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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 hope that the problems are, in fact, solvable.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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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 hope that the problems are, in fact, solvable.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

    Surgical Site Infections in Developing Countries Can be Solved

    Surgical Site Infections in Developing Countries Can be Solved

    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 infections and alert patients to signs of risk.

    According to the WHO patients with surgical site infections are twice as likely to spend time in an intensive care unit, five times more likely to be readmitted after discharge. And twice as likely to die.

    Out of nearly 2000 students Taylor was recently named one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Scholar program and awarded $25,000 for her work.

    Want to learn more about health equity, surigical site infections and Taylor's work? Check out these links.
    The difference between a stich and a suture, Healthline.com
    Frequently Asked Questions about Surgical Site Infections, CDC.gov
    Surgical site infections are the most common and costly of hospital infections, Science Daily
    WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery 2009
    17-Year-Old Dasia Taylor Receives Recognition For Developing Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection” AfroTech.com
    West High senior Dasia Taylor recognized as Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist, The Daily Iowan
    Health equity: challenges in low income countries
    Closing the Health Equity Gap, WHO
    We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy, Scientific American
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    • 15 min
    Psychological Manipulation is a Solvable Problem

    Psychological Manipulation is a Solvable Problem

    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 Antidote and the author of Shoes of a Servant: My Unconditional Devotion to a Lie.
    Here are some links to additional information about cults and psychological manipulation and how to find support:
    Support for Individuals, from Antidote 
    Support for Families, from Antidote
    Freedom of Mind Institute 
    Cult Deprogramming vs. Strategic Interactive Approach from Steven Hassan
    Course: Understand Cults: The Basics, by Steven Hassan
    Open Minds Foundation: Resources
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    • 31 min
    Making Medical Deliveries by Drone is Solvable

    Making Medical Deliveries by Drone is Solvable

    Keller Rinaudo is the CEO and Founder of Zipline International. Their “sky ambulance” service is delivering medical supplies to hard to reach places via drone delivery.
    Here are some links to information and resources that Rinaudo mentioned in this episode.
    Zipline International
    Factfulness by Hans and Ola Rosling 
    Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker 
    Children: Improving Survival and Wellbeing, UN World Health Organization, Sept 8, 2020
    Mobile Money Adoption in Kenya, TechCrunch, March 25, 2020 
    Zipline’s drones are delivering medical supplies and PPE in North Carolina, The Verge, May 2020
    Walmart drone deliveries, The Verge, Sept 2020
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    • 25 min
    Racialized Trauma is Solvable

    Racialized Trauma is Solvable

    Resmaa Menakem is an author and psychotherapist working in Minneapolis Minnesota. As a specialist focused on racial trauma, Menakem works to help people metabolize intergenerational pain and pay attention to the cues their bodies are communicating rather than burying them.

    Here are links that Menakem recommends to learn more about trauma and systemic racism, and links to some tools that can help to address both.

    Hotlines for Survivors of Violence and Trauma

    My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem 

    More about Somatic Abolitionism from Resmaa Menakem

    Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad

    White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

    Adrienne Maree Brown: http://adriennemareebrown.net/

    Rachel Cargle: https://www.rachelcargle.com/
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    • 29 min
    Extreme Poverty in New York City is Solvable

    Extreme Poverty in New York City is Solvable

    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 universal basic income and guaranteed minimum income. 

    “2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments,” Bloomberg News, Jan 4, 2021
    “Andrew Yang's 'People's Bank' to Help Distribute Basic Income to 55K New Yorkers,”
    Newsweek, Feb 17, 2021
    “Universal Basic Income: A Thoroughly Wrongheaded Idea,” Forbes, Jan 16, 2019
    “Free cash handouts: What is universal basic income or UBI,” CNBC, June 27, 2019
    “Payment Guaranteed: How Would Universal Basic Income Affect Business?” Business News Daily, May 11, 2020
    “Universal Basic Income: Purpose, Pros and Cons,”The Balance, Aug 19, 2020 
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    • 28 min
    The Lack of Basic Sanitation in the United States is Solvable

    The Lack of Basic Sanitation in the United States is Solvable

    Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. She was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2020 for her work researching and documenting America’s waste water failures. 

    Learn more:
    Have you faced local sanitation issues in the US? We want to hear from you, The Guardian, 2021
    Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret By Catherine Coleman Flowers
    Catherine Coleman Flowers, Class of 2020, MacArthur Foundation
    Biden Urged to Back Water Bill in Amid US Worst Crisis in Decades, The Guardian, 2021
    The people suffering have to have a seat at the table, Southerly Dec. 2020
    At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 By Taylor Branch

    Solvable's senior producer is Jocelyn Frank. Research and booking by Lisa Dunn.
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