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How To Get Things Done in a Divided Nation with Samantha Power

The former UN Ambassador in conversation with new Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland.


Episode Notes

Samantha Power knows what it’s like to arrive in Washington, D.C. and feel a little lost—literally. She once couldn’t find the oval office. But more than that, as a Pulitzer Prize-winning human rights activist and former UN Ambassador under President Barack Obama, Samantha had to learn to balance her beliefs with actually getting things done. On this episode of How To!, Samantha, the author of The Education of an Idealist and President Joe Biden’s pick for a post on the National Security Council, gives advice to new Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, a Democrat from Washington. Marilyn has big plans for her first term in Washington, but isn’t sure how to navigate this fraught period of American politics. In this conversation, the two women discuss how to stay true to your ideals and still make a difference, while sharing lessons in leadership that all of us can use.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Survive a Public Shaming with Katie Hill.”

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