Podcast Videos

From the NSA’s mining of citizens’ personal data to the police’s use of lethal force in Ferguson, Cleveland, and Staten Island, recent events have called into question U.S. authorities' exercise of power. In this talk, journalist and University of Connecticut history professor Jelani Cobb discusses citizenship in an age of expanded state authority.
It has been twenty years since the Festival began its annual artistic takeover of New Haven. Both here and around the world, the expansion of arts and culture beyond the walls of theaters and traditional institutions has made the city itself “the stage” and often the workplace. Graham Sheffield moderates a panel discussion that addresses the intertwined destinies of cities and their cultures. How have uniquely urban platforms for art changed our cities, our audiences, our very lives? How might they continue to do so in the future?
The 2015 Visionary Leadership Award honors ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO- Singer, songwriter & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer Angélique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the Africa’s women beyond the media spotlight.
2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, as we contemplate South Africa’s post-Apartheid hearings and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Has the Truth and Reconciliation process been a catalyst for other communities emerging from violent histories? Where is South Africa on today’s world stage?
Elevator Repair Service created its show Arguendo from a Supreme Court transcript of oral arguments from a First Amendment case. Leading experts in First Amendment law and the Supreme Court discuss and reflect on the issues at hand in the play and beyond.

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For centuries, the role of the bookseller—or librarian, or literary friend—has been akin to that of the country doctor: get to know patients through time and experience, then lovingly place the right prescription in their hands at the right time in their lives. In a world of and crowd-sourcing, has that central role of a personal literary mediator been lost?

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Most of us assume that intelligence is immutable, set by our genetic inheritance or by our upbringing. Writer and reporter Annie Murphy Paul explodes that myth by revealing the impact of the microenvironment.

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How do companies innovate, and how do regional and national strategies incentivize creative growth? Connecticut has a history rich in innovation, from Eli Whitney inventing the cotton gin to the invention of the sewing machine to Sikorsky and the first successful helicopter in the Western Hemisphere. How does our state participate in a global conversation about innovation?

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Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, access to food and nutrition.

Cities are home to more than half of the world's population, and are the primary incubators of the cultural, social and political innovations that shape our planet. Benjamin Barber, author of the upcoming book If Mayors Ruled the World, proposes that cities represent a new paradigm of global governance - that democracy began in cities and works best in cities, and that networked cities working across borders can and already do solve global problems of climate change, immigration, security and transportation.