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COVID-19 is changing the way we live. We face the urgent challenges of combating the virus and getting people back to work. Once this crisis phase has passed - and under the shadow of its possible return - we must rebuild our economies, reintegrate all aspects of society, and reshape policy and practice around the world to be more resilient against global threats.

In Reimagine, former Google CEO and co-founder of Schmidt Futures Eric Schmidt will engage in conversations with the world's leaders in government, business, science, and technology to reimagine the future of society after COVID-19. Eric will draw upon his expertise as a global business leader, scientist, and philanthropist to explore how we can mobilize people and technology to solve our current challenges at scale and to build a brighter future after this global crisis. Each conversation will probe a local, national, or global facet of COVID-19 and some will feature a call to action for listeners or a prize competition for the best ideas related to the insights of the episode.
13 Episodes
How can science bring us together? Astrophysicist, author, and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson closes out the first season of Reimagine by sharing his cosmic view of life and why understanding science is key to building back a better world. Episode Length: 42 minutes
With authoritarian powers rising around the world, how could democracy and global leadership shift after COVID? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discuss the future of democratic governance, the influence of China's growing power, and the forces that could shape the world order for decades to come. Episode Length: 54 minutes
The pandemic has upended work around the world. But, is it also a chance to rethink work and make it better? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant and former TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot discuss the challenges and opportunities of remote work, the gig economy, and the possibilities for improving where we spend more than one third of our adult lives. Episode Length: 49 minutes
What does leadership look like amid a pandemic? Drawing on his decades-long career in public health and finance, former World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim shares his perspective on the leadership we need during COVID-19 and what earlier crises teach us about the steps to take when all hope seems lost. Episode Length: 41 minutes
How should cities and public spaces evolve to prevent the spread of pathogens around us? Three experts offer their ideas for the future of urban life and shared space: Microbiologist and immunologist Michael Schmidt discusses the powerful antimicrobial properties of copper, architect Joel Sanders explains how different spatial designs can make healthier behavior more intuitive, and Alice Charles, leader of the World Economic Forum's Cities and Real Estate work streams, analyzes trends and ideas that will shape cities for decades to come. Episode Length: 41 minutes
How can we make education more fair, efficient, and accessible for everyone? Founder and Chairman of Ashoka University, Ashish Dawan, discusses the evolving educational landscape in India and how technology is enabling more personalized learning. Then, economics professor, Dania Francis, dives into the American system and how we can start to address the racial and economic barriers holding back so many students. Episode Length: 46 minutes
Air travel has made our world more physically connected than ever. But, that could change because, for airlines, the pandemic is an existential threat. Former Airbus CEO, Tom Enders, and "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot, Captain Sully Sullenberger, discuss how the industry can weather COVID-19, what it will take to make flying safe again for everyone, and what the medical profession can learn from aviation safety. Episode Length: 41 minutes
Can the American Dream be saved as COVID hits rural America? JD Vance, investor, commentator, and author of the bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, discusses his work investing in middle America and how the route to uplifting all Americans runs through revitalized regional hubs. Episode Length: 30 minutes
How will advances in biology open up a new era of medicine? Two trail-blazing scientists, Aviv Regev and Jim Collins, discuss their breakthrough work in cell biology, inventing new viral tests, and harnessing advanced computing to unlock new frontiers in the fight against disease. Episode Length: 40 minutes
How can we help the developing world weather the pandemic and keep the global economy afloat? Nobel Prize-winning economist, Esther Duflo, and former Finance Minister of Chile, Andrés Velasco, share their experiences studying and fighting poverty and explain how bold leadership at this moment of economic crisis can improve life for billions of people around the world. Episode Length: 41 minutes
How can the United States be ready to fight future pathogens? Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb explains why pandemic preparedness needs to be a matter of national security and how data and public-private partnerships can help us combat the next virus. Episode Length: 37 minutes
Are we on the verge of a global breakdown? United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres discusses the current fragile state of the world, and how we can rethink US-China relations, education, and equality to put us on a different trajectory and rewrite our future. Also, we announce a new $1 million initiative and scholarship challenge. For more information, visit Episode Length: 46 minutes
COVID-19 has put lives on hold, left economies in suspense, and caused terrible suffering. But, we have more tools than ever to improve life for more people faster than ever before. Each week, Eric Schmidt, former Chairman and CEO of Google and now co-founder of Schmidt Futures, interviews people with transformational vision. Together, they will reimagine what life can look like moving forward.
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