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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

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The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.

    Will the pandemic get worse in the winter?

    Will the pandemic get worse in the winter?

    Winter is coming in the northern hemisphere and traditionally it is time for colds and flu.
    This has raised fears that coronavirus will surge when the seasons change, possibly leading to a second wave of the disease that is even bigger than the first.
    However, predicting what a Covid winter will look like is complex and uncertainty reigns - there are reasons both to be worried and to be reassured.

    Contributors:
    . Micaela Martinez, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University
    . Katherine Wu, a health and science journalist with The New York Times
    . Judit Vall, a professor in health and labour economics at the University of Barcelona
    . Dominique Moisi, the author of The Geopolitics of Emotion.


    (A man walks through a snowfall in Sarajevo, wearing a mask as protection against Covid-19. Credit Mustafa Ozturk / Getty Images)

    • 24 min
    Why isn’t the world doing more to help the Uighurs?

    Why isn’t the world doing more to help the Uighurs?

    With an estimated million Uighurs in detention camps, China has used a variety of means to successfully stifle world criticism. They include its economic muscle, political alliances with like-minded countries and sanitized tours of the facilities for opinion formers.

    With Charmaine Cozier.

    (Uighur prisoners shackled and blindfolded in Xinjiang, China. Still from anonymous drone footage.)

    • 24 min
    Should Joe Biden stay in the basement?

    Should Joe Biden stay in the basement?

    The presidential opposition candidate Joe Biden has barely emerged from his home since America’s lockdown at the end of March. But polls suggest that the low-key strategy is working in his favour – as his rival President Donald Trump comes under increasing pressure over his handling of the coronavirus and a resurgence of racial tension.

    With four months to go until the election, is staying in the basement Joe Biden’s best option? What are the risks if he does? And how could Donald Trump turn things around?

    Contributors:
    . Jason Zengerle, writer at large for the New York Times Magazine
    . Rachel Bitecofer, Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center and host of the Election Whisperer.
    . Niambi Carter, Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University and author of “American While Black”.
    . Whit Ayres, Republican pollster at North Star Opinion Research.

    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Producers: Estelle Doyle and Victoria McCraven
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    (Image: Joe Biden at campaign event, Credit: Leah Mills/Reuters)

    • 23 min
    Is China versus India the most important rivalry of the 21st century?

    Is China versus India the most important rivalry of the 21st century?

    The recent border clash between China and India is seen as a watershed moment in the two nuclear nations’ relationship. How will its repercussions affect Asia, and the rest of the world?

    Contributors:
    . Chris Dougherty - a senior fellow with the Defence Programme at the Centre for New American Securities.
    . Ananth Krishnan – a correspondent for the Hindu newspaper. And the author of “India’s China Challenge”
    . Tanvi Madan – a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy programme at the Brookings Institution.
    . Yu Jie - a Senior Research Fellow on China at Chatham House.


    Presenter: Tanya Beckett
    Series Producer: Estelle Doyle

    (Chinese President Leader Xi Jinping with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2017 BRICS Summit. Photo: Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Getty images)

    • 24 min
    Why are Covid cases rising in the US?

    Why are Covid cases rising in the US?

    Why are Covid cases dramatically increasing in some U.S. states, where rates had been low? The number of new coronavirus infections in a single day has passed fifty five thousand. Is it because of more testing, or is something else going on?


    (Demonstrators outside the State Capitol in Auston.Texas protesting against Coronavirus restrictions. Credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

    • 22 min
    What does Putin want?

    What does Putin want?

    President Vladimir Putin has been in power for 20 years. The Russian people have been voting on a change to the constitution that could keep him in the Kremlin until 2036. While world leaders and opponents struggle to second guess him, some objectives appear to be clear: stability at home, respect abroad and power maintained for his inner circle.

    Presented by Charmaine Cozier

    (President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, February 2020. Credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

    • 24 min

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