Podcast by Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University
Chinese Power, Interrupted
In the US, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about China’s transformation into a ‘global superpower’ in the 21st century. But according to journalist and author Michael Schuman, that’s not the only way to see China’s economic and political resurgence.
On this episode, Watson’s Director Ed Steinfeld talks with Michael about his book 'Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World.' The book will be, to many, a fresh perspective on Chinese history. But it's more than a history lesson; it’s also a powerful example of how national narratives develop, and how they are used for political ends.
You can learn more about and purchase 'Superpower Interrupted: A Chinese History of the World,' here: [https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/michael-schuman/superpower-interrupted/9781541788329/]
Less to Lean On, Part 2
This is the second part in a special series from Trending Globally exploring the housing crisis in the United States, and in Rhode Island in particular. The crisis has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but as we’ll show, it’s a problem that has been with us for much, much longer.
In Part II, we explore the role racism has played in this ongoing crisis, through policies and practices both unofficial and government sanctioned. We also look at how history is repeating itself today, as President Trump implies that white suburbs are facing an existential threat. But if the current inequalities are the result of deliberate actions, perhaps deliberate actions can also be used rectify them.
(Photo credit: Steve Ahlquist)
Contributors to this podcast include students from Brown University and the media collective Signs of Providence. You can learn more about their organization here: [evicted-in-ri.com/#/]
*We'll be back in two weeks with another episode of Trending Globally, and soon thereafter with Part 3 of 'Less to Lean On.'
You can read a transcript of this episode here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16w3T1P_2ofbsOq6PyiQsB4JOVvUUChEC/view?usp=sharing
Connecting Farmers and Food (Even If They Have to Drive the Trucks Themselves)
After reading about how supply chains were disrupted by the pandemic, and how American farmers were suddenly left with food they couldn’t sell, Will Collier ‘20 (Architecture and Economics concentrator) and Aidan Reilly ‘21 (Political Science and Government concentrator) had an idea: maybe they could raise money to buy the food, and deliver it themselves to people that needed it.
So in the midst of the pandemic they founded Farmlink, which to date has delivered over 10 million pounds of unsold produce to food banks across Southern California. And while their idea was borne out of this current crisis, it has grown into something far bigger than emergency relief.
This episode is the third in our series on how Brown students are navigating the pandemic. Will and Aidan discuss how they came up with the idea for Farmlink, the underlying issues in our food system that have made Farmlink so impactful, and what it’s like learning to drive a semi-trailer.
You can learn more about Farmlink here: [https://thefarmlinkproject.org/]
And you can read a transcript of this episode here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17DBsQxJVfP7Eqz52kC3uDhRnpxpdNrzv/view?usp=sharing
Photo credit: Owen Dubeck
How Good Documentaries Transcend Borders, and Why We Need Them Now More Than Ever
A good documentary doesn’t just tell a story; it makes you question what you think you know, and helps you to understand lives that are different from your own.
Rory Kennedy ‘91 is a celebrated documentary filmmaker; Randall Poster ‘83 is a film music supervisor, who has worked with filmmakers such as Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. Last year, they helped launch the John F. Kennedy Jr. Film Initiative, which is housed at Watson [https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-01-21/film]. Like John, they’re both Brown alums; John was Rory’s cousin, and Randy’s classmate. Through screenings, discussions, and workshops, this Initiative connects world-class documentarians with the Brown community, at a time when more and more students are looking to use narrative storytelling in their research and activism.
On this episode, Watson’s Director Ed Steinfeld talks with Rory and Randall about their careers in film, the motivation behind the Initiative, and the power documentaries have to affect social change.
You can sign up to for updates about the initiative here: [https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001tAx93SxsVPdIu0VdUKzGrI5l26fcYQCXzMIohbPEVcDI7_R5BmKHvSaASTST4iiMXJq5MU_zoqdr4GNPZ7gqSkHScQHfeVZpUO_sgEQQT-Fr7vpMrH5zUInF2EaK9CVlQseYI1RfQaGsYl-9ytBBjmLkXmv7hMCd]
And you can read a transcript of this episode here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IwHHEiV1_MzLkM69e-fTr1EWcHCP-P8m/view?usp=sharing
And you can learn more about the full slate of programming here (Fall Event announcements will be added in the coming days):
How One Brown Undergrad Became a Frontline Health Worker
This is the second in our ongoing series of conversations with Brown students about life during the pandemic. On this episode: Aaron Gruen ‘22 is a double concentrator in chemistry and music, and he was preparing for the most important cello recital of his life when Brown’s campus closed in March. He flew back home to Germany, and finished his classes remotely. Between classes, he found a new extracurricular -- serving as a frontline healthcare worker.
You can read the full transcript here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/153KGSFXiq8TEl8qz9VOqzpo-9wzBSxB5/view?usp=sharing]
'All-American Nativism' with Dan Denvir, Part II
On this episode, the second part of our interview with writer and Taubman Center Visiting Fellow Dan Denvir about his book ‘All American Nativism: How The Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It.’ In it, Denvir explores the long, disturbing history of nativism in the US, and the fundamental role it plays in our politics today.
If you haven’t listened to Part I yet, you can find it on your favorite podcast app or listen to it here: [https://soundcloud.com/watsoninstitute/all-american-nativism-with-dan-denvir-part-1]
You can learn more about and purchase Dan Denvir’s book here: [https://www.versobooks.com/books/2858-all-american-nativism]
You can read the transcript of this episode here: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wDN1xr7jc-blWyaRda2GctF5B9ZQykJY/view?usp=sharing]