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. 

Joe Nocera | Clinton School Presents

Joe Nocera

Interview with Joe Nocera, author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA”, 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 Joe Nocera, author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA”. His book tells the dramatic story of a loose-knit group of rebels who decide to fight the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Margaret Brodkin | Clinton School Presents

Margaret Brodkin

Interview with Margaret Brodkin, child advocate, 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 Margaret Brodkin, child advocate. Margaret spent 26 years as the Executive Director of San Francisco's major child advocacy organization, then 5 years as the Director of the San Francisco Office of Children, Youth and Their Families. Since 2014, she’s directed Funding the Next Generation, a project she founded which promotes local dedicated funding streams and ballot measures for kids throughout California.

Taylor Wilson | Clinton School Presents

Taylor Wilson

Interview with Taylor Wilson, the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion, 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 Taylor Wilson, who at age 14 became the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion. Today, he continues his research to revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, combat terrorism using nuclear technology. 

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.

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.”

Ron Fournier | Clinton School Presents

Ron Fournier

Interview with Ron Fournier 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 Ron Fournier, who is a national political journalist currently of the National Journal, a frequent contributor for political-themed TV shows, and has previously served as Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press. In his new book, Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations, Fournier explores ideas of what we want from our children – popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius – and what we truly need – grit, empathy, character. In Love That Boy, Fournier weaves through his journey as a parent to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

Ron Haskins | Clinton School Presents

Ron Haskins

Interview with Ron Haskins 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 Ron Haskins. He is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. The Center on Children and Families studies policies that affect the well-being of America’s children and their parents, especially children in less advantaged families. The Center addresses the issues of poverty,inequality, and lack of opportunity in the United States and seeks to find more effective means of addressing these problems.

Wendy Young | Clinton School Presents

Wendy Young

Interview with Wendy Young 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 Wendy Young, president of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense). KIND was was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, NGOs, universities, and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.

Shane Gring | Clinton School Presents

Shane Gring

Interview with Shaner Gring 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 Shane Gring, the founder of BOULD, an organization seeking to address the “experience gap” in the green building industry. In 2012 he was an Unreasonable Institute Fellow, Hitachi Foundation Young Entrepreneur Fellow, and a Huffington Post Millennial Impact Challenge awardee, Gring recently joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as the lead on a national campaign focused on millennials, sustainability, and social justice. 

David Katz | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Dr. David Katz 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. David Katz, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. Katz is the editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity, the only journal that provides a central forum for exploring effective, actionable strategies for weight management and obesity prevention in children and adolescents. He is also founder and president of the nonprofit Turn the Tide Foundation, which was created to help combat obesity by developing, evaluating and disseminating creative, yet practical programs that can be used in the real world for free.

David Williams | Clinton School Presents

Interview with David Williams 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 David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Prior to joining the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Williams spent a 10-year career with Habitat for Humanity International, rising to executive vice president and chief operating officer.