Luke Dittrich | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with award winning journalist Luke Dittrich 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 Luke Dittrich, author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, the story of Henry Molaison, who lost the ability to create memories after he underwent a lobotomy to treat his seizures. His case taught scientists a lot about how the brain creates and stores memories. The case was one of personal tragedy for Molaison, but a boon for the modern landscape of medicine and science.

Dittrich is the grandson of William Scoville, the doctor who performed Patient H.M.'s lobotomy. Additionally, Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire.

Ryan Hampton | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Ryan Hampton 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 Ryan Hampton, a recovery advocate. Nearly three years into recovery from a decade-long heroin addiction, Ryan Hampton is a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction and is changing the national dialog about addiction through social media. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan has the largest following of any person in the addiction and recovery space. 

He was part of the core team that released the first-ever Surgeon General's report on addiction and was singled out by Forbes as a top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. His writing on recovery and addiction related issues regularly go viral in online journals such as HuffPo and The Hill.

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.

Greg Simon | Clinton School Presents

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Greg Simon, Director of Biden Cancer Initiative at the Biden Foundation. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Taskforce. A position created by President Barack Obama for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March of 2016. As Executive Director, he assembled and lead a team of eight professionals to support the work of the Vice President in developing and promoting the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. He also coordinated the work of the Taskforce comprised of twenty cabinet and subcabinet offices. 

Janine D'Anniballe | Clinton School Presents

Janine D'Anniballe

Interview with Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners 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 Dr. Janine D’Anniballe. She’s been dedicated to the prevention, treatment and training of sexual assault issues for the past eighteen years. She is the Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners in Boulder Colorado. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Center in Boulder Colorado.

Alan Schwarz | Clinton School Presents

Alan Schwartz

Interview with former New York Times Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Alan Schwartz, 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 the former New York Times Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Alan Schwartz. In his book, “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic”, he examines the roots and the rise of this cultural and medical phenomenon. Is the definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society. 

Daniel Lucey | Clinton School Presents

Daniel Lucey

Interview with Daniel Lucey, a physician trained in infectious diseases and public health, 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 Daniel Lucey, a physician trained in infectious diseases and public health. He’s taught eleven years at Georgetown on global emerging infectious diseases. He’s travelled widely in Asia and the Middle East to exchange information regarding infectious diseases such as SARS, HIV and anthrax.

Ginny Atwood Lovitt | Clinton School Presents

Ginny Atwood Lovitt

Interview with Ginny Atwood Lovitt, executive director of the Chris Atwood Foundation, 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 Ginny Atwood Lovitt, executive director of the Chris Atwood Foundation, which works to provide recovery support and resources to people and families affected by addiction to change the conversation and policies about addiction from ones of stigma to support and to prevent the diseases from taking hold of future generations. The Atwood Foundation began in 2013, after the Atwood family lost their son and brother, Chris, to an accidental and fatal overdose.

Dana Suskind | Clinton School Presents

Dana Suskind

Interview with Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, 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 Dana Suskind, professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, director of the pediatric cochlear implant program, and founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child’s brain development and therefore, his or her ability to learn.

Jeremy Richman | Clinton School Presents

Jeremy Richman

Interview with Jeremy Richman, founder of the Avielle Foundation, 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 with Jeremy Richman, founder of the Avielle Foundation. The Avielle Foundation was founded to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education after Dr. Richman’s daughter, Avielle, was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Robin Sanders | Clinton School Presents

Robin Sanders

Interview with Robin Sanders, 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 Robin Sanders, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and the Republic of Congo, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and former director of the Africa National Security Council at the White House. She currently serves as CEO of FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, which focuses on food security, education, environment, economic development and self-help projects, particularly in Africa.

Dan MacCombie | Clinton School Presents

Dan MacCombie

Interview with Dan MacCombie 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 Dan MacCombie, who along with Tyler Gage, cofounded RUNA Tea, a tea company centered around the guayusa leaf, which is grown Ecuador, contains caffeine, and has about twice as many antioxidants as green tea leaves. With RUNA Tea, MacCombie demonstrated how to find the balance between purpose-driven missions and business. A recipient of Forbes Top 30 under 30, MacCombie has forged lifelong relationships in some of the world’s most unlikely of places and created a business that thrives and respects local cultural traditions, supports small farmers, and maintains the integrity of the Amazon rainforest.

Michael Sparer | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Michael Sparer 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 Michael Sparer, Chair of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health..  He studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-income populations, and the ways in which inter-governmental relations influences policy, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Peter Chiarelli | Clinton School Presents

Peter Chiarelli

Interview with Peter Chiarelli, 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 the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, retired General Peter Chiarelli, He is the CEO of One Mind for Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to curing the diseases of the brain and eliminating the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and brain injuries. Chiarelli has 40 years of experience designing and implementing American defense policy for the army and Department of Defense in peace and during combat operations.

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru 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 investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, co authors of the League of Denial, the NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth.  Mark, co-author of the best-selling "Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports," and his brother Steve, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the Washington Post, tell the story of the National Football League’s extended campaign to suppress efforts to prove the connection between football and brain damage.

Deborah Frank | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Deborah Frank 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 Deborah Frank, the founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, which researches food, energy, and housing insecurity and their impact on children’s health and development. Since 1998, Children’s HealthWatch has collected data in frontline healthcare settings to perform research on the impact of public policy on the health, nutrition, and development of children ages zero to four.

Brett Hughes | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Brett Hughes 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 Brett Hughes, former professional Lacrosse player and co-founder of Lacrosse the Nations which is an organization that uses the lacrosse field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills, health and nutrition education, and offers a scholarship program, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives.

Benjamin Patton | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Benjamin Patton 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 Benjamin Patton, founder and president of The Patton Veterans Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to benefit servicemen and women and military families coping with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.  The youngest grandson of WWII's General George S. Patton Jr., Benjamin uses the power of digital media to support, heal, and empower veterans and military families coping with combat-related trauma.