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We aim to bring you relevant leaders and thinkers in the cultural landscape we call Cambridge. With Harvard and MIT and a bevy of institutes and leading tech companies we curate interviews around us that will change the way we look at the world and how we live. We think there is power in putting the Poet next to the Scientist and the Industrialist next to the Artist and the Social Philanthropist next to the Techie to capture this moment in time.

We aim to bring you relevant leaders and thinkers in the cultural landscape we call Cambridge. With Harvard and MIT and a bevy of institutes and leading tech companies we curate interviews around us that will change the way we look at the world and how we live. We think there is power in putting the Poet next to the Scientist and the Industrialist next to the Artist and the Social Philanthropist next to the Techie to capture this moment in time.
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We aim to bring you relevant leaders and thinkers in the cultural landscape we call Cambridge. With Harvard and MIT and a bevy of institutes and leading tech companies we curate interviews around us that will change the way we look at the world and how we live. We think there is power in putting the Poet next to the Scientist and the Industrialist next to the Artist and the Social Philanthropist next to the Techie to capture this moment in time.

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Episodes

Diana Yousef

4/3/2018
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GenX entrepreneur and social impact leader Diana Yousef, Founder and CEO of change:Water Labs, is bringing waterless toilets to refugee camps. One of the drivers for this Harvard graduate is that young women are often assaulted in the dark when they need to use the facilities at refugee camps around the globe. I sat down with Yousef to hear more about the waterless toilet she is prototyping this summer, and what she sees as opportunity and barrier in the social entrepreneurship space at...

Duration:01:00:22

John Palfrey

1/10/2018
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As Americans loudly hammer out partisan views on the world stage these days, colleges and universities have been drawn into the fray as campuses, with speakers and their mobile-enabled audiences, become venues for audio and video that has a propensity to go viral. What was once considered healthy student debate can easily become a political inferno with a viral international following. Factions have formed, aligning people into either diversity or free speech advocates. This bifurcation...

Duration:00:38:00

Hillary Chute

12/7/2017
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Hillary Chute is the Author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere and a Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University. Her new book focuses on the maturing field of Comics, as she likes to call it, with the popularity of the graphic novel form. In this interview she breaks down the chapters of her book into Why Punk? Why Sex? Why Suburbs, and weighs in on the political power of comics, their cultural place in American history and the power of the drawn line....

Duration:00:39:54

Jennifer Childs-Roshak

10/24/2017
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Heidi sits down with Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, to debunk some of the myths that are being propagated in this country while all other developed nations and allies such as the UK, Canada, Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Finland, and (even Russia!) fund abortions using taxpayer dollars and see women's right to choose as a private matter between a woman and her doctor.

Duration:00:38:02

Michelle Kuo

8/3/2017
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Michelle Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked legal aid at a nonprofit for Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She has volunteered as a teacher at the Prison University Project and clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit....

Duration:00:42:17

Elizabeth Gardner

7/20/2017
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For the past seven years, independent documentary filmmaker Elizabeth O'Brien Gardner has been filming a young evangelical church planter, David, and his wife, Betsy, in Boston – a city Gardner says the evangelical movement calls ‘The Preacher’s Graveyard.’ Her 72-minute documentary, The Frozen Chosen, follows the journey of David and Betsy as they build a congregation of fellow millennials looking for salvation. We meet a young ballet dancer who struggles with his homosexuality and looks...

Duration:00:21:27

Abigail Bliss

7/13/2017
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An interview with our new reporter Abigail Bliss.

Duration:00:18:24

Marieke Van Damme

7/13/2017
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As we spent time scouring the city for GenX voices bringing us emerging ideas, Marieke Van Damme’s name kept popping up as a change maker. The irony is that she is the Director of a the Cambridge Historical Society, headquartered on fabled Brattle Street, but a few houses away from the poet Henry Longfellow’s house where our first President, George Washington, camped out during the revolution. The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, under her stewardship, where we met for this interview, is a...

Duration:00:23:03

Jessica Shattuck

7/6/2017
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Meet our first subject in our 20-part Generation X series where we hope to discover emerging ideas around us from the generation author Douglas Coupland called "Fantastical Creators and Heartfelt Storytellers" in his sleeper novel, GenerationX: Tales for an Accelerated Culture – those born between 1965 to 1980. You know, that tiny but mighty band of irreverent, anti-hero makers and doers hovering around their forties. These, the ones suffocating between the Boomers and their Millennial...

Duration:00:26:16

Ron Sullivan

5/23/2017
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Ron Sullivan is a Harvard Clinical Professor of Law, the Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, and a Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Project. His ideas around bias and the destruction of our black and brown men's lives fold into his thinking for how we move forward from the past, how we work to think collectively as “We” in our nation. He says that what has played out in the past few weeks demonstrates that our democracy was built to survive one person. He also cautions that this...

Duration:00:39:46

Ian Bremmer

12/14/2016
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Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as...

Duration:00:47:00

Matty In The Morning

12/7/2016
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For over thirty years, Matt Siegel has been making Massachusetts residents laugh their way into their mornings. Matty In The Morning reaches people in a way our current election and media have not. He bridges the divide, even if many NPR listeners may hide the fact they listen in when things are going badly in their days and need a reprieve. I ask Matty about reality TV starts as authorities, entertainment as news, about his craft, and how we might export his humor across the country to...

Duration:00:30:59

Michael Puett

11/7/2016
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Heidi talks with Michael Puett, a Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard.

Duration:00:56:11

Mariana Ibanez

9/30/2016
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Born and educated in Buenos Aires, Mariana Ibañez has been teaching at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) for 10 years after working closely in London with globally-celebrated Zaha Hadid, her mentor, who passed away this winter leaving the world her iconic structures. Today, Ibañez and her partner Simon Kim have their own closely watched firm called Ibañez Kim where they experiment each year in a different city with a construct that explores the relationship between urbanism and how...

Duration:00:41:47

David Ting

9/30/2016
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In a digital age of healthcare, the security of patient files seems obvious. But in 2002? Not so much. Entrepreneurs are often said to be soothsayers and in 2002, David Ting founded Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company focused on keeping medical files private and locked online, allowing doctor’s offices and hospital physicians to more easily sign in to secure networks, whether text messaging platforms, electronic medical records, or prescribing databases. In June 2014, a decade...

Duration:00:37:53

Dean Bragonier

7/20/2016
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Two years ago, Dean Bragonier founded NoticeAbility in an effort to change student curriculum for dyslexic kids before his own son hits middle school. Why? Dean and his wife Sally Taylor are both dyslexic. What struck me most was when Dean explained that the invention of the Gutenberg printing press and text-based learning meant 20% of our population was left. This fall Martha’s Vineyard public schools will adopt his curriculum district-wide, he will pilot with Citizens Schools and offer...

Duration:00:37:02

Thierry Weissenburger

6/30/2016
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Thierry Weissenburger is the Senior Trade Commissioner for Canada in Boston. In the past few months we have heard Trump declare that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was, possibly, the worst trade deal in the history of the U.S., watched BREXIT unfold, and are facing the inward looking momentum of nationalist campaigns in many countries, including our own. We thought we would sit down with one of the most active consulates around innovation to discuss why some nations are...

Duration:00:41:28

Tim Ericson

6/16/2016
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Notice the bike paths these days? There is bike traffic at stoplights and they seem ubiquitous in any big city allowing tourists and local alike to hop on and off whenever they need, today. Paris and Montreal were early to the game of community bikes where you buy a card or membership and now more and more American cities and campuses are adopting what has long been the norm in Beijing and Amsterdam. Is this the Millennialization of the way we live and work? Tim Ericson, Co-Founder and...

Duration:00:28:26

Nick Roy

5/26/2016
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If you’re not a drone junkie, you may still have heard that the US dronies” are waiting for the FAA to rule on who can own a drone and where they can fly it, you may have heard that a Hoverboard or Drone are on the top of every tech-head and 10-year old kid’s Santa list, but do you know how pervasive drones will be in your lifetime? When your coffee shop, bike path and grocery line collides with MIT and Harvard, you hear these things. Heidi sits down with drone expert Nick Roy, Associate...

Duration:00:32:36

George Church

5/12/2016
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George Church, The Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical, has the largest research lab at Harvard and wants to build a culture in the field of genomics based on sharing and transparency in an effort to bring us all into the discovery.

Duration:00:38:43