hong Kong.
as President Trump?s much-vaunted peace deal finally brought an end to years of turmoil, or is it merely a fac?ade? After so many years of violence in Afghanistan, and with constantly faltering democratic institutions , is long-term peace a realistic aspiration?
Sturridge is an English professional footballer, who has played for several Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. He has been capped 26 times for England, featuring at the 2014 World Cup. Most recently, he played for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig. He joins us today to talk about his introduction to football, overcoming injury struggles and what's next for his career.
As the international foreign policy tide turns away from intervention, what is the legacy of the West in Afghanistan? Does it remain a crucial actor, responsible for the protection of many lives, or is it responsible for more harm than good? To answer these questions, we have Matthew Hoh, Carlotta Gall, Ben Anderson and Professor Marvin Weinbaum.
Randolph is the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix. An entrepeneur, he launched the video-subcription firm in 1998, leaving soon after its initial public offering in 2002. Since then, he has become the Entrepreneur in Residence at High Point University and is an active mentor. He joins us today to talk about the early days of Netflix, his career in Silicon Valley and the state of entrepreneurship today.
England and Wales have the largest prison population in Western Europe, with 80,000 currently incarcerated. In the US that number is 2.3 million. With governments around the world taking ?tough on crime? approaches, is the criminal justice system working? Is the punitive system protecting us, or making society less safe for us all?
Mr Gurri?a has served as Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development since 2006. He has previously served on the United Nations Secretary-General?s Global Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and in various positions within the Mexican government. He joins us for a discussion of his work in government and policy, and the future of the OECD in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
For the first of four podcasts in our special series on the coronavirus pandemic, we look at its economic consequences, from rising unemployment to a stock market crash on at least the scale of 2008. What responses have we seen from governments and central banks, and will they be enough to ensure a swift recovery once lockdowns are lifted? Will the inequality created by this crisis define a generation? Joining us to answer these questions are Prof. Jason Furman, Prof. Michèle Tertilt, Ian Bremmer and Dr Eric Feigl-Ding.
O?Driscoll is a former Irish rugby player, regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game. He captained the Irish national team from 2003-2012, and toured with the British and Irish Lions four times, before moving to a career in punditry with ITV and BT. He joins us today to talk about the Irish youth system and his experience of leadership within the game, and to relive some career highlights.