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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.

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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.

    Pricing Our Climate

    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, experts break down the intersection of climate change and the economy, and examine whether the persuasive power of the dollar can be leveraged in the fight for climate action. Featured Guests: Kate Mackenzie (Green Columnist, Bloomberg) Michael Greenstone (Professor of Economics, University of Chicago) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/pricing-our-climate

    • 33 min
    Hey, Remember the 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 games, and the soft power that countries hope to gain by hosting them. Featured Guests: Jules Boykoff (Professor of Political Science, Pacific University) Katharine Moon (Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/hey-remember-olympics

    • 35 min
    Living in History

    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 examine the present and make better choices for the future. Featured Guests: Richard N. Haass (President, Council on Foreign Relations) Margaret MacMillan (Professor of History, University of Toronto) Annette Gordon-Reed (Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/living-history 

    • 35 min
    The World is Watching Us

    The World is Watching Us

    The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racist protest movement that followed, and the administration’s response have shaken America, and reverberations can be felt across the globe. It is unclear what type of reform will follow the U.S. protests, but it is undeniable that the world is watching what happens closely. Featured Guests: Chika Oduah (Independent Multimedia Journalist) Keith Richburg (Director, Journalism and Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/world-watching-us

    • 28 min
    The Human Cost of Labor 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 States. Featured Guests: Susy Andole (Voices of Hope, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon) Mark P. Lagon (Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria) Anita Teekah (Senior Director, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/human-cost-labor-trafficking

    • 33 min
    Exporting Authoritarianism

    Exporting Authoritarianism

    China is undertaking massive infrastructure projects across the world and loaning billions of dollars to developing nations. On paper, the objective is to build a vast trade network, but is China also exporting authoritarianism? Featured Guests: Jessica Chen Weiss (Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University) Elizabeth C. Economy (C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies) For more information on this episode, visit us at cfr.org/podcasts/exporting-authoritarianism

    • 31 min

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