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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.

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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.

    Election Security is (mostly) Solvable

    Election Security is (mostly) Solvable

    Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist. He teaches cyber security at the Harvard Kennedy School. Schneier believes that election security risks are solvable.

    Here are a few resources related to this episode:

    VerifiedVoting.Org

    The Brennan Center for Justice

    National Electorial Defense Coalition

    National Mail Voter Registration Form (multilingual)

    Voter Registration and Election Dates (by state)

    Solvable is produced by Camille Baptista, Jocelyn Frank is the senior producer, Catherine Girardeau is the managing producer and Mia Lobel is the executive producer.

    • 22 min
    Voter Suppression is Solvable

    Voter Suppression is Solvable

    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 inequities confronting African Americans and other minorities. Clarke believes that reversing, or preventing, the disenfranchisement of millions of American voters is central to her work and that voter suppression is solvable.

    Here are a few of the resources related to this episode:
    National Mail Voter Registration Form (multilingual)
    Voter Registration and Election Dates (by state)

    Solvable is produced by Camille Baptista, Jocelyn Frank and Catherine Girardeau.

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

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

    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 democracy. Waldman is the author of The Fight to Vote. He believes that the United States can have an election that is safe, participatory and with a robust turnout in 2020.

    Here are a few of the resources related to this episode:

    Voting by Mail / Voting Absentee

    National Mail Voter Registration Form (multilingual)

    Voter Registration and Election Dates (by state)

    • 23 min
    Lack of Accountability for Police Violence is Solvable

    Lack of Accountability for Police Violence is Solvable

    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 Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He co-wrote the Ferguson Report. The Department of Justice sued Ferguson, Missouri, over unconstitutional policing and court practices. He believes that the lack of accountability for police violence is solvable.
    Here are a few of the resources related to this episode:
    Ending Qualified Immunity Act, introduced by Representatives Justin Amash and Ayanna Pressley June 4, 2020
    George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, introduced by Representative Karen Bass June 8, 2020
    'CAHOOTS': How Social Workers And Police Share Responsibilities In Eugene, Oregon, NPR, June 10, 2020
    Fatal Force, a study by The Washington Post (updated daily)
    Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, March 4, 2015

    • 29 min
    Mass Incarceration is Solvable

    Mass Incarceration is Solvable

    Insha Rahman is the director of strategy and new initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice. She believes that mass incarceration is solvable. 
    At Vera, Rahman’s work is focused on prosecutorial reform, bail, and decarceration, with an emphasis on developing advocacy-related strategies and accountability. Prior to Vera, Rahman worked as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders. She currently serves on the boards of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and the New York State Appellate Division's Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee.
    Here are a few of the resources mentioned in this episode:
    13th, Ava Duvernay
    Locking Up Our Own, by James Foreman
    Solitary, by Albert Woodfox
    How Conservatives Learned to Love Prison Reform, March/April 2014, Mother Jones
    Prison reform: A smart way for states to save money and lives, January 2011, Washington Post

    • 20 min
    Solvable Presents: Axios Today

    Solvable Presents: Axios Today

    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. Host Niala Boodhoo and a team of award-winning journalists will bring you the latest scoops from the White House and Congress, analysis on the economy and insight into the trends shaping your world—from China to AI, and all the forces shaping the next five years. And it’s all delivered in Smart Brevity—a clinical, concise coverage style that respects your time.

    • 11 min

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