Eva Haller Salon Series

Eva's Salons bring together artists, scientists and media makers from around the globe. Eva is a 93 year old activist, philanthropist & holocaust survivor.

The Eva Haller Salon's take place virtually every Saturday at 2:00 PM PST. To request an invitation to attend the Salon Series please email [email protected]

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Eva Haller: A Work in Progress

By: Jeanne Meyers

Eva Haller is a hero to activists, artists, and her friends, family and extended family around the globe.

Learn more about Eva Haller who has brought together some of the great minds of our time for a weekly virtual Salon.

She is a holocaust survivor, a philanthropist, art lover and supporter of many young visionaries.

Here is a link to an excerpt of a documentary on Eva Haller: A Work in Progress.

This dynamic trio's groundbreaking work in regenerative agriculture has the potential to not only reverse climate change but also address issues of malnutrition and world hunger.

Salon 05/04/2024 - Season 4 Episode 30 - Zink, Angulo, and Pullen will delve into the social and environmental impacts of food forestry, showcasing how it positively affects communities through regenerative agriculture practices. They will highlight the transformative potential of breadfruit cultivation and how it can serve as a sustainable food source that literally grows on trees.

The Jungle Project

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Ron Kovic

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Ron Kovic is an accomplished author, artist and peace activist. Kovic, a former United States Marine Corps sergeant, served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. 

Salon 04/27/2024 - Season 4 Episode 29 - Ron talks about his journey of healing from the horrors of war through his writing and art. His recent book, “A Dangerous Country: An American Elegy" completes Kovic's Vietnam Trilogy, offering readers an intimate glimpse into his journey of healing, forgiveness, and spiritual redemption.

Brad Stark, MS, CFP is the founder of Mission Wealth, recognized as one of America’s “Top Wealth Managers.” Joey Khoury, CFP, ABFP is an adjunct professor at UCSB, where he teaches students about behavioural finance within wealth management.

Salon with Kieran Osbourne 04/01/2023 - Season 3 Episode 23 - Finance experts Brad, Kieran and Joey of Mission Wealth join us to talk about the numbers and reality of the banking crisis. 

Salon 10/08/2022 - Season 3 Episode 4 - Brad and Joey return to our Salon to dig deeper into the endless ways we can get in our own way when it comes to financial decision-making. 

Salon 02/05/2022 - Season 2 Episode 18 - Brad and Joey introduce us to behavioural economics, dig into what drives faulty choices and how we can avoid the most damaging mistakes.

Salon 04/20/2024 - Season 4 Episode 28 - Brad Stark and Joey Khoury discuss the politics of money and what we might experience in the coming months

Joey S. Khoury & Brad Stark

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Bill Kristol & Whit Ayers

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Bill Kristol is a prominent conservative journalist and former White House official, and Whit Ayres is one of the nation's leading pollsters.

Salon 04/06/2024 - Season 4 Episode 26 - Bill and Whit assess the stakes in the 2024 presidential election for the future of the GOP and what is likely to become of the Republican party depending on the outcome in November. They also share their assessment of a presidential election in which a vast majority of Americans are unhappy about the choice presented by the two presumptive major party nominees and how they expect the campaign to play out.

Tucker Eskew is a longtime participant in American politics, with a career spanning government service, public relations, and business consulting.  He is now part of our nation’s ongoing conversation about depolarization and reconciliation. 

Salon 03/23/2024 - Season 4 episode 25 - Tucker highlights numerous organizations that work to reconcile conflict, improve the quality of political disagreement, and engage everyday citizens in building capacity for cross-partisanship. Tucker introduces many of us to the Perception Gap, a phenomenon studied by social scientists and pollsters and defined as the difference between how divided we think we are and the far less dramatic reality.

Tucker Eskew

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Paul Isenman

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Paul Isenman has decades of experience in development cooperation, having been a manager in major international development organizations. He is now an independent consultant and advisor on human development. 

Salon 03/16/2024 - Season 4 Episode 24 - Paul introduces us to the challenges that low and middle-income countries have in addressing the non-communicable diseases surging in aging populations - where a surprising 70% of deaths and a major proportion of disabilities result from un- or under-treated cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancers, and major depression.

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli, Is founder of The Sustainability Laboratory, a non-profit, research development and educational organization established by to develop and demonstrate groundbreaking approaches to sustainability practices, expanding prospects and producing positive, life-affirming impacts on people and ecosystems in all parts of the world.

Salon 03/09/2023 with Dr. Mohammed Alnabari and Ms. Jamila Abu Kaf - Season 4 Episode 23 - Project Wadi Attir is a groundbreaking initiative of the New York-based Sustainability Laboratory and the Bedouin community in The Negev Desert. 

Salon 12/11/2021 with Elizabeth Thompson - Season 2 Episode 10 - Michael leads a discussion about true sustainability. His holistic, system-based approach to sustainability delivers real life results.

Michael Ben-Eli

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Fr. Leonir Chiarello

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Fr. Leonir Chiarello c.s. is the Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles, Scalabrinians, an international religious congregation serving migrants, refugees, seafarers and fishers in 35 countries on five continents.

Salon 03/02/2024 - Season 4 Episode 22 - Fr. Leonir talks about the grassroots work of the Scalabrinian Missionaries, through the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) and its partners, including the Global Solidarity Forum, to promote social and economic integration of migrants and refugees in hosting societies through skill certifications, employment and job creation programs.

Rebecca Milner, Chief Advancement Officer, mobilizes partnerships, resources and awareness in support of International Medical Corps programs that reach 20 million people a year globally.

Salon 2/24/2024 - Season 4 Episode 21 - Rebecca has some astounding stories to share about what the IMC is doing on the ground in Gaza everyday to support 10s of thousands of people in need. She will also let us know what we can do to help.

Salon 02/11/2023 - Season 3 Episode 16 - Rebecca tells us about trends impacting humanitarian responses.

Rebecca Milner

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Geeta Mehta

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Dr. Geeta Mehta is an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University. She is also the founder of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization that works with underserved communities to help improve livelihoods, neighborhoods and the environment. 

Salon 2/10/2024 - Season 4 Episode 20 - Geeta unpacks how not to measure everything in terms of financial capital and create a happier and healthier world for the generations to come. 

Salon 10/16/2021 - Season 2 Episode 5Geeta Metha focuses our attention on architecture and urban design as social acts. Geeta believes our cities can help heal social and ecological injustice and stem the climate crisis.

Dan Bena founded his Corporate Purpose and ESG consultancy after a long career with PepsiCo, where he served in leadership roles as Corporate Water Steward, Head of Sustainable Development, Food Safety and Quality specialist, and Head of the company’s first-ever corporate function for Occupational Health and Safety.

Salon 02/03/2024 - Season 4 Episode 19 - Dan is an expert on all things water. We will hear about examples of the most current and critical water-related data framed on the UN Human Right to Water (safety, sufficiency, acceptability, accessibility, and affordability).

Dan Bena

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Sam Daley-Harris

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Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980, co-founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and FINCA founder John Hatch, founded Civic Courage in 2012, and coached Citizens' Climate Lobby its first 7 years. 

Salon 01/20/2024 - Season 4 Episode 17 - Sam joins us to talk about citizenship. In his 1994 book Reclaiming Our Democracy, Sam argues that Americans need to become more involved in the decisions that their elected officials make. And he provides guidelines for how to do so.

Since his swearing-in in 2019, Dean has made a meaningful impact as the 2nd most bipartisan member of Congress on a mission to restore ethics and fiscal responsibility in government, fairness and foundational support for hard-working Americans, and common sense problem solving to an increasingly dysfunctional and chaotic Congress.

Salon 01/06/2024 - Season 4 Episode 15 - Dean talks about why he is running for the democratic nomination, how he believes he can secure the nomination and ultimately beat Trump in 2024.

Dean Phillips
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Peter Goldmark

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Peter is fighting global warming, working to rebuild America's cities, and mentoring young leaders around the world. A journalist, a publisher, a poet, a civic leader and a leading environmentalist, Peter's wisdom and perspective are unique and global.

Salon 01/13/2024 - Season 4 Episode 16 - Peter will tell us why he believes that 2024 is the most dangerous year for American democracy since the Civil War, and then will lead us in a discussion on what we can do about it.

Salon 11/12/2022 - Season 3 Episode 9 - He will be joined by our dear friend and Pulizter Prize-winning journalist, Alan Miller, and lead us in an interactive discussion about democracy and politics. 

Salon 01/08/2022 - Season 2 Episode 12 - Peter explains the insights he gained and lessons he learned in the push-and-shove of public life, and how they apply to the challenges ahead.

Katherine is an expert on a wide range of development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East. Her wide-ranging work aims squarely at advancing human welfare, bridging divides and building partnerships among religious and non-religious institutions and policies.

Salon 12/16/2023 - Season 4 Episode 14 - Katherine Marshall explores the power of words - both the challenges of translation between people and some of the approaches used around the world to commmunicate.

Salon 03/12/2022 - Season 2 Episode 22 - Katherine tells us what pushed and pulled her work in different directions over the years.

Katherine Marshall

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James Trotta-Bono

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A native New Yorker born into a family art business, James is an entrepreneur serving as a gallerist, curator, consultant and philanthropist. The primary focus of Trotta-Bono Contemporary is on 20th and 21st Century Native American art.

Salon 11/11/2023 - Season 4 Episode 10 - James gives us to a sneak peak of a watershed exhibition of important works of contemporary Native American art, titled New Terrains.

Salon 11/28/2020 - James discusses animism, storytelling, tradition and a growing sector of America’s avant-garde.


Robert has dedicated his artistic prowess to paint the series of portraits that now make up the impressive Americans Who Tell the Truth collection.

Salon 12/09/2023 - Season 4 Episode 13 - We have the opportunity to see some of Rob’s most recent portraits --- and get to know who these people are, what they do, and why we consider them models of courageous citizenship. 

Robert Shetterly

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Renata Stih

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Renata is a Berlin based visual artist, activist and cultural researcher exploring how memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected symbolically in urban spaces. Many of her multi-media art installations, which she has created together with her colleague Frieder Schnock, refer to contemporary artistic formats and traditional rituals inside museums and art galleries while encouraging public interaction and engagement. 

Salon with Frieder Schnock 12/02/2023 - Renata and Frieder introduce us to their artistic research project, HERMANN LEVI LAB: A reappropriation, conceived as a palimpsest that aims to bring back to memory this fascinating figure.

Salon 10/31/2020 - Renata speaks about the ambiguity and ambivalence of social sculpture and introduce how the intrusion of art in public space affects everyday life. 


Maxence Melo is enthusiastic, creative and passionate about promotion and protection of Freedom of Expression and Privacy.  He is a Building Economist, turned into a Digital Innovator and an “Information Architect” who found, the most visited website in Tanzania and believes in building secure platforms for meaningful conversations.

Salon 11/04/2023 - Maxence delves into the profound impact of digital platforms on promoting accountability, democracy and social justice, with a particular focus on whistleblowers. 

Maxence Melo

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Ina Lee Selden

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Ina tells encounters with ordinary and extraordinary New Yorkers on the street, on buses and subways, in Central Park and Lincoln Center. She’ll convey her love and passion for a city of 8.5 million where 700 hundred languages are spoken -- all in the service of spirited debate, upward mobility and constant cacophony.

Salon 10/21/2023 - Season 4 Episode 7 - Ina walks us along the High Line.

Salon 01/07/2023 - Season 3 Episode 12 - Ina visits the salon with anecdotes about life in Manhattan in the 21st and other centuries.

Salon 06/11/2022 - Season 2 Episode 24 - Ina pays tribute to three much-missed celebrities -- lyricist Stephen Sondheim, photographer Bill Cunningham and architectural historian Barry Lewis.

Salon 01/15/2022 - Season 2 Episode 15 - Ina invites us along on her adventures in New York - her adopted city.

Salon 03/13/2021 - Ina presents ‘The Best of MONDAY THERAPY’ - from her acclaimed weekly online stories about New York City. 


Eric’s the President of the Religious Freedom Institute and research fellow with Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. 

Salon 10/14/2023 - Season 4 Episode 6 - We hear Eric articulate why we “must not glorify the anti-heroes, much less the villains, of our twisted times, but, rather, focus the attention of our young people on the conviction, courage, and toughness of real heroes.”

Eric Patterson

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Krishen Mehta

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Krishen Mehta is a writer, teacher, and speaker on issues of global tax justice. He is currently a Senior Global Justice Fellow at Yale University, where he also co-teaches a course on Global Trade, Tax, and Social Justice.  

Salon 10/07/2023 - Season 4 Episode 5 - Krishen discusses recent BRICS developments.

Salon 01/23/2021 - Krishen Discusses the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global economies and how the US can help solve the problem.


Emily Ramshaw is CEO and co-founder of the 19th News and Errin Haines is editor-at-large at the 19th News. 

Salon 9/30/2023 - Season 4 Episode 4 - They will share their experiences, perspectives, and analysis with us and discuss the making of the film, Breaking the News, and the response that it has received.

Emily Ramshaw & Errin Haines

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Steven Matthew Clark

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Steven Matthew Clark, a symbol of resilience and transformation, defies limits within the confines of a maximum-security prison. Currently pursuing a PhD, he shatters barriers and paves the way for others on a quest for redemption and a brighter future.

Salon 09/23/2023 - Season 4 Episode 3 - Drawing from his own story of redemption, Steven highlights the significance of education as a beacon of hope and empowerment within prison walls. These elements, when thoughtfully integrated into an incarcerated individual's path, can serve as powerful catalysts for growth, self-discovery, and lasting change.


Sara M. Green brings us her deep understanding of how the critical connection to culture and traditions brings healing. For over two decades, Sara has been a global traveler dedicated to helping refugees preserve their cultural traditions. As the founder of Art for Refugees in Transition (A.R.T.), Sara’s work encourages social cohesion and unleashes the potential of newcomers.

Salon 09/16/2023 - Season 4 Episode 2 - Sara explores how the critical connection to culture and traditions brings healing, and builds community, identity and deepens intergenerational relationships among these communities and their host communities.

Sara M. Green

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Dr. Lois Lee

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Lois is the world’s leading expert in rescuing child sex trafficking victims. Her organization, Children of the Night, has helped mobilize over 12,000 children from prostitution to a successful adult life in America and over 500 “at risk youth” globally.

Salon 09/09/2023 - Season 4 Episode 1 - Lois tells us about launching and leading Children of the Night, receiving  the President's Volunteer Action Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and tutoring at-risk youth in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal and the Middle East.


Over the past three years we have gathered together 138 times for a technology-enabled Salon and experienced thought-provoking, intelligent discussions. Tomorrow, Eva highlights what we've learned, who we've met, and what's up next.

Salon 06/24/2023

Eva Haller

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Stuart M. Gerson

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Stuart - who is a Republican - worked with other conservatives to defend the rule of law during the Trump administration. He was the lead pro bono attorney in the court challenge to the Trump administration’s unconstitutional funding of the wall on the southern border.

Salon interviewed by Katherine Marshall 06/17/2023 - Season 3 Episode 32 - Stuart and Katherine discuss issues that are dividing our country and that are fomenting authoritarianism both here and in many other places around the world.


Nancy Daly, a retired editor at the Cincinnati Enquirer, is now a freelance reporter in Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Salon with Julie Pile 06/10/2023 - Season 3 Episode 31 - As migrants and refugees have settled in this fast-growing county south of Cincinnati, the school district has boosted resources to educate its "English Learners." Julie Pile, a nationally known education advocate, will join Nancy to shed light on changing school trends.


Nancy Daly

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Kim Selkoe, Ph.D.

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Kim Selkoe is a marine scientist, fisheries advocate and fishmonger and is dedicated to dispelling misinformation surrounding seafood.

Salon 06/03/2023 - Season 3 Episode 30 - Kim explains why eating from the ocean is the best way to support the sea, why the movie SeaSpiracy got it wrong, how to know what seafood is sustainable, avoid mercury, support your health and make it delicious!

Steven Zipperstein is a distinguished Senior Fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at UCLA, and Visiting Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University.

Salon 05/20/2023 - Season 3 Episode 20 - Steve has published two scholarly, peer-reviewed books discussing the legal history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict during the British Mandate years (1922-1948). Steve will discuss how a series of trials and legal proceedings during the key decade between 1937-1947 led to three divergent outcomes. He will take us inside those trials and bring them to life with photographs, rare documents, and maps.



Steve Zipperstein

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Dr. Tammy Hodo

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Dr. Tammy Hodo is the founder and President of All Things Diverse LLC, which provides consulting services to businesses, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government entities who value diversity and want to develop a high performing inclusive workforce.

Salon 05/13/2023 - Season 3 Episode 28 - Tammy talks about today’s culture wars, and the impact they are having on teaching diversity, equity and inclusion.


Art Cullen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the co-owner and editor of The Storm Lake Times (a family-run weekly newspaper in small-town Iowa). Beth Levison is an Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer and director.

Salon 05/06/2023 - Season 3 Episode 27 - The documentary 'Storm Lake' is a vivid chronicle of the heroic effort to sustain a small-town newspaper in an Iowa farm community amid a global pandemic and a national epidemic of local newspaper failures. The film is a paeon to a dying breed at a time when people want to get their news for free — if they get it at all.

Art Cullen & Beth Levison

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News Literacy Project

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The News Literacy Project is an American nonpartisan national education nonprofit that provides resources for educators, students, and the general public to help them learn to identify credible information, recognize misinformation and disinformation, and determine what they can trust, share, and act on.

Salon with Hannah Covington, Avis Weathersbee, Tracie Powell, Dorothy Tucker 04/29/2023 - Season 3 Episode 26 - “Harm & Distrust,” the newest lesson in the News Literacy Project’s Checkology virtual classroom, explores this damage, and focuses on coverage of Black Americans as a case study.

Salon with Pierre Thomas 1/29/22 - Season 2 Episode 17 - Pierre Thomas is an American journalist. He serves as senior justice correspondent at ABC News. During his tenure, he has reported on major news such as the death of George Floyd and the protests against racial injustice and police brutality that arose in the wake of his death.

Ted Ahlers is a core Force Multiplier committee member. He is a Senior Associate of the Emerging Markets Forum and has extensive economic development experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Salon 04/22/2023 - Season 3 Episode 25 - As a core committee member with the all-volunteer organization Force Multiplier, Ted is helping to bring ordinary citizens together to take effective political action. Started by a group of 12 concerned voters after the 2016 elections, Force Multiplier has grown to a network of 11,000 voters in all 50 states today.


Theodore Ahlers

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Bruce Robertson

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Bruce Robertson is an authority on the history of museums. He is the co-author of the first English translation of the first museum treatise (1565), and has written about the Victoria & Albert Museum, in addition to teaching the subject for over 20 years.

Salon with Ninotchka Bennahum 04/15/2023 - Season 3 Episode 24 - Ninotchka and Bruce offer us a sneak preview of a new exhibit that traces the untold history of modern dance.  

Salon 03/06/2021 - Bruce talks about deaccessioning in museums, a well-established practice that has suddenly become deeply contentious.


Mary Lewis is Vice President of Jane Goodall’s Global Office of the Founder. She has witnessed and supported the growth of 25 Jane Goodall Institutes around the world. Olympia Ammon has served as the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Legacy Foundation since March 2021.

Salon 03/25/2023 - Season 3 Episode 22 - Mary will share amazing tales about collaborating and adventuring across the globe with Jane Goodall for the last 32 Years (and counting!). Both Mary and Olympia, are infusing new energy and focus into building Jane’s legacy to last beyond her incredible lifetime.

Mary Lewis & Olympia Ammon

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Kim Marshall

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Kim Marshall worked as a teacher, central office curriculum director, and principal in the Boston Public Schools for 32 years. Since 2002, he has advised and coached school principals through New Leaders for New Schools, taught courses on instructional leadership, conducted numerous workshops on rethinking teacher supervision and evaluation, and published the Marshall Memo, a weekly newsletter that summarizes ideas and research on K-12 education from 64 publications.

Salon 03/18/2023 - Season 3 Episode 21 - Kim illuminates how a carefully planned sex education curriculum can help young people navigate thorny sexuality questions responsibly and with confidence. Education greatly improves their chances of making it through the teen years without disturbing or traumatizing sexual experiences.




Ben is the Director of UCSB's National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS), a professor, a marine ecologist and a conservation scientist. 

Salon 03/11/2023 - Season 3 Episode 20 - Ben and his team at NCEAS mapped the environmental pressures of feeding the world's population and produced the first ever global ‘footprint’ of food production. Their research provides new insight into decisions about which foods we choose to eat, and how we can influence policy towards more sustainable food production.

Dr. Benjamin S. Halpern

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Jerry White & Dr. Georgette E. Bennett

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Jerry White is an activist entrepreneur known for leading high-impact campaigns, three of which led to international treaties: the Mine Ban Treaty; the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and the Cluster Munitions Ban. Dr. Georgette Bennett is an award-winning sociologist, widely published author, popular lecturer, and former broadcast journalist for NBC News.

Salon 03/11/2023 - Season 3 Episode 19 - Jerry and Georgette discuss their collaboration on "Religicide: Confronting the Roots of Anti-Religious Violence." We will learn about their blueprint for action, calling on government, business, civil society, and religious leaders to join in a global campaign to protect religious minorities.


In a time in which the teaching profession is under attack, storytellers Sally and Andy are dedicated to engaging audiences in recognizing and valuing the critical work of educators. 

Salon with Jessica Burnquist 03/04/2023 - Season 3 Episode 18 - They discuss “Who Taught You?” a documentary film and social media impact campaign designed to uplift educators and the vital roles they play in supporting our kids, our communities, and in preserving our democracy through an informed electorate.

Sally Nellson & Andy Marinkovich

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Ron Boehm & Rhett Godfrey

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Ron is the co-founder of BOMA Investments. Rhett Godfrey is a founding member of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition which was initiated by Consensus and BOMA in 2018, and is the Senior Programs Director for the collaborative social impact firm, Boma Investments LLC

Salon 02/18/2023 - Season 3 Episode 17 - Social impact leaders Ron Boehm and Rhett Godfrey tell us about an amazing global community of young adult changemakers ages 18-30 tackling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. From cleaning up plastic from Lake Tanganyika in Burundi to providing safe access to sex education to young people across schools in Peru, these young adults are all a part of the World Merit Foundation.

Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States.  In 1998 she launched Creative Visions, inspired by the life of her son, Dan Eldon. She is the author of 17 books, including her memoir, In the Heart of Life, published by HarperOne.  

Salon 02/04/2023 - Season 3 Episode 15 - Discusses her life and adventures while being guided by the noisy spirit of her son, Dan Eldon

Salon with Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith 09/18/2021 - Season 2 Episode 1 - Celebrate Dan Eldon's Birthday with an empowering talk from two of his mentors and initial inspirations in discussion with his mother, Kathy, and sister, Amy.

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Kathy Eldon

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The META Foundation

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The META Foundation is a non-profit promoting cultural, social and environmental sustainability through the metaverse.

Salon 01/21/2023 - Season 3 Episode 14 - As mass tourism’s footprint on climate change draws increased scrutiny, its impact on local economies can be even more destructive to cultural and social fabrics. Together with the Thimphu-based art collective, VAST Bhutan, the META Foundation ideated and experimented with producing virtual artifacts which could connect visitors to real communities to support and fuel local economies, while fulfilling and inspiring travel dreams from afar.

For the past 45 years Matt has owned The Bookstore in Lenox, MA., a welcoming literary community hub. 

Salon in conversation with Alan Miller 01/14/2023 - Season 3 Episode 13 - Matt is the subject of the heartwarming film, “Hello, Bookstore,” that follows him through the travails of the pandemic. Matt shares his colorful life story, passion for books and memorable encounters with Ann Beatie, Tom Stoppard, J.D. Salinger and other literary lions.

Matthew Tannenbaum

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Women Carry the World - Musée de l’Homme

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Lekha Singh is an American visual artist. Thanks to her international reputation, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, and to draw artistic inspiration from her travels.

Salon 12/17/2022 - Season 3 Episode 11 - Travel with us to the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, France for the exhibition, Women Carry the World. James Trotta-Bono (exhibition organizer), André Delpuech (former director of the Musée de l’Homme), Carley Blackman-Yonkman (Art Producer) and the artist herself, Lekha Singh will take you on the journey to Singh’s exhibition. You will catch a fascinating glimpse of the lives and strength of women from India, Africa, Japan and the United States.

Robert Costa is the chief election & campaign correspondent for CBS News, where he covers national politics and American democracy.

Salon 12/10/2022 - Season 3 Episode 10 - Robert shares his insights into the country’s hyper-polarized politics at this fraught moment for democracy. This will include his analysis of the incoming and closely divided Congress and what it will mean for the next two years of the Biden presidency as well as his take on the dynamics and prospective field for the 2024 presidential election.

Robert Costa

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Dr. Mike Kalfas & Terry DeMio

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Terry DeMio has been a reporter at The Enquirer since 2012 and covered the opioid epidemic exclusively beginning in 2016. Mike Kalfas practices addiction medicine with St. Elizabeth Healthcare at Journey Recovery Center in Northern Kentucky.

Salon 10/29/2022 - Season 3 Episode 7 - Nancy Daly interviews Terry DeMio, the lead reporter and writer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story and renowned addiction medicine physician, Mike Kalfas, about new trends in the Opioid epidemic, such as the rise of fentanyl, best practices in harm reduction and much more

Betsy West is an Academy Award®-nominated Emmy winning director/producer of RBG, along with Julie Cohen. 

Salon In Conversation with Kim Brizollara 10/22/2022 - Season 3 Episode 6 - Betsy joins us for an intimate fireside chat with Salon regular Kim Brizollara. Known for her biographical documentary films focusing on dynamic American women, Betsy newest documentary is Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down.

Betsy West

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Kim Samuel

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Kim Samuel is an activist, educator, and movement builder. She is the founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and an academic lecturer at institutions including Oxford, Harvard, and McGill Universities.

Salon 10/01/2022 - Season 3 Episode 3 - Kim has worked and interviewed young refugees, Indigenous leaders, and Special Olympics participants seeking to answer the question: “In an age of social, economic, and ecological disconnection, what does it mean to belong?”


Gastón de los Reyes is Associate Professor, Faculty Chair, and Director of GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact & Innovation.

Salon 9/17/2022 - Season 3 Episode 2 - Gastón's research into the papers and teaching materials of influential Harvard Business School professors provides clues into why business schools and boardrooms succumbed as seamlessly as they did in the 1980s to the neoliberal agenda.



Gastón de los Reyes

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Michelle Gabriel

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Michelle Gabriel is a social impact and fashion sustainability strategist, educator, and researcher who speaks widely about the strategies, policies and laws needed to establish widespread sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

Salon 09/17/2022 - Season 3 Episode 1 - Michelle tells us why fashion matters, how it impacts everyone, and why policy is the missing stakeholder in transforming the world’s first industrialized sector – fashion – into a force for good.

David Gould is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center.

Salon 07/30/2022 - Season 2 Episode 40 - David Gould, a professor and scholar of human potential, shares what he has learned about the need for mentors and real-world practice in preparing young adults to be agents of change. For over 30 years, David has explored ways to reimagine higher education into a more meaningful and civically engaged experience.

David Gould

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Jessica Burnquist

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Jess Burnquist, introduces us to new and creative educational programming and resources that help propel youth into becoming lifelong, confident change-makers. As VP of Impact Education at Creative Visions, Jess is giving young people the power to explore, discover and take action to change the world.

Salon 07/16/2022 - Season 2 Episode 38

Lance Gould is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Story Lab, a media-strategy firm that teaches purpose-driven organizations how to think and behave like media companies — to use Content Solutions (feature stories, thought-leadership op-eds, videos, social media, podcasts, events) to better thell their own stories, and get more attention for that important work.

Salon 07/23/2022 - Season 2 Episode 39 - Lance Gould is making certain that purpose-driven organizations get more attention for their deeply meaningful work when the news is dominated by horrifying and negative stories. Lance will tell us stories about organizations that have built their own in-house media companies to reach new audiences and deliver more impact.

Lance Gould

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Gregory Sale, Phillip Lester, Sunny Jacobs & Emiliano Lopez

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Emiliano López works at the interaction of technology, art, and justice. Sunny Jacobs is the co-founder of The Sunny Center Foundation, a non-profit corporation in the USA, established to support people after they’d been released from prison who’d suffered the terrible injustice of wrongful conviction. Phillip Lester is an artist, educator and business owner. As a socially engaged artist, Gregory Sale believes that creativity is a tool of social transformation.

Salon 07/09/2022 - Season 2 Episode 37 - Our guests help debunk the false belief that increased incarceration will lead to increased safety and security within our communities. They explore the commonality of these disparate approaches and creative initiatives that do real civic, social justice, and cultural work, raise public awareness, and ultimately change hearts and minds.

Julia Mintz is a writer, producer and director whose work focuses on narratives of bravery and resistance against unimaginable odds.

Salon 06/25/2022 - Season 2 Episode 36 - Julia is the writer/director/producer of FOUR WINTERS, a beautiful documentary about young Jewish men and women who organized and fought against the better-trained and better-equipped war machine that Hitler was rolling across Eastern Europe.

Julia Mintz

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Video Volunteers

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Video Volunteers is India's largest grassroots media organization. In a country where only 2% of daily news stories address rural issues, Video Volunteers trains community correspondents in rural and urban poor areas to report, mobilize and solve issues that are most pressing; news stories that would never otherwise be told.

Salon 06/18/2022 - Season 2 Episode 35 - This week, we will learn about an innovative form of videojournalism with the creators of Video Volunteers, social entrepreneur Jessica Mayberry and human rights activist & documentary filmmaker Stalin K. We will be challenged to rethink traditional news sources and discover ways to involve local people in the story. As Jessica says, "who creates the news is as important as what the news is".  

Cynthia Ellis-Topsey also known as Lubafu Isieni, is Garifuna and was delivered by a Maya midwife in August Pineridge Orange Walk Belize. As a scholar and community activist, she has championed critical social causes. Dr. Anabel Ford is the Director of the Mesoamerican Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as President of the nonprofit organization Exploring Solutions Past (ESP~Maya). 

Salon 06/04/2022 - Season 2 Episode 33 - These two women with unique backgrounds and mutual audacity found themselves converging on the same path. Together they leveraged their wildly different assets to bring a distinctly community-based conservation and development program to the Maya forest to help the world.

Dr. Anabel Ford & Cynthia Ellis Topsey

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Reverend Bishop Clifton Daniel III

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The Right Reverend Bishop Clifton Daniel III has been the Cathedral’s quietly dynamic leader since 2017. Only ten deans have had the honor to lead this church in its long and distinguished history. In his five years as dean, Dan both met and laid down challenges of his own.

Salon with George Vecsey 05/14/2022 - Season 2 Episode 32 - George Vecsey, the highly respected New York Times religion and sports writer, sits down with Dan for an unusually frank and thoughtful discussion about opening to the formerly shunned Black Episcopal church, the Episcopal church’s uncompromising support of a woman’s right to choose, the devastating fire in the Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 2019, offering the nave and crypt as a temporary hospital when Covid Hit NYC and so much more.


Dr. Mandeep Rai is a broadcast journalist, speaker, moderator and author. A global authority on values, working with companies, institutions, and individuals around the world, she has traveled to more than 150 countries and reported as a journalist for the BBC World Service and Reuters, amongst others.

Salon 05/21/2024 - Season 2 Episode 31 - Determined to understand how values shape nations, societies and organizations, Mandeep has traveled to over 185 countries, interviewed people around the world and distilled a ‘value image’ for over 101 countries. Dr. Rai unequivocally says these single, unique values define each nation's history, culture, and global influence.

Dr. Mandeep Rai

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Ibrahim AlHasseni

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Ibrahim AlHusseini is a renowned venture capitalist, sustainability-focused entrepreneur, and philanthropist with more than 25 years of experience in operations, sales, and finance. 

Salon 05/07/2022 - Season 2 Episode 29 - Ibrahim AlHusseini outlines the impact our reliance on technology has on our planet’s climate. Ibrahim will break down the environmental footprint per industry and point out how we are focused in the wrong places due to our mimetic tendencies.

Maggie Haberman, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning White House correspondent with The New York Times and a CNN analyst. Margaret Spellings serves as President and CEO of Texas 2036, bringing with her knowledge and experience developed over an exceptional career in public service at both the state and national level. Charlie Dent, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, is the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program and a CNN analyst. Whit Ayres is a leading Washington, D.C., political consultant with over 30 years of experience in polling and survey research for high profile political campaigns and associations.

4/30/2022 - Season 2 Episode 27 - Maggie Haberman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning White House correspondent with The New York Times and a CNN analyst, will moderate a fascinating and timely discussion with three prominent center-right Republicans about what has happened to their party in the Trump era and what it will take to return the GOP to a fact-based reality.

Maggie Haberman with Margaret M. Spellings, Charlie Dent and Whit Ayres

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Dr. David Borish

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David Borish is a research-based filmmaker and photographer with a PhD in Public Health and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada. 

Salon 4/23/2022 - Season 2 Episode 26 - David Borish gives us a sneak preview of HERD, a powerful documentary he co-created with Inuit leaders about the massive and rapid drop in the Caribou population. David shares his intimate conversations with the Inuit about about environmental conservation and cultural preservation.

2021 marked the 45th Anniversary of The Prince’s Trust and the milestone of supporting over 1 million young people around the globe. The Prince’s Trust Group supports young peoples to access education, employment and self-employment in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Greece, India, Jordan, Malta, New Zealand, and Pakistan. 

Salon 4/9/2022 - Season 2 Episode 25 - Prince’s Trust programs develop confidence and skills and provide access to purposeful employment. Prince’s Trust leaders and participants show us how they transform and inspire not just the people they serve, but their families and communities, too.

The Prince's Trust

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Dr. James Bregman

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Dr. Bregman has been on staff at White Plains Hospital since 1993. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine through American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and in Emergency Medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS)

Salon 4/2/2022 - Season 2 Episode 24 - Dr. Bregman has been on the front lines for the entire pandemic as an Emergency Physician at White Plains Hospital in New York. He will discuss what the future looks like; how the pandemic might behave in the future; and when we can get back to normal life.

Salon 1/15/22 - Season 2 Episode 13 - An in-the-trenches update on COVID-19 with emergency physician James M. Bregman whose stories of his experiences on the frontline of the pandemic at White Plains Hospital in New York are riveting.

Peter is best known as the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR news quiz Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, one of the most popular shows on public radio.

Salon 2/26/2022 - Season 2 Episode 21 - Peter reflects on the Trump years through the prism of the U.S. Constitution, the country’s foundational struggle with race and the reality that democracy depends “on the consent of the losers.”

Peter Sagal

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Charlie Pearmund

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Charlie Pearmund is the CEO of Virtual Bodyworks, where he is developing an immersive training program to create a more inclusive, fairer society using frontier technologies. 

Salon 2/19/2022 - Season 2 Episode 20 - Charlie Pearmund introduces us to the power of Virtual Reality in helping to create an inclusive society. Charlie will explore how this technology can both benefit and harm future generations.

Judith Friedlander is Professor of Anthropology, Emerita.

Salon 2/12/2022 with Floyd Abrams - Season 2 Episode 19 - Judith Friedlander regales us with fascinating and dramatic stories of the New School’s academic, political and financial struggles. She is a former academic dean at the New School and chronicled its history in her 2019 book A Light In Dark Times.

Judith Friedlander

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Floyd Abrams

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Floyd Abrams is senior counsel at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. For the past half century he has specialized in First Amendment law.

Salon 1/22/22 - Season 2 Episode 16 - Floyd Abrams examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than anywhere else in the world. Restrictions on free speech are a constant battle as societal views shift. 

Jon is one of the only people in the world to have run a top ten pension fund (New York City), been a managing director of a top ten hedge fund (CDC), and to have served on the creditor’s committee rehabilitating one of the world’s largest frauds and bankruptcies (Worldcom). 

Salon 12/18/2021 - Season 2 Episode 11 - Jon discusses the reality of divesting, engaging and other tools of responsible investing. What do Socially Responsible Investing, ESG Integration, Impact Investing, Sustainable Investing, and Systems-level Investing really deliver?

Salon 04/10/2021 - How we invest our money has a profound impact on our quality of life, the environment and society. Jon Lukomnik is one of the only people in the world to have run a top ten pension fund (New York City), been a managing director of a top ten hedge fund (CDC), and to have served on the creditor’s committee rehabilitating one of the world’s largest frauds and bankruptcies (Worldcom).

Jon Lukomnik

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Frank Vogl

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Frank Vogl is the co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Transparency Fund.

Salon 11/20/2021 - Season 2 Episode 9 - Frank Vogl pulls back the curtain on how Wall Street, the City of London, and other major financial centers, aid and abet corruption at the highest levels.

Yasmine Sherif is the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) - a global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises established by the World Humanitarian Summit.

Salon with Mohamed Sidibay 11/13/2021 - Season 2 Episode 8 - The right to education is most at risk during humanitarian crises, the time when it is needed the most. Join us for this fascinating salon with two of the world’s most important human rights activists and leaders.

Yasmine Sherif

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Frances Moore Lappé

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Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of twenty books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million-copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971.

Salon 11/6/2021 - Season 2 Episode 7 - It has been 50 years since Frances Moore Lappé warned us to take care of our Small Planet. Her message is still timely, and even more important than ever as global leaders discuss climate change at COP26 in Glasgow.

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