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We live in a confusing time, bombarded every day with news from around the world that can be hard to follow, or fully understand. Let Worldly be your guide. Every Thursday, senior writer Zack Beauchamp, senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams, and staff defense writer Alex Ward give you the history and context you need to make sense of the moment and navigate the world around you. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Latest Episodes

The art of trade war

Zack, Jenn, and Alex examine Trump’s trade war with China, which appears to be back on after negotiations failed to produce a deal. They run through how we got here, what’s happened so far in terms of escalating tit-for-tat tariffs, and what the costs of economic tensions between the world’s two largest economies are for ordinary Americans, Chinese citizens, and the world. On Elsewhere, they discuss a disturbing story about a Malaysian teenager who died by suicide after polling her Instagram followers on whether she should live or die — and what this says about the problems of managing social media’s dark side worldwide.Links:Our colleague Matthew Yglesias has an explainer on Trump’s China trade war.Some recent research shows the complexity and murkiness of the debate over US job losses from trade with China.The New York Times has a great piece outlining the various ways China manipulates US companies that want to do business in China, including forcing them to hand over valuable intellectual property. The Peterson Institute for International Economics has a timeline of the US-China trade war.Here’s a really good episode of Marketplace from September 2018 that explains why prices on goods don’t go up immediately in a trade war.The IMF estimated that the trade war may cause a 0.2 percent slowdown in the global economy.Jessica Chen Weiss explains at the Washington Post how China is rolling out nationalist propaganda over the trade war.We played a CNN clip of a conversation with a farmer.A brief description of the Malaysia Instagram story.A list of international suicide prevention hotlines.

24 MIN6 days ago
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The art of trade war

Slouching towards an Iran war

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about a scary rise in tensions between the US and Iran in the past week — a (possibly inflated) Iranian plot against American troops in the Middle East, and an Iranian announcement of plans to stop abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has long supported going to war with Iran, appears to be intentionally escalating the situation — and it’s not clear how much of an off-ramp there is. On Elsewhere, they discuss dictatorial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move to overturn the results of an election he doesn’t like, and what it says about the new model of authoritarianism in places like Turkey and Hungary.References!You can read Bolton’s entire Iran statement here.Alex has an explainer on the standoff.The Daily Beast reports that the Trump administration inflated Iran intelligence.Iran declared that it wouldn’t abide by certain parts of the nuclear deal.Zack has you covered on Trump’s withdrawal f...

23 MIN1 weeks ago
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Slouching towards an Iran war

Venezuela’s phantom coup

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the strange non-coup in Venezuela this week. Juan Guaidó, the parliament leader the US considers the country’s legitimate president, claimed the military was about to overthrow actual President Nicolás Maduro in a Tuesday video — and then nothing happened. The Worldly crew discusses how we got here, what this could mean, and the US role in all of this. On Elsewhere, they do the show’s first dive into art history, looking at a poster from Germany’s far-right party that prominently features a 19th-century Orientalist painting.Links:Alex has an explainer on how the Guaidó-Maduro standoff began.Here’s the Guaidó video with English subtitles, and the video of protesters being run over.Alex also explains the Guaidó video and how it kicked off a week of protest and chaos.The full Patrick Shanahan and John Bolton tweets, and Mike Pompeo on Fox Business. America’s spotty record in Latin America, briefly explained.Here’s why Trump’s Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, doesn’t have the most trustworthy record.Anti-interventionists have lived in Venezuela’s embassy in Washington for weeks, and that’s led to clashes between them and ati-Maduro activists.An art publication explains the ins and outs of the AfD “Slave Market” saga.You can also read the booklet we cited about the painting.

22 MIN2 weeks ago
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Venezuela’s phantom coup

Latest Episodes

The art of trade war

Zack, Jenn, and Alex examine Trump’s trade war with China, which appears to be back on after negotiations failed to produce a deal. They run through how we got here, what’s happened so far in terms of escalating tit-for-tat tariffs, and what the costs of economic tensions between the world’s two largest economies are for ordinary Americans, Chinese citizens, and the world. On Elsewhere, they discuss a disturbing story about a Malaysian teenager who died by suicide after polling her Instagram followers on whether she should live or die — and what this says about the problems of managing social media’s dark side worldwide.Links:Our colleague Matthew Yglesias has an explainer on Trump’s China trade war.Some recent research shows the complexity and murkiness of the debate over US job losses from trade with China.The New York Times has a great piece outlining the various ways China manipulates US companies that want to do business in China, including forcing them to hand over valuable intellectual property. The Peterson Institute for International Economics has a timeline of the US-China trade war.Here’s a really good episode of Marketplace from September 2018 that explains why prices on goods don’t go up immediately in a trade war.The IMF estimated that the trade war may cause a 0.2 percent slowdown in the global economy.Jessica Chen Weiss explains at the Washington Post how China is rolling out nationalist propaganda over the trade war.We played a CNN clip of a conversation with a farmer.A brief description of the Malaysia Instagram story.A list of international suicide prevention hotlines.

24 MIN6 days ago
Comments
The art of trade war

Slouching towards an Iran war

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about a scary rise in tensions between the US and Iran in the past week — a (possibly inflated) Iranian plot against American troops in the Middle East, and an Iranian announcement of plans to stop abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has long supported going to war with Iran, appears to be intentionally escalating the situation — and it’s not clear how much of an off-ramp there is. On Elsewhere, they discuss dictatorial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move to overturn the results of an election he doesn’t like, and what it says about the new model of authoritarianism in places like Turkey and Hungary.References!You can read Bolton’s entire Iran statement here.Alex has an explainer on the standoff.The Daily Beast reports that the Trump administration inflated Iran intelligence.Iran declared that it wouldn’t abide by certain parts of the nuclear deal.Zack has you covered on Trump’s withdrawal f...

23 MIN1 weeks ago
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Slouching towards an Iran war

Venezuela’s phantom coup

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the strange non-coup in Venezuela this week. Juan Guaidó, the parliament leader the US considers the country’s legitimate president, claimed the military was about to overthrow actual President Nicolás Maduro in a Tuesday video — and then nothing happened. The Worldly crew discusses how we got here, what this could mean, and the US role in all of this. On Elsewhere, they do the show’s first dive into art history, looking at a poster from Germany’s far-right party that prominently features a 19th-century Orientalist painting.Links:Alex has an explainer on how the Guaidó-Maduro standoff began.Here’s the Guaidó video with English subtitles, and the video of protesters being run over.Alex also explains the Guaidó video and how it kicked off a week of protest and chaos.The full Patrick Shanahan and John Bolton tweets, and Mike Pompeo on Fox Business. America’s spotty record in Latin America, briefly explained.Here’s why Trump’s Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, doesn’t have the most trustworthy record.Anti-interventionists have lived in Venezuela’s embassy in Washington for weeks, and that’s led to clashes between them and ati-Maduro activists.An art publication explains the ins and outs of the AfD “Slave Market” saga.You can also read the booklet we cited about the painting.

22 MIN2 weeks ago
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Venezuela’s phantom coup
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