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What does it take for a team, business, or nonprofit to achieve audacious goals? Venture capitalist John Doerr argues that success has everything to do with how organizations — starting with their leaders — establish thoughtful objectives and transparent and measurable key results. With inside stories from Google to the Gates Foundation, from start-ups to giants, and from our families to our government, Doerr shares how to measure what matters most.

Featuring:
John Doerr, Derek Thompson

For years, Adam Gopnik’s writing has delighted with charming and nostalgic observations of our behavior within the world around us. In this lecture, he’ll use findings from a series of New Yorker essays to ask us, what is it exactly that we do when we learn to do something? When we learn to drive, draw, play the piano, or do magic, what is it that we get good at when we get good, and what's the difference between superficial skill and confident mastery?

Featuring:
Adam Gopnik

Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling shares the stage with his client, international hip-hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — to discuss the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration.

Featuring:
Joshua Johnson, Drew Findling

Bots — accounts with no human oversight — rule Twitter. According to a Pew Research analysis of more than 1.2 million public tweets, an astounding 66 percent of links tweeted are shared from bots. Enter accidental tech superheroes Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte who, in the spring of their sophomore year at UC Berkeley, launched a counterattack called Botchek.me. Hear how two 20-year-olds are changing the way we see news and filter out propaganda. Underwritten by Comcast NBCUniversal.

Featuring:
Ash Bhat, Rohan Phadte, Adrienne LaFrance

In an industry so central to American culture — and one so publicly rocked by #MeToo — how do women in media move forward? And how can media organizations rebuild their reputations among women? A group of leading female journalists reflects on conditions that might have led to the scandals we watched unfold, and discuss what, if anything, has changed at work.

Featuring:
Katie Couric, Mona Charen, Adrienne Green, Shannon Van Sant, Susan Page, Rebecca Blumenstein

Humans are tribal. But in America today, the allure of tribalism takes us down one treacherous path after another. American political elites have ignored the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans. Identity politics have seized both the left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way to the point that every group now feels threatened.

Featuring:
Amy Chua, J.D. Vance

Over the past century, women have made significant strides in achieving leadership positions, but they still have a long way to go to achieve parity in jobs, pay, and representation in business, science, government, or academia. In this session, we’ll examine the embedded gender biases that bar women from leadership positions, and ask what strategies women (and men) can employ to promote greater levels of gender equality.

Featuring:
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deborah Rhode

Too often, the decisions we make are driven by fear. With its companions worry and anxiety, it permeates our lives and wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities, holding us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. As senior pastor of a church in America’s heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the costs of fear up close.

Featuring:
John Dickerson, Adam Hamilton

Nearly every tension across the Middle East — from the war in Syria to Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar to the United States backing out of the Iran nuclear deal — seems to hinge on the rising animosity between largely Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, which is undergoing a generational shift with the rise of its new, young leader Mohammed bin Salman. What does it take to understand the long-running shadow war between the two powers — and where are they taking us next?

Featuring:
Jeffrey Goldberg, Jane Harman, Ryan Crocker

Former treasury secretary Larry Summers has been vocal about his disagreements with the current direction of US economic policy, particularly in the areas of trade, tariffs, and the rethinking of international agreements on commerce and investment. What would he do differently? What do we need to do to really ensure economic growth?

Featuring:
Gillian Tett

What do your dogs think about? How do they perceive you and the world around them? And what exactly do they do all day? Two of the foremost researchers of canine cognition share what the dog knows, understands, and believes. There’s been tremendous growth in this new field, and in their respective labs these scientists are gaining valuable insight into the minds of America’s most popular pet.

Featuring:
Ross Andersen, Brian Hare, Alexandra Horowitz

What is a university if not a true marketplace of ideas — a place where scholarly pursuits in history, science, literature, philosophy, art, and mathematics can be nurtured and questioned, where crosscurrents of diverse thought and perspectives can co-exist? Today, students are challenged by the notion of an open society, tested on the one hand by values of free expression and on the other by a profound belief in inclusion.

Featuring:
Robert Zimmer, Christina Paxson, Dan Porterfield, David L. Cohen

The spring of 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan has gone on long enough that children born after 9/11 are now old enough to enlist in the military. Is there any path out of conflict for Iraq and Afghanistan — for the United States, or for the citizens of the war-weary countries?

Featuring:
Jane Harman, David Petraeus, Dan Senor, Douglas Lute, Ryan Crocker

Far too many students in the United States and around the world face challenges when seeking a quality education; this untapped potential is a waste of societal and economic resources. In this session, education and civil society leaders will talk about their efforts to engage underserved and refugee youth, and their successes and failures in helping those youth overcome barriers to success.

Featuring:
Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Robert Runcie, Zeenat Rahman

Bestselling author Andrew Solomon praises Danielle Allen’s 2017 memoir Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., saying, “In this narrative of freedom and incarceration, education and disadvantage, rehabilitation and punishment, Allen paints an unforgettable portrait of a cousin she loved.

Featuring:
Danielle Allen

In the age of big data and the rise of the digital economy, no government agency plays a more central — or less understood — role than the mysterious National Security Agency. For years, the so-called Puzzle Palace was so secret that officials joked its acronym stood for “No Such Agency,” — until Edward Snowden published many of its biggest secrets online. Hear one of the NSA’s most senior officials explain the reality of what the NSA is — and what it isn’t.

Featuring:
Anne Neuberger, Jason Pontin

US officials have cited North Korea as the hardest intelligence collection target in the world; the problem of understanding its opaque leadership has challenged two generations of policymakers. Today, the rambunctiousness of its nuclear program belies a bleak, troubled economy, where millions face starvation and the regime faces such cash and technology shortfalls that it wasn’t clear it had a plane capable of flying to a Trump-Kim summit.

Featuring:
John Dickerson, Kevin Rudd, Victor Cha

Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in today’s chaotic, connected world? Two visionary thinkers take you on a whirlwind tour of the 21st century, revealing how "new power" — open, participatory, and peer-driven — is reshaping politics, business, and society. New power works like a current, not a currency — and it is most forceful when it surges — and understanding how it works could change your life. Underwritten by McKinsey & Company.

Featuring:
Gillian Tett, Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms

Populism is most simply defined as support for the concerns of ordinary people, and those who call themselves populists — whether on the right or left of the political spectrum — claim they represent the people’s interests, most often against a privileged elite. But today’s waves of populism across the United States and Europe seem to be reactions, perhaps to the ways globalization, multiculturalism, unfettered immigration, and/or wage stagnation have diminished populists’ status.

Featuring:
Arthur Brooks, James Manyika, Chad Bown, Kevin Delaney, Jason Furman, Rebecca Blumenstein

What can you learn about yourself by understanding the animal mind? A lot, it turns out. In this deep dive, three professors explain how your personality, logic, and ability to love might be informed by our animalistic natures. Friendliness in canines and primates is a major advantage in their evolution, just as it is for humans acting as tolerant citizens in a democracy. Elephants are tremendously caring toward each other, and their extended families reveal fascinating gender dynamics.

Featuring:
Ross Andersen, Brian Hare, Laurie Santos, Phyllis Lee

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