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Solvable showcases the world’s most innovative thinkers and their proposed solutions to the world’s most daunting problems. The interviews, hosted by Ronald Young Jr., will launch a dialogue that both acknowledges the complexity of the issues while inspiring hope that the problems are, in fact, solv… read more

88 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Consumerism and Celebrity Culture in Faith Organizations are Solvable Problems

September 22nd, 2021


Ben Kirby is the founder of PreachersNSneakers, an Instagram account and book, that both ask, “how much is too much” to spend when it comes to presenting a compelling image of the church and it’s leaders? Kirby's got …

Presenting: Some of My Best Friends Are...

September 15th, 2021


Host Ronald Young, Jr. presents a preview of Pushkin’s newest podcast, Some of My Best Friends Are…

The Lack of Creatives of Color in Positions of Power in Hollywood is Solvable

September 8th, 2021


Mike Gauyo is a TV writer in LA including work on Insecure (HBO) and Ginny & Georgia (Netflix). He’s the founder of The Black Boy Writes Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative that is paving pathways for emerging …

Making Museums Relevant and Reflective is Solvable

September 1st, 2021


Stephanie Cunningham is the director of Museum Hue which supports people of color within the museum field and works to situate and promote culturally …

The Scantiness of Mental Health Resources For Black People is Solvable

August 25th, 2021


Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist, author, podcast host and the founder of Therapy For Black Girls – an online resource, and …

The Demands of Fighting Racism are Solvable

August 18th, 2021


Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News …

Disordered Eating and Disconnection From Your Body are Solvable Problems

July 28th, 2021


Bri Campos is a licensed mental health counselor and body image coach. She works with clients to improve their relationships with food and with their …

Hating Your Body Is Solvable

July 21st, 2021


Gabi Fresh is a body positive digital content creator. She was formerly an MTV Twitter Jockey and InStyle's first plus-size editor.

Gabi Fresh on …

Mapping Catholic Lands Can Help Solve Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change

July 7th, 2021


Molly Burhans is the founder and executive director of GoodLands an organization that works to map the land holdings of the Catholic Church to …

Malcolm Gladwell is All Riled Up

July 1st, 2021


We’re excited to share with you the new season of Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast that re-examines something from the past and asks …

Making Transportation Systems Eco-friendly is a Solvable Problem

June 30th, 2021


Laura Schewel is the CEO of StreetLight Data which provides data to help mold and monitor transportation systems to be more environmentally friendly. …

Reopening New York Safely and Securely is Solvable

June 23rd, 2021


Jason DiGianni is the project lead for the Excelsior Pass. He thinks the free digital tool (which confirms negative COVID-19 tests and positive …

Under-Representation in Robotics and AI is Solvable

June 16th, 2021


Dr. Ayanna Howard is the dean of the College of Engineering of the Ohio State University as well as the founder and president of the board of …

Presenting: Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi

June 9th, 2021


Host Ronald Young Jr. offers this sneak peak into Pushkin's newest show, Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi. You can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!

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Social Isolation is a Solvable Problem for People With Disabilities

June 2nd, 2021


If the world has learned one thing in lockdown, it’s that staying isolated and confined to one place is hard. But for some people living with …

Cultural Asymmetry in Music Technology is Solvable

May 26th, 2021


A lot of popular music is dominated by the western musical constructions of scale and time but when it comes to creative work -- why be so limited?

Addiction to Fossil Fuels is Solvable

May 19th, 2021


Host Ronald Young Jr. speaks with Bill McKibben about how to break our destructive climate habits and about why we need a course correction urgently. Bill McKibben is an author, educator, environmentalist and the …

Introducing Ronald Young Jr., Solvable’s Newest Host

May 12th, 2021


Ronald Young Jr is the newest host of Solvable. Jacob Weisberg and Ronald Young Jr. talk about some of their hosting inspirations from Larry King, …

Being Victimized by Scams is Solvable

May 5th, 2021


Maria Konnikova is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Biggest Bluff, The Confidence Game, and Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes.

Setbacks: Global Hunger is Solvable

April 28th, 2021


Abby Maxman is President and CEO of Oxfam America and says “there's no reason in the 21st century that people should be going hungry.”

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Presenting: An Excerpt from The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

April 27th, 2021


The Bomber Mafia is the new audiobook by Revisionist History host (and Pushkin co-founder) Malcolm Gladwell. It examines the rise of air power, which …

Setbacks: Girls' Exclusion from Education is Solvable

April 21st, 2021


Angeline Murimirwa is executive director of the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). By engaging local communities in their nomination process, young people and their families receive support that makes education …

Setbacks: Global Health Inequity is Solvable

April 14th, 2021


As part of our Setbacks series examining the impact of COVID-19 on global development, Paul Farmer explains why he is still optimistic after working …

Surgical Site Infections in Developing Countries Can be Solved

April 7th, 2021


Dasia Taylor is a senior at Iowa City West High School. She’s working to develop and produce medical sutures, dyed with beets, that can detect …

Psychological Manipulation is a Solvable Problem

March 31st, 2021


Cults and other manipulative groups are an issue of public health and Diane Benscoter has strategies that may help.

Diane Benscoter is the founder of

Making Medical Deliveries by Drone is Solvable

March 24th, 2021


Keller Rinaudo is the CEO and Founder of Zipline International. Their “sky ambulance” service is delivering medical supplies to hard to reach places …

Racialized Trauma is Solvable

March 17th, 2021


Resmaa Menakem is an author and psychotherapist working in Minneapolis Minnesota. As a specialist focused on racial trauma, Menakem works to help …

Extreme Poverty in New York City is Solvable

March 10th, 2021


Andrew Yang is running for Mayor of New York City and he thinks that extreme poverty is a solvable problem. Here are some links to learn more about …

The Lack of Basic Sanitation in the United States is Solvable

March 3rd, 2021


Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. She was awarded a MacArthur …

The Problems of Regulating Algorithms are Solvable

February 24th, 2021


Nathan Matias is a professor at Cornell University and leads the Citizens and Technology Lab. He believes that the strong tradition of scrappy, …

Designing Digital Spaces That Bring Us Together Is Solvable

February 17th, 2021


Eli Pariser is a social activist and technology entrepreneur. He sits on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Foundation and the Information …

Political Polarization is Solvable

February 10th, 2021


Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, contributing writer at The Atlantic and a co-host of Solvable and she believes that political …

Civil War is Solvable (Again)

February 3rd, 2021


Juan Manuel Santos is credited with ending the long and violent civil war in Colombia. He believes that every conflict can have a solution. This …

Rural Vaccine Distribution is Solvable

January 27th, 2021


Dr. Anne Zink is the Chief Medical Officer for the state of Alaska and has helped to coordinate one of the nation's most successful vaccine …

Bad Habits Are Solvable

January 20th, 2021


Dr. Wendy Wood is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California.

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Vaccine Hesitancy is Solvable

January 13th, 2021


Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Even though systemic racism and a history of medical …

Destructive Agriculture is Solvable

December 23rd, 2020


Rachel Stroer is the acting president of the Land Institute. She believes that many of the ecological and economic problems stemming from our current …

Identifying Cost Effective Charities is Solvable

December 16th, 2020


With so many worthy causes out there, GiveWell helps donors evaluate charities based on their ability to save and improve the greatest number of …

The Tech Gender Gap is Solvable (again)

December 9th, 2020


Award-winning technologist Lady Mariéme Jamme is the founder of iamtheCODE. Her organization seeks to educate women and girls about coding and to …

Solvable: The Depression and Anxiety We Can All Expect During This Pandemic

November 25th, 2020


Astronaut Scott Kelly is no stranger to the impacts of social isolation after spending 520 days in space. He talks with Jacob Weisberg about how to …

Remote Music Collaboration Online (in real time) is Solvable

November 18th, 2020


Mike Dickey is co-founder and chairman of the JackTrip Foundation and the creator of Virtual Studio.

The awkward and disjointed experience of making …

Culturally Competent and Financially Sustainable Healthcare

November 11th, 2020


Dr. Lutfi Lokman co-founded Hospitals Beyond Boundaries to provide culturally competent and financially sustainable healthcare. His clinic follows a …

Political Demonization is Solvable (again)

October 28th, 2020


Flavia Kleiner is the co-founder of Operation Libero. The organization works to combat populism in Switzerland. Operation Libero has launched and won …

Disinformation is Solvable

October 21st, 2020


Emily Bazelon is a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She …

Solvable: Stereotypical Refugee Narratives

October 7th, 2020


Ahmed Badr is an Iraqi-American writer, social entrepreneur, former refugee and the founder of Narratio. Narratio is a creative platform and set of initiatives that carve out spaces for displaced young people to …

The Slow Regrowth of Vulnerable Coral Reefs is Solvable

September 30th, 2020


Saving coral reefs will take a lot of teamwork and collaboration across scientists, industries and individuals. One important tool is …

Wildfire Ignition is Solvable

September 23rd, 2020


Eric Appel is a Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford University. His lab has designed an improved delivery system for fire retardant to keep fires from starting across hotspots and known ignition …

COVID-19 Transmission is Solvable

September 16th, 2020


Michael Mina is an epidemiologist and immunologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

Here are a …

Cancel Culture is Solvable

September 9th, 2020


John McWhorter is a linguistics professor at Columbia University, contributing writer at The Atlantic and hosts the podcast Lexicon Valley. He …

The Decline of Local News is Solvable

September 2nd, 2020


Margaret Sullivan is the media columnist for The Washington Post and formerly the public editor with the New York Times. Her new book is called

Election Security is (mostly) Solvable

July 22nd, 2020


Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist. He teaches cyber security at the Harvard Kennedy School. Schneier believes that …

Voter Suppression is Solvable

July 15th, 2020


Kirsten Clarke is the president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The committee was established in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to address the …

A Low-Turnout Election is Solvable (Even During COVID-19)

July 8th, 2020


Michael Waldman is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The non-partisan center works to strengthen America's …

Lack of Accountability for Police Violence is Solvable

July 1st, 2020


Chiraag Bains is the Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, a think tank focused on strengthening democracy and fighting for racial justice. He previously served as Senior Counsel to the head of the Civil Rights …

Mass Incarceration is Solvable

June 24th, 2020


Insha Rahman is the director of strategy and new initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice. She believes that mass incarceration is solvable. 

At …

Unjust Systems of Power are Solvable

June 17th, 2020


Host Anne Applebaum speaks with Srdja Popovic about how strategic nonviolent action can bring about lasting and meaningful social change.

Srdja …

The Mental Health Crisis is Solvable

December 25th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Dixon Chibanda about giving access to mental health care in non-Western nations.

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Maternal Mortality is Solvable

December 18th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Dr. Naveen Rao about fostering safe pregnancies and healthy deliveries worldwide.

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Widespread Poverty is Solvable

December 11th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Michael Faye about cutting out the middle man in charitable donations via GiveDirectly.

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Extreme Inequality is Solvable

December 4th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz about closing the wealth gap in the United States.

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Youth Unemployment is Solvable

November 27th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks with Nicola Galombik about increasing access to future work for young people in South Africa.

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Restriction of Speech Online is Solvable

November 20th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks with David Kaye about fostering public understanding of free speech on the internet and who should make the rules about …

Gender-Based Violence is Solvable

November 13th, 2019


Ahmed Ali Akbar talks with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about using film to tackle violence against women in Pakistan.

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Racial Reconciliation is Solvable

November 6th, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks to former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about mending race relations in the U.S.

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Poverty in Marginalized Communities is Solvable

October 30th, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks to Saumya Roy about using micro-financing to eliminate poverty amongst marginalized groups.

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Global Disease is Solvable

October 23rd, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to global health advocate Steve Davis about eliminating or eradicating diseases causing great human suffering worldwide.

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Climate Change is Solvable

October 16th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Anousheh Ansari about balancing the carbon cycle and fighting climate change through incentivized prizes and innovation.

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Child Marriage is Solvable

October 9th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides, about ending child marriage by 2030.

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Educational Inequity is Solvable

October 2nd, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Dr. Urvashi Sahni--a social entrepreneur, women rights activist and educationist--about redefining education and curricula.

US-China Conflict is Solvable

September 25th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Kevin Rudd about the need for diplomacy between China and the United States.

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Poor Nutrition is Solvable

September 18th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Roy Steiner about changing global diets.

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Electricity for the Developing World is Solvable

September 11th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks with Ashvin Dayal about creating worldwide access to electricity. 

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Global Poverty is Solvable

September 4th, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks with Dr. Shashi Buluswar about fighting global poverty with the Institute for Transformative Technologies.

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Conflict is Solvable

August 28th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Victor Ochen, Founder and Executive Director for African Youth Initiative Network, about building peace in Africa.

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AIDS is Solvable

August 21st, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Baltimore about his work that made a treatment for HIV/AIDS possible.

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Basic Education is Solvable

August 14th, 2019


Ahmed Ali Akbar talks to Sal Khan about bringing world class education to everyone, for free.

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Cervical Cancer is Solvable

August 7th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Vincent DeGennaro about building cancer programs in developing countries.

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Gender Inequality in Leadership is Solvable

July 31st, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks to Julia Gillard, the first and only woman to be Prime Minister of Australia, about the underrepresentation of women in …

Civil War is Solvable

July 24th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia and Nobel Peace Laureate, about ending more than 50 years of conflict in his …

Misuse of Data is Solvable

July 17th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Jake Porway about using big data for good.

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Fake News is Solvable

July 10th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Renée DiResta about building a more trustworthy Internet.

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The Tech Gender Gap is Solvable

July 3rd, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to Mariéme Jamme about teaching a million disadvantaged girls to code.

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Food Waste is Solvable

June 26th, 2019


Ahmed Ali Akbar talks to activist and author Tristram Stuart about using food scraps to eliminate waste. 

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Refugee Poverty is Solvable

June 19th, 2019


Jacob Weisberg talks to David Miliband about helping refugees stay in work and in school.

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Political Demonization is Solvable

June 12th, 2019


Anne Applebaum talks to Flavia Kleiner about how patriotic liberalism can beat xenophobic populists.

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Homelessness is Solvable

June 5th, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell talks to Rosanne Haggerty about ending homelessness for everyone. Forever.

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Introducing: Solvable

May 13th, 2019


Solvable will be a recurring showcase for the world’s most inspiring thinkers to propose solutions to the world’s most daunting problems.

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