41 episodes

What if instead of being on the brink of disaster, we’re on the cusp of a better world? No one can deny the challenges the world faces, from pandemics to climate change to authoritarianism. But pessimism and despair are too easy a response. Each week, Progress Network Founder Zachary Karabell and Executive Director Emma Varvaloucas convene a diverse panel of experts to discuss the central issues of our era, including sustainability, polarization, work, and the economy, and make the case for a brighter future. They emerge from their conversations with a counterintuitive but informed take: progress is on its way.

What Could Go Right‪?‬ The Progress Network with Zachary Karabell and Emma Varvaloucas

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

What if instead of being on the brink of disaster, we’re on the cusp of a better world? No one can deny the challenges the world faces, from pandemics to climate change to authoritarianism. But pessimism and despair are too easy a response. Each week, Progress Network Founder Zachary Karabell and Executive Director Emma Varvaloucas convene a diverse panel of experts to discuss the central issues of our era, including sustainability, polarization, work, and the economy, and make the case for a brighter future. They emerge from their conversations with a counterintuitive but informed take: progress is on its way.

    Why Is Violent Crime Rising? with Jennifer Doleac

    Why Is Violent Crime Rising? with Jennifer Doleac

    Is Italy returning to fascism? Are we closer to a cure for cancer? And why is the violent crime rate climbing in the US? Economist Jennifer Doleac talks us though her research on the economics of crime and discrimination.
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 47 min
    Legalizing Marijuana, Electric Cars, and What’s Going on with California? with Sen. Robert Hertzberg

    Legalizing Marijuana, Electric Cars, and What’s Going on with California? with Sen. Robert Hertzberg

    How has the experiment to legalize marijuana gone? Do schoolchildren need more sleep? Why is California suddenly doing all the things? Plus, bans to usher in a future of electric cars, bail reform, and tackling homelessness with Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg.
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 52 min
    Vaccine Equity and Bipartisan Reality with Rep. Eric Swalwell and Gov. Jeff Colyer

    Vaccine Equity and Bipartisan Reality with Rep. Eric Swalwell and Gov. Jeff Colyer

    What's the impact of the new malaria vaccine with "world-changing" potential? Was there a lack of scrutiny over the worldwide Covid vaccine rollouts? Is there an update on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? Plus, we talk with Congressman Eric Swalwell and Jeff Colyer, former Governor of Kansas, about the process, practicalities, and hope for a bipartisan future.
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 59 min
    "What Could Go Right?" Is Back!

    "What Could Go Right?" Is Back!

    We're back to discussing the central issues of our era, including sustainability, polarization, work, the economy, and making a case for a brighter future. Join us every week as we look at what's happening worldwide, talk with a diverse panel of experts, and ask the question: what could go right?
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 44 sec
    The New Space Race with Ché Bolden

    The New Space Race with Ché Bolden

    Will space travel and exploration be left to the 'billionaire boys club'? Executive Director of the Inter Astra group and 26-year Marine Corps veteran Ché Bolden shares with us his views on the future of space.
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Facing America's Biggest Challenges with Victoria Pratt & Lauren Leader

    Facing America's Biggest Challenges with Victoria Pratt & Lauren Leader

    After a string of heartbreaking news in the United States, are we doomed to fear, anger, and a descent into gridlocked politics? Today, Judge Victoria Pratt, an advocate for reforming the criminal justice system, and Lauren Leader, the cofounder and CEO of All In Together, discuss America's biggest challenges and how each have enacted change in large, complex systems.
    What Could Go Right? is produced by The Progress Network and The Podglomerate.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Katelyn SL ,

Refreshing perspective and conversation points

This podcast is optimistic without being naive. Deeply historically based reflections met with global comparisons on the troubling issues we face today. Excited for the next conversation!

deNYS2B ,

Sound and voice

Cannot listen to this podcast. Bad and and not all voices are good for “radio” unfortunately.

misslaramichaels ,

The content we need!

Love this fresh perspective - a welcome listen during these transitional times.

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