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

Greg Simon

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. 

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. 

Jay Solomon | Clinton School Presents

Jay Solomon

Interview with Wall Street Journal’s Foreign Affair Correspondent, Jay Solomon, 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 Wall Street Journal’s Foreign Affair Correspondent, Jay Solomon. His book “The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East”, is the product of extensive, in depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict, from high ranking Iranian officials, to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team.

Nick Shifrin | Clinton School Presents

Nick Shifrin

Interview with award winning foreign correspondent and Clinton School visiting fellow Nick Shifrin, 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 foreign correspondent and Clinton School visiting fellow Nick Shifrin. Shifrin was foreign correspondent for nearly a decade, he became abc News Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent and bureau chief at age 28, covering every major story in south Asia for nearly four years, including being the first journalist to provide video from inside Osama Bin Laden compound in 2011. He served as abc News’ London correspondent, and most recently was on assignment in Jerusalem with National Public Radio.

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.

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.

Ambassador Sichan Siv | Clinton School Presents

Ambassador Sichan Siv

Interview with Ambassador Sichan Siv 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 Sichan Siv, who is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America and the poetry book Golden Words. In 2001 after unanimous confirmation by the Senate, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as an ambassador to the U.N., serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv represented the United States at the 60th anniversary of the U.N., in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965, and Clinton in 1995.

Andy Smith | Clinton School Presents

Andy Smith

Interview with Andy Smith 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 Andy Smith, the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which is a nonpartisan, academic public opinion research center for governments, nonprofits, and faculty researchers.

Larry Sampler | Clinton School Presents

Larry Sampler

Interview with Larry Sampler, 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 Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at USAID. A recipient of the Constitutional Medal from President of Afghanistan, Sampler has served the private sector, in the military, and in post and intra-conflict missions of both the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations.

Steffen Schmidt | Clinton School Presents

Steffen Schmidt

Interview with Steffen Schmidt, 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 Steffen Schmidt, Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and an internationally recognized expert on American elections. He’s the author of 70 articles in scholarly journals and 11 books, including the best-selling college textbook “American Government and Politics Today (19th edition),” which has been read by over 3 million college students. Known as “Dr. Politics,” Schmidt has been analyzing the Iowa caucuses and US national politics since 1972 and is currently teaching a free, short online course on the caucuses.

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Anne-Marie Slaughter 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 Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of the nonprofit think tank, New America. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the former dean of the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and was the first female Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department. She wrote an article for the Atlantic , “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which became one of the most-read pieces in the magazine’s history. In her book, “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family,” Slaughter provides a powerful, persuasive, and deeply inclusive vision for how to finish the long struggle for equality between men and women, work and family.

Jeff Smith | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Jeff Smith 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 Smith, former Missouri State Senator and author of “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught me about America’s Prison Crisis. In 2009, Jeff Smith, a former Missouri State Senator, pleaded guilty to charges related to campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in a Kentucky federal correction institution Now an urban policy professor, Smith’s blend of academic training, real-world political acumen, and insights from a year on the inside of prison help him offer practical solutions to the nation’s prison problem and to jumpstart the rehabilitation of the millions behind bars.

Brian Stone | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Brian Stone 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 Brian Stone, director of the Urban Climate Lab Stone is an associate professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the areas of urban environmental management, land use, and transportation planning. The urban climate lab is a group of researchers exploring the connections between climate change and the built environment and how land use is contributing to climate change, including through urbanization and displacement of natural land covers.

Jacob Silverman | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Jacob Silverman 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 Jacob Silverman, author of “Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection" which crystalizes the current moment in technology and contemplates what is to come: our newly adopted view of daily life through the lens of what's share-worthy and the surveillance state operated by social media platforms to mine our personal data for advertising revenue.

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.