63 episodes

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. 

    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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    • 29 min
    The Problems of Regulating Algorithms are Solvable

    The Problems of Regulating Algorithms are Solvable

    Nathan Matias is a professor at Cornell University and leads the Citizens and Technology Lab. He believes that the strong tradition of scrappy, responsive, citizen science (which has led to positive changes in food safety and quality assurance regulations) can also bring positive changes to how algorithms impact our lives. 

    The Citizens and Technology Lab, Cornell University
    Mozilla Foundation- volunteer opportunities  
    Algorithmic Justice League 
    Joy Buolamwini, TED Talk, Fighting Bias in Algorithms
    The Markup
    Consumer Reports
    The History of the Good Housekeeping Institute
    Elinor Ostrom’s Work on Governing The Commons: An Appreciation, LSE
    Kurt Lewin, American Social Psychologist, Encyclopedia Britanica
    Democratic, Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire: What Type Of Leader Are You?, Forbes 2019
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    • 31 min
    Designing Digital Spaces That Bring Us Together Is Solvable

    Designing Digital Spaces That Bring Us Together Is Solvable

    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 and Democracy Commission. He is currently co-director of the Civic Signals project with Talia Stroud, at the National Conference on Citizenship.

    To learn more about urban planing and digital design check out these links below:
    New Public by Civic Signals 
    What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good?, Eli Pariser, TED
    Palaces For the People, Eric Klinenberg 
    The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
    The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William Whyte
    Run Your Own Social, A social media toolkit
    The Media is the Message, Marshall McLuhan
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    • 33 min
    Political Polarization is Solvable

    Political Polarization is Solvable

    Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, contributing writer at The Atlantic and a co-host of Solvable and she believes that political polarization is solvable.
    Learn more about the topics that Anne discussed with Jacob:
    Coexistence is the Only Option, The Atlantic, Jan 20, 2021
    Quebec’s landmark 1995 independence referendum, The McGill Tribune, Nov 3, 2020
    The Northern Ireland Peace Process, Council on Foreign Relations, March 5, 2020
    Infrastructure and Peacebuilding, United Nations 2020 report of the Secretary General, January 2020
    Bridging Divides: Trends in Demonstrations, Princeton University
    Over Zero, working to prevent identity-based violence
    Braver Angels, bringing red and blue together
    One in five voters (21%) said they supported the Capitol insurrection, YouGov survey, Jan 2021

    Solvable is produced by Jocelyn Frank with research and booking by Lisa Dunn.
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    • 37 min
    Civil War is Solvable (Again)

    Civil War is Solvable (Again)

    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 episode originally published in 2019.
    Want to know more about making and maintaining peace in Colombia? Check out these links.
    Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Prize, 2016
    Colombia peace built by British veterans of IRA accord, The Sunday Times, 2016
    Colombia Signs Peace Agreement with FARC rebels, The New York Times, 2016
    Colombia’s Peace Deal Promised a New Era. So Why Are These Rebels Rearming? The New York Times, 2019
    Three Years After the Signing of the Final Agreement in Colombia: Moving Toward Territorial Transformation, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies,June 2020

    Solvable is produced by Jocelyn Frank. Research and Booking by Lisa Dunn.
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    • 27 min
    Rural Vaccine Distribution is Solvable

    Rural Vaccine Distribution is Solvable

    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 distribution efforts to date.
    Dr. Zink believes that part of their success comes from the many people joining in to the enormous effort, in creative and meaningful ways.
    Want to learn more about how to volunteer to help with vaccine distribution? Contact your local health department and check out the links below.
    Volunteer with the American Red Cross
    How to Support Elderly Friends and Family During COVID-19, Cedars Sinai
    Volunteering during a pandemic, Sterling volunteers   
    Talking to Recipients about COVID-19 Vaccines, CDC.gov
    Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination, CDC.gov

    Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet, FDA.gov
    Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet, FDA.gov

    Solvable is produced by Jocelyn Frank. Research and booking by Lisa Dunn.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
503 Ratings

503 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Solutions, Uncovered!

In a world where sometimes our problems seem insurmountably large, learning from brilliant thinkers and industry leaders on Solvable really puts things in perspective! I always walk away feeling refreshed and inspired. A new favorite!

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Good news

Restores my faith in humanity and our ability to innovate to meet the biggest challenges we face as a species and a planet. Thank you!

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