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New for the 2019 season! Check out the Seminars at Steamboat podcast, produced by KUNC 88.5 FM, community radio for Northern Colorado. Look for new podcasts to be released about a week after each live talk in Steamboat Springs. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.


Cyber Hacking and the 2020 Election

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Presented: Monday, August 10, 2020


Our Freshwater Future: Building Water Security in A Changing World

Sandra Postel is founding director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity.  From 2009-2015, she served as lead water expert and Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society.  She is co-creator of Change the Course, the water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 U.S. Water Prize for restoration of depleted rivers and wetlands.
Presented: Monday, August 3, 2020


Leadership and Geopolitics in the Time of Coronavirus

A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, and spent 37 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans and counter-piracy off the coast of Africa.
Presented: Monday, July 27, 2020


Immigration in the Time of COVID: Consequences for Election 2020

Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor. Prior to joining NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election.
Note! A thunderstorm rolled in at 34:43 and there’s a freeze on screen until 37:59. The recording didn’t stop, so there’s an interlude while Amna returns to the broadcast.
Presented: Monday, July 20, 2020


The 2020 Election in a Time of Pandemic

Having built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers, Washington political journalist and national editor of the Cook Political Report Amy Walter discusses the 2020 elections.
Presented: Monday, July 13, 2020


State of Play—The 2020 Election

Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the national editor of the Cook Political Report and the former political director of ABC News.
Presented: Monday, August 12, 2019


How Do You Get to Mt. Rushmore: Can Presidential Character be Set in Stone?

Author and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith is a nationally recognized authority on the American presidency and a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Presented: Monday, August 5, 2019


 U.S.-China Relations: Can We Step Back from the Brink?

Robert Daly, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, has compiled an unusually diverse portfolio of high-level work.
Presented: Monday, July 29, 2019



Meeting the Climate-Change Challenge: What We Know. What We Expect. What We Should Do.

As the longest serving White House Science Advisor, former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner and current Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Dr. John Holdren addresses the future of climate change. Presented: Monday, July 15, 2019



Trade Wars and the Global Trading Order: Reform or Collapse?

The Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade and immigration policy, and author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Edward Alden shares his perspectives on international trade policy.

Presented: Monday, July 8, 2019

The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles

A nonpartisan policy talk with Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a non-profit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Presented: Monday, July 30, 2018

Cyber Conflict: The Perfect Weapon: How Cyber Conflict is Changing How Nations Compete and Conflict

A nonpartisan policy talk with New York Times national security correspondent and bestselling author David Sanger. Presented: Monday, July 23, 2018

Diplomacy and Action: U.S. Options for North Korea

Led by Christopher Hill, former ambassador to Iraq and Korea, among other posts, and head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks from 2005-2009 on the North Korean nuclear issue. Presented: Monday, July 16, 2018

A Bipartisan Roadmap for the American Healthcare System

Led by Stuart Butler, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and former board member of Health Care Services of the National Academy of Medicine and health adviser for the Congressional Budget Office. Presented: Monday, July 9, 2018

Growth and the Economy: Where Is It Headed? 

Led by Robert J. Gordon, one of the world’s leading experts on inflation, unemployment, and long-term economic growth. Presented: Monday, July 31, 2017

Brexit: What Lies Ahead for Britain and Europe?

Led by Douglas Alexander, a former top British Labour politician who currently serves as Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as a visiting professor at King’s College, London. Presented: Monday, July 24, 2017

Fact Checking: Fake News and the Roles of the Press

Led by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania who runs Presented: Monday, July 10, 2017



Inequality and the American Dream

Led by Richard Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Center on Children and Families. Presented: Thursday, August 18, 2016



U.S. – Russia Conflict: The New Normal?

Led by Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center and an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, particularly Russia.
Presented: Thursday, July 28, 2016


Radical Islam and Terrorism, Views from the U.S. and Europe

Led by two Brookings Institution scholars, William McCants, a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and Philippe Le Corre, a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe. Presented: Monday, July 18, 2016


It’s Even Worse Than It Was: Examining Our Political Mess

Led by Norman Ornstein, political scientist and contributing writer for The Atlantic, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal, and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Presented: Monday, July 11, 2016


 The New Middle East Disorder

Led by Martin Indyk, Executive Vice President of the Brookings Institution. Presented: Monday, August 24, 2015

Drones: Can They Revolutionize Aviation Without Endangering Safety and Privacy?

Led by Craig Whitlock, a journalist who covers the Pentagon and national security for the Washington Post. Presented: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Food or Consequences? Global Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability.

Led by Chris Barrett, Director of the Charles Dyson School of Applied Management and Economics at Cornell University. Presented: Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Shifting Dynamics Between Men and Women: Implications for Marriage, Work and More. 

Led by Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at Atlantic magazine and author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women. Presented: Monday, July 20th, 2015

Cyber Insecurity. Exploring what it means for national security and what we can do about it.

Led by Richard Danzig, Chairman of the Board of the Center for a New American Security and former Secretary of the Navy. Presented: Thursday, August 14th, 2014


Ethical Challenges, Ethical Answers.

seminar is led by Arthur Caplan, Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. Presented: Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A discussion about U.S. Relations with Russia, Ukraine, and the Former Soviet Region.

 Led by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. Presented: Monday, July 28th, 2014

Income Inequality and Social Mobility

Charles Murray, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Timothy Smeeding, director at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. Moderator: Belle Sawhill, a founder of the Seminars and senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Presented: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace

Robert O’Harrow reports on cybersecurity for the investigative unit of the Washington Post. Presented: July 25, 2013

Reforming Our Broken Tax System

Martin Feldstein and William Gale, Feldstein is a former director of the Council of Economic Advisors. Gale is the chair of economic policy at The Brookings Institution. Presented: August 20, 2013

The Changing Face of America

Stephen Klineberg is a professor of sociology at Rice University.
Presented: July 8, 2013

The Next Influenza Pandemic: A Harbinger of Things to Come

Michael Osterholm is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota.
Presented: 2008