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December 10, 2020

Coronavirus
A Conversation With Robert Redfield

Dr. Robert Redfield discusses the CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 11, 2020

Lessons From History Series: Learning From Past Pandemics

Please join our panelists for a discussion on the lessons medical professionals and policymakers have learned in combating past pandemics and how such lessons can be applied in the fight against COVI…

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June 18, 2019

Politics and Government
Defense and Emerging Technology: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Ernst discusses the importance of advancing U.S. defense technology to counter the emerging capabilities of China and Russia, and how threats resulting from advanced technology are influencin…

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February 20, 2019

Arab Spring
False Dawn

Teaching Notes for False Dawn, written by Steven A. Cook, in which he examines why Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Turkey did not transition to democracy and explains how and why Middle East uprisings didn't succeed.

False Dawn

January 30, 2019

Health
The Growing Global Cancer Divide

In advance of World Cancer Day, speakers discuss developments in cancer treatment and prevention, and the prospects for closing the global cancer divide. 

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January 29, 2019

France
The Future of France: Growing Discontent and the Yellow Vests Movement

In late 2018, economic and political divides in France sparked the Yellow Vests movement. Panelists discuss how the movement differs from other populist politics in Europe, and what implications it m…

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December 5, 2018

Media
Redefining Political Journalism in the Digital Age

Panelists discuss how reporting on politics and the U.S. president has changed with the internet, social media, and smartphones, as well as the new ways in which Americans receive their daily foreign…

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October 30, 2018

Global
The Rise of Global Populism

Panelists discuss the recent rise to prominence of populist parties around the world, the policy priorities of populist leaders, and the consequences for international relations and cooperation.

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December 5, 2017

Health
Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned 100 Years After the Spanish Flu Outbreak

Panelists discuss the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic as we near its centennial and how this historic outbreak informs our responses to global health emergencies today.

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