The Forum Podcast
Election 2020 Preview

Election 2020 Preview

May 9, 2019

On this episode of The Forum Podcast, we go back into the archives from this semester to feature a conversation about Election 2020 with a bipartisan panel of political strategists and journalists to break down the race.

This podcast will give an update on the state of the 2020 presidential primary from experts including Reggie Hubbard, Strategist at MoveOn, Scott Jennings, IOP Resident Fellow S’18, Robby Mook, IOP Visiting Fellow ’17-‘18, Alice Stewart, CNN Political commentator, moderated by IOP Senior Fellow Dan Balz.

This conversation was recorded live in the JFK Jr. Forum on April 16, 2019.

Andrew Gillum and Aisha Moodie-Mills

Andrew Gillum and Aisha Moodie-Mills

May 2, 2019

This week we have a bonus episode of The Forum Podcast featuring IOP Resident Fellows Mayor Andrew Gillum and Aisha Moodie-Mills.

This conversation was recorded in April 2019 when Aisha and Mayor Gillum took the stage in the JFK Jr. Forum to open the Black Policy Conference “Affirming Blackness - Protest, Passion and Policy.

Moodie-Mills and Gillum served as opening keynote speakers and discussed what true democracy and fearless leadership look like, and the diversity and grassroots energy that are transforming American politics.

The Mueller Investigation

The Mueller Investigation

April 4, 2019

This week on The Forum Podcast, we are joined by an all-star panel who break down the latest in the Mueller Investigation and take a deep dive into presidential investigations past and present.

Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times moderated this discussion on the state of Presidential investigations, the Mueller Report and the media’s coverage with Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent of New York Times, IOP Resident Spring ’19 Fellows Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), and Michael Zeldin.

Doris Kearns Goodwin & David Gergen

Doris Kearns Goodwin & David Gergen

March 12, 2019

This week on The Forum Podcast, a conversation on presidential leadership with presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin and the Harvard Kennedy School's David Gergen.

 
Senator Jeff Flake

Senator Jeff Flake

March 1, 2019

This week on The Forum Podcast: former Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Senator Flake served in the House of Representatives for 12 years, and in the Senate for six. 

This was Senator Flake's first appearance in the Forum, and he spoke to his tenure as Arizona’s representative in the House and Senate and discussed his new endeavor to find ‘common ground’ among Americans in this next chapter of his career in public service. 

The conversation was co-hosted with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Democracy Entrepreneurship Conference and was moderated by Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. The Forum will also featured questions about the 2020 election, Arizona politics, the #MeToo movement, and more from students and members of the Harvard community. 

Don Lemon

Don Lemon

February 25, 2019

News junkies around the country tune in each night to catch Don spar with political pundits and policymakers on CNN Tonight, which he anchors weekdays during prime-time.

Friday night at the IOP, we turned the tables on Don by asking him to trade the anchor desk for the interview chair. What followed was a frank and wide-ranging conversation, co-moderated by Aisha Moodie-Mills, IOP Spring Resident Fellow ‘19, and Sam Kessler ‘19, a Harvard student and former Harvard Political Review president. Lemon also took several questions from the JFK JR. Forum audience in attendance.

We titled the conversation: "Race, Media, and Politics." It was a timely and relevant conversation topic and a critical dialogue to be engaged in, as we conclude Black History Month and enter a Presidential election cycle.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio

February 15, 2019
This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined us for a conversation in the JFK Jr. Forum, moderated by Symone D. Sanders, CNN commentator and former IOP Resident Fellow S’18. In the Mayor's first-ever JFK Jr. Forum appearance, he shared his perspective on a wide range of topics, including the breaking news of the day: Amazon’s decision to end its plans to build HQ2 in New York City.
 
Over the course of the hour-long conversation, the Mayor answered questions from members of the Harvard community on issues such as policing, affordable housing, mental health support, the NYC subway, and his own interest in a potential White House run in 2020.

Mayor de Blasio joins a long list of mayors who have visited the IOP to engage with students and share their experiences governing on the municipal level. Mayors from across the country have appeared in the Forum to discuss a wide range of issues impacting their communities, including rebuilding Detroit, MI with Mike Duggan, education reform in Chicago, IL with Rahm Emanuel, community policing with Annise Parker, IOP Resident Fellow S’16, of Houston, TX and Andrew Gillum, IOP Resident Fellow S’19, of Tallahassee, FL. These conversations are part of the Institute’s larger commitment to encourage students to pursue public service.

Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich

January 30, 2019

Mark Leibovich is Chief Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and author of “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.” In the first episode of season 2 of The Forum Podcast, Mark touches on a host of interesting topics including NFL player protests, the increased intersection of sports and politics, the future of the football in America and, of course, Tom Brady. 

This conversation is co-moderated by Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Chris Robichaud, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande

January 24, 2019

Recorded in March 2018, this week on The Forum Podcast we bring you a conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is the Director of Ariadne Labs and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

This conversation "The State of Public Health" is moderated by Cristine Russell, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy

January 17, 2019

This week's podcast was recorded in April 2018 and released the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and two days after what would have been his 90th birthday. It features a keynote address entitled "Courage" delivered by Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. This address was from the Hutchins Center Symposium "Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Loss, Legacy" marking the 50 year anniversary of King's assassination.