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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.

    Robots That Kill

    Robots That Kill

    Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change warfare, but at what cost?

    • 26 min
    New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

    New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

    At the start of the new year, the Why It Matters team takes a look at some of the best interview segments that didn’t make it into the episodes.

    • 22 min
    Prescription for Disaster

    Prescription for Disaster

    Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives, but bacteria are learning to outsmart them at alarming rates. Projections show that by 2050, ten million people could die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    • 23 min
    Space Jam

    Space Jam

    Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

    • 23 min
    STEMinism

    STEMinism

    Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

    • 24 min
    China Doesn't Want Your Trash

    China Doesn't Want Your Trash

    For years, China processed more than half of the world’s recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

    • 20 min

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