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Why It Matters

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Why It Matters

Council on Foreign Relations

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Each episode of Why It Matters breaks down an issue that is shaping our world's future. Join host Gabrielle Sierra as she speaks with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these questions head on. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, Why It Matters brings some of the world's most compelling stories home to you.
 
“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.
 
The South China Morning Post political economy team analyse the latest economic data from China, delve deep into the ongoing US-China trade and tech war, and examine China's changing economic relationship with Europe, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. Hear deep background on Beijing's political machinations and how they affect policy and its global diplomacy.
 
The world as we knew it is undergoing a rapid transformation…so what's next? Welcome to WorldAffairs, your guide to a changing world. We give you the context you need to navigate across borders and ideologies. Through sound-rich stories and in-depth interviews, we break down what it means to be a global citizen on a hot, crowded planet. Our hosts, Ray Suarez and Philip Yun, help you make sense of an uncertain world, one story at a time.
 
Weekly podcast on the events, policies and ideas that will shape the world. World in 30 minutes is curated by Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and features top-level speakers from across the EU and beyond to debate and discuss Europe’s role in the world. It was awarded “Best podcasts on EU politics” by PolicyLab in 2019. Member of the EuroPod network.
 
A monthly podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Banjo Damilola. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, ...
 
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State of the World

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State of the World

World Affairs Council of Connecticut

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From shifting alliances to great power politics, and from security in a post-pandemic world to rapid technological innovation, our world is constantly in flux. Each week on State of the World, Megan Torrey, CEO of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, sits down with experts and leaders on the frontlines of foreign policy and national security. Each episode is a deep dive into one of the world’s most pressing issues and it asks the question: how can global events impact our everyday lives ...
 
Each week Andrew Parasiliti, president of the award-winning news site Al-Monitor, and Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor’s Senior Correspondent, interview newsmakers, journalists and thought leaders from the US and Middle East about the latest news and trends in the region. Andrew has been writing about, and traveling in, the Middle East for over three decades, meeting and interviewing the region’s top political and civil society leaders. Since obtaining his PH.D from Johns Hopkins University, he has ...
 
Middlebury in DC is a podcast produced by Middlebury’s program in Washington, DC. The podcast brings together leading experts from within the institution and its alumni network to cover salient issues of the day. The podcast also highlights events hosted by Middlebury's Washington office, affording listeners access to the rich array of lectures hosted by the office.
 
Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show. Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda. The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more. The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.
 
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Beijing ends its massive military exercises around Taiwan and issues a white paper laying out exactly its ambitions for when it "re-unifies" the self-ruled island with the mainland. The US Congress moves forward its Taiwan Act which declares Taiwan to be an important non-NATO ally. Post journalists Jacob Fromer and Shi Jiangtao analyse the reaction…
 
In his recent book “Another World Is Possible”, Geoff Mulgan – professor of collective intelligence, public policy, and social innovation at University College London – identifies a crisis that does not usually feature prominently in threat assessments: an absence of political imagination. This deficit has not only distorted policymakers’ sense of …
 
At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all. Sam Uffindell: 6/10 "Because he should have front footed what he knew would be made public. But never deserved the vitriolic pile on he got." The National Party Handling of Sam Uffindell: 3/10 "At some point, do some of you want t…
 
Is the biggest winner out of the Sam Uffindell drama the Government? Think of all the things they would have dreaded being talked about while we busied ourselves on the cock up that was essentially a two-fold mistake. Mistake one: the lack of up-front honesty in putting it out there from day one. Select him, I have no problem with it, what you did …
 
Concerns from National, that we're still not doing more to attract skilled migrants. New figures from Stats NZ show New Zealand had a net migration loss of more than 11-thousand people in the year to June. It's the 16th consecutive month the country has recorded a net migration loss. National Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford told Mike Hoskin…
 
There are nervous times ahead for the mining sector. The Green Party have had their bill to ban mining on conservation land and water pulled from the biscuit tin ballot in Parliament. This is essentially giving them the green light to go hard on the Government. Patrick Phelps is the Minerals West Coast Manager and he joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABO…
 
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has made what could be the final big call of his tenure, handing the No 10 jersey to Richie Mo'unga for the second test against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg this weekend. Foster is also gambling on two of his less-experienced props, Ethan de Groot and Tyrel Lomax, to match the Springboks' monstrous men. The…
 
The Greens say the problems dogging Te Huia shouldn't stop us from expanding the regional rail network. The Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee is taking public submissions, as part of an inquiry into the country's passenger rail network. Newstalk ZB has revealed Te Huia, the recently launched Hamilton to Auckland rail service, has been p…
 
A major change to social attitudes may be needed, to stem the current spate of youth crime. Two young people have been arrested, after at least 30 teenagers attacked a shop worker in Palmerston North. The owner of another store has told Newstalk ZB they've also been terrorised by the same group. Retail NZ Chief Executive Greg Harford told Mike Hosk…
 
Expect a political fall-out, from a Labour MP's allegations of rampant bullying in Parliament. Hamilton West Labour MP Gaurav Sharma claims bullying has become commonplace. He's accusing the Prime Minister's Office, the Parliamentary Service, the party leaders' offices, and the party whips' offices for allowing it to happen. Newstalk ZB Political E…
 
In this special episode of The World Next Week, Heather A. Conley, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the podcasts they’re listening to for fun this summer. (This is a rebroadcast.) Read m…
 
Has the war in Ukraine reached a critical turning point? Mike Kofman and Jeff Edmonds join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the evolution of the military situation and what we might expect from a forthcoming Ukrainian counteroffensive.Mike Kofman is the Research Program Director in the Russia Studies Program at CNA as well as an Ad…
 
Aminatta Forna was a child when Sierra Leone fell into a brutal, ten-year civil war. Now, 20 years later, she’s working to ensure that Sierra Leoneans shape the country’s postwar narrative. Forna joins Ray to chat about legacy, trauma, and forging identity – and joy – in the aftermath of violence, in her recent essay collection, The Window Seat: No…
 
Changing university terms, to get more students into summer jobs, could be easier said than done. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has suggested moving the university year by six weeks so students are available to work during the main tourism season. Union of Students' Associations Andrew Lessells says many students would welcome the move. But he told …
 
It's fair to say Ross Taylor is one of New Zealand’s all time cricketing greats. He ended his career earlier this year as the all-time best run scorer across all formats - including Test, ODIs and T20s. That included the most centuries in international cricket, with 40, and the most appearances for the Black Caps. Now he's telling his story in his …
 
The principals have got what they wanted. A couple of weeks ago, they wrote to the Government about easing the NCEA requirements. They claimed students were getting depressed and everyone was at breaking point. And the Government has come to the party. 46 merit or excellence credits instead of 50. For University Entrance, 12 credits from two approv…
 
Marcus Lush is talking up his chances of becoming Invercargill's new mayor. The Newstalk ZB host and Invercargill City Councillor has confirmed he's running for the job Sir Tim Shadbolt has held since 1998. He told Mike Hosking he's not just there to make up the numbers or bring attention to local democracy; he's in it to win it. LISTEN ABOVE See o…
 
Air New Zealand will cut its planned schedule and operate 1.5 per cent fewer seats than originally planned during the next six months. The airline says it is taking proactive measures to protect customers' travel plans as sickness continues to cause disruption. And in a move that will anger former crew hoping to get their jobs back, the airline is …
 
A tourism leader says things are looking up for the sector, after years of travel restrictions. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has unveiled a new plan to strengthen the tourism and hospitality workforce for the upcoming tourism boom. It includes measures to improve training and working conditions. Real NZ CEO Stephen England-Hall told Mike Hosking th…
 
The Government is defending its latest NCEA changes. This year's NCEA students will receive an extra credit for every five earned through assessment, to support those affected by the Covid pandemic. National says lowering the bar is doing students a disservice. But Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti told Mike Hosking the changes reflect that …
 
Sam Uffindell's political future is looking increasingly uncertain. National has stood down the new Tauranga MP, following revelations about bullying at Auckland's Kings College and allegations of aggressive behaviour at Otago University. It's also emerged he was put on notice while he was at university, over the state of his flat. Former National …
 
Has the war in Ukraine reached a critical turning point? Mike Kofman and Jeff Edmonds join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the evolution of the military situation and what we might expect from a forthcoming Ukrainian counteroffensive. Mike Kofman is the Research Program Director in the Russia Studies Program at CNA as well as an A…
 
Tommy and Ben cover the national security implications of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, Israel bombs targets in Gaza, good news about the Iran deal and climate change, a historic first for the Marine Corps, Trump and his generals, Viktor Orban attends fascist CPAC Coachella, and a verdict for Brittney Griner. Then Tommy talks with podcaster Emily Y. …
 
Labour is insisting it would have handled the Sam Uffindell saga differently. The new National MP for Tauranga has been stood down while the party investigates new allegations about his behaviour at university, allegations which he denies. Uffindell had already been under fire, over revelations he was involved in an attack on a younger boy while he…
 
Despite Sam Uffindell's denials on this show yesterday that there was nothing else to disclose, turns out, at least in some people's minds, there is something else to disclose. But exactly what is the key and how out of control this gets is another major part of the equation. The claim is that in a flat in 2003 he was a bully and he was verbally ag…
 
Cancer symptoms are more likely to be missed by GP’s during video consultations, a study by Oxford University suggests. Its research says that remote consultations can hinder doctors from noticing subtle clues that could point to serious illness. Dr Samantha Murton, President of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, joined Mike Hosking.\ LISTEN ABO…
 
The FBI's unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump's Florida residence ricocheted around government, politics and a polarized country Tuesday along with questions as to why the Justice Department — notably cautious under Attorney General Merrick Garland — decided to take such a drastic step. Answers weren't quickly forthcoming. Agents …
 
There are encouraging signs that students are heading back to school across the country. New figures show daily attendance reached as high as 84-percent in the first week of Term Three, following lower attendance rates last term. Secondary Principals' Association President Vaughan Couillault told Mike Hosking many schools had been struggling with s…
 
The AA says higher fines for wealthier drivers won't necessarily lead to safer roads. Transport officials have been giving the Government advice on potential changes to the system of fines, which have mostly remained unaltered for two decades. Potential changes could include linking fines to people's incomes. AA Speed Policy Advisor Dylan Thomsen t…
 
The Police Minister says a new law change will give Police another tool to combat gun crime. The Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament overnight. It means anyone with a serious conviction like murder, serious assault or sexual violence can be banned from having a gun, or being in places where guns ar…
 
Staff reporter and RNZ Under-fire National MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the party's caucus, pending an investigation into further "very concerning accusations" surrounding his past behaviour. In a statement late on Tuesday night, National Party leader Christopher Luxon said he had been made aware of new allegations about Uffindell's be…
 
James M. Lindsay sits down with Ali Wyne, senior analyst of Global Macro-Geopolitics at Eurasia Group, to discuss great power competition and the growing rivalry between the United States and China, and Russia. Mentioned on the Podcast Ali Wyne, America’s Great Power Opportunity, 2022 Gerald Segel, “Does China Matter?,” Foreign Affairs, September/O…
 
The Health Minister insists immigration rules aren't the reason nurses aren't coming here. Employment Ministry figures show only nine nurses on residency visas have arrived in the country since the criteria for the visas was expanded at the start of last month. Nurses were controversially excluded from the system at first, which meant they could on…
 
I note the some of the media have reacquainted themselves with crime. The Government to their credit managed to quieten the whole mess down for a while by disposing of Poto Williams who, although spectacularly useless, was really just a sacrificial lamb to get the heat off the Government over an issue they have been woefully found wanting on. Chris…
 
National MP Sam Uffindell said there was a culture of "rough and tumble" when asked if he had been involved in any other incidents of bullying as a schoolboy. Aged 16 as a Year 11 student at King's College, Uffindell and three others jumped on the then 13-year-old boy and began beating him with what was believed to be unscrewed wooden bed legs. "Bo…
 
There's no doubt Bryan Brown is Australian acting royalty. He started his career back in the 1970s and has gone to have plenty of success at home and abroad. His credits include Cocktail, Along Came Polly, Australia and The Thorn Birds. Brown was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 1989, but certainly hasn't stopped there. Now he's back with a …
 
Turkish leaders continue to threaten another military offensive against the Syrian Kurds. But they need either the Kremlin's or Washington's approval to mount any such offensive in the zones that are under Russian and US control. Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party that hold power in northeast Syria says Erdogan is…
 
War captures headlines… but what happens when the rubble clears? How does a country – and its people – rebuild after tragedy? Chernor Bah was a child when Sierra Leone fell into a brutal, ten-year civil war. Now, 20 years later, he’s working to ensure that Sierra Leoneans, especially women, are at the center of the country’s postwar narrative and d…
 
The head of a major employer is welcoming National's "tailored approach" to getting young people into work. National's unveiled a new plan to get under-25s off the Jobseeker benefit. Under the plan, young beneficiaries would get a job coach and a financial bonus for getting and staying in work, and those who refuse to take part would be penalised. …
 
It was always going to be a tough ask for the All Blacks to beat the Springboks in South Africa. But it was the manner in which they were beaten that doesn't give much hope to fans. The All Blacks went down 26-10, but our only try came in the dying minutes on a runaway break while the Springboks were a man down. Apart from that they were beaten sou…
 
The chunk of the media who are still in love with the Labour Party are on some sort of campaign right now to undermine Chris Luxon. They have taken two events they perceive to be major issues and tried to turn them into even more major issues. One was the Te Puke post. Two, was the tax policy confusion. Neither are big deals; both are beltway only …
 
Our most vulnerable people requiring palliative care have a new group determined to give them the best care available. Palliative Care Collaborative Aotearoa has formed because they say the Government hasn't been listening as it cries out for help. They have six key focus areas to try and lift our end of life care ranking; we used to sit 3rd in 200…
 
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