John Hechinger | Clinton School Presents

John Hechinger

Interview with John Hechinger, a senior editor at Bloomberg News, a 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, and a two-time winner for the George Polk Award for his reporting on education, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with John Hechinger, author of True Gentleman: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities, which takes readers deep into the world of fraternity culture, and reveals how profoundly that culture influences Wall Street, Main Street, and Washington.

Emily Crane Linn | Clinton School Presents

Emily Crane Linn

Interview with Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, a resettlement center that provides refugees with everything they need to build a new life: from a place to live and language classes to counselors and babysitters. They help refugees learn English, put together a resume, evaluate their degree, and prepare for the American workforce. 

David O'Sullivan | Clinton School Presents

David O'Sullivan

Interview with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States,as the European Union’s top diplomat to the United States, he oversees the EU’s bilateral relationship with the United States and the direction and work of the EU delegation including: political, economic, and commercial affairs.

Becky Straw | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Becky Straw, co-founder and CEO of the Adventure Project, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue with the distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Becky Straw, co-founder and CEO of the Adventure Project, a nonprofit creating jobs in developing countries. Instead of giving money and products away, The Adventure Project works somewhat like a venture capital firm for effective nonprofits: funding entrepreneurial activity that will both provide jobs and help in the four most needed areas – water, hunger, health, and environment. The 10-year goal of the organization is to create one million jobs worldwide. Prior to The Adventure Project, Becky spent three years helping to launch Charity: Water, an organization bringing drinking water to people in developing countries.

Leonardo Cassuto | Clinton School Presents

Leonardo Cassuto

Interview with Leonardo Cassuto for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Leonardo Cassuto. Leonard Cassuto is graduate education columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education and professor at Fordham University. In his new book, The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It, Cassuto explores the root of the problems in graduate education – students taking too long to complete their studies and facing a dismal academic job market if they succeed – and offers concrete solutions for revitalizing graduate education in the humanities. He argues that universities’ heavy emphasis on research comes at the expense of teaching and that graduate education must recover its mission of public service. He also argues that professors should revamp the graduate curriculum and broaden its narrow definition of success to allow students to create more fulfilling lives for themselves both inside and outside the academy. In The Graduate School Mess, Cassuto follows the graduate student from admissions to the dissertation and placement, and considers how each stage of graduate education is shape by unexamined assumptions and ancient prejudices that need to be critically confronted.

Tom Vilsack | Clinton School Presents

Tom Vilsack

Interview with Tom Vilsack, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Tom Vilsack, secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. As leader of the USDA, Secretary Vilsack is working to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for innovation of rural America Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Tim Hopper | Clinton School Presents

Tim Hopper

Interview with Tim Hopper for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Tim Hopper, chief economist for TIAA-CREF. As TIAA-CREF’s leading economic advisor, Hopper is responsible for articulating the firm’s economic views and providing guidance that informs the firm’s investment portfolios and asset allocation strategies.

John Hope Bryant | Clinton School Presents

Interview with John Hope Bryant for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive Officer for Operation HOPE, whose mission is to make free enterprise work for everyone by working as a nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved, and struggling middle class. Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is today responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship, and community development investments in 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Susan Eisenhower | Clinton School Presents

Susan Eisenhower

Interview with Susan Eisenhower for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Susan Eisenhower, CEO and Chairman of the Washington D.C.-based consulting The Eisenhower Group, Inc. The granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, Susan provides strategic counsel on business development, public affairs, and communications for Fortune 500 companies around the world. She has extensive knowledge of the energy industry and is a frequent speaker and author on public policy matters related to energy and national security.

Terry Shook | Clinton School Presents

Terry Shook

Interview with Terry Shook for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Architect and urban designer Terry Shook. He is a principal of Shook Kelly, with offices in Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Chicago and his retail consultancy includes psychographic consumer analysis, strategic planning, and prototype development for many of the world’s foremost retail brands, and well as retail centric mixed use environments in existing urban as well as greenfield locations. They designed Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC and it is considered one of the most successful New Urban lifestyle centers in the United States.

Rob Engstrom | Clinton School Presents

Rob Engstrom

Interview with Rob Engstrom for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Rob Engstrom is the senior vice president and the national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He and is responsible for directing the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities. He also manages all member activities for the Chamber’s Federation, which includes thousands of state, local, and metro chambers of commerce and hundreds of trade and professional associations.

Ali Velshi | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Ali Velshi for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs sat down with financial news veteran, Ali Velshi. He is the host of “Real Money with Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America which focuses on helping Americans prosper from financial trends and protect themselves from economic dangers.

James Riordan | Clinton School Presents

Interview with James Riordan for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with James Riordan, development economist and author of "We do Know How: A Buyer Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor,"  With more than 35 years of experience working in the public, non-profit, and academic sectors, Riordan has designed and implemented anti-poverty, food security, business development, rural development, and policy reform programs in 59 countries.

Charles Kenny | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Charles Kenny for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Charles Kenny, author of Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding. Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses the considerable successes of development, pointing to global progress in health, education, civil and political rights, infrastructure and argues that new technologies and innovation are the driving forces for progress.

Steve Rothschild | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Steve Rothschild for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Steve Rothschild, who is the founder and President of Invest in Outcomes (IIO). IIO is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to pilot a “Human Capital Performance Bond”, an innovative financing vehicle to both improve the productivity of state human service spending and to attract private investment capital for high performing nonprofits. Rothschild is the author of “The Non Nonprofit: For-Profit Thinking for Nonprofit Success,” where he shares the same principles he used at General Mills and later to found two nonprofits.

Robert Thompson | Clinton School Presents

Robert Thompson

Interview with Robert Thompson for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Robert Thompson, an expert on agricultural policy, trade and international development issues. A visiting scholar at John Hopkins University, we start our discussion on some of the challenges of feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050.

Christine Todd Whitman | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Christine Todd Whitman for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She is currently co-chair of CASE, the Clean and Safe Energy coalition that promotes economic and environmental benefits of nuclear expansion.