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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

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

September 10, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
A Virtual UNGA, Lukashenko and Putin Meet, and More

The seventy-fifth UN General Assembly kicks off virtually, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and the European Union and China h…

Podcast Protesters oppose the integration of Belarus and Russia and consider that sign a new agreement of deepening integration can lead to Belarus losing its independence. Presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet and talk about road maps for the integration of the two countries taking place in Russia.

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.

July 30, 2020

Elections and Voting
Biden Reveals VP Pick, Japan Remembers Hiroshima Bombing, and More

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate, Japan marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and China co…

Podcast Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his protective face mask as he speaks about his economic recovery plan to revive the coronavirus-battered U.S. economy during a campaign event in New Castle, Delaware, U.S.

July 21, 2020

China
China’s Uighurs, With Gulchehra Hoja

Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist for Radio Free Asia, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Chinese government’s repression of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in the Xinjiang regio…

Podcast Uighur people protest at a street on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, China.

July 16, 2020

U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress Returns to Session, Schools Grapple With Reopening, and More

The U.S. Congress returns to session; schools and universities struggle with reopening amid a surge in COVID-19 cases; and, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States prepare for spacecra…

Podcast Enrolees wear face masks during entrance examinations at the Heroes of the Young Guard Cadet Corps, Kreminna, Luhansk Region, eastern Ukraine.

July 15, 2020

Olympics
Hey, Remember the Olympics?

Hosting the Olympics is a monumental undertaking that often leaves behind rusted stadiums and financial losses. So why do nations compete to do it? This episode examines the political history of the …

Podcast People pose for pictures in front of the Olympic rings in the Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.

July 14, 2020

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Under China’s National Security Law, With Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Victoria Tin-bor Hui, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the new national security law China has imposed on Hong Kong…

Podcast Secondary school students form a human chain near a school campus to protest against a teacher's release over 'her political beliefs' as they said, in Hong Kong.

July 2, 2020

United States
Turbulent U.S. Independence Day, Dramatic Arctic Heatwave, and More

Americans celebrate Independence Day amid a worrisome surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, a dramatic heatwave continues in the Arctic, and Hong Kong reacts to China’s sweeping national securi…

Podcast People wearing masks walk past an American flag painted on a building during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ocean Beach, California, U.S.