Bill Meyer | Clinton School Presents

Bill Meyer

Interview with Bill Meyer.  While the power of mindfulness and meditation have become well-known in the culture at large, their use in education is just beginning. But teachers who incorporate moments of stillness, breath awareness, and calming images know how potent these practices are for creating focus and facilitating learning.  “Three Breaths and Begin” is about practice, written by a schoolroom teacher who has shared these practices with students, teachers, and parents in a variety of real-world settings. Meyer details exactly how a teacher can use meditation techniques each and every day. From the very beginning of introducing the practice to students by creating a space within the classroom, to meditating on field trips, in sports setting, and in the midst of tragedy, he sets forth scripted meditations, with every aspect of conducting, running, and reflecting on the meditation considered.

Danny Brassell | Clinton School Presents

Danny Brassell

Interview with Danny Brassell.  Danny Brassell has taught students ranging from preschoolers to rocket scientists and is currently an associate professor in the teacher education department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Using humor, music, and games in his highly acclaimed presentations, Danny has motivated teachers around the country to create their own reading programs that nurture lifelong reading.

Ellen Hart | Clinton School Presents

Ellen Hart

Interview with Ellen Hart, world-class runner and lawyer.  Mrs. Hart is known for her incredible athletic and professional achievements while going public about her battles with bulimia.  As an undergraduate student-athlete at Harvard, Hart earned eight varsity letters while competing in basketball, soccer, and track and field. She placed third to qualify in the 10K in the 1980 Olympic Trials and went on to break the world record in 20K and the United States record in 30K.  Hart earned her juris doctor from the University of Colorado Law School. She was an attorney with the Denver firm of Morrison and Foerster from 1988-90 and served as Executive Director of the Community Action Program at the University of Denver from 1990-92.  Hart was married to Federico Peña, the former mayor of Denver, United States Secretary of Transportation, and United States Secretary of Energy. She helped start the Eating Disorder Foundation while giving lectures and speaking publicly about her personal experiences.  A movie about her life, “Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña Story,” was released in 1996.

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. 

Lucie Amundsen | Clinton School Presents

Lucie Amundsen

Interview with Lucie Amundsen, co-founder and marketing chick for Locally Laid Egg Company, 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 Lucie Amundsen, co-founder and marketing chick for Locally Laid Egg Company. She is also the author of “Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm From Scratch”, which tells the story of how a midwestern family with no agricultural experience, turned a few backyard chickens to a full fledged farm

Patterson Hood | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Patterson Hood, co-founder of the Drive-By Truckers, 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 Patterson Hood. He is the co-founder of the band Drive-By truckers. He captures the Southern storytelling tradition through his songwriting and also published “The South’s Heritage is So Much More Than Just a Flag” in an op-ed for the NY Times Magazine.

Kevin Merida | Clinton School Presents

Kevin Merida

Interview with Kevin Merida, editor-in- chief at ESPN, 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 Kevin Merida, the editor-in- chief for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s new website that provides in-depth reporting, commentary, and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports with innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary.

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.

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.

Jeff Conyers | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Jeff Conyers 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 Jeff Conyers, executive director of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  Since launching 20 years ago, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book-gifting program in the world, by mailing over 66 million books in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Currently the program mails over 830,000 specially selected, age appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five.

Ashley Merryman | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Ashley Merryman 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 sat down with New York Times bestselling author, Ashley Merryman. She is the author of “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing,” reveals the hidden factors behind every sort of win and loss — from bringing home a Gold in Olympic swimming to bombing the SAT.

Pati Jinich | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Pati Jinich 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 Pati Jinich, the chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and the author of “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking. ” After serving  as a political analyst, she left policy work to pursue her lifelong passion: to research, write about, test and cook Mexican food, and to share her knowledge and adventures in that cuisine and culture with others.

Peter Brinckerhoff | Clinton School Presents

Peter Brinckerhoff

Interview with Peter Brinckerhoff, 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 Peter Brinckerhoff, an internationally renowned trainer, author and consultant to nonprofit organizations. Since founding his consulting firm Corporate Alternatives in 1982, Brinckerhoff has helped thousands of organizations to better serve their missions.

Robert Gibbs | Clinton School Presents

Robert Gibbs

Interview with Robert Gibbs, 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 Gibbs, one of the foremost urban retail planners in America. For the past 25 years, Gibbs, a recognized leader in New Urbanism, has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities here and abroad.

Alon Shaya | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Alon Shaya 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 Award-winning chef, Alon Shaya, who along with John Besh are partners in Domenica, an authentic Italian restaurant in New Orleans’ historic Roosevelt Hotel. We talk about the importance of food in post Katrina New Orleans.

John T. Edge | Clinton School Presents

Interview with  John T. Edge 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 T. Edge, director of Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he documents, studies and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the American South.

Gary Jobson | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Gary Jobson 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 Gary Jobson, president of US Sailing, the national governing body of sailing. An author of 17 books, Jobson promotes the sport of sailing at all levels.

Trista Harris | Clinton School Presents

Trista Harris

Interview with Trista Harris 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 Trista Harris, author of “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate your career”, which provides a do-it- yourself map for navigating the nonprofit sector. Harris is the executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, a community foundation acting as a catalyst for social, racial economic and environmental justice.