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Innovators. Trail Blazers. Boundary Breakers. These are the people you will meet on the Breaking Boundaries podcast. This podcast series from Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, illuminates how leaders and experts across sectors, national borders and cultural identities are joining forces to tackle our greatest global challenges and achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
 
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Building scientific capacity is essential to strong institutions and supporting problem-solving and innovation, especially in the Global South. Romain Murenzi, PhD, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) joins Annelise Riles to talk about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions, and…
 
Hi Folks! For this episode we listen to Jimmy Buffett's 1985 album 'Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s)'. We talk about how and possibly why Buffett's music speaks to such a wide variety of folks. We dive deep into the meaning behind some of his more introspective songs and as always we talk about what these songs have meant to…
 
Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine is no longer a short-term event and its impact is going to shape global affairs for a long time to come, according to Fiona Hill, a leading expert on Russia and Vladimir Putin’s regime. In this episode, Hill shares insight on Putin’s actions, what could happen next, and how the war may impact our world for decades to…
 
*Trigger warning: this episode discusses gun violence*. Hi Folks, for this episode we take a listen to The Avett Brother's song 'I Should've Spent The Day With My Family' off of their 2020 EP 'The Third Gleam'. This song depicts a family hearing the news of a school shooting and processing that information. We do some processing of our own in the e…
 
Solving the world's most complex problems, such as those the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aim to tackle, requires new ways of thinking. In this episode, Julio M. Ottino, Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University, discusses his new book “The Nexus,” which is a call to “augmenting” our…
 
Today’s guest is working towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions. Alison E. Dilworth is a Foreign Service Officer with more than 20 years of experience, serving in countries such as Paraguay, Israel, Egypt, Poland and the United Arab Emirates. She is currently the Director of the Office of Children’s Issue…
 
Hi Folks! For this episode we discuss Ed Sheeran's song 'First Times' off of his 2021 album "Equals". We discuss the songs origins, our interpretations and finding comfort amid chaotic moments. Thanks for Listening! Spotify Playlist Intro/Outro Music: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5011-upbeat-forever Li…
 
Hi Folks! We are discussing Stevie Wonder's 1972 album 'Talking Book'. This album is considered as the beginning of a turning point in Wonder's career and sees Wonder enjoying more artistic freedom from Motown Records. We share our thoughts and opinions on the tracks and recording process. Thanks for listening! Spotify Playlist Intro/Outro Music: U…
 
Good cybersecurity is critical to protecting people's rights to privacy and also the security of our economic markets. The companies behind popular digital platforms are critical players in this effort that is central to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16, which is peace, justice and strong institutions. Roland Cloutier is the global ch…
 
Hi Folks! This months bonus episode features AJR's song 'Birthday Party' off of their 2019 album Neotheater. The song's narrative follows someone who was born "one minute ago", as they welcome folks to their birthday party and ponder hopefully about this world they were born into. We also have some big news to talk about in this episode! Thanks for…
 
Hi Folks! For this episode we listen to Roberta Flack's 1973 album 'Killing Me Softly'. This album shows the range and depth of Flack's distinctive style. The songs on this album go from R&B to jazz to gospel and we love it all. Find out the history behind this album and why its so good at quieting out minds. Head over to Spotify to check out our c…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to Regina Spektor's song "Eet". The song is off of Spektor's fifth studio album 'Far' and was released in 2009. Even if you have not heard Regina Spektor's name before you have probably heard one of her many songs that have been featured in movies and TV shows. This song gives us a lot to talk about. If yo…
 
Hi Folks! For this full album episode we are listening to Meat Loaf's 1977 debut 'Bat Out of Hell'. We take a look at Meat Loaf's rough start in the music industry, his theater and acting careers, and his relationship with Todd Rundgren and Jim Steinman. Find out our thoughts on this album and what, all these years later, continue to make it a top …
 
Hi Folks! In honor of Valentine's Day happening we are making this month's bonus episode all about the song "Love Hurts". Originally written for the Everly Brothers in 1960 we listen to six versions that span the decades. We cover Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Jim Capaldi, Nazareth, Cher, and the Osborne Brothers' versions of "Love …
 
Marwan M. Kraidy is a scholar of global communication, a leading authority on Arab media, and the CEO and Dean of Northwestern University in Qatar. One of his first major initiatives as Dean was the creation of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South. The Institute will produce and promote evidence-based storytelling focused on the his…
 
Maria Hadden brings a global point of view to her position on the Chicago City Council as the alderwoman of the 49th Ward. Since being elected in May 2019, she has pushed forward issues of local, national and international importance, such as recognizing Juneteenth as a city holiday, exploring reparations to Black people and supporting a treaty out…
 
Hi Folks! We are listening to David Bowie's 1972 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'. A concept album/rock opera/glam rock/proto-punk masterpiece. This album has a little bit of everything and tells the story of space alien Ziggy Stardust and his quest to save planet Earth from an apocalyptic event only to get side…
 
Hi Folks! This bonus episode has us listening to Micheal Franti and Spearhead's song 'Hey Hey Hey'. Appearing on Franti's 2010 album 'The Sound of Sunshine' 'Hey Hey Hey' is a song that can be interpreted many different ways. We discuss how this song helped us set our intentions for the new year and what Franti is talking to us about in his lyrics.…
 
On this episode of Breaking Boundaries we welcome Juliet Sorensen, a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law and the director and founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project. Sorenson is an international human rights champion whose work is changing the lives of women and girls around the world. Gender justice is …
 
Hi Folks! For the first album of the new year we talk about The Band's 1968 album 'Music from Big Pink'. Not only is this album one of the greatest debut albums from any group it is one of the greatest albums of all time. 'Music from Big Pink' sees The Band move from Bob Dylan's backing group to center stage. With songs cowritten by Dylan you know …
 
Hi Folks! Christmas is the winter holiday we choose to celebrate and this year for our Christmas bonus episode we wanted to cover John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band's song 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'. We ask the question: is this a protest song, Christmas song or both? We discuss the history of the song and artists as well as talk about M…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to and discuss Death Cab for Cutie's song 'I Will Follow You into the Dark". First appearing on their 2005 album 'Plans' this acoustic solo ballad was well received by fans, even if it didn't do well in the charts. 'I Will Follow You into the Dark' deals a lot with themes of death, anticipation, grief, and…
 
In recent weeks, Russia has assembled tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, actions that led to a phone call on Dec. 7, 2021, between President Biden and Vladimir Putin about consequences should Russia plan any attack. On this episode of the Breaking Boundaries podcast, two former U.S. ambassadors weigh in on the current tensions …
 
Using the power of narrative film to explore a current global crisis is not only a delicate art, but a personal passion for Rana Kazkaz. She is an award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar where she teaches narrative filmmaking. Her work focuses on Syrian stories with many of her short film…
 
Hi Folks! Our last full album episode of 2021 is an Al pick! We take a listen to AJR's 'Ok Orchestra' album. This album offers a lot of deep lyrics and great beats with which to contemplate the deep lyrics too. 'Ok Orchestra' is a snap shot of the Millennial generation in 2021. Find out our thoughts behind this statement as well as how Tiny Tim (th…
 
Breaking down silos, trying to help people to work together across boundaries of discipline, profession and culture, is a difficult job and one that Christian Madsbjerg has spent much of his career trying to accomplish with much success. Madsbjerg is the co-founder of the consulting company, ReD Associates, Professor of Applied Humanities at The Ne…
 
The Northwestern delegation that attended COP26 in Glasgow is back on campus. Of the many topics discussed at COP26, climate change and the roles and rights of Indigenous peoples was top of mind for our delegation. Here to discuss this topic is Reynaldo Morales. He’s a member of our delegation and an assistant professor at the Medill School of Jour…
 
Hi Folks! We continue our November tradition by talking about Arlo Guthrie's version of 'City of New Orleans'. Originally penned by Steve Goodman, Arlo took this song and made it his own. Appearing on Arlo's 1972 album 'Hobo's Lullaby', 'City of New Orleans' would be the highest charting song of Arlo's career. We talk about Steve Goodman's, Arlo Gu…
 
Hi Folks! For this episode we cover Alanis Morisset's album 'Jagged Little Pill'. This album marked a stylistic change for Morisset's sound, trading in commercial pop for a harder grunge sound. The songs feature deeply personal lyrics and Alanis' unique vocal style. 'Jagged Little Pill' would go on to be Morisset's most popular album. Thanks for li…
 
Righting injustices in energy and climate change regulation is an important part of addressing the global climate crisis. Hari Osofsky, Dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, talks about working with business, government and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on climate, energy and equity issues.…
 
Universities are uniquely positioned to take action on climate change. Experts John Robinson of the University of Toronto, and Jennifer Dunn of Northwestern University, discuss how to change the institutional culture of universities to make sustainability an essential component of operations as well as research and education missions.…
 
Economic growth at expense of the environment is no longer an option. Chris Canavan, a Partner at Lion's Head Global Partners and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Institute for New Economic Thinking talks about how an outdated economic structure is endangering our planet and new approaches that could save it.…
 
Building new and necessary infrastructure while complying with sustainability agendas and agreements is a challenge that must be met in the next decade. Kate Newman, Vice President for Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Sector Initiatives at the World Wildlife Fund, and Jim Hambleton, of Northwestern University, discuss the paths forward to make…
 
Happy Halloween folks! We continue our Halloween tradition this year by listening to Screamin' Jay Hawkins' song 'I Put A Spell On You'. Originally meant to be a Blues style ballad a night of heavy drinking made this song into one of the earliest examples of what we now know as Shock Rock. We discuss covers of this song by Creedence Clearwater Revi…
 
Innovators. Trail Blazers. Boundary Breakers. These are the people you will meet on the Breaking Boundaries podcast. Annelise Riles is the host of the show and Executive Director of Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. This podcast series illuminates how leaders and experts across sectors, national borders and cul…
 
Hi Folks! And now for something completely different. For this months episode we listen to a jazz album but not just any jazz album. We listen to 1956's (or 1957's depending on who you ask) landmark album "Saxophone Colossus" by Sonny Rollins. This album finds Sonny Rollins as bandleader to musicians Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins and Max Roach. We t…
 
Hi Folks! For this months bonus episode we listen to the song "S.O.B.". Released in 2015 on their self titled debut album, "Nathanial Rateliff & the Night Sweats", "S.O.B." is a song that at its core is about drinking one's life away after a break up. Rateliff has also described "S.O.B." as a joke song and said he initially did not intend to record…
 
Hi Folks! For this months full episode we listen to Johnny Cash's 1968 album "At Folsom Prison". The first in a series of live albums from Cash all recorded in prisons. "At Folsom Prison" came at a pivotal time in Cash's career as the singer/song writer was trying to turn his career around after several years of limited commercial success. With Jun…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to Elton John's song 'I'm Still Standing'. Released in 1983 on his album 'Too Low for Zero' this song has had somewhat of a resurgence in recent years thanks to Illumination Entertainment's 2016 film 'Sing'. We discuss how this is more then just a break up song and how we could all use a reminder sometimes…
 
Hi folks! We are listening to Pink Floyd's monumental album 'Dark Side of the Moon'. Perhaps the greatest concept album in history! This marked a big shift in Pink Floyd's sound and song writing. With Roger Waters taking the helm we get an album that explores life as well as mental health, greed, consumerism, time, space, and death. It is easy to s…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to TOTO's song "Africa". Originally released in 1982 it was an instant hit and quickly landed at number one on the charts. In recent years "Africa" has gained new popularity thanks to a cover from the band Weezer. We will discuss both groups versions of the song and both band's music videos (yes TOTO's vid…
 
Hi Folks! This episode finds us listening to the debut album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 'Up From Below'. This album has a lot of fantastic songs (if you're only familiar with 'Home' that's okay) that cover a lot of topics from addiction to recovery, love to loss and what it means to be home. We discuss all of this as well as how thi…
 
In honor of June being Pride Month here in the USA we are listening to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' song 'Same Love' featuring Mary Lambert. We talk about the importance of this song to the LGBTQIA+ Community as well as its calling out of the Hip-Hop Community. A song like this is of the utmost importance and we are so excited to talk about it with you…
 
Hi Folks! For this full episode we are talking about Nirvana and their 1994 album 'MTV Unplugged in New York'. This album was a departure from previous Nirvana albums and showcases some of the band's lesser known songs as well as some covers, played (mostly) acoustically. Full disclosure we love this album and have a lot to talk about from set desi…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to a song that means an awful lot to us. We discuss the 'Lava Song' from the Disney Pixar short 'Lava'. Find out what inspired this song, the animated short and why it means so much to us. Thanks for listening! Intro/Outro: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5011-up…
 
There will only be one Jimi Hendrix. For this episode we look at Jimi's legacy and some of what he was able to accomplish with the release of this first album. Released in 1967 'Are You Experienced' took the world by storm. No one had every heard anything like what Jimi Hendrix and his band were playing. We will discuss Jimi, the writing and record…
 
For this months bonus episode we listen to The Mountain Goat's song "This Year". Originally recorded in 2005 this song gained a lot of popularity in 2020. We discuss the history of the band, song and take a deep dive into the lyrics. We also celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast! We also officially have a Facebook and Instagram page, ju…
 
Hi Folks! For this episode we look at Taylor Swift's "evermore" album the follow up to her Folklore album. Recorded secretly and released as a surprise this album follows the stream of consciousness writing style that Taylor was using on Folklore. Continuing her collaborative partnership with Aaron Dessner of The National "evermore" marks a departu…
 
Hi Folks! Here in the United States April 1st is known as April Fools Day. A day for lighthearted pranks and fun. We decided to drop an extra bonus episode with two of our favorite funny songs to honor the day. We take a listen to Bo Burnham's song "Love Is..." and Bob River's song "What If God Smoked Cannabis?", a spoof of the Joan Osborne version…
 
Hi Folks! For this bonus episode we listen to Otis Redding's song "(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay". Posthumously release this would be Redding's biggest hit. We discuss our interpretations of the lyrics as well as provide background on the writing and recording process. Join us in this look at an amazing artist who was gone too soon. Intro/Outro M…
 
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