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January 14, 2021

U.S. Congress
Trump’s Second Impeachment, Biden’s Inauguration, and More

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment reverberates in Congress, Washington braces for President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid increased security concerns, and the incoming Biden t…

Podcast Pelosi

December 11, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Future Is African

Projections show that by 2050, Africa’s population will double. By 2100, one in three people on Earth will be African. This means that, by the end of the century, sub-Saharan Africa—which already has…

Podcast Sudanese children walk on a street on July 6, 2016 in eastern Khartoum

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.

December 3, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
FDA Considers COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization, Venezuelans Vote, and More

U.S. health officials discuss emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine; Venezuelans vote for a new National Assembly, currently the country’s last opposition-controlled body; and the “safe harbo…

Podcast This photo taken on November 23, 2020 shows technicians processing Covid-19 coronavirus tests at a laboratory in Tianjin, China.

November 24, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle China?

Elizabeth C. Economy, senior fellow for China studies at CFR and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Adam Segal, CFR’s Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and nati…

Podcast Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on December 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.

November 12, 2020

Transition 2021
U.S. Presidential Transition, Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, and More

U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden begins a turbulent ten-week transition, Armenians and Azeris react to a Russia-brokered peace agreement, and the thirty-seventh summit of the Association of Southeast A…

Podcast A man looks out of his window as a rally against the Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal takes place outside the Armenian National Assembly building.

October 8, 2020

Taiwan
Taiwan’s National Day, Seventy-Five Years of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, and More

Taiwan celebrates National Day, North Korea marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party with a military parade, and the United Kingdom and European Union face another cr…

Podcast North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, A

November 11, 2020

Health
Let’s Talk About Toilets

Fifty-five percent of the global population lacks access to safe sanitation, a deadly global health disparity that rarely finds its way into the spotlight. In this episode, we examine the scope of th…

Podcast A white toilet with a black background

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

August 20, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Republicans’ Virtual National Convention, Mali’s Coup D’état, and More

The U.S. Republican Nominating Convention kicks off, a coup in Mali shakes West Africa, and postelection protests persist in Belarus.

Podcast Malians hold up a placard reading 'Long live CMAS (Coordination of movements and associations sympathetic to Imam Mahmoud Dicko) - long live Mali - Good Bye IBK (for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita) as they demonstrate at Independence Square in Bamako.