Season Five Trailer

Why It Matters is back for a fifth season, asking the important questions about the global issues, problems, and trends that will affect the future. What role does American music play in international relations? Will the global supply chain put the path to clean energy at risk? What the heck is quantum computing? 

January 26, 2022 — 1:31 min
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Gabrielle Sierra

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Show Notes

Get caught up on the first four seasons: 

 

Season four: 

 

Hyperventilating Over Hypersonics

 

The Climate for Nuclear Energy

 

Mexico

 

Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

 

Spying 101

 

Perspective on Afghanistan, With Richard N. Haass

 

Japan’s Population Problem

 

Water Scarcity

 

When the Microchips Are Down

 

Season three:

 

Gone Fishing

 

A Global Shot in the Arm, With Anthony Fauci

 

The Dollar Privilege

 

The Most Persistent and Lethal Threat

 

Russia

 

China’s Starring Role in Hollywood

 

The Future Is African

 

A Climate Bomb in the Amazon

 

Let’s Talk About Toilets

 

Make America Vote Again

 

Season Three Trailer

 

Season two:

 

Treasures Looted in War

 

Why We Need International Students

 

Pricing Our Climate

 

Hey, Remember the Olympics?

 

Living in History

 

The World Is Watching Us

 

The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

 

Exporting Authoritarianism

 

WhatsApp With India?

 

Wearing the World Out

 

Bonus Episode: ‘A Medically Induced Economic Coma’

 

Season Two Trailer

 

Season one:

 

The Big Red Button

 

China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

 

STEMinism

 

Space Jam

 

Prescription for Disaster

 

New Years Special: 2020 Hindsight

 

Robots That Kill

 

Voter, You’ve Been Hacked

 

Dimming the Sky

 

The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

 

Coronavirus

 

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Transcript

Gabrielle SIERRA: Hey everyone! And welcome to the fifth season of Why It Matters, a podcast by the Council on Foreign Relations. Look, the world of foreign policy can seem a little disconnected from our day to day. But it affects almost everything we do. It’s a wave of events and trends unfolding across the world that will change the way we live our lives tomorrow. And Why It Matters is here to break it all down, question by question, like will we be able to save coastal cities as oceans rise? 

https://youtu.be/6tesHVSZJOg?t=29

Verge Science: Coastal Cities are first in line for big changes, and some that can afford it are gearing up to spend billions to make sure they survive.

SIERRA: What would happen if the world joined together to tax corporations? 

https://youtu.be/MUR-eJYVfwc?t=29

CBS Evening News: Leaders of most of the world's largest countries all embracing a new global 15% minimum corporate tax. 

SIERRA: And how has American music forged ties where traditional diplomacy has faltered? 

https://youtu.be/Noh7ptT0Rcc?t=644

TEDxMauerPark: Now why did this group all the way in Serbia use a song made by a bunch of guys in Long Island New York City, because it was hip hop music.

SIERRA: So join us as we find answers, and bring the world home to you. I’m Gabrielle Sierra, and this is Why It Matters. 

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