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January 14, 2020

Election 2020
Should the United States Spend Less on Defense?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Mackenzie Eaglen and William D. Hartung join host James M. Lindsay to discuss defense spending.

Podcast Military

January 1, 2020

Nuclear Energy
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. 

Podcast New Year’s Special: 2020 Hindsight

December 19, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The World Next Year: Looking Ahead to 2020

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Paul B. Stares to forecast the coming year’s international challenges and developments.

Podcast Protest

December 4, 2019

Space
Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lo…

Podcast Fragments of space junk surround a planet against blackness and a field of stars.

November 26, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Rethink Its Trade Policy?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Jennifer Hillman and Thea M. Lee join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. trade policy.

Podcast Trade

November 26, 2019

Democracy
Live! The World Next Week’s Tenth Anniversary Special (Rebroadcast)

In this first-ever live taping of The World Next Week, Jim and Bob sit down with NPR’s Deborah Amos to discuss what’s made headlines over the last decade. Bob shares his thoughts on the state of demo…

Podcast live

November 14, 2019

Russia
Sergei Magnitsky Is Remembered, SecDef Esper Travels to South Korea, and More

Russia’s Sergei Magnitsky is remembered ten years after his death, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper travels to Southeast Asia, and the fifth Democratic presidential debate is held in Atlanta.

Podcast Russia

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Robert Malley and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran.

Podcast Iran

November 5, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Do Less Overseas?

In the first episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Karen Donfried and Christopher A. Preble join host James M. Lindsay to discuss whether the United States should scal…

Podcast World leaders gather at the 2019 UN General Assembly in New York.

October 22, 2019

United Kingdom
The Do-or-Die Brexit Deal, With Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow for international economics at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the details of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal for the United Kingdom to leave the …

Podcast Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest in London.