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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, conducted by journalists like Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, will launch a dialogue that both acknowledges the complexity of the issues while inspiring ho… read more

63 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

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 Presents: Brave New Planet

October 14th, 2020


Eric Lander is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and was a leader of the Human Genome Project. His new podcast Brave New Planet weighs the pros and cons of a wide range of …

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. 

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Solvable Presents: Axios Today

June 23rd, 2020


Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. …

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 …

Solvable Presents: Help in a Crisis

April 3rd, 2020


While working on the next season of Against the Rules, coming later this spring, Michael Lewis has had some conversations that we didn’t want to …

Solvable Presents: Deep Background with Noah Feldman

February 5th, 2020


Deep Background is the latest podcast from Pushkin Industries, in which Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman breaks the relentless 24-hour news cycle with real conversation. In this episode--We Testified for Impeachment …

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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