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Still Chugging Along

Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.


What Could Go Right? Season 3

Featuring Zachary Karabell & Emma Varvaloucas

Season 3 of “What Could Go Right?” returns on September 21, 2022, continuing to examine the world and ask about the role of optimism vs. pessimism, hope vs. fear, and progress vs. regress. Each week we’re joined by contributors from diverse fields of business, tech, journalism, politics, and more—all united in their conviction that humanity’s ingenuity and willingness to cooperate for the common good is ultimately more potent than the forces pulling in the other direction.

Prefer to read? Check out the Audio Transcript

Zachary Karabell (ZK): What could go right? I’m Zachary Karabell, the founder of The Progress Network.

Emma Varvaloucas (EV): And I’m Emma Varvaloucas, executive director of The Progress Network.

ZK: This season, we’re going to mix it up a bit. The first few seasons were focused on guests. Most of whom were members of the progress network who are trying to build that future of our hopes and not the one of our fears. And we will continue in the same vein this season. But in addition, Emma, and I will focus a bit more on the news of the week and talk a bit more specifically about things that are going on in real time.

EV: Join us every week as we look at what’s happening around the world, talk with a diverse panel of experts and ask the question what could go right?


Meet the Hosts

Zachary Karabell

Emma Varvaloucas



Why Is Violent Crime Rising?

Featuring Jennifer Doleac

Is Italy returning to fascism? Are we closer to a cure for cancer? And why is the violent crime rate climbing in the US? Economist Jennifer Doleac talks us though her research on the economics of crime and discrimination.


Legalizing Marijuana, Electric Cars, and What’s Going on with California?

Featuring Sen. Robert Hertzberg

How has the experiment to legalize marijuana gone? Do schoolchildren need more sleep? Why is California suddenly doing all the things? Plus, bans to usher in a future of electric cars, bail reform, and tackling homelessness with Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg.


Vaccine Equity and Bipartisan Reality

Featuring Eric Swalwell & Jeff Colyer

What's the impact of the new malaria vaccine with "world-changing" potential? Was there a lack of scrutiny over the worldwide Covid vaccine rollouts? Is there an update on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? Plus, we talk with Congressman Eric Swalwell and Jeff Colyer, former Governor of Kansas, about the process, practicalities, and hope for a bipartisan future.