• news banner 2

Lavin Speaker News

The latest headlines from our world-changing keynote speakers

politics & society | Aug 23rd, 2019

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ ‘1619’ Podcast Launches Its First Episode for The New York Times

Four hundred years ago, in August of 1619, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the American state of Virginia, then a British colony. That fateful trip altered the country, it’s identity, and its history in unimaginable ways. Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the shadow cast by that crucial... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 21st, 2019

Campaign Culture, Politics, and the News Media: Matt Taibbi Launches New Podcast on Rolling Stone

Bestselling author and Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi is the host of ‘Useful Idiots,’ a compelling weekly series focusing on news and politics.   Useful Idiots is described as “an iconoclastic take on the political podcast.” Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of viral coverage, Matt Taibbi... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 21st, 2019

Consumerism Is Not the Answer: Annie Lowrey Investigates Our Current Environmental Solutions

In an effort to “go green” many businesses have swapped plastic straws for paper ones. But is this the answer to our climate crisis? Annie Lowrey thinks not. In her latest article for The Atlantic, Lowrey shows us that paper straws aren’t worth our while, both economically and environmentally.... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 20th, 2019

Why Trump’s Re-Election Campaign Appeals to Liberals: Stanford Professor Robb Willer Explains

Common wisdom would suggest that Donald Trump’s campaign is targeted towards his most ardent supporters: fellow Republicans. Yet, a new study co-authored by Stanford Sociology Professor Robb Willer and his colleague suggests the opposite is true. Liberals, not conservatives, may be most swayed by... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 16th, 2019

The Legacy of Ivanka Trump: Vanessa Grigoriasdis Joins Virginia Heffernan in Conversation for Slate

In the latest episode of Trumpcast, a Slate series rounding up the latest in Donald Trump news, host Virginia Heffernan discusses the baffling first daughter with journalist and fellow Lavin speaker Vanessa Grigoriadis.  Ivanka Trump is in the news nearly as often as her often as her... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 8th, 2019

Why Do People Vote Against Their Own Interests? Abdul El-Sayed Explores the Rise of Donald Trump

Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and public health expert, was shocked to learn that his aunt and uncle voted for Donald Trump. Rather than argue with his relatives, El-Sayed strove to understand them. In talks, he explains how a breakdown of our shared institutions has led to increased segregation, and... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 8th, 2019

Anti-Trust in the Digital Age: National Post Editor Diane Francis Assesses Silicon Valley’s Major Players

Starting with the oil industry in the 1900s, there has been a long-standing American tradition of breaking up companies with inordinate amounts of market power. Diane Francis, editor-at-large at The National Post, suggests our anti-trust infrastructure needs an update in the age of Facebook.... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 1st, 2019

Our Man”: George Packer Chronicles the Life and Career of American Diplomat Richard Holbrooke

In his latest book, award-winning journalist George Packer tells the story of controversial American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Our Man paints a dazzling portrait of a policy giant who was brilliant, self-absorbed, and willing to do anything to fulfill his political ambition. Recently, Packer... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jul 29th, 2019

The Five Stages of Polling: Lavin Speaker Shachi Kurl Reveals the Best Way to Read the Data

Much like grief, consuming political polling data can be interpreted through five stages, says Shachi Kurl, the Executive Director of The Angus Reid Institute. In her latest op-ed, Kurl breaks down the stages—and reveals how we can digest the data without becoming overwhelmed.  According to... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jul 26th, 2019

Political Journalist Garrett Graff Weighs in on Robert Mueller’s Testimony for NPR

Hailed as a “voice of reason” in today’s political media circus, Garrett Graff is a distinguished journalist who’s covered Robert Mueller extensively throughout his career. He authored The Threat Matrix : Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror, as well as the WIRED cover story,... Continue Reading →
1 2 3