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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 18, 2020

United States
Virtual Roundtable: Racial Inequities of COVID-19

Drs. Lisa Cooper and Leana Wen discuss the racial inequities that exist in the health care field today and how that impacts the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Play Corey Harper kneels alongside his fellow healthcare workers with his fist in the air.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

June 1, 2020

China
Virtual Meeting: China’s Growing Footprint in Africa

Panelists discuss China’s development model in Africa and the effects of its expanding influence on the continent, with a focus on economic investments and diplomacy.

Play Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera in front of a row of tall flags

May 27, 2020

Russia
Russia's Complex Oil Reality

This is a guest post by Hunter Kornfeind, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and current student at Temple University. Russia is coping with a new reality fro…

Workers stand next to a logo of Russia's Rosneft oil company at the central processing facility of the Rosneft-owned Priobskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Russia.

May 21, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Virtual Meeting: Containing COVID-19: Updates on Testing and Tracing

Speakers discuss the latest updates in coronavirus testing and tracing, including the science behind tests for the active virus and for antibodies, local-level testing efforts, and contact tracing st…

Play Hand holding the Care19 mobile app, which assists in contact tracing during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease

May 14, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Virtual Meeting: "The World: A Brief Introduction" by Richard N. Haass

Richard Haass discusses The World: A Brief Introduction, his new book designed to provide readers of any age and experience with the essential background and building blocks they need to make sense o…

Play Virtual Meeting: "The World: A Brief Introduction" by Richard N. Haass

April 7, 2020

China
How Effective Have China’s Agricultural and Seafood Tariffs Been?

There is a case that viruses (bird flu, swine fever, and now the coronavirus) have had almost as big an impact on Chinese-American agricultural trade as the trade war. (And more than most want to …

How Effective Have China’s Agricultural and Seafood Tariffs Been?

March 31, 2020

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed has deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus while expanding its regulatory oversight. Under the Trump administration, the central bank is back on the front lines to fi…

Federal Reserve

March 27, 2020

Coronavirus
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Pandemic

A new coronavirus that originated in China has spread worldwide, sickening hundreds of thousands and halting economic activity. Many countries have imposed unprecedented measures to stop local outbre…

Dozens of people wear face masks and carry suitcases while walking through a Beijing railway station.