The author of five New York Times bestselling books, Alexandra Robbins is an investigative reporter who received the prestigious John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism presented by the Medill School of Journalism. In 2022, the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland honored Robbins for Distinguished Service to Public Education.
Her bestselling books include The Overachievers; The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital; and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. Her latest book, The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession, is described as “a remarkable piece of storytelling… with extraordinary reporting.”
Once hailed by the press as “One of, if not the most, widely read journalists under age 35” and “an excellent stylist and a first-rate mind,” Robbins has written for multiple publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Atlantic. She has appeared on national television shows such as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CBS Mornings, Oprah, The View, and The Colbert Report and has served as an on-air expert on hundreds of other shows on dozens of networks.
Robbins is a past recipient of the Heartsongs Award for “Contributions to the mental health of children and young adults.” She is also the winner of the Best Single Article of the Year award (Media Industry News); an Exceptional Merit in Media Award (National Women’s Political Caucus); the Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism; the June Roth Award for Medical Journalism; and the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award (the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, DC Chapter’s highest journalistic award). Robbins is also a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His writings on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets have been translated into 27 languages. The course he created, Justice, is the first Harvard course made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year” by China Newsweek.
Sandel’s books tackle the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time through the lens of political theory. They include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics; Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.
Sandel has sought to extend the methods of critical questioning, discussion, and argument beyond the academy. His BBC Radio 4 series, The Public Philosopher, explores the ideas behind the headlines with audiences around the world. In Japan, his series on ethics for NHK, Japan’s national television network, convened students from China, Japan, and South Korea to discuss whether moral responsibility for historic wrongs extends across generations.
Sandel has pioneered the use of new technology to promote global public discourse. In a new BBC series, The Global Philosopher, Sandel leads video-linked discussions with participants from over 30 countries on the ethical aspects of issues such as immigration and climate change.