Bill Clinton is a master at using storytelling to explain complex issues and bring people closer together. To hear him tell it, this comes from growing up in a family where everyone had a story, but in order to tell one, you first needed to listen. Inspired by these ideas, this series will feature conversations with Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff, partners and special guests from across society as they share their unique experiences and stories to help explain the factors shaping our interconnected world – and why we should be optimistic about its future.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Argues For A More Perfect Union
In the season finale of “Why Am I Telling You This?,” President Bill Clinton welcomes the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a candid conversation with NPR legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg. Justice Ginsburg shares stories from her quarter century on the nation’s highest court, her distinguished career fighting gender discrimination, what it’s like to serve among her fellow “sisters in law,” and her pop culture ascendance. In his special introduction, President Clinton shares what set her apart in his decision to nominate her to the Supreme Court of the United States.
This conversation was recorded live in Little Rock as a part of the Clinton Presidential Center’s Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series. More: https://wjcf.co/2mnDfuK
Finding Common Ground: A Conversation with President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and Presidential Leadership Scholars
In this special episode, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush share their perspectives on leadership and finding common ground throughout their lives in public service.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, this episode features a prerecorded conversation with President Clinton and President Bush at the 2019 graduation ceremony, moderated by the George W. Bush Institute’s Executive Director Holly Kuzmich. They are joined by two scholars—Lisa Hallett, CEO of wear blue: run to remember, and Jay Bhatt, SVP and CMO of the American Hospital Association—who are applying lessons learned from the program to enhance their own work to improve their communities.
With an introduction from 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar Dilafruz Khonikboyeva, the conversation celebrates the network of doctors, veterans, corporate professionals, attorneys, public servants, educators, and more from across the country who have come together to collaborate and make a difference in the world, strengthened by lessons in leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Opioid Crisis in America: Working Together to Save Lives
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that, on average, nearly 130 people a day die of opioid overdoses across America — and millions more are in need of treatment. In advance of National Recovery Month, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Harm Reduction Coalition Board Member and Clinton Foundation partner Julie Stampler join President Bill Clinton to discuss how we can fight this escalating crisis. This episode also features personal stories from members of the Clinton Foundation community who have overcome substance-use disorders and are now helping others recover including Mark Kinzly, who co-founded the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative, which helps to increase naloxone access and bring overdose awareness and trainings to the state of Texas; and Clinton Global Initiative University alumna Sarah Gad whose CGI U commitment and work focuses on increasing medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated people struggling to survive and conquer their addiction.
The Clinton Foundation has been responding to the opioid crisis since 2012 by working with partners to expand access to life-saving naloxone, engage influential faith leaders in hard-hit communities to reduce stigma, and translate research into practice with institutions such as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. Learn more: clintonfoundation.org.
Dawn Staley Has the Courage to Compete
President Bill Clinton and three-time Olympic gold medalist and NCAA women’s basketball championship coach Dawn Staley share stories of perseverance, leadership, and how, given the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay, women’s sports are about much more than playing a game.
In this episode, Coach Staley shares how her experiences from growing up in the Philadelphia projects to winning Olympic Gold and competing on the world’s stage as a woman of color have driven her desire to mentor others and make a positive difference. As a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the most decorated athletes of all time, she reflects upon her first visit to the White House after the 1996 Olympic Games, her work to help young people excel on and off the court, and the state of women’s sports today.
From her players, to the fans, to the countless people benefiting from her own philanthropic work and advocacy, Coach Staley’s story reminds us all how sports can lift our common humanity and help people connect across borders, generations, gender, and race.
President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban Now
In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, America is reacting as we have come to expect. Thoughts and prayers are offered, as they should be. Communities come together, as they should, in vigils to remember those lost and injured and to remind ourselves that we shouldn’t keep letting this happen. But the tragedies keep happening, while one thing that we know can reduce mass shootings has not been done: reinstating the ban on assault weapons and the limit on high-capacity magazines that were in effect from 1994 to 2004.
In a powerful commentary originally published in TIME, President Bill Clinton calls on elected officials to reinstate the assault weapons ban and the ammunition limit, and make improved background checks universal. And at this crucial moment for America, he urges all of us to stand against - not inflame - the racial, religious, and gender-based bigotries that often drive mass killers.
Paul Farmer Fights for Global Health Equity
In this episode, pioneering physician, anthropologist, and Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer joins Chelsea Clinton to talk about his life’s work to deliver quality, comprehensive health care and fight devastating diseases in some of the poorest places on Earth.