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From Washington State to Washington, D.C., conversations with the politicians, leaders, journalists and thinkers who shape our world. Hosted by Mark Baumgarten.

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From Washington State to Washington, D.C., conversations with the politicians, leaders, journalists and thinkers who shape our world. Hosted by Mark Baumgarten.

    How to Have Hope with Jane Goodall

    How to Have Hope with Jane Goodall

    The famed scientist says she sees threats everywhere, but she also sees reasons to believe humans can save themselves and the environment.
    It has been a difficult year for everyone and Dr. Jane Goodall is no exception. The famed primatologist, anthropologist and ethologist has been homebound at a time when she had planned to be out and about.
    She didn't let that stop her from delivering her message about species protection and environmental conservation. Over the last year, she says, she has been able to reach millions more people through video conferencing and podcast interviews than the in-person meetings and appearances she had planned. 
    In this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, Goodall speaks with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson about the challenges humanity faces, how confounding she finds the destructive nature of a species capable of such technological marvels and, yet, how humanity's ingenuity gives her hope that it may be able to pull itself back from the brink. 
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Chi Lee, Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 46 min
    Finding Harm in Health Care with Jen Dev and Edwin Lindo

    Finding Harm in Health Care with Jen Dev and Edwin Lindo

    ‘Hidden Barriers’ producer Jen Dev and health justice educator Edwin Lindo on raising awareness of and seeking solutions to systemic racism in the health care industry.
    When Dr. Ben Danielson resigned in protest from his post with Seattle Children's late last year, he provided a rallying point for those seeking changes to a health care industry that produces disparities in care based on race. 
     
    Danielson’s departure brought greater attention to the issue and resulted in action from Seattle Children’s, which, among other things, launched an independent investigation into his claims.  
    Systemic racism, though, is not about a single doctor or a single hospital. It is, by definition, everywhere. That broader view of inequities within the health care system is the subject of the second season of the Crosscut documentary series “Hidden Barriers,” in which data and personal stories are brought together to shed light on disparities invisible to many, but all too apparent to some.
    For this week’s episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we speak with the creator of “Hidden Barriers,” Jen Dev, about her approach to this story. Joining her is Edwin Lindo, the assistant dean for social and health sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and one of the voices that helped guide Dev’s reporting.
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 33 min
    How the Pandemic Is Changing Us with Nicholas Christakis

    How the Pandemic Is Changing Us with Nicholas Christakis

    Dr. Nicholas Christakis discusses the future course of COVID-19 and the world it will leave behind. 
    It's been a little over a year now since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic and normal life in America -- and around the world -- came to a screeching halt.
    Since then, vaccines have been developed and deployed, but uncertainty remains. Variants of the virus are helping to drive spikes in infection rates in some areas while vaccine hesitancy remains a barrier to herd immunity. And then there is the question of lasting impacts and how they will ultimately change humanity.
    Dr. Christakis has been attempting to bring clarity to this uncertain process throughout the pandemic, including in his book “Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live.” 
    For the latest episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, he provides some insight into what the future holds for this virus and the society it has reshaped. 
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 56 min
    Finding Unity in a Divided America with Eric Liu

    Finding Unity in a Divided America with Eric Liu

    Citizen University CEO Eric Liu talks about all that separates Americans and whether coming together is really possible.Division has become an everyday reality for most Americans. Reading or scrolling through the news inevitably leads to  some kind of partisan rancor or social conflict. And it can be difficult to think that there is anything other than deeper division in the country's future. 
    Of course, division is nothing new. Political and social strife is woven into the history of American life, a counterweight to the lofty idea of national unity that is central to the national mythology. And, in the midst of a pandemic that has deepened some divisions, that idea of unity  — the coming together of the American people toward a singular purpose — appears to be fading as division dominates. 
    Liu doesn't necessarily see it that way. Through his writing and his Civic Saturday events, the CEO and founder of Civic University promotes an idea of interconnectedness and civic possibility that challenges the national narrative of division. For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, Monica Guzman sits down with Liu to discuss how he views our current divisions and how the American people could possibly come together.
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 54 min
    New Tech’s Threat to Civil Rights with Shalini Kantayya and Meredith Broussard

    New Tech’s Threat to Civil Rights with Shalini Kantayya and Meredith Broussard

    'Coded Bias' filmmaker Shalini Kantayya and researcher Meredith Broussard dissect the inequities perpetuated and created by emergent technologies.
    Every day, human beings use technology that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. But while the biometric computation and artificial intelligence that drive much of this tech have the sheen of something new, a growing chorus of researchers argues that they also contain something very old: the racism, sexism and other discrimination that have long been part of our history. 
    The machines we have made don't just suffer from the ills of our society, they argue, but also  threaten to perpetuate them. And, as this technology becomes more ubiquitous and invasive, it may become a serious threat to our civil rights.  
    For this week's episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we are speaking with Kantayya, whose film Coded Bias serves as a warning against the widespread, unregulated adoption of these technologies. Joining her is Broussard, one of the expert voices from the film and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

    • 56 min
    Racism and the Health Care Industry with Dr. Ben Danielson

    Racism and the Health Care Industry with Dr. Ben Danielson

    The former medical director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic shares his surprise at the support he received in his protest against the hospital and thoughts on what’s next.
    When Danielson resigned in protest from his position as medical director of the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic late last year, he ended two decades in a role he regarded as his "dream job." And when that decision was made public, it thrust the doctor into a new role, as an unofficial spokesperson and high-profile advocate for equity in our healthcare systems.
    In the weeks following the publication of a Crosscut report detailing the doctor's claims of racism at Seattle Children's Hospital, which runs the clinic, supporters came out in droves and the Seattle institution responded by firing one of its leaders and launching an independent investigation. 
    Four months later, Danielson is in a new role at University of Washington Medical Center and is continuing to tell his story. For the latest edition of Crosscut's Northwest Newsmakers event series, host Mónica Guzmán sat down with the doctor to reflect on the last few months and to talk about how we might address systemic racism in the health care industry and beyond.
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    Host: Mark Baumgarten
    Event producers: Jake Newman, Andrea O'Meara
    Engineers: Resti Bagcal, Viktoria Ralph

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26 Ratings

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