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The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

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The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 15

    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 15

    This is a sample of the Munk Members-Only Podcast. The program provides listeners with a focused, half-hour masterclass on the big issues, events and trends driving news and current events. The show features Janice Gross Stein, the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and bestselling author, in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths, Chair and moderator of the Munk Debates.

    This edition of the Munk Member’s Only Podcast explore three big issues in the news this week: The third wave of COVID-19 variants accelerates Canada’s public health crisis with hospitalizations soaring 30% in seven days while provinces experience new delays of the Moderna vaccine and subject their publics to vaccine rollouts plagued with delays, unused doses and confused messaging – Can Canada get its pandemic strategy back on track or is too late to blunt the full effect of the third wave?;  Biden expels diplomats and puts new tough sanctions on Russia – What is the strategy behind these new measures? How is Vladimir Putin likely to react? Is war in Ukraine more or less likely as a result?; and the value ofCanada’s housing stock rises an astronomical 30% in value in one year – Are we inside a dangerous housing bubble? What can government do to curb the risk runaway housing prices present financial system and social equity? We discuss it all.  

    To access the full length episode consider becoming a Munk Member. Membership is free. Simply log on to www.munkdebates.com/membership to register. Under your membership profile page you will find a link to listen to the full length editions of Munk Members Podcast.

    If you like what the Munk Debates is all about consider becoming a Supporting Member.

    For as little as $9.99 monthly you receive unlimited access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, monthly newsletter, ticketing privileges at our live and online events and a charitable tax receipt (for Canadian residents).

    To explore you Munk Membership options visit www.munkdebates.com/membership.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue.

    More information at www.munkdebates.com.

    • 17 Min.
    Be it resolved: Get ready for a big, long-term surge in inflation

    Be it resolved: Get ready for a big, long-term surge in inflation

    20 trillion dollars of government stimulus in countries around the world. Interest rates so low there is no incentive to save. And more than half a billion vaccinated consumers ready to pull out their wallets and kick off the Roaring 20s of the 21st century. Some experts believe that a surge of inflation, such as we haven’t seen since the 1970s, is now in the cards. Inflation bulls argue that the post pandemic recovery is just one of many trends converging to create rising prices for years to come. They argue that demographics and in particular an aging population that shrinks the labour force and dramatically increases health costs are accelerants for long term inflation. Skeptics argue that post pandemic recoveries typically drive prices down, not up: the mindset after experiencing a plague is to pay down debt not spend more. While the government may be printing money at a record pace, the rapid technological change brought on by COVID will ramp up automation of workforces driving wages down. And with interest rates on safer investments like bonds suppressed by central banks, aging populations will spend less, suppressing consumer demand. The spectre of a long term rise in inflation is just that, a fiction of our imaginations.

    Arguing for the motion is Manoj Pradhan, Founder of Talking Heads Macroeconomics based in London, England. He is also the co-author of The Great Demographic Reversal: Ageing Societies, Waning Inequality, Inflation Revival.

    Arguing against the motion is David Rosenberg, President of Rosenberg Research in Toronto, Canada. David was previously chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch.

    Sources: WTVR CBS6, CNBC, Yale School of Management, Yahoo Finance

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 45 Min.
    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 14

    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 14

    This is a sample of the Munk Members-Only Podcast. The program provides listeners with a focused, half-hour masterclass on the big issues, events and trends driving news and current events. The show features Janice Gross Stein, the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and bestselling author, in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths, Chair and moderator of the Munk Debates.

    This week’s Munk Members Podcast explore three big issues in the news: Third Wave of COVID-19 bears down hard on countries with low vaccine rates – Are these government’s at fault for mismanaging the latest surge of the virus or was it inevitable that some countries would be caught up new wave of lockdowns in a world short on vaccines? Russia deploys large number of military units to its border with Ukraine – What are the risks of a Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine? Is it in NATO’s interest to get involved in this conflict? What can the West do to deter the threat of Russian aggression? Canadian Spring election in the air – Can you hold a free and fair election in the middle of a third wave of COVID-19? What are the risks and opportunities for the governing Liberals? We discuss it all.

    To access the full length episode consider becoming a Munk Member. Membership is free. Simply log on to www.munkdebates.com/membership to register. Under your membership profile page you will find a link to listen to the full length editions of Munk Members Podcast.

    If you like what the Munk Debates is all about consider becoming a Supporting Member.

    For as little as $9.99 monthly you receive unlimited access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, monthly newsletter, ticketing privileges at our live and online events and a charitable tax receipt (for Canadian residents).

    To explore you Munk Membership options visit www.munkdebates.com/membership.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue.

    More information at www.munkdebates.com.

    • 17 Min.
    Be it resolved: We are not alone in the universe

    Be it resolved: We are not alone in the universe

    K2-18 B, an earth-like planet with water vapour is spotted 111 light years away. An interstellar object christened Oumuamua flies through our solar system exhibiting characteristics never seen before in an asteroid. Scientists discover intriguing radio wave emissions coming from Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun. These are just some of a growing number of observations that have scientists excited about proving the existence of alien life. Statistical probabilities support this view - the Kepler Space Telescope has identified billions of planets theoretically capable of supporting life. To meaningfully advance the science of astrobiology humanity needs to abandon the longstanding and pervasive view that we are alone in the universe. Skeptics say that given the immense age of the observable universe there should be some evidence of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, but instead all we hear and see is silence. These same scientists argue that the ability of a planet to make the jump from inanimate matter to life - known as abiogenesis - and then to stay alive and become intelligent - requires highly unlikely transitions. Earth and humans are special. Our existence represents an incredible fluke and the statistical probability of it happening elsewhere is all but impossible. In sum, we are alone.

    Arguing for the motion is Avi Loeb, Astronomer and Professor of Science at Harvard University and a New York times bestselling author, most recently of Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.

    Arguing against the motion is Stephen Webb, a physicist at the University of Portsmouth, author of the best seller Where is Everybody, and presenter of the recent top ten TED Talk Where are all the Aliens? 

    Sources: Sky News Australia, Fox 35 Orlando, KSAT 12, Business Insider, PBS Space Time, World News, CBSDFW, MoleClues TV

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.  

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Producer: Nicole Edwards

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 49 Min.
    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 13

    Munk Members-Only Pod: Episode 13

    This is a sample of the Munk Members-Only Podcast. The program provides listeners with a focused, half-hour masterclass on the big issues, events and trends driving news and current events. The show features Janice Gross Stein, the founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and bestselling author, in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths, Chair and moderator of the Munk Debates.

    This week’s Munk Members Podcast focus on three stories in the news this week: the third wave of COVID-19 hits across the world –  was the latest round of lockdowns inevitable or were there decisions missed and made that now have April 2021 looking all too similar to April 2020?; Brazil is plunged into its latest political crisis as the pandemic ravages Latin America’s once dominant economy – are populists like Bolsonaro on the way out as their mismanagement of COVID-19 crisis ushers in a new wave of political instability?; and Russiandemocracy campaigner Alexei Navalny health is rapidly deteriorating in prison – is there anything the West can do to help to nudge Russia away from Putinism and towards democracy?

    To access the full length episode consider becoming a Munk Member. Membership is free. Simply log on to www.munkdebates.com/membership to register. Under your membership profile page you will find a link to listen to the full length editions of Munk Members Podcast.

    If you like what the Munk Debates is all about consider becoming a Supporting Member.

    For as little as $9.99 monthly you receive unlimited access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, monthly newsletter, ticketing privileges at our live and online events and a charitable tax receipt (for Canadian residents).

    To explore you Munk Membership options visit www.munkdebates.com/membership.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue.

    More information at www.munkdebates.com.

    • 15 Min.
    Be it resolved: There is no credible military defence of Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression

    Be it resolved: There is no credible military defence of Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression

    China’s takeover of Hong Kong, and its increasingly aggressive military manoeuvres in the South China Sea have many wondering whether Taiwan is the country’s next “reunification” target. While politicians debate whether it’s in the West’s interest to step in, strategists say the more pertinent question is whether a military defence of Taiwan is even possible. China now boasts the world’s largest army, conventional air force, coast guard, and navy. These vast military resources provide Beijing with the capacity to overwhelm Taiwan through a combined amphibious assault using nuclear attack submarines, destroyers, and aircraft carriers, and an airborne assault using strategic stealth bombers, fighters, and helicopters. Some experts argue that it is wishful to think that the US can defend Taiwan militarily from half a world away unless there is a radical reset of American military strategy and posture towards China. But others contend that despite China’s clear military superiority over Taiwan, the island nation enjoys many advantages when it comes to fending off an invasion. Taiwan’s unique geography and navigational challenges of the Taiwan Strait mean that an amphibious invasion is a daunting task even for a navy the size of China’s.  The country has one of the best early warning systems in the world, and combat aircraft sequestered in mountain locations across the island that could repulse a large scale airborne assault. The almost two million Taiwanese who are trained to defend the country - guerrilla tactics included - vastly outnumber any possible Chinese invasion force. Add in US aircraft carriers, ballistic missiles, armed drones, and high tech minefields, and a Chinese military conquest of Taiwan could end up handing Beijing its biggest military defeat since WWII.

    Arguing for the motion is Oriana Skylar Mastro. She’s a Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the author of "The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime".

    Arguing against the motion is Michael Beckley, Associate Professor at Tufts University near Boston, and also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of "Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower".

    Sources: Formosa TV English News, CNA, Arirang News, ABC News, Senator Tom Cotton, BBC News, US GEGE, CGTN, France 24, RTI

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.  

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 52 Min.

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