You've got time, so why not use it for something a bit more productive than yet another episode on Netflix? The Clinton Speaker Series has a treasure trove of videos on their YouTube channel, covering everything from sports and politics to entertainment and environment. We've rounded up 12 must-watch videos you should put in your queue. 

 

Luke Dittrich

Luke Dittrich is the author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” the story of Henry Molaison, who lost the ability to create memories after he underwent a lobotomy to treat his seizures. His case taught scientists a lot about how the brain creates and stores memories. The case was one of personal tragedy for Molaison, but a boon for the modern landscape of medicine and science.

 

John Hibbing

John Hibbing is a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the co-author of “Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences.” In “Predisposed,” Hibbing presents evidence that people differ politically, not just because they grew up in different cultures or were presented with different information, but because people have diverse psychological, physiological, and genetic traits.

 

Nick Schifrin

American foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin speaks on the impact of the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Schifrin has served as the NPR Jerusalem correspondent, the ABC News Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent, and the Al Jazeera America Middle East Correspondent. He has won Emmy, Overseas Press Club, National Headliners, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

 

Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich is the chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. and author of “Pati’s Mexican Table,” which is also the title of her popular public television series. Born and raised in Mexico City, she served as a political analyst and has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She left policy work to pursue her lifelong passions: to research, write about, test and cook Mexican food, and to share her knowledge and adventures in that cuisine and culture with others.

 

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams is a New York-based interior designer who has been recognized as one of the top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest. Bunny opened her own interior design company, Bunny Williams Incorporated, in 1988 after twenty-two years with the decorating firm, Parish-Hadley Associates. Schooled in the classics, restraint and appropriateness are hallmarks of Bunny’s style. Objects, patterns, textures, and colors, beautifully balanced, have an appealing undisciplined look — the direct result of great focus and meticulous planning.

 

Conevery Bolton Valencius

From December 1811 to February 1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley. In her book, “The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes,” Valencius chronicles this major environmental disaster, demonstrating how events that have been long forgotten, even denied and ridiculed as tall tales, were in fact enormously important at the time of their occurrence and continue to affect the region today.

 

Amal Kassir

Amal Kassir, the daughter of an American mother and a Syrian father, was raised in Denver but lived for many years in Syria. While living in Syria, she came to understand the suffering of the people there, especially rural farmers and children, while the freedoms she has living in the U.S. has allowed her to become an activist on their behalf.

In 2012, she won the Grand Slam prize at the Brave New Voices International Youth Competition for a poem called “Syria.” Her poetry often blends images of simple family pleasures in Syria with the contrasting harsh treatment of government soldiers, and over the last seven years of performing, the theme of Kassir’s poetry has evolved to a call of political and social justice.

 

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton discusses her new book, “She Persisted Around the World.” The conversation is moderated Jill Santopolo, Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Together, they celebrate the thirteen women who overcame adversity to change the course of history across the globe. 

 

Brad Herzog

Brad Herzog is an award-winning author and speaker. An American author and freelance writer, Herzog’s work includes children’s books, a trilogy of American travel memoirs, and other works of fiction and nonfiction, and many articles in magazines. In this video, he discusses how a writer catches creative ideas.

 

Children of the Little Rock Nine

On the day before the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School, children of the Little Rock Nine discuss their parents’ role in the history-making crisis and how it has impacted their own lives. This panel discussion will look at what it is like when you are growing up as the child of a Civil Rights icon. Several of the children of the Little Rock Nine will share the experiences they have had as youths and adults. They also discuss how having a parent as a Civil Rights pioneer has shaped their own life.

 

Regina Hopper

Regina Hopper is a business executive, attorney, and former news anchor who is the current President and CEO of the Miss America Organization. In addition to being Miss Arkansas 1983, Hopper was an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News. She and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson comprise an all-female leadership team for the Miss America Organization. She made news by announcing the end of the swimsuit portion of the competition and replacing it with a live interactive session with judges.

 

Buzz Aldrin

On July 20, 1969, Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. Aldrin discusses his book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration."

 

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