Cover image of Samantha Power

Samantha Power Podcasts

Read more

18 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Samantha Power. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Samantha Power, often where they are interviewed.

Read more

18 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Samantha Power. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Samantha Power, often where they are interviewed.

Updated daily with the latest episodes

Episode artwork

The Education of an Idealist, with Samantha Power and Helen Lewis

Read more

In this episode we were joined by Samantha Power, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama from 2013 to 2017 and author of a new book The Education of an Idealist. She was interviewed on her fascinating career in American diplomacy by Helen Lewis.

Support this show

See for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 27 2019 · 51mins
Episode artwork

Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power

Read more

Samantha Power is a crusader for human rights and international affairs. She served as President Barack Obama’s human rights adviser and then, from 2013 to 2017, served in his Cabinet and as US Ambassador to the United Nations. She joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share details about her early childhood in Ireland, what her time was like as a freelance reporter in the Balkans, how she ended up working for Obama, the importance of women having each other's backs and much more.

Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna

Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick

Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee

Editors: Josh Windisch and Matt Sasaki

Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster

Artwork by Kimi Selfridge

This show is brought to you by Cloud10 & Brilliant Anatomy, and powered by Simplecast.

This episode is sponsored by Beauty Counter, Brooklinen, Everlane and Away.

Dec 10 2019 · 1hr 31mins
Episode artwork

Ep 349 Samantha Power

Read more
In this episode we are joined by former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. The Dublin born academic and author talked to Kathy Sheridan about how she became one of the most powerful women in American Foreign Affairs and discussed her acclaimed memoir The Education of An Idealist. Power also goes back to her difficult childhood in Dublin and the custody battle which led to her, aged 9, leaving Ireland and making a home in America with her mother and brother. She talks about Trump, Barack Obama and what gives her hope in a turbulent world.
Nov 11 2019 · 1hr 7mins
Episode artwork

Samantha Power on disagreeing with Barack Obama, Syria and being an idealist

Read more

Samantha Power was the former US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama. She was in the job at the height of the Syrian Civil War and was intimately involved in President Obama’s deliberations over whether to bomb the Assad regime in response to chemical attacks.

She has also been a journalist, human rights activist, author and foreign policy adviser.

She talks to Krishnan about disagreeing with the former President, her reflections on the conflict in Syria and why she is an idealist in an ever-changing world. 

Nov 06 2019 · 45mins
Episode artwork

Helen Mirren, Talking about abortion, Samantha Power

Read more
Helen Mirren talks about equal pay and her new film, The Good Liar, in which she co-stars with Sir Ian McKellen.

In a new series, listeners talk about their experiences of abortion. Today it is a woman we are calling Clare who got pregnant in the 1980s in rural Scotland just before her 18th birthday.

Samantha Power was President Obama's ambassador in the UN between 2013 and 2017. A Pulitzer Prize winner, her latest book is a memoir, The Education of An Idealist.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Helen Mirren
Interviewed guest: Samantha Power
Reporter: Henrietta Harrison
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore
Nov 04 2019 · 47mins
Episode artwork

159: Samantha Power with John Koenig: The Education of an Idealist

Read more

Samantha Power is widely considered the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign policy.” Power took Town Hall’s stage with insight from her memoir The Education of an Idealist, tracing her career as an author, diplomat, and as a vocal critic of US foreign policy, outlining how she put her ideals into practice while working with Obama in the Senate, on the campaign trail, and throughout his presidency. In conversation with former US Ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig, Power offered a unique perspective on government, taking us from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the Situation Room and out into the world of high-stakes diplomacy.

She revealed her experiences with juggling the demands of a 24/7 national security job while raising two young children. With perspective from the front lines of geopolitics, Power reconciles U.S. leadership in the face of great challenges with the assertion that there is always something each of us can do to advance the cause of human dignity. Sit in for a humorous, stirring, and ultimately unforgettable account of the world-changing power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013 to 2017, she served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as the youngest ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, as well as the bestselling Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World.

John Koenig is former US Ambassador to Cyprus and is currently a lecturer at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In 2011, he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Great Hall on September 16, 2019. 

Oct 03 2019 · 1hr 24mins
Episode artwork

Ukraine & Brazen Power (with Samantha Power)

Read more

To listen to Preet and Anne's full conversation for free, head to and sign up to receive a link.

Members of the CAFE Insider can listen to the full analysis in the podcast player of their choice.

On this episode of Stay Tuned, " Ukraine & Brazen Power," host Preet Bharara is joined by Anne Milgram, his co-host on the CAFE Insider podcast and former New Jersey Attorney General, to break down the significant developments in the Ukraine / whistleblower story that’s at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

This week’s guest on Stay Tuned is Samantha Power. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama and joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, and the mission as well as criticisms of the United Nations. 

Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community.

Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet.

As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. 

See for privacy information.

Sep 26 2019 · 1hr 17mins
Episode artwork

Samantha Power’s journey from foreign policy critic to UN ambassador

Read more

Samantha Power reported from the killing fields of Bosnia. She watched a genocide that could’ve been stopped years earlier grind on amidst international indifference. What she saw there led to A Problem From Hell, her Pulitzer-prize winning exploration of why the world permits genocide to happen. She emerged as a fierce critic of America’s morally lax foreign policy, a position that led to a friendship with Barack Obama, and then a series of top jobs in his administration, culminating in ambassador to the UN. Power’s new book, The Education of an Idealist, is a memoir of this journey.

It is rare that an outspoken critic of the foreign policy establishment becomes so powerful within it. But that’s what makes Power’s career, and the lessons she learned, so interesting. In this conversation we discuss:

- What causes ordinary people to participate in genocide

- Why policymakers so often fail to respond to genocide before it is too late

- Whether foreign policy decisions are too restrained by the overreaches and mistakes of the previous generation

- Power’s reflections on Libya, Syria, South Sudan, and more

- How the US’s inconsistent moral stances undermine its strategic interests

- The blurry line between morality and strategy in foreign policy

- How the next administration should handle US relationships with China and Russia.

- The case for being “unreasonable,” even as a policymaker

And much more. This conversation is weedsy at times, but in a way that I think is telling: It’s a window into the agonizing complexity and impossible choices that define foreign policymaking.

Book recommendations:

Switch by the Heath Brothers

The Abandonment of the Jews by David S. Wyman

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Want to contact the show? Reach out at

News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Subscribe to Today, Explained

We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Sep 26 2019 · 1hr 33mins
Episode artwork

Samantha Power on Learning How to Make a Difference

Read more

A former war correspondent and UN ambassador, Samantha Power has had her share of tough assignments. But writing a memoir about it all is also a daunting prospect. The format itself is a challenge: how do you convince the reader you’re worth spending time with? How do you paint a relatable portrait without oversharing and losing your dignity? For Samantha the answer was settling upon a purpose for her memoir and ruthlessly cutting out everything not in service of that.

Tyler and Samantha discuss that purpose and more, including what she learned as an Irish immigrant, the personality traits of good diplomats (and war correspondents), relations with China, why democracy is so rare in the Middle East, the truth about Richard Holbrooke, what factors mitigate against humanitarian intervention, her favorite memoir, how to get NATO members to spend more on defense, and whether baseball games are too long.

Transcript and links

Follow Samantha on Twitter

Follow Tyler on Twitter

More CWT goodness:





Sep 11 2019 · 1hr 6mins
Episode artwork

Samantha Power Q&A 2

Read more
Samantha Power talks to Hugh Linehan of the Irish Times.
Recorded at the Irish Film Institute on January 19th 2018.
Jan 29 2018 · 56mins