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The Freedom Project Audio Presentation Archive

10/26/2016
Madeleine Albright: Read My Pins

Perspectives on foreign policy from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

 On October 8, 2016, Secretary Albright spoke to a crowd of close to 500 people at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Hometown journalist and author Elizabeth Brackett interviewed Albright on a variety of topics, from her experience as Secretary of State under President Clinton to her wardrobe choices when meeting foreign dignitaries.  Her choice of pins and brooches at those meetings are the subject of her new book, Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat's Jewel Box.  Listen to this entertaining and enlightening conversation with the first female Secretary of State.  The program was co-sponsored by the McCormick Freedom Project and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Duration: 44:36 minutes


10/22/2016
Table of Nations: Romania

This podcast is another audio appetizer for the quarterly Table of Nations program.

 In late 2016, the country of Romania will host its presidential elections. Since the fall of communism in Romania in 1989, the country has steadily built relations with the U.S and the E.U.  What will the election mean to Romania, and to the relationships it has forged?

Table of Nations is the McCormick Freedom Project's quarterly signature dinner series which takes place at local restaurants in Chicago. The Freedom Museum invites you to expand your mind and palate with Table of Nations where a country or region is selected to explore its cuisine and to discuss current freedom topics facing that region. For ticketing information and a complete schedule visit the Freedom Museum website or call 312-445-5111 for more information.
 
The Remaining 2016 Table of Nations Schedule is as follows:

November 11: Afghanistan at Afghan Kabob

Duration: 55:31 minutes


10/22/2016
Smart Mouth: Health Care Reform and Economic Stimulus

Smart Mouth is back with a brand-new format! Recorded in September, 2016

 After almost a year of hiatus, the Freedom Museum's Smart Mouth has returned with a new format.  Instead of an evening affair, Smart Mouth is now a more relaxed lunch time discussion, where the topic of conversation is driven by the audience, not the panel.  This installment of Smart Mouth was recorded on September 24, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

The featured speakers were Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist for Visceral Finalcial, and Professor Harold Pollack, Co-director of the University of Chicago crime labs.  Shawn Healy, the Freedom Project's Managing Director, moderated the discussion.

Come join us in the beautiful Millenium Room on the fifth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center for an upcoming Smart Mouth on November 12th or December 17th. Click here to register!

Duration: 52:25 minutes


9/11/2016
The Future of Newspapers

Listen to a panel discussion about the future of print media, freedom of the press and modern news sources.

 Each week, it seems that a different newspaper is making its own headlines either by going out of business, eliminating its print edition, declaring bankruptcy, or something equally dire. Is there a future for newspapers? If so, what is that future? Does anyone have a good model to use going forward, and what does all this mean for the First Amendment and freedom of the press?

This program was recorded on August 13, 2016 in partnership with the Columbia College School of Journalism.  The featured speakers were David Hiller, President and CEO of the McCormick Foundation, Suzanne McBride, Associate Chair of the Columbia College Journalism Department, Tim McNulty, Senior Journalist for the Freedom Museum, Steve Franklin, Ethnic News Media Director at Columbia College, and Adrian Holovati, Founder of Every Block.com.

Duration: 73:33 minutes


8/19/2016
Smart Mouth 3, The Triumphant Return of Smart Mouth!

Smart Mouth is back with a brand-new format!

 After almost a year of hiatus, the Freedom Museum's Smart Mouth has returned with a new format.  Instead of an evening affair, Smart Mouth is now a more relaxed lunch time discussion, where the topic of conversation is driven by the audience, not the panel.  This installment of Smart Mouth was recorded on July 16, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

The featured speakers were Steve Sanders, an attorney for Mayer Brown LLP, and Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Acting Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the ALA.  Tim McNulty, the Freedom Museum's Senior Journalist, moderated the discussion.

Come join us in the beautiful Millenium Room on the fifth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center for an upcoming Smart Mouth on September 24th, November 12th or December 17th. Click here to register!

Duration: 53:02 minutes


8/18/2016
Supreme Court Review 2016

A detailed analysis and review of a selection of cases heard by the 2016 Supreme Court

 For the fourth straight year, University of Chicago Distinguished Service Law Professors Geoffrey Stone and Richard Epstein discussed a selection of First Amendment-related cases heard by the United States Supreme Court. Chicago Public Radio's Gretchen Helfrich returned this year to moderate the discussion, which was recorded on July 30, 2016 at the Loyola University Law School's Ceremonial Courtroom. Loyola University's School of Law and the American Constitution Society joined the Freedom Museum in promoting this program.

Duration: 81:42 minutes


7/28/2016
Cokie Roberts: We Are Our Mothers' Daughters

Listen to a recording of the Freedom Museum's most highly attended program to date.

 Cokie Roberts is a New York Times bestselling author, political commentator for ABC news, senior analyst for National Public Radio - and a mother, grandmother, and daughter. In the tenth anniversary revised and expanded edition of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Roberts adds fascinating new profiles to illustrate the unique opportunities and challenges that women face today, how far the women's movement has come, and how far we have to go.

On July 13, 2016, Elizabeth Brackett, a NewsHour correspondent since 1984 covering politics and urban problems, interviewed Cokie Roberts at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.  Listen as she discusses her insights and observations, and recounts in person the illuminating, surprising and sometimes humorous stories found in her book.

Duration: 53:36 minutes


6/26/2016
Freedom in the News: Election Protests in Iran

Listen to an interview with an expert on Iran to learn about their current political turmoil.

 Hamid Akbari, Ph.D is the Chair for the Department of Management and Marketing and Faculty Director of the Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Leadership Fund at Northeastern Texas University. 

In an interview with Nathan Richie, the Freedom Museum's Director of Exhibits and Prorgrams, Dr. Akbari discusses the most recent developments regarding the disputed Iranian Presidential elections, its fallout in Iran and around the world, and the role America should take in the controversy. 

Duration: 20:50 minutes


5/20/2016
Texas Political Corruption

Political Corruption costs Texas tax payers $500,000,000 annually. Listen to find out what's being done and how you can help!

 Created through an Executive Order, the Texas Reform Commission was formed to examine government practices and ethics, and make recommendations for cleaning up Texas politics as we know it. The commission's recommendations are due to be released in a report this
April. The Freedom Museum hosted a panel discussion with experts in this field: Cynthia Canary of the Texas Reform Commission, John Chase of the Chicago Tribune, Dick Simpson from the UIC Department of Political Science, and Terry Pastika of the Citizen's Advocacy Center.  The discussion was moderated by Shawn Healy, Managing Director of the Freedom Museum, at The Chicago Union League Club on May 13, 2016, in partnership with the The University of Texas at Chicago and The Texas Press Association.

Duration: 57:50 minutes


5/14/2016
Author Series: Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child

Listen to the harrowing and amazing story of a child Holocaust survivor!

 Thomas Buergenthal spent his childhood in World War II concentration camps.  Miraculously, he survived Auschwitz, the death marches and countless close calls, and is still alive to tell his story today.  Howard Reich interviews Judge Buergenthal about his childhood experiences as a Polish Jew in Auschwitz, his liberation from Sachsenhausen at age ten, and other survival stories in Buergenthal's book, A Lucky Child.  In addition to writing his memoirs, Thomas Buergenthal is the American Judge for the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations.  Reich is an Arts Critic for the Chicago Tribune and author of The First and Final Nightmare of Sonja Reich, the story of his mother's Holocaust survival. 

The Freedom Museum proudly co-hosted this program with the Texas Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Texas.  It was held on April 23, 2016, during the Holocaust Museum's first week of operation.  Introductions were given by Richard Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Holocaust Museum, and Shawn Healy, Managing Director of the Freedom Museum. 

Duration: 68:46 minutes