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Ebola: Rethinking Global Emergency Response
Dr. Jeffrey Bender
November 6, 2014
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Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level
Dr. Aaron Doering
October 9 , 2014
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Audio from the 2014 Series

What's Next for Generation Next? R.T. Rybak Tackles the Education Achievement Gap
R.T. Rybak
May 1, 2014
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Stem Cell Research and the Frankenstein Complex
Dr. John Wagner
March 6, 2014
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Managing Global Crises and the Future of Our World
Dr. Eric Schwartz
February 6, 2014
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A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the Affordable Care Act
Dr. Jean Abraham
December 5, 2013
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Galápagos Fragile Past, Brighter Future
Dr. Julia Ponder
November 7, 2013
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Big Data Landscape: Technology, Economy, Society
Professor Ravi Bapna
October 3, 2013
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Audio from the 2013 Series

Alleviating Global Poverty
Professor J. Brian Atwood
April 11, 2013
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The Secret World of the Body's Blood-Clotting System: An Inside Look at the Elusive Platelet
Professor Christy Haynes
March 7, 2013
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Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Regents Professor Peter Reich
February 7, 2013
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What's Next? Envisioning the U's Future
President Eric Kaler
January 10, 2013
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Audio from the 2012 Series

Fracking: Facts, Fiction, and Fixes
Professor Lawrence Wackett
December 6, 2012
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Election 2012 Recap
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 8, 2012
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Post-Revolution Egypt: The Struggle Continues
Professor Ragui Assaad
October 4, 2012
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The New Public Square
Professor Heather LaMarre
April 5, 2012
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Ramp Up to Readiness: Should College Be the Goal for Every Student?
Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota College Readiness Consortium
March 1, 2012
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What's Past is Prologue: The Global Economic Crisis
Professor Tim Kehoe
February 2, 2012
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Treating Man and His Best Friend
Professor John Ohlfest
January 5, 2012
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Audio from the 2011 Series

Seven Billion and Counting
Professor Jonathan Foley
December 1, 2011
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American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality
Professor Myron Orfield
November 3, 2011
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What's Next?: Debunking the Myths about Retirement in America
Professor Phyllis Moen
October 6, 2011
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The Important Life of Bees
Professor Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Entomology
March 3, 2011
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Easing the Economic Slowdown
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
February 3, 2011
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Get Smart: A Power Grid for the 21st Century
Professor Massoud Amin
January 6, 2011
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Audio from the 2010 Series

Book Versus Nook (and iPad and Kindle and Kobo and...)
Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press
December 2, 2010
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Election 2010: Reading the Tea Leaves
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 4, 2010
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Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Controversy and the Science
Professor Jonathan Slack, director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota
October 7, 2010
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The New Frugality
Chris Farrell, journalist and personal finance expert
April 4, 2010
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The Curious Culture of Wall Street
Professor Karen Ho
March 4, 2010
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Who Really Makes National Security Policy?
Vice President Walter Mondale and Larry Jacobs, director of the Center of the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
February 4, 2010
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A Way Forward in Afghanistan
Professor Iraj Bashiri
January 7, 2010
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Audio from the 2009 Series

New Models for the News
Nora Paul, founding director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for New Media Studies
December 3, 2009
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The Journey of Solar Decathlon 2009: A View from the Trenches
Peter Hilger, architect and CCE Construction Management faculty
November 5, 2009
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Touching the Third Rail: The Politics of American Health Care
Larry Jacobs, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
October 1, 2009
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The Awful, Lawful Joyride: Minnesota's Budget Rollercoaster
Jay Kiedrowski, former state finance commissioner and co-chair, Minnesota Budget Trends Study Commission
March 5, 2009
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Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
February 5, 2009
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A Culture in Peril: Hmong Grave Desecration in Thailand
Professor Mai Na Lee
January 8, 2009
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Audio from the 2008 Series

Where Do We Go From Here?: Transition in the White House
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
December 4, 2008
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Election 2008: History in the Making
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 6, 2008
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Petropolitics and the Middle East
Professor William O. Beeman
October 2, 2008
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The Foreclosure Crisis Hits Home
Professor Prentiss Cox
April 3, 2008
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The China Connection
Professor Yongwei Zhang
March 6, 2008
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On the Road in Search of Latino America
Professor Louis Mendoza
February 7, 2008
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Global Warming...Regional Impact: Minnesota's Role in an Environmental Crisis
Professor Deborah Swackhamer
January 10, 2008
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Audio from the 2007 Series

Game Theory in an Economic Maelstrom
Professor Varadarajan V. Chari
December 6, 2007
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A Discovery of Cosmic Proportion
Professor Larry Rudnick
November 1, 2007
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Bridges Fall Down
Professor John S. Adams
October 4, 2007
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How "Free" Is the Freedom of the Press?
Professor Jane Kirtley
April 5, 2007 
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Understanding the Conflict in Somalia
Professor Abdi Samatar
February 1, 2007 
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The Next Generation of Biofuels
Professor David Tilman
January 11, 2007 
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Audio from the 2006 Series

The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Professor Meri T. Firpo
December 7, 2006 
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The Social Web
Professor John T. Riedl
November 2nd, 2006 
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The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
Professor Michael Barnett
October 5th, 2006 
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Listen to MinnPost Asks

Audio from the 2012 Series

Amendments, Recounts, and More!
Mark Ritchie, Dale Carpenter, and Beth Hawkins
August 22, 2012
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Politics, Health Care, and More!
David Durenberger, Eric Black, and Larry Jacobs
June 11, 2012
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Marriage Amendment: The Meaning Behind the Messages
Richard Carlbom, Beth Hawkins, and Professor Ed Schiappa
April 12, 2012
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Listen to Great Conversations

Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st Century
U of M President Eric Kaler with Nancy Cantor
May 2, 2012
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Human Rights Challenges of the 21st Century
Mary Robinson with David Wippman
April 7, 2011
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Audio from the 2010 Series

Renewing the Promise: Shaping the Next Century for the Great American University
U of M President Robert Bruininks, Jonathan Cole, and Robert Berdahl
September 30, 2010
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World Pandemics and the Environment
Larry Brilliant with Jonathan Foley
June 15, 2010
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The Global Economic Crisis
Hernando de Soto with J. Brian Atwood
May 18, 2010
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The Transformative Power of Art
Rafael Yglesias with Madelon Sprengnether
April 20, 2010
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Audio from the 2009 Series

Feeding the World: At Home and Abroad
Tom Vilsack with J. Brian Atwood and Allen Levine
September 17, 2009
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The World's Most Powerful Court
Kenneth Starr with E. Thomas Sullivan
May 12, 2009
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Bio-Ethics of the Future
Doris Taylor with Patricia Simmons
April 14, 2009
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America's Constitutional Crisis
Seymour Hersh, Larry Jacobs, and Walter Mondale
March 10, 2009
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Audio from the 2008 Series

Revenge of the Right Brainers
Daniel Pink with Darlyne Bailey
June 3, 2008
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Defending Human Rights
Kerry Kennedy with Barbara Frey
May 13, 2008
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American Democracy in Dissent
Daniel Ellsberg with Larry Jacobs
February 26, 2008
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Audio from the 2007 Series

What Happened to Your Parachute? - The New Face of the Working World
Richard Leider with Richard Bolles
June 5, 2007
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Global Immigration Issues - When did your ancestors come to this country?
Donna Gabaccia with Ruben Martinez
May 8, 2007
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For One; For All - International Human Rights
Kathryn Sikkink with Juan Mendez
April 24, 2007
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Bridging the Digital Divide - The Future of Public Education
Robert Elde with Larry Rosenstock
March 27, 2007
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What's Making America Fat? The Obesity Epidemic
Allen Levine and David Kessler
February 20, 2007
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Audio from the 2006 Series

Social Forces Reshaping Retirement
Phyllis Moen and Marc Freedman
May 16, 2006
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Rethinking our Urban Environments
Judith Martin and Congressman Earl Blumenauer
May 1, 2006
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The Future of Affordable Housing
Ann Forsyth and Nicolas P. Retsinas
March 28, 2006
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Protecting Water Quality for Future Generations
Deborah Swackhamer and David Schindler
February 28, 2006
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Audio from the 2005 Series

The Struggle and Hope for Southern Africa
Allen Isaacman and Graca Machel
April 19, 2005
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Design of Everyday Life
Wendy Pradt Lougee and Henry Petroski
March 9, 2005
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Gender and Race in Medical Treatment
Anne Taylor and Vivian Pinn
February 8, 2005
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An International Political Perspective
J. Brian Atwood and Clare Short , M.P.
November 10, 2004
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A Revolution in Women's Sports
Mary Jo Kane and Donna Lopiano
October 11, 2004
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Audio from the 2004 Series

Populism in the Heartland
Catherine Liu and Thomas Frank
May 11, 2004
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Predicting the World's Ecological Future
G. David Tilman and Jared Diamond
April 13, 2004
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Bioethics in the National Spotlight
Jeffrey Kahn and Harold Shapiro
March 23, 2004
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The Loss of 9/11: Two Perspectives
Pauline Boss and Gail Sheehy
February 25, 2004
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Nurturing the Creative Class
President Robert Bruininks and Richard Florida
January 20, 2004
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Audio from the 2003 Series

Biotechnology and the Environment
Anne R. Kapuscinski and Margaret Mellon
April 22, 2003 (Earth Day)
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Business Ethics
Norman Bowie and Thomas Dunfee
March 17, 2003
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Human Rights
Robert J. Jones and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
February 25, 2003
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Audio from the Fall 2002 Series

The Art of Remembering
Patricia Hampl and Eva Hoffman
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
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The Future of Music Education
Margo Garrett and Joseph W. Polisi
Tuesday, October 22, 200 2
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The War with Germs
Dr. Michael Osterholm and Judith Miller
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
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Audio from the Inaugural Series

Black Intellectual History
John Wright and Cornel West
May 7, 2002
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The Media
Jane Kirtley and Brian Lamb
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
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The Stem Cell Revolution
Catherine Verfaillie and Austin Smith
March 26, 2002
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Visionary Architecture
Thomas Fish and Steven Holl
February 19, 2002
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Inside Politics
Mark G. Yudof and Paul Begala
January 15, 2002
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Listen to LearningLife Forums

Witness to History with George and Sally Pillsbury and Lori Sturdevant
April 21, 2011
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Witness to History with John Najarian and John Holbert
March 17, 2011
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Witness to History with Josie Johnson and Mary Nichols
February 17, 2011
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Witness to History with Walter Mondale and Larry Jacobs
January 20, 2011
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Witness to History with John and Sage Cowles, leaders of the Minnesota arts community
December 16, 2010
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Witness to History with Chris Osgood, founder of The Suicide Commandos
November 18, 2010
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Witness to History with Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court justice
October 21, 2010
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