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October 14, 2020

Global
Season Three Trailer

What happens when the world runs out of fish? Does TikTok actually present a national security risk? Will Africa's population boom change the world as we know it? In season three, Why It Matters expl…

Podcast Why It Matters logo and a picture of host, Gabrielle Sierra, on a red background

October 6, 2020

Energy and Environment
Energy, Geopolitics, and the Global Map, With Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin, a leading authority on energy, international politics, and economics, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the changing face of global power dynamics. Yergin’s most recent book, …

Podcast A pump jack operates in front of a drilling rig at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S.

September 15, 2020

China
Pushing Back Against Beijing, With Aaron L. Friedberg

Aaron L. Friedberg, professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how the United States should respond to China’s growing strengt…

Podcast Fighters

August 25, 2020

Transnational Crime
Treasures Looted in War

Works of art and cultural heritage sites are common casualties in war. In many cases, the sale of plundered treasures has helped finance ongoing conflict. In this episode, two experts examine the his…

Podcast The face of a broken sculpture on the ground

August 12, 2020

Education
Why We Need International Students

For decades, international students have enjoyed bipartisan support in the United States, with strong consensus that they fuel American innovation, job creation, and competitiveness. But in recent ye…

Podcast Students cheer during commencment ceremonies at Columbia University May 18, 2005 in New York City. This is the 251st class to graduate from Columbia.

August 11, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
The History of U.S. Foreign Policy, With Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick

Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, who is currently a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, sits down with James M…

Podcast A child waves the United States flag from the crown of Liberty Enlightening the World, less formally known as The Statue of Liberty, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

July 28, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Consequences of Human Trafficking, With Jamille Bigio

Jamille Bigio, senior fellow for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy program, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the spread of and international response to human trafficking. July 30 marks the Un…

Podcast Anti-slavery activists rally outside Parliament on October 18, 2013 in London, England.

July 7, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Global Challenges and the Future of U.S. Diplomacy, With Ambassador Frank G. Wisner

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, international affairs advisor at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the role diplomacy plays in confronting some of the challenge…

Podcast U.S. President Donald Trump toasts during a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) for world leaders.

July 1, 2020

Political History and Theory
Living in History

Whether you think we are making history or repeating it, it’s safe to say we are living in a historic time. In this episode, Why It Matters asks three historians to weigh in on how to use the past to…

Podcast Hong Kong protester reads book while sitting

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United St…

Podcast A woman washes dishes in a kitchen