Humanosphere Podcast

Humanosphere Podcast


A weekly look at the world of global health and the fight against of poverty with Tom Paulson, editor of Humanosphere.


Using media and the arts to combat sexual violence: Mallika Dutt of Breakthrough  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Mallika Dutt, CEO and founder of an organization called Breakthrough, which is devoted to preventing sexual violence and gender discrimination. The statistics on sexual violence against women and girls are stunning: The U.N. estimates that one of every three women or girls on the planet has experienced some [...]

Peter Piot: From tropical medicine to global health  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is also well known for his role in co-discovering the Ebola virus in then-Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1976. We start by unpacking the etymology of the term “global health” and how the organization [...]

Fighting abuse using covert video: A chat with Videre’s Oren Yakobovich  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Oren Yakobovich, CEO and co-founder of an organization based in London called Videre that trains and supports nearly 600 activists in the incredibly important but dangerous task of documenting and reporting on human rights violations, violence or other abuses perpetuated by those in power against vulnerable people and [...]

Tax Justice Network’s Alex Cobham on how financial secrecy fuels inequity  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Alex Cobham about how financial secrecy and tax havens fuel inequity around the world. Next week, another installment from the so-called Panama Papers is expected to be released by the international consortium of journalists that received the leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm. The firm, Mossack Fonseca, [...]

Karen Tse: Expanding the rule of law worldwide, seeking an end to torture  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Karen Tse, founder and executive director of the Geneva-based organization International Bridges to Justice. Tse, an attorney who originally hailed from the San Francisco area, started IBJ in 2000 to fight the stunningly common use of torture or other abuses by law enforcement agencies, governments and others in [...]

Vivek Maru and Namati: The barefoot lawyers brigade  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Vivek Maru, an activist attorney and CEO of an organization called Namati. Maru is one of this year’s social entrepreneurs recognized at the Skoll World Forum for his efforts to provide justice and equity to some of the most disenfranchised people. More than 4 billion people on Earth [...]

A chat with Christine Sow: The future of global health  

A few months ago, Ebola was the big story. Now it's Zika. Is our approach to global health a comprehensive strategy or a series of reactions to the threat du jour?

A proposed cure for the jobless economy & citizen-less democracies  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with John Nichols and Robert McChesney about their new book People Get Ready. What they say we need to get ready for, to further riff off the 1960s’ song of the same name, is a citizen-less democracy fueling an increasingly jobless economy. That’s a mouthful we will unpack. Put simply, [...]

A chat with Mexican author and journalist Juan Villoro  

For this Humanosphere podcast, we talk with Mexican author and journalist Juan Villoro, who is noted for his wide-ranging interests from soccer (futbol!), pop music and Mayan culture to children’s fairy tales, television soap operas and politics. Villoro, who recently had his first book The Guilty translated into English, spoke with Humanosphere reporter Lisa Nikolau, [...]

Who are the winners and losers in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?  

Countries began signing on to the U.S.-led trade deal the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this month. The Obama administration has made the 12-nation deal one of its key achievements while in office. He has made various speeches and appearances to gather support for the deal that has both strong support and opposition. To better understand the deal [...]

A chat with Yoram Bauman, stand-up economist  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast we will be talking to a Stand-Up Economist. Yoram Bauman is, in fact, an economist. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, is actively promoting a carbon-tax initiative here in Washington state and has done his fair share of serious-minded teaching and research in the dismal science. [...]

Oxfam warns that the widening gap between rich and poor endangers us all  

Oxfam again warns that the rich are getting richer and poor poorer.

Sally Osberg, CEO of Skoll Foundation, on social entrepreneurship  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we talk with Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally Osberg about the buzz phrase ‘social entrepreneurship’ and the related concept of social enterprise. The Skoll Foundation focuses its philanthropy on this strategy for making the world a better place, which it defines succinctly as “supporting innovators pioneering scalable solutions to global [...]

On the fight for human rights and the refugee crisis next door  

There’s another part of the world where civil strife and violence has fueled a refugee crisis – next door in Central America. Here in the U.S., we generally don’t call them refugees and instead prefer to call them ‘migrants’ … or illegal aliens, or worse. For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Ana Paula [...]

New optimism in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Larry Corey – virologist, former president and CEO at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and founder of the world’s largest international scientific initiative aimed at finding an effective vaccine against HIV – the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. The HVTN was launched by Corey in Seattle years ago, [...]

Lessons learned from aid work and reporting in Afghanistan  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we will be talking about Afghanistan. Tom Murphy speaks with journalist, aid worker and now-author Will Everett about his new book and lessons learned from years spent working in Afghanistan. The conversation touches on Everett’s experience on a massive aid project in the country and why the U.S. is struggling to [...]

Deconstructing the SDGs, the next anti-poverty agenda  

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we will be Deconstructing the SDGs, aka the Sustainable Development Goals with Jason Hickel at the London School of Economics and Takumo Yamada of Oxfam International. The discussion is an excerpt from the Huddle for Global Change, a project we’re doing in collaboration with Jaclyn Schiff. Hickel is an anthropologist who specializes [...]

A chat with Liberia’s ‘Iron Lady’ about Ebola, health and women’s empowerment  

For the Humanosphere podcast this week, we talk with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, world-renowned as the first democratically elected woman president in Africa and as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Sirleaf was in Seattle to speak at the annual gala held by the Center for Infectious Disease Research, formerly known as [...]

Michael Clemens sets the record straight on (the benefits of) migration  

For the Humanosphere podcast, we speak with Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development who has a special interest in trying to bring a more evidence-based – less hysterical or fear-based – perspective to the current global multiple refugee and migrant crises. Clemens, a Harvard-trained economist, has conducted extensive research into [...]

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