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Episode30October 30, 2018

Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee

Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on empathy, trauma and the power of narrative

All episodes

Episode1April 10, 2018

Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis

Episode2April 17, 2018

Steven Hickey on witnessing the unfolding Syria crisis

Episode3April 23, 2018

John Prendergast: The Enough Project and South Sudan

Episode4May 1, 2018

Alex Aleinikoff: Let's start with how we define ‘refugee'

Episode5May 8, 2018

Mandy Patinkin: From 'Homeland’ actor to refugee advocate

Episode6May 15, 2018

Sarah Smith on the challenges of educating children during crises

Episode7May 22, 2018

Helene Gayle on how to lead organizations that respond to crisis

Episode8May 29, 2018

Carolyn Miles: Innovative solutions for improving the lives of children

Episode9June 5, 2018

Vali Nasr on how to end wars

Episode10June 12, 2018

Bob Kitchen on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies

Episode11June 19, 2018

Wilmot Collins on being a refugee mayor in a pro-Trump state

Episode12June 26, 2018

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, on innovation and failure

Episode13July 3, 2018

Kanika Bahl pulls back the curtain on innovation in development

Episode14July 10, 2018

Jan Egeland on how to broker the world’s most challenging peace agreements

Episode15July 17, 2018

Chris Elias on immunizing the developing world

Episode16July 24, 2018

Geoff Mulgan wants us to rethink how to use AI technology

Episode17July 31, 2018

Rachel Glennerster's insights on the randomization movement

Episode18August 7, 2018

David Halpern on revolutionizing policy through behavioral science

Episode19August 14, 2018

Paul Skidmore on the radical transformation to education in fragile states

Episode20August 21, 2018

Alix Zwane on what philanthropists can learn from venture capitalists

Episode21August 28, 2018

Owen Barder: we need an alternative to refugee camps

Episode22September 4, 2018

Jeremy Konydyk on the flaws in the humanitarian business model

Episode23September 11, 2018

Nancy Lindborg on what ‘fragility’ actually means

Episode24September 18, 2018

Stefan Dercon: how insurance could make humanitarian response faster and cheaper

Episode25September 25, 2018

Nazanin Ash: The Trump administration is tearing apart U.S. refugee policy

Episode26October 2, 2018

Anne Richard on 'humanitarian diplomacy' and dealing with anti-refugee sentiment

Episode27October 9, 2018

Patrick Fine explains integrated development

Episode28October 16, 2018

David Miliband on politics, populism and the global refugee crisis

Episode29October 23, 2018

Ann Mei Chang’s innovation playbook for the development sector

Episode30October 30, 2018

Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee


About the podcast

Displaced examines the impact of humanitarian crises on people’s lives and livelihoods, and the means by which we can act to provide meaningful aid.

Every Tuesday, hosts Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon focus on innovative solutions for refugees fleeing crisis and conflict, and talk to the women and men behind those ideas to understand their impact. We look closely at what’s at stake and why it matters that we pay attention. 

Displaced is produced by the International Rescue Committee in partnership with the Vox Media Podcast Network. The show’s senior producer is Golda Arthur. 

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About the hosts

Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon

Ravi Gurumurthy is the chief innovation officer and head of the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee.  

Prior to joining the IRC as vice president of strategy and innovation in 2013, Ravi spent 15 years in the government of the United Kingdom, holding a number of senior roles in social, environmental and foreign policy. From 2007 to 2010 he was the strategic advisor and speech writer to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, David Miliband. From 2010 to 2013, Ravi was the director of strategy and head of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ravi began his career at the U.K. think tank, Demos.

Grant Gordon is a policymaker and political scientist who specializes in humanitarian intervention.

He’s the director of innovation strategy of the Airbel Center at the IRC and has worked on humanitarian and development policy for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the U.N. Office of Humanitarian Coordination, the U.N. Refugee Agency, as well as the Rwandan government, the Open Society Justice Initiative and other organizations.

Grant works on the some of the world's worst problems and conflicts, and tries to figure out which interventions will help. He has embedded with the Congolese military to try to understand why soldiers attack citizens, he's analyzed the use satellites to monitor and deter genocidal violence in Darfur, and he's studied the ways in which peacekeepers can “win hearts and minds” with local communities in Haiti.