Season Four Trailer

Will the world have enough water to survive in the era of climate change? Could a shortage of silicon chips eventually lead to war? Do human spies matter in the era of cyber espionage? Why It Matters is back for its fourth season, unpacking new problems and speaking with a host of new guests.

June 16, 2021 — 2:03 min
Play Button Pause Button
0:00 0:00

Host

Gabrielle Sierra

Podcast Host and Producer Full Bio
Close

Transcript

S4 Trailer

PATRICK

There are these pieces of space junk, and they’re hurdling at almost 20,000 miles an hour in low Earth orbit, and if those things collide with a functioning satellite, or say a space station, the results could be absolutely catastrophic. 

CBS: 0:00 - 0:07 “A piece of space junk ripped a hole in the arm boom and its thermal blanket, outside the international space station”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOtnWujsMcA

FAUCI

When you think in terms of a pandemic you have to remember it is global and it requires a global response.

CNA: 0:10 - 0:17 “The G7 wants to lead the world out of the pandemic, starting with an ambitious plan to vaccinate the global population within two years”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvVjGJwY8LQ&t=9s 

SESTANOVICH

I think there are new reasons that people mention often for why Russia matters. 

NBC: 0:00 - 0:15  “Amid growing cyber attacks against TV stations, food and fuel suppliers… and all  levels of government, the FBI confirms it’s investigating 100 different types of ransomware attacks, many originating from Russia”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVtk4ibRjeE

I’m Gabrielle Sierra, and this is Why It Matters, a podcast by the Council on Foreign Relations. The idea is simple, it’s a foreign policy podcast for the rest of us. We cover it all. 

The forces: Coronavirus, Authoritarianism, Domestic Terrorism, Cyber Security, Demographics, Climate Change. 

And the players: China, Russia, India, Iran, Nigeria, Japan, Brazil    

With world-class experts: I’m the Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command. Global Markets Correspondent with CNBC Business News. President Obama’s NASA administrator. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. I’m an environmental toxicologist. I coordinate the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. 

In a sea of overwhelming news coverage, we’re here to slow things down so that you can understand what’s really happening. 

So join us on June 23rd as we kick off the fourth season of Why It Matters, wherever you get your podcasts. We’ll bring the world home to you.

 

More Episodes

Experts argue that Mexico affects daily life in the United States more than any other country. For years, U.S. and Mexican officials have attempted to tackle immigra...

Experts argue that Mexico affects daily life in the United States more than any other country. For years, U.S. and Mexican officials have attempted to tackle immigra...

Read More

Female service members are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow member of the military than shot by an enemy combatant at war. As the reports increase, t...

Female service members are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow member of the military than shot by an enemy combatant at war. As the reports increase, t...

Read More

Why It Matters is pleased to present an episode from its sister podcast, The President’s Inbox. Today, U.S. national security is dependent on international nuclear a...

Why It Matters is pleased to present an episode from its sister podcast, The President’s Inbox. Today, U.S. national security is dependent on international nuclear a...

Read More

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply mis...

The glamour and thrill of espionage, brought to life on screen by characters such as James Bond, have long captivated imaginations. But this profession is deeply mis...

Read More

In this special episode, CFR President Richard N. Haass examines the war in Afghanistan and the lessons to be learned in its wake.

In this special episode, CFR President Richard N. Haass examines the war in Afghanistan and the lessons to be learned in its wake.

Read More

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future ...

The United States’ alliance with Japan is the centerpiece of U.S. security in Asia, but new demographic challenges from within Japan raise concerns about the future ...

Read More

Fresh water is more than just a resource, it is the source of all life. But in many arid regions of the world, water supplies are under pressure from climate change,...

Fresh water is more than just a resource, it is the source of all life. But in many arid regions of the world, water supplies are under pressure from climate change,...

Read More

Silicon chips are in almost all electronics, and access to them can make or break a country’s economic future. Their production relies on complex supply chains, and ...

Silicon chips are in almost all electronics, and access to them can make or break a country’s economic future. Their production relies on complex supply chains, and ...

Read More

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not f...

Industrial overfishing and other man-made factors have pushed one-third of the world’s fish stocks to be threatened with extinction, and many other species are not f...

Read More

Successful vaccine rollouts in the United States and other wealthy nations have made many people hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. But the m...

Successful vaccine rollouts in the United States and other wealthy nations have made many people hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. But the m...

Read More