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July 9, 2020

Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Srebrenica Massacre Anniversary, North American Pipelines Halted, and More

The world marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre; the Atlantic Coast, Dakota Access, and Keystone XL pipelines suffer setbacks; and COVID-19 triggers historic levels of food in…

Podcast A protester cries while watching a demonstration on Turtle Island on Thanksgiving day during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

April 9, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus Tolls Fluctuate Globally, G20 Foreign and Energy Ministers Meet, and More

Countries across the globe continue to face the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, Group of Twenty (G20) foreign and energy ministers meet virtually, and Israelis struggle to form a gover…

Podcast Sailors transport a patient across the bow to be admitted aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy, deployed as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

April 19, 2020

Globalization
Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a stagge…

Podcast A pile of jeans

April 16, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO)
Trump Halts WHO Funding, Earth Day’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and More

U.S. President Donald J. Trump announces a funding freeze and review of the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe, and Cuba marks the forti…

Podcast A protestor holds a sign in support of science during the March For Science in Seattle, Washington.

March 24, 2020

Energy and Environment
The Russian-Saudi Oil Price War, With Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe, CFR’s David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the Energy Security and Climate Change program, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the …

Podcast Foreign labourers leave their work to have lunch at the Haradh gas site, one of the largest in the world, south of the vast Ghawar oil fields in the prosperous region of Hassa, Saudi Arabia.

February 12, 2020

Climate Change
Dimming the Sky

As climate change accelerates, some scientists are researching ways to alter our climate to slow down warming. But the method, called solar geoengineering, comes with some serious risks. 

Podcast A hazy sky above the clouds where solar geoengineering could occur.

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 Compilation image for New Year’s Special: 2020 Hindsight

November 6, 2019

China
China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

For years, China processed more than half of the world’s plastic recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

Podcast Plastic waste along a shoreline.

October 29, 2019

Climate Change
The Coming Climate Disruption, With Alice C. Hill

Alice C. Hill, senior fellow for climate change policy at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss climate change and its impacts on national security, global health, and beyond. Hill recently…

Podcast Cottages on Grand Lake in New Brunswick, Canada.

September 19, 2019

Russia
The Future of Nuclear Conflict, With Secretary Ernest Moniz and Senator Sam Nunn

Former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and former Senator Sam Nunn sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the future of nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia. Read “The Return of …

Podcast Crew members of the Russian Navy’s Akula nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.