Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers — “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” “David and Goliath,” and “Talking to Strangers.” He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. His newest book, “The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War” (April 2021), was inspired by the four-part series about General Curtis LeMay on his podcast “Revisionist History.” In it, Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.
Gladwell also has a newly released audiobook titled “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon.” Published by Pushkin Industries, Malcolm and co-author Bruce Headlam recorded over 30 hours of conversation with Simon. The result is an intimate audio biography of one of America’s most popular songwriters. Brimming with music and conversation, “Miracle and Wonder” is a window into Simon’s legendary career, what it means to be alive as an artist and how to create work that endures.
He has explored how ideas spread in “The Tipping Point,” decision making in “Blink,” and the roots of success in “Outliers.” In his book "David and Goliath," Gladwell examines our understanding of advantages verse disadvantages and the value of adversity.
Zahra Mosawi is the former commissioner of the Access to Information Commission (AIC) of Afghanistan. AIC was an independent government body, which monitored the implementation of Afghanistan’s Access to Information Law.
She has a master’s degree in Sociology from Bangalore University (India) and a postgraduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Kabul University (Afghanistan). As an Afghan journalist and writer for over a decade, Mosawi has worked with different print and broadcast media and published numerous articles and reports on social and women’s issues.
Mosawi also worked as the Freelance PR Consultant with GIZ in Afghanistan and Editor-in-Chief of Ershadulnaswan, a weekly magazine in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for six years. (Ershadulnaswan was the first women’s magazine in Afghanistan, established in 1921).
David Olusoga is a historian, writer and broadcaster. He is the presenter of “A House Through Time” and author of “Black and British: A Forgotten History.” As the Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, Olusoga looks at what our history reveals about contemporary society and the lasting effects of the British Empire.
Starting out as a researcher for BBC Radio 4, Olusoga was soon involved in producing and directing historical documentaries for the station, including “Namibia: Genocide and the Second Reich,” “The Lost Pictures of Eugene Smith” and “Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner.” From there he became a presenter for the BBC, appearing on documentaries, including “Civilisations, The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire” and the BAFTA-winning “Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.”
Olusoga’s book “Black and British” was accompanied by a BBC two-part series of the same name which he both wrote and presented. His book looks at the global slave trading empire of Britain, how the country's 19th century economic and industrial economy was built on American slavery and how modern society has been shaped as a result. David is also the author of “Civilisations: First Contact/The Cult of Progress,” “The World's War” and “The Kaiser's Holocaust: Germany's Forgotten Genocide” and the “Colonial Roots of Nazism.” He regularly writes for The Guardian, has hosted the BBC’s The Civilisations podcast and is a regular contributor and commentator across broadcast media.