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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

November 19, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
G20 Summit Goes Virtual, Biden Nominates Cabinet Members, and More

Saudi Arabia hosts a virtual Group of Twenty (G20) summit, U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden ramps up his cabinet nomination process, and the United States prepares to formally withdraw from the Treaty …

Podcast US President-elect Joe Biden listens to US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020.

October 28, 2020

Election 2020
Make America Vote Again

The United States trails far behind most advanced democracies when it comes to voter turnout, with just 55 percent of eligible voters participating in the 2016 election. What are other countries doin…

Podcast A man in a mask at a polling place

August 25, 2020

Transnational Crime
Treasures Looted in War

Works of art and cultural heritage sites are common casualties in war. In many cases, the sale of plundered treasures has helped finance ongoing conflict. In this episode, two experts examine the his…

Podcast The face of a broken sculpture on the ground

July 29, 2020

Climate Change
Pricing Our Climate

As the effects of climate change move from scientific predictions to daily headlines, some investors have begun sounding the alarm about impending dangers to financial markets. In this episode, exper…

Podcast Tewkesbury Abbey and a children's playground at the confluence of the Rivers Severn and Avon, is surrounded by flood waters on February 27, 2020 in Tewskesbury, England.

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 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 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 16, 2020

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Changing Landscape of Domestic Terrorism, With Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman, CFR’s Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss domestic terrorist entities, groups, and m…

Podcast Left wing protesters with flares during a demonstration against far right group "Hogar Social" and their new occupied building.

June 3, 2020

Human Trafficking
The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United St…

Podcast A woman washes dishes in a kitchen