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Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that’s rapidly shifting around us.

“On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez” explores international fault lines and how they impact us all.

Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.

A co-production of World Affairs and KQED.

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Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that’s rapidly shifting around us.

“On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez” explores international fault lines and how they impact us all.

Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.

A co-production of World Affairs and KQED.

    Storming Brasilia: Bolsonaro's Second Amendment Culture War

    Storming Brasilia: Bolsonaro's Second Amendment Culture War

    Former president Jair Bolsonaro galvanized a U.S.-style gun culture in Brazil.  Although Brazilians still have no constitutional right to bear arms, the former president loosened gun control, and encouraged his supporters to arm themselves. After Bolsonaro lost the 2022 presidential election to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, what happened next closely mirrored what happened in the United States after Donald Trump lost the election in 2020. 
     
    So, how did Jair Bolsonaro leverage a Second Amendment culture war in a country...without a Second Amendment? And how did a fundamentally American ideology lead to an attack on Brazil’s Congress earlier this year?
     
    Ray Suarez spoke with Reuters reporter Gabriel Stargardter about Brazil’s version of the January 6th Insurrection, and the Latin American nation’s fight over the "right" to bear arms.
     
    Guest:  
     
    Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters reporter in Rio de Janeiro
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 34 min
    The Man Who Runs The World: Xi Jinping’s China

    The Man Who Runs The World: Xi Jinping’s China

    *Ray Suarez will be at World Affairs live and in-person on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, for a discussion about his life and career.
     
    Find out more information by clicking this link to sign up and attend in person or view online.* 
     
    “On Shifting Ground” host Ray Suarez has just returned from a four-month stint living in Shanghai. There, he had a front-row seat to draconian lockdowns, the White Paper Protests, and Xi Jinping’s triumphant acceptance of a third term, cementing the Chinese President’s vision for the country’s future. On his way out of China, Ray witnessed the country’s chaotic exit from “Zero-Covid”, as Beijing scrambled to face the deadly fallout. 
     
    What is Xi Jinping’s plan to reset China, and how do we make sense of his enigmatic rule? 
    Sue-Lin Wong, a reporter from The Economist, joined Ray for a live streamed discussion of the consolidation of power by the Chinese Communist Party, and its national and global implications. Wong is also the host of the magazine’s hit podcast “The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping.”
     
    Guest:  
     
    Sue-Lin Wong, The Economist’s Southeast Asia correspondent, host of The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping.
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 53 min
    Learning From Past Fights With Inflation

    Learning From Past Fights With Inflation

    Economist Brad DeLong was feeling optimistic in February 2021, because inflation was well below target. Weeks later, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine, sending price shocks through the global economy.
     
    The latest numbers indicate inflation is slowing, but people around the world are still feeling the sting. While the US has it better than most, no one is immune from the global economic slump.
     
    So what does inflation mean for our pocketbooks, and for our mental health? Ray Suarez speaks with DeLong about why a little bit of inflation may be good for the economy, but also signals to service-sector and middle class workers that the system isn’t working for them. 
     
    Guest:
     
    Bradford DeLong, UC Berkeley economist and author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 31 min
    How Tech Layoffs Threaten Silicon Valley’s Immigrant Workers

    How Tech Layoffs Threaten Silicon Valley’s Immigrant Workers

    Silicon Valley relies on a huge foreign born workforce, mostly from India and China, to provide specialized skills in fields like engineering, biotech, AI and computer science. But after the most recent round of tech layoffs, visa holders have 60 days to find a new job, or lose their residency in the U.S.
     
    Tech reporter Pranav Dixit has been paying attention to the outsized role foreign born workers play in companies like Google, Meta, and Amazon, who have laid off more than 26,000 employees in 2023, and thousands more at the end of 2022. In the course of his reporting, Dixit has found that these drastic cuts have left immigrant programmers and computer scientists wondering if it’s worth staying in the U.S. “People are really using this time to reevaluate their priorities and their relationships,” said Dixit, “with both the US and their own country in many cases.”
     
    Read more of Pranav Dixit’s reporting for Buzzfeed: Laid-Off Tech Workers On H-1B Visas Might Be Forced To Leave The Country
     
    And check out his past appearance on the program: Podcast: Why Farmers are Fighting in Modi’s India - World Affairs Council 
     
    Guest:
     
    Pranav Dixit, tech reporter at Buzzfeed
     
    Host:  
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 21 min
    What ISIS Can Teach Us About Drone Warfare in Ukraine

    What ISIS Can Teach Us About Drone Warfare in Ukraine

    As we approach the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine, Iran has been hit with further sanctions for supplying Russia with drones and ballistic missiles. The dense web of overseas conflicts and the growing use of remote weaponry has left many average Americans feeling disengaged from the human toll of war. Journalist Azmat Khan says our ignorance isn’t an accident. She was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her work uncovering the US military’s systematic failure to investigate civilian casualties in the ongoing US fight against ISIS. 
     
    On this week’s program, Khan sits down with Ray Suarez to discuss what accountability looks like in the age of remote warfare, and the importance of civilian oversight in US military action. Then, Shannon French joins the program to chart the ever-evolving field of military ethics – and its central role in keeping both civilians and soldiers safe.
     
    Guests:  
     
    Azmat Khan, investigative reporter for the New York Times Magazine
     
    Shannon French, Inamori Professor of Ethics at Case Western University
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 53 min
    What Will a Republican Majority in the House Mean for US Foreign Policy?

    What Will a Republican Majority in the House Mean for US Foreign Policy?

    What will a new Congress mean for the next two years of foreign policy? The writing on the wall of the new GOP-controlled House spells more hawkishness on China, and more scrutiny of the Biden administration’s aid to Ukraine.
     
    Ray Suarez speaks with Chris Tuttle, from the Council on Foreign Relations, about the impact of the midterms on US foreign policy. Will the razor-thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives empower more conservative, “America-first” factions within the party?
     
    Guest:
     
    Chris Tuttle, Senior Fellow and Director of the Renewing America Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
    Host(s):  
     
    Philip Yun, CEO of World Affairs
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

womanbyherradio ,

Ray and Reza

This week’s episode is, as always, fascinating, but also fun, as Ray, who is a wonderful storyteller, interviews another great storyteller, Reza Aslan about the history of an earlier revolution in then, Persia, in which a young Christian missionary English teacher in Persia leads his students in a revolt in the besieged city of Tabriz…and dies. A serious subject, pleasurably told.

lgavs ,

Ray is A Terrific Journalist.

Found about about Ray’s pod when he appeared on Democracy Now/Amy Goodman’s you tube channel.
So glad I did. Will be listening on my iPad and phone.
Thanks Ray.

Andieo1997 ,

Brilliant!

This is the perfect choice for anyone interested in learning more about current global affairs! Each episode is informative and enjoyable.

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