The world is a big place, and this year, it’s come home to us like never before.
Annette Gordon-Reed: We have tremendous partisan conflict, polarization, in the society.
Sebastian Mallaby: It will be the worst recession since the 1930’s.
Tom Frieden: If the Coronavirus pandemic isn’t a wakeup call, nothing will be.
What happens anywhere can affect us everywhere. And even as we face the present - new challenges are gathering on the horizon.
PLANET OCEAN: 2:28: Our intensive fishing sacrifices millions of fish. We are at a biological limit.
MSNBC: 1:19: China has bought our silence with their money.
Al Jazeera: 0:41: By the end of the century, four out of ten people will be African.
Wall Street Journal: 0:01: TikTok, it’s given rise to national security investigations.
WJZ 13: 0:03: The Department of Homeland Security says white supremacy will still be the most persistent and lethal threat in the U.S. through 2021.
Why It Matters is here to help. We’re looking past the headlines, and working with the best minds in the business to understand what’s coming, and what can be done.
SIERRA: Maybe let’s zoom out a little bit at this point, you know, what’s at stake for the world when it comes to the survival of the Amazon?
DE BOLLE: So what the Amazon really is, it's sort of like a climate bomb, and as soon as you start cutting down the rainforest, that bomb is released.
SIERRA: So, World Toilet Day is coming up, why would we need a day like that?
YAMAKOSHI: Well what would you do if you didn’t have a toilet?
SIERRA: If you had one message to communicate to the world about this issue, what would it be?
SLAYMAKER: Wow, that is a good question.
SIERRA: Sounds like something out of a movie, sounds so magical.
LOVEJOY: Well there have been movies about that, but it’s real. It’s real.
So join the Council on Foreign Relations, and me, Gabrielle Sierra, as we bring some of the world’s most powerful stories home to you. This is Why it Matters.
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