A committed environmentalist, the actor and producer was most recently in Revolutionary Road
By fusing economic opportunity and social justice with climate change, Van Jones is working to build pathways out of poverty through the creation of green jobs. He is the perfect person to help redefine our country's perception of what it means to be green.
The baseball historian and statistician has enlightened fans about sabermetrics
My nominee is Jim Lehrer. Not only has he been anchor for many years of a news program that actually cultivates respect from its viewers but Lehrer is also the author of many books, including a long series of quiet, dignified and compelling novels.
He is the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning reality show The Amazing Race
At 23, Alexander Ovechkin is already the Iron Man of the NHL, having played in 203 consecutive games. The leading goal scorer last year, Ovechkin has revitalized hockey in our nation's capital. What makes him great is his pure, heroic genius on the rink.
Outliers is the most recent book by the best-selling author of Blink and The Tipping Point
Richard Nisbett's Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count is a devastating and persuasive refutation of all those who believe intellectual ability is fixed at birth. Few Americans have done as much to deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.