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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.

May 28, 2020

China
Hong Kongers Remember Tiananmen Square, EU’s Coronavirus Rescue Plan, and More

The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is marked amid a surge in Hong Kong tensions, the European Union debates a massive coronavirus rescue plan, and the Atlantic hurricane season beg…

Podcast Tourists wearing protective respiratory masks tour outside the Colosseo monument (Colisee, Coliseum) in downtown Rome.

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

March 25, 2020

Global
Season Two Trailer

Is China exporting its authoritarian model to other countries? Is the “fast fashion” industry accelerating climate change? In season two, Why It Matters explores a new series of issues that are flyin…

Podcast Gabrielle Sierra standing outside

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 24, 2020

China
Podcast: James McGregor on the Shifting Landscape for U.S. Business in China

January was an important month for U.S. business in China. China’s new investment law came into effect, and the phase one trade agreement de-escalated trade tensions. Meanwhile, businesses across Chi…

Podcast Employees of Tesla are seen during a delivery event for Tesla China-made Model 3 cars in Shanghai

February 20, 2020

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks, Trump’s India Trip, and More

The United States and the Taliban move closer to an agreement, U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes a state visit to India, and Iran holds parliamentary elections.

Podcast A man applies finishing touches to paintings of U.S. President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a wall as part of a beautification along a route that Trump and Modi will be taking during Trump's upcoming visit, in Ahmedabad, India, February 17, 2020.

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

December 19, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
The World Next Year: Looking Ahead to 2020

Hosts James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon are joined by Paul B. Stares to forecast the coming year’s international challenges and developments.

Podcast Protest