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. 

Tererai Trent | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Tererai Trent, Oprah Winfrey’s favorite guest, 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 Tererai Trent, author of “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams.”  Before Tererai Trent landed on Oprah’s stage as her “favorite guest of all time,” she was a woman with a forgotten dream. As a young girl in a cattle-herding village in Zimbabwe, she dreamed of receiving an education but instead was married young and by eighteen, without a high school graduation, she was already a mother of three. Trent encountered a visiting American woman, Jo Luck of Heifer International, who assured her that anything was possible, reawakening her sacred dream. Tererai planted her dreams deep in the earth and prayed they would grow. They did, and now not only has she earned her Ph.D. but she has also built schools for girls in Zimbabwe, with funding from Oprah. 

The Awakened Woman is her accessible, intimate, and evocative guide that teaches nine essential lessons to encourage all women to reexamine their dreams and uncover the power hidden within them – power that can recreate our world for the better.

Michelle Kuo | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Michelle Kuo, author of Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship, 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 Michelle Kuo, author of Reading With Patrick, who taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. Recently graduated from Harvard University, Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Ark., as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening.

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. 

Alan Abramowitz | Clinton School Presents

Alan Abramowitz

Interview with Alan Abramowitz, Professor of political science at Emory University, 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 Alan Abramowitz, Professor of political science at Emory University. He has authored or co-authored six books, dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and wrote more than 50 articles in political journals dealing with political parties, elections, and voting behaviour in the United States. He is one of the nation’s leading election forecasters. His “Time for Change” model correctly predicted the popular vote winner in every presidential election between 1988 and 2012. His next book is “The Great Alignment: Race, Ideology, and Transformation of the American Party System”.
 

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.

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.

Meredith Walker | Clinton School Presents

Meredith Walker

Interview with Meredith Walker 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 Meredith Walker, executive director and co-creator of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Smart Girls is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women. The former head of the talent department at Saturday Night Live, Walker now devotes all of her time to Smart Girls by leading workshops, service days, and Smart Girls volunteer teams. Smart Girls helps young people cultivate their authentic selves and emphasizes intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.”

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.

Leigh Hafrey | Clinton School Presents

Leigh Hafrey

Interview with Leigh Hafrey 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 Leigh Hafrey. Leigh Hafrey is an author and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has worked in professional ethics for over two decades, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching college courses at Harvard Business School and MIT and consulting for private organizations around the world. For 17 years, along with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College. In his most recent book, War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, Hafrey covers the arc of military American self-perception on the screen, in print, and in public conversation over the past 20 years. 

Sven Beckert | Clinton School Presents

Sven Beckert

Interview with Sven Beckert 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 Sven Beckert, who is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. His publications have focused on the history of economic elites, on labor, on democracy and, in recent years, on the global history of capitalism. Beckert teaches courses on the history of American capitalism, Gilded Age America, the political economy of modern capitalism, labor history and global capitalism. He is co-chair of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University, and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, also at Harvard. Beyond Harvard, he co-chairs an international study group on global history, is co-editor of a series of books at Princeton University Press on “America in the World,”and has co-organized a series of conferences on the history of capitalism. He has received many fellowships and awards, including the Newcomen Fellowship at Harvard Business School, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Beckert is a Guggenheim Fellow. He has lectured all over the world.

Jamie Merisotis | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Jamie Merisotis 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 Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S.  In his new book “America Needs Talent,” Merisotis highlights the critical role that talent has played in our nation’s historic success, and emphasizes the need to continue its development through a new era of innovation and deliberate choices by government, private sector, education, and individuals so that America has the requisite human capital to succeed in the 21st Century economy.

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.

Brad Austin | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Brad Austin 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 Brad Austin, professor of history at Salem State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern American history, sports history, and history education, and has served as the chairperson of the American Historical Association’s Teaching Prize Committee. In his new book “Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Athletics during the Great Depression,” Austin explores the funding cuts that America public universities suffered while they were also responsible for educating an increasing number of students.

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.