IdeaFestival - IF Radio

IF Radio

Given the amazing global network of creative people IdeaFestival can access, IF Radio is a logical next step in further extending novel ideas, knowledge and experiences to our rapidly growing audience.

This online-based program features thirty-minute conversations with some of the world's leading innovators and thinkers across the full range of interconnected fields—including science, business, entrepreneurship, design, the arts, philosophy, education, etc.

The programs are hosted by Kris Kimel, IdeaFestival founder and Hope Reese. Reese, a Harvard graduate in journalism, is a Louisville-based freelance writer and editor and has contributed to The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications.

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Episode 18 with Dan Harris
Hope Reese speaks with Dan Harris, award-winning co-anchor of ABC News' Nightline. His new book is "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story".

Photo Credit: Dan Harris


Episode 17 with Charles Kupchella
Kris Kimel talks with Charles Kupchella, former President of the University of North Dakota and author of The Tree Shack, a novel that explores faith. science and the prospect of infinity.

Photo Credit: Charles Kupchella


Episode 16 with Paige Valdiserri
Kris Kimel talks with Paige Valdiserri, internationally recognized traumatic stress and intuitive health consultant and author of Messages From The Edge.

Photo Credit: Internet


Episode 15 with JK McNight
Hope Reese speaks with JK McKnight, founder and "captain" of Louisville's Forecastle Festival. Forecastle, which began in Tyler Park in 2002, is now one of the region's largest gatherings of musicians, activists, and artists, drawing tens of thousands to the city's Waterfront Park each July.

Photo Credit: JK McNight

Episode 14 with Laura Newland
Hope Reese speaks with Laura Newland, the author of Chasing Zeroes: The Rise of Student Debt, the Fall of the College Ideal, and One Overachiever's Misguided Pursuit of Success. Newland's work has appeared in the New York Times DealBook and she blogs for the Huffington Post College Page.

Photo Credit: Laura Newland 

Episode 13 with danah boyd
Hope Reese speaks with danah boyd. Boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center. Her new book is called It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

Photo Credit: danah boyd 

Episode 12 with David Epstein
David Epstein, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, talks with Kris Kimel of IF Radio.

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Episode 11 with Theo Edmonds
Hope Reese speaks with Theo Edmonds, founder of I.D.E.A.S. 40203. Based in Louisville, KY, I.D.E.A.S. 40203, (International Dialogue and Engagement Art Space), is a "contemporary art chamber of commerce" connecting artists and entrepreneurs.

Photo credit: Theo Edmonds

Episode 10 with Norma Bowe
Hope Reese speaks with Norma Bowe, professor at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, who teaches a popular class called "Death in Perspective." Dr. Bowe and her class are the subject of a forthcoming book by Erika Hayasaki called The Death Class: A True Story About Life.

Photo credit: Norma Bowe

Episode 9 with Caryl Rivers
Hope Reese speaks with Caryl Rivers, professor of journalism at Boston University and co-author with Rosalind Barnett of The New Soft War Against Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men—and Our Economy.

Photo credit: Boston University

Episode 8 with Mark Hogg
Kris Kimel speaks with Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to provide solutions to the root causes of waterborne illness through training and readily-available technology to empower self-sufficiency for people in crisis around the world.

Photo Credit: WaterStep 

Episode 7 with Jason Fried
Hope Reese speaks with Jason Fried the co-founder and president of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago that builds tools for management and productivity. Fried is also the co-author of Rework and the forthcoming Remote: Office Not Required.

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Episode 6 with Catherine Burns
Hope Reese speaks with Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth and Peabody Award winner. The Moth offers mainstage presentations are true stories, told in front of a live audience; "StorySLAM" competitions, held in a handful of cities, including Louisville; and podcasts. The Moth's first book, 50 audio stories put to print, has just been published.

Photo Credit: Catherine Burns' personal photograph

Episode 5 with Scott Hubbard
Kris Kimel speaks with Scott Hubbard, Director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, Stanford University.

 Photo provided by Scott Hubbard 

Episode 4 with Clive Thompson
Hope Reese speaks with Clive Thompson, contributing writer to Wired and The New York Times Magazine. Thompson's new book is Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

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Episode 3 with Mahzarin Banaji
Hope Reese speaks with Mahzarin Banaji, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and co-developer of the Implicit Association Test, which measures bias. Professor Banaji is the co-author, along with Anthony Greenwald, of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.

Photo Credit: Harvard University News Office

Episode 2 with Nicco Mele
Hope Reese speaks with faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, founder of EchoDitto, a social media consulting company, and author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath.

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Episode 1 with Deborah Perry Piscione
Kris Kimel speaks with Deborah Perry Piscione: Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, media commentator, public speaker and national bestselling author of Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn From the Innovation Capital of the World.

Photo Credit: Heidi Alletzhauser


Watch for upcoming eposides with:
  • Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth and Peabody Award winner.

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