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Each week, host Thoko Moyo speaks with leading experts in public policy, media, and international affairs about their experiences confronting the world's most pressing public problems.

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Each week, host Thoko Moyo speaks with leading experts in public policy, media, and international affairs about their experiences confronting the world's most pressing public problems.

    212 When Bad Things Happen to Everybody: Crisis Management in a Chaotic World

    212 When Bad Things Happen to Everybody: Crisis Management in a Chaotic World

    The COVID-19 coronavirus has spread from Asia to Europe and the Middle East and threatens. HKS Senior Lecturer Juliette Kayyem says globalization has changed the nature of the crises we face — and that policymakers and crisis managers must keep up with new challenges including disinformation and the climate crisis.

    • 31 min
    211 Post-expert democracy: Why nobody trusts elites anymore

    211 Post-expert democracy: Why nobody trusts elites anymore

    Harvard Kennedy School Professor Archon Fung says we’ve entered an era of “wide aperture, low deference democracy. It’s a dizzying period of wide-open public discourse where a much wider range of ideas and potential policies are being debated and, at the same time, traditional elites in politics, media, and academia are being pushed aside. How did the experts get to this sorry state? There are many reasons, he says, but "avarice" and inequality are a good place to start.

    • 39 min
    210 The Climate Crisis Was Caused by Economics, Can Economics Be Part of the Solution?

    210 The Climate Crisis Was Caused by Economics, Can Economics Be Part of the Solution?

    The media said the recent UN Climate Summit was an utter failure. Environmental Economist Robert Stavins begs to differ. Stavins, the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development at Harvard Kennedy School, says that away from the well-publicized gridlock, global climate negotiators laid the groundwork for meaningful results in the future.

    • 37 min
    209 Redistricting and Democracy: Can We Draw the Line on Gerrymandering?

    209 Redistricting and Democracy: Can We Draw the Line on Gerrymandering?

    Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor of Public Policy Benjamin Schneer says the drawing of electoral districts is a complex and partisan process that often results in politicians picking their voters instead of the other way around. But it doesn't have to be that way. Schneer's work explores political representation, elections, and ways to mitigate forces that distort the ability of citizens to communicate their desires to government.

    • 30 min
    208 The Precarious Fate of the African Century

    208 The Precarious Fate of the African Century

    A short decade from now, Africa will have the youngest workforce in an aging world and the potential to become a spectacular economic success story. Or it could become home to the overwhelming majority of the world’s poor. Former World Bank Managing Director and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says African policymakers must learn the lessons of the continent’s most recent boom in order to ensure a prosperous future.

    • 32 min
    207 Mightier Than the Sword: The Unexpected Effectiveness of Nonviolent Resistance

    207 Mightier Than the Sword: The Unexpected Effectiveness of Nonviolent Resistance

    Activists from around the world reach out to Harvard Kennedy School Professor Erica Chenoweth on an almost daily basis. And they mostly ask the same question: How can we fight authoritarianism — and the often-brutal repression that comes with it — without resorting to violence ourselves? They turn to her because her groundbreaking research has shown that, when done the right way, nonviolent civil resistance is actually more effective at driving political change than taking up arms.

    • 42 min

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