Resilient World Podcast

We are in a period of tremendous global change. Our publics and institutions are struggling with challenges like climate change, cyber-attacks, terrorism, and pandemics. Hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, Season One of Resilient World features insight and analysis about how to meet these challenges from thought leaders in fields as diverse as national security, science fiction, and public health. Every second Wednesday, Resilient World highlights innovative ideas about how to prepare for, manage through and bounce back from adversity – in other words, how to be resilient.

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August 22, 2018

Episode 7: Preparedness, Prioritization, Prevention: Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Amy Pope on Responding to Ebola and Zika, and Preventing the Next Pandemic


From its origins in a remote corner of West Africa, the 2014 Ebola pandemic quickly demanded an unprecedented response to stop a deadly disease in its tracks. As deputy homeland security advisor to former President Barack Obama, Amy Pope was at the heart of the federal government’s mitigation efforts. In this final episode of Season One of Resilient World, Pope details how the White House and President Obama applied lessons learned from responding to Ebola and to the 2015 Zika outbreak, and discusses key lessons to aid our preparedness in advance of the next global pandemic.

Episode 6: Building Resilient Systems: Peter Neffenger Shares Lessons From Managing The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Improving Aviation Security
August 8, 2018

Episode 6: Building Resilient Systems: Peter Neffenger Shares Lessons From Managing The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Improving Aviation Security


As Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Deputy Incident Manager for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and throughout a 30-year Coast Guard career in which he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral, Peter Neffenger has faced the challenges associated with managing complex systems. In this episode, Neffenger shares stories from these and other experiences, describing his lessons learned on the imperative for societies to build resilience into their systems.

Episode 5: Thriving Amid Change: Chief Resilience Officer Kevin Bush on Washington DC's Approach to Disasters and Disruptions
JULY 25, 2018

Episode 5: Thriving Amid Change: Chief Resilience Officer Kevin Bush on Washington DC's Approach to Disasters and Disruptions


As Washington DC’s first chief resilience officer, Kevin Bush is confronted daily by the range of major shocks and stresses that threaten a 700,000-person, nearly 70-square mile city that is also the capital of the United States. His job: Develop creative, coordinated, whole-of-government solutions to these complex and often interrelated urban challenges. In this episode of Resilient World, Bush discusses how to forge a culture of resilience across the city, makes the case for greater investment in resilient infrastructure and practices, and explores how long-term stresses like a high cost of living can reduce the city’s resilience to short-term shocks like flooding.

Episode 4: Governor, Ambassador, Secretary Ray Mabus on His Lifetime of Service, and Why Diversity Helps Build Resilience
JULY 11, 2018

Episode 4: Governor, Ambassador, Secretary Ray Mabus on His Lifetime of Service, and Why Diversity Helps Build Resilience


In his lifetime of public service, Ray Mabus has worn many hats: Navy officer, Congressional staffer, Governor of Mississippi, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Secretary of the Navy. In this episode of Resilient World, Mabus discusses how repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and opening combat positions across the Navy and Marine Corps to women has made the military more resilient, why he pushed the Navy to embrace alternative energy sources, and how disasters like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico are opportunities to rebuild stronger than before.

Episode 3: Ready or Not? Max Brooks on How People and Societies Fail to Plan for the Worst
JUNE 27, 2018

Episode 3: Ready or Not? Max Brooks on How People and Societies Fail to Plan for the Worst


Max Brooks – author of the New York Times bestselling zombie novel World War Z – believes that our society is in denial about the need to prepare for real-life crises. In this episode, Brooks calls for individuals, businesses, and political leaders to cast aside a culture of complacency and to instead think creatively about how we can meet long-term challenges like pandemics, hurricanes, climate change, and more.

Resilient World Podcast Episode 2 Admiral Thad Allen Hurricane Katrina Deepwater Horizon
JUNE 13, 2018

Episode 2: How To Manage A Crisis: Admiral Thad Allen and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon


From the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Admiral Thad Allen’s varied career saw him responding to some of the most challenging crises the United States has faced. Here, the former Commandant of the Coast Guard draws on his lifetime of leadership and disaster management expertise to discuss how to make America more resilient – from entire federal government departments right down to the individual citizen.


Resilient World Podcast Episode 1 Lisa Monaco on Terrorism and Cybersecurity
JUNE 13, 2018

Episode 1: ‘Dr. Doom’: Lisa Monaco on Tackling Transnational Threats, Terrorism, and Cybersecurity


Whether as chief of staff to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, or President Obama’s top homeland security advisor, Lisa Monaco has spent her professional life safeguarding the United States from threats like terrorism, pandemics, and cybersecurity. In this episode, she unpacks how America should respond to the threat of religious radicalism, the ‘nightmare scenario’ of a new strain of influenza crippling our society, and how 200 billion internet-connected devices could wreak cybersecurity havoc in the coming years.

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