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The world as we knew it is undergoing a rapid transformation…so what's next?

Welcome to WorldAffairs, your guide to a changing world. We give you the context you need to navigate across borders and ideologies. Through sound-rich stories and in-depth interviews, we break down what it means to be a global citizen on a hot, crowded planet.

Our hosts, Ray Suarez, Teresa Cotsirilos and Philip Yun help you make sense of an uncertain world, one story at a time.

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The world as we knew it is undergoing a rapid transformation…so what's next?

Welcome to WorldAffairs, your guide to a changing world. We give you the context you need to navigate across borders and ideologies. Through sound-rich stories and in-depth interviews, we break down what it means to be a global citizen on a hot, crowded planet.

Our hosts, Ray Suarez, Teresa Cotsirilos and Philip Yun help you make sense of an uncertain world, one story at a time.

    An American Hostage Story

    An American Hostage Story

    In 2008, Jason Rezaian made a life changing decision to move to Iran and follow his dream of being a foreign correspondent. He fell in love, became a reporter for the Washington Post, and even played host to Anthony Bourdain in the Iran episode of Parts Unknown. Then, Jason’s life was turned upside down when he was arrested and held hostage in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for 544 days. At least forty Americans are currently held captive around the world–not by terrorist groups but by foreign governments.
     
    On this week’s episode, we hear Jason’s story and why he thinks it’s essential that the US government and media change the way they talk about American hostages abroad so we can finally bring them home.
     
    Guests:
     
    Jason Rezaian, Washington Post global opinions writer, host of 544 Days and author of Prisoner 
    Yeganeh Rezaian, senior researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists
    Kate Woodsome, documentary filmmaker at the Washington Post
     
    Host:
    Ray Suarez, co-host, WorldAffairs
     
    If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please consider making a donation to World Affairs. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.
     

    • 59 min
    Where in the World Are All the Vaccines?

    Where in the World Are All the Vaccines?

    With the rapid spread of Omicron and CDC guidelines changing on a near-daily basis, the pandemic can feel more confusing than ever. To help make sense of it all, we bring you this week’s episode two days ahead of schedule.
    Even in the face of a highly infectious variant, COVID vaccines still offer the best protection from severe illness and death, but 40% of the world’s population, mostly in low income countries, have yet to receive a first dose. With so many people unvaccinated, new variants will continue to emerge. So, what can be done to break vaccine gridlock and bring this pandemic to an end?
    On this week’s episode, Dr. Luciano Cesar Azevado, an ICU doctor in São Paulo, explains how Brazil went from being a COVID hotspot to a world leader in vaccinations. Then, Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, talks with Ray Suarez about overcoming the challenges of vaccine distribution in hard to reach areas.
    Guests: 
    Dr. Luciano Cesar Azevado,  ICU physician and professor of critical care and emergency medicine, Sírio-Libanês Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil
    Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance
    Hosts:
    Philip Yun, CEO, World Affairs
    Ray Suarez, co-host, World Affairs

    • 59 min
    How the Far Right is Changing World Politics

    How the Far Right is Changing World Politics

    When footage of rioters storming the US Capitol streamed live in 2021, some far-right extremists in Germany watched it like a soccer game. The European nation has spent decades confronting its dark history, but neo-Nazi and conspiracy theorist movements continue to rise in Germany, and around the world.
     
    In this rebroadcast from last year, Ray Suarez talks with two domestic intelligence agents: one in Germany and the other in the United States. What have they learned in their fight against violent extremism?
     
    Guests:
    Stephan Kramer, chief of intelligence for the German state of Thuringia
    Michael German, Brennan Center for Justice at NYC Law School and former FBI agent
     
    Host:
    Ray Suarez, co-host of WorldAffairs
     
    If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please consider making a donation to World Affairs. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.

    • 59 min
    The Return of the Strongmen

    The Return of the Strongmen

    One year after supporters of former President Donald Trump violently stormed the Capitol,  how do we make sense of the January 6 insurrection? Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat returns to WorldAffairs to discuss modern authoritarians and the “leader cult” created around former president Donald Trump. With a majority of Republicans believing the false claim that voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election, could Donald Trump be reelected in 2024? If weaknesses in our democratic institutions aren’t addressed, Ben-Ghiat warns, the real danger lies in the blueprint left for future leaders.
     
    Guest: Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
    Host: Ray Suarez, co-host of WorldAffairs
    If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please consider making a donation to World Affairs. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.

    • 59 min
    War and Peace

    War and Peace

    H.R. McMaster, a retired Army lieutenant general and former national security advisor,  says the last twenty years of US foreign policy have been characterized by a belief that the world revolves around us. The result? A series of strategic blunders, from interminable wars in the Middle East to missing out on crucial opportunities to build peace. But author and peacebuilding expert Severine Autesserre says the US isn’t the only political power player guilty of what the retired general would call “strategic narcissism.”
     
    In an episode originally aired in April, we look at what happens when you think you know what you’re doing… and don’t listen to the people you are trying to help. 
     
    Guests:
     
    H.R. McMaster, Retired lieutenant general, former national security advisor and author of BattleGrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World
    Séverine Autesserre, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World
     
    Hosts:
     
    Philip Yun, CEO, World Affairs
    Ray Suarez, co-host, WorldAffairs
     
    If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please consider making a donation to World Affairs. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.

    • 59 min
    The Changemaker’s Playbook

    The Changemaker’s Playbook

    The world is changing quickly around us. So, how can we help lead the change? Former Obama campaign Chief Operating Officer, Henry De Sio, Jr., shares his insights on how to approach the unique challenges and opportunities of our time. With an approach rooted in empathy, ethics, and co-creative teamwork, De Sio offers tools for navigating a post-pandemic landscape in which change may be one of the only things we can count on.
     
    In a discussion with KQED’s Silicon Valley senior editor Rachael Myrow, De Sio shares lessons learned from leading change makers in business, social entrepreneurship, education and politics.
     
    Guests: 
     
    Henry F. De Sio, Jr., Author and former Deputy Assistant to the President in the Obama White House
     
    Hosts:
     
    Rachael Myrow, Senior Editor of KQED's Silicon Valley News Desk
     
    If you appreciate this episode and want to support the work we do, please consider making a donation to World Affairs. We cannot do this work without your help. Thank you.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Classroomtools ,

Thoughtful, Engaging, Compelling Listens

The programs in this series are absolutely brilliant - moving, engaging and oh so informative. Listening may turn out to be for you, as it has for me, one of the best hours of the week.

craigtreehorn ,

Educational, naturally

This podcast has taught me so much already and I just finished listening to my 3rd episode.

Each episode is filled with stories that are so captivating you can’t help but imagine what it is like to be there with the speakers and see or feel the world through their experiences.

WorldAffairs will teach you something new from the oldest educational device there is, the story.

I can’t wait to hear a new story from the amazing hosts and guests each week. I’m all caught up this week so I’m off to mine their back catalogue and learn some more, naturally.

Nutrition enthusiast ,

Engaging & Informative

A great weekly listen with timely content and interesting interviews from a variety of viewpoints on world political affairs.

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