New Year’s Special: 2020 Hindsight

At the start of the new year, the Why It Matters team takes a look at some of the best interview segments that didn’t make it into the episodes. 

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Alexandra Bell
    Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation
  • Richard K. Betts
    Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
  • Elizabeth C. Economy
    Senior Fellow for China Studies
  • Stewart M. Patrick
    James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
  • Paul Scharre
    Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Megan Smith
    Chief Executive Officer, Shift7
  • Abigail Stowe-Thurston
    Program Coordinator, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Show Notes

The interviews for Why It Matters last about an hour, but they are eventually cut down to five or ten minutes. As a result, a lot of great material doesn’t make it in. This episode features the most fascinating clips that were too good to leave behind. 

 

To learn more about these clips, check out the other episodes and their show notes. 

 

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