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Travel the world with faculty and journalists. Features promising policy ideas presented in a documentary-style series.



A podcast about technology and democracy, sponsored by Sanford and the Keenan Institute for Ethics. Hosted by journalist Bob Sullivan.



Sit back and listen to intimate conversations with researchers and policymakers. Hosted by Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley.



Get wide-ranging perspectives on the future of the food industry. Hosted by Kelly Brownell of Duke's World Food Policy Center. 


Climate Change Solutions

Ways & Means is an award-winning, documentary-style podcast. Season 8 looks at promising, research-based ideas for dealing with the climate crisis. The series is hosted by journalist Simran Sethi. A companion series, Climate Conversations from the Policy 360 podcast is hosted by Dean Judith Kelley. 

Sample Ways & Means Episode

Arc of Justice

Ways & Means' podcast series with NPR-affiliate WUNC examines the role of the U.S. government in creating the racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans. The series was distributed nationally to public radio stations from American Public Media as a four-episode special. It aired in major markets including Washington, DC; Atlanta; Seattle; Charlotte and more. The series is co-produced by Duke Professor William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr and A. Kirsten Mullen, co-authors of the award-winning book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century. 


Ways & Means

Ways & Means is a documentary-style narrative podcast hosted by journalists Lindsay Foster Thomas and  Emily Hanford. Episodes are often recorded on location in places like India, Kenya and Nepal.

In 2019, Ways & Means nabbed top honors for a university podcast when it won the national Circle of Excellence Award (Gold) from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The judges said the podcast "production and storytelling is fantastic."

Episodes have been recommended on the NPR One app, and occasionally air on public radio


Ways & Means host

Lindsay Thomas hosted Season 6 of Ways & Means, the Arc of Justice series. She is the Director of Content at NPR affiliate North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC.

Featured Episode

Season Premiere: Arc of Justice Series on Racial Economic Inequality

Policy 360

Policy 360 features compelling conversations about the most important issues of the day with researchers, policymakers and policy disrupters. The podcast is hosted by Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s dean. 

Episodes premiere biweekly. In addition to Duke faculty members, previous guests include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Carmen Castillo, a hotel housekeeper and member of the Providence Rhode Island City Council. 

Featured Episode

Dr. Jim Yong Kim


Debugger takes a deep dive on democracy and tech ideas. Episode topics include: 1,000 companies that track you with every click and swipe. Before we sit down for dinner, can I ask that you turn off your surveillance gadgets? What is the original sin of the internet? Hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist Bob Sullivan.

The Leading Voices in Food

Time magazine has listed Kelley Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People" for his fight against childhood obesity. Dean Emeritus of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Brownell is Director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. His goal is to bring together partners and collaborators from around the corner and from around the globe to work at the intersection of what now are often-separated areas of food policy. The Leading Voices in Food podcast explores topics like food insecurity, obesity, agriculture, access and equity, food safety, food defense, and other food policy issues.

Featured Episode

Culinary Historian Adrian Miller on Food Justice

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