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Why It Matters

Council on Foreign Relations

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Why It Matters

Why It Matters

Council on Foreign Relations

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Each episode of Why It Matters breaks down an issue that is shaping our world's future. Join host Gabrielle Sierra as she speaks with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these questions head on. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, Why It Matters brings some of the world's most compelling stories home to you.

Latest Episodes

The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United States.Featured Guests:Susy Andole (Voices of Hope, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon)Mark P. Lagon (Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria)Anita Teekah (Senior Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/human-cost-labor-trafficking

33 MIN3 d ago
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The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

Exporting Authoritarianism

China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China also exporting authoritarianism?Featured Guests:Jessica Chen Weiss(Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University)Elizabeth C. Economy(C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/exporting-authoritarianism

31 MIN2 w ago
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Exporting Authoritarianism

WhatsApp With India?

Roughly four hundred million people in India use the encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp. Now, the country’s ruling party is trying to force WhatsApp to let the government trace and censor messages. The outcome could change digital freedoms in the world’s largest democracy, and could have strong implications for the future of privacy everywhere.Featured Guests:Seema Mody(Global Markets Reporter, CNBC)Vindu Goel(Technology and Business Reporter, New York Times)Chinmayi Arun(Resident Fellow, Yale University)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/whatsapp-india

27 MINMAY 6
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WhatsApp With India?

Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.Featured Guests:Elizabeth Segran (Senior Staff Writer, Fast Company)Linda Greer (Senior Global Fellow, Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs Beijing China)Amber Valletta (Activist, and founder, Master & Muse)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/wearing-world-out

26 MINAPR 19
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Wearing the World Out

Bonus Episode: "A Medically Induced Economic Coma"

Is the coronavirus a zero-sum game in which we must choose between saving lives and saving the economy? In this episode, we sit down with two experts to find out.

25 MINAPR 9
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Bonus Episode: "A Medically Induced Economic Coma"

Season Two Trailer

Now more than ever, it’s clear that global problems can become local in a flash. In season two, Why It Matters dives into a new set of challenges that will shape our lives in the years to come.

1 MINMAR 25
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Season Two Trailer

Coronavirus

The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has pulled back the curtain on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected world. Now we are left asking some basic questions. What lessons have we learned so far?Guests:Sylvia Burwell, former United States Secretary of Health and Human ServicesTom Frieden, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial TimesShannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

34 MINMAR 11
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Coronavirus

The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how it works. This episode takes a look at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the ground up, paired best with a cold drink.

21 MINFEB 26
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The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

Dimming The Sky

As climate change accelerates, some scientists are researching ways to alter our climate to slow down warming. But the method, called solar geoengineering, comes with some serious risks.GuestsDavid Keith (Harvard University)Shuchi Talati (Union of Concerned Scientists)Gernot Wagner (New York University)Show Notes

23 MINFEB 12
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Dimming The Sky

Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

22 MINJAN 29
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Voter, You've Been Hacked

Latest Episodes

The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United States.Featured Guests:Susy Andole (Voices of Hope, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon)Mark P. Lagon (Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria)Anita Teekah (Senior Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/human-cost-labor-trafficking

33 MIN3 d ago
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The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

Exporting Authoritarianism

China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China also exporting authoritarianism?Featured Guests:Jessica Chen Weiss(Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University)Elizabeth C. Economy(C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/exporting-authoritarianism

31 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Exporting Authoritarianism

WhatsApp With India?

Roughly four hundred million people in India use the encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp. Now, the country’s ruling party is trying to force WhatsApp to let the government trace and censor messages. The outcome could change digital freedoms in the world’s largest democracy, and could have strong implications for the future of privacy everywhere.Featured Guests:Seema Mody(Global Markets Reporter, CNBC)Vindu Goel(Technology and Business Reporter, New York Times)Chinmayi Arun(Resident Fellow, Yale University)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/whatsapp-india

27 MINMAY 6
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WhatsApp With India?

Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.Featured Guests:Elizabeth Segran (Senior Staff Writer, Fast Company)Linda Greer (Senior Global Fellow, Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs Beijing China)Amber Valletta (Activist, and founder, Master & Muse)For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/wearing-world-out

26 MINAPR 19
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Wearing the World Out

Bonus Episode: "A Medically Induced Economic Coma"

Is the coronavirus a zero-sum game in which we must choose between saving lives and saving the economy? In this episode, we sit down with two experts to find out.

25 MINAPR 9
Comments
Bonus Episode: "A Medically Induced Economic Coma"

Season Two Trailer

Now more than ever, it’s clear that global problems can become local in a flash. In season two, Why It Matters dives into a new set of challenges that will shape our lives in the years to come.

1 MINMAR 25
Comments
Season Two Trailer

Coronavirus

The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has pulled back the curtain on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected world. Now we are left asking some basic questions. What lessons have we learned so far?Guests:Sylvia Burwell, former United States Secretary of Health and Human ServicesTom Frieden, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial TimesShannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

34 MINMAR 11
Comments
Coronavirus

The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how it works. This episode takes a look at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the ground up, paired best with a cold drink.

21 MINFEB 26
Comments
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

Dimming The Sky

As climate change accelerates, some scientists are researching ways to alter our climate to slow down warming. But the method, called solar geoengineering, comes with some serious risks.GuestsDavid Keith (Harvard University)Shuchi Talati (Union of Concerned Scientists)Gernot Wagner (New York University)Show Notes

23 MINFEB 12
Comments
Dimming The Sky

Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

22 MINJAN 29
Comments
Voter, You've Been Hacked
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