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WorldAffairs is a deep exploration of today's pressing global issues. In the age of the rehearsed soundbite and the talking point, each hour-long episode marries expert analysis with compelling conversation. Our hosts, former Senior National Security Council Director Jane Wales, and renowned journalists Ray Suarez and Markos Kounalakis, take listeners on a journey of what's happening in the world and why it matters to you. We want to hear from you! Please take part in a quick survey to tell us how we can improve our podcast:

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WorldAffairs is a deep exploration of today's pressing global issues. In the age of the rehearsed soundbite and the talking point, each hour-long episode marries expert analysis with compelling conversation. Our hosts, former Senior National Security Council Director Jane Wales, and renowned journalists Ray Suarez and Markos Kounalakis, take listeners on a journey of what's happening in the world and why it matters to you. We want to hear from you! Please take part in a quick survey to tell us how we can improve our podcast:

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    Syria’s "The Cave"

    Syria’s "The Cave"

    The deadly civil war in Syria has raged for almost a decade. For besieged civilians, accessing basic services, like health care, comes with extraordinary risks. In his Academy Award® nominated documentary film, The Cave, director Feras Fayyad reveals a world of hope and safety inside a subterranean hospital. The hospital’s director is 29-year-old Dr. Amani Ballour. In a patriarchal society, she is a force and an inspiration as she keeps the hospital running through air bombardments, chronic food shortages and the threat of chemical attacks. Ray Suarez talks with Fayyad and Ballour about the National Geographic film and the current situation in Syria.
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    • 35 min
    Namaste Trump

    Namaste Trump

    US - India relations are back in the spotlight as President Trump travels to the world’s largest democracy. The visit comes as India faces the slowest economic growth since 2009 and social unrest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has been pushing a Hindu nationalist agenda. Ray Suarez gets a debrief from Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at The Brookings Institution and author of Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War.
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    • 26 min
    Hong Kong on the Brink

    Hong Kong on the Brink

    Are we witnessing the end of Hong Kong as we know it - or is this the biggest challenge yet to China’s authoritarian rule? This week on the podcast, we’re looking at what’s driving the protests in Hong Kong and why the demonstrations have persisted for so long. We walk through the history of Hong Kong, right up to today with: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at UC Irvine and author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, and former East Asia Correspondent for NPR and PRI’s The World, Mary Kay Magistad.
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    • 59 min
    WuDunn and Kristof’s Hope for Working Class America

    WuDunn and Kristof’s Hope for Working Class America

    American kids today are 55 percent more likely to die by the age of nineteen than children who grow up in other industrialized countries. Is the American dream an outdated one? Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore this question in their latest book, "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope." It chronicles the lives of people Kristof grew up with in rural Oregon, where roughly a quarter of the children who rode the school bus with him, died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide or accidents. In conversation with KQED’s Mina Kim, Kristoff and WuDunn discuss why so many Americans are struggling with poverty, addiction and depression despite living in the wealthiest country in the world.
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    • 59 min
    Ukraine Explained

    Ukraine Explained

    One question at the heart of the impeachment case against Donald Trump is whether the president threatened to withhold US military assistance from Ukraine. In this episode, we explore why the US has been supporting Ukraine in Europe’s only active war and why Ukraine needs help defending itself against Russian aggression. John E. Herbst, Atlantic Council and former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Oxana Shevel, Tufts University, and Simon Ostrovsky, Filmmaker and Journalist at the PBS NewsHour, speak with Ray Suarez.
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    • 58 min
    Border Wars: The Stakes of the Trump Administration's Immigration Policy

    Border Wars: The Stakes of the Trump Administration's Immigration Policy

    President Trump made building a border wall between the US and Mexico a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign. Since taking office, he has called for a travel ban on people from Muslim countries.  He has limited the rights of asylum seekers and presided over a family separation crisis at the southern border. New York Times journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shear discuss the decisions and the ideologies shaping US immigration policy with  WorldAffairs co-host Markos Kounalakis.
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    • 59 min

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