Published: March 4, 2020 By

Many of this year's Conference on World Affairs speakers have been featured on recent podcasts and some host their own shows! To find your must-see speaker of CWA 2020, check out these podcasts before this year's event April 6-10 on the CU Boulder campus.


Podcast Hosts

Dan Carlin: Hardcore History
Dan Carlin is a University of Colorado, Boulder alumni and the 2020 commencement speaker. Dan Carlin hosts the popular podcast, Hardcore History, where he takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. The podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.

Listen: Hardcore History

Josh Larsen
Filmspotting: The Flagship Film Podcast & Think Christian — A Faith and Pop Culture Podcast
Larsen is the co-host of Filmspotting, a weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show celebrating 15 years of in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews and the host of Think Christian, which looks at how your pop culture fandom might resonate with your faith. John talks with Think Christian writers about the latest in TV, movies, music, and more, exploring the ways popular culture and God’s story intersect.

Listen: Filmspotting        Listen: Think Christian

Joe Cirincione: Press the Button
Press the Button is an engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security hosted by CWA speaker Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy.

Listen: Press the Button


Podcast Features

Marc Randolph: On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Conference on World Affairs keynote speaker Marc Randolph shares how to get started if you feel stuck, and why even the best ideas don’t really matter. He also explains his best marriage advice, what to look for in a mentor, and his approach to business and life.

Listen: On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Shannon Watts: The Electorette Podcast
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, discusses gun legislation, the 2020 election, and the state of the NRA. She also talks about the inspiration for her new book, Fight Like a Mother.

Listen: The Electorette Podcast

Chris Borland: The Ross Tucker Football Podcast
Former San Francisco 49ers football player Chris Borland appears on an episode of The Ross Tucker Football Podcast to discuss his decision to retire after only 1 season in the NFL, the Pat Tillman race, and his company that integrates meditation into athletics.

Listen: The Ross Tucker Football Podcast

Asher Jay: My Home Planet Podcast
Asher Jay features on an episode of the My Home Planet Podcast to chat about her drive to create prolific and life changing art, why poaching is not just about wildlife, and what we can learn from sparrows.

Listen: My Home Planet Podcast

Daniela Fernandez: Big Questions with Cal Fussman
On this episode of Big Questions with Call Fussman Daniella Fernandez discusses her nonprofit organization, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, that she founded to heal the oceans. She highlights the damage that is being done to the oceans, and the investments, like developing straws made from seaweed, that her organization is making to mitigate human damage to the oceans. 

Listen: Big Questions with Cal Fussman

Mathew Shurka: The Betchs Sup Podcast
This episode of The Betchs Sup Podcast features Mathew Shurka and his conversations about ending conversion therapy in America. He discusses the origin story of the organization he founded, Born Perfect, and how they’ve been able to outlaw the practice in so many places across the country. He also talks about his own experience in conversion therapy as a teenager, what the next steps are for outlawing conversion therapy across the country, and the biggest obstacles to making it happen.

Listen: The Betchs Sup Podcast

Marcelo Gleiser: Unbelievable?
Astrophysicist and 2020 CWA speaker engages with Catholic scientist Stacy Trasancos on the limits of what science can tell us and whether the Universe points beyond itself to a creator.

Listen: Unbelievable