5 (Living) People That I'd Like to Have Dinner With

Because they inspire and intrigue me...and there's no better way to pick someone's brain than over a meal.
  1. Pope Francis
    I'm sure I'm not alone on this one as he is arguably one of the most popular people in the world. But there is so much about him that challenges me. I'd want to hear his thoughts on world issues and just soak up his wisdom and compassion.
  2. Paul Ryan
    Now, like him or not, you have to respect the office he holds. As Speaker of the House he has a huge responsibility and, in my opinion, has done a great job at getting things done. He is a truly intelligent man and a fellow Wisconsinite. Again, I'd love to get his inside ideas on politics- how it works, how politicians really interact with each other, and what it's like to hold the responsibilities that he does.
  3. Dr. Cornel West
    Hands down one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and provocative thinkers of our time. He helped (and still helps) me as a white man understand the struggle of black people in this country and what I can do to help address it. I love the example he sets and the conviction he has for his beliefs. I truly admire him and would love to get to know him better.
  4. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
    Simply put- a theological and philosophical genius. His work on Biblical exegesis and social and theological commentary has helped open my eyes to new ideas. Much like Dr. West, he is a champion of human rights, and confronts the issues we have with a level head and sound logic. If you've never read or watched his stuff, do it- you won't regret it.
  5. Jon Stewart
    I loved him on the Daily Show. His wit, charm, humor, and timing could make even the most difficult issues palatable. I would love to hear more of his thoughts as I have always respected his point of view. He is impressively intelligent and well informed, making him a tough sparing partner even for the most seasoned politician. He challenged my beliefs and even helped change some. I'd love the chance to pick his brain.