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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.

On Shifting Ground World Affairs

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    • 4.4 • 208 Ratings

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.

    Boozing Boomers

    Boozing Boomers

    For the most part, the world has gone back to normal. We’re getting on planes… going to concerts… but many Americans haven’t changed their pandemic drinking habits. And this increased consumption trend is especially high for older Americans.
     
    In 2020, alcohol accounted for more than 11,000 deaths among those 65 and up – that’s an 18 percent increase from the previous year – and many of those cases went untreated. 
     
    Ray speaks with Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, to understand why.
     
    Guest:
     
    Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
     
    Host:  
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 25 min
    Hong Kong, A History of Defiance and the Fight for Free Speech

    Hong Kong, A History of Defiance and the Fight for Free Speech

    Ray Suarez talks with former NPR Beijing correspondent Louisa Lim about China’s brazen efforts to stamp out free speech in Hong Kong, the city she grew up in. Lim shares the experiences she chronicled in her book Indelible City, an emotional eyewitness account of the pro-democracy protests and a reflection on Hong Kong’s identity.
     
    Guest:  
     
    Louisa Lim, journalist and author of  “Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong” 
     
    Host: 
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 30 min
    Jimmy Lai’s Fate and the Future of Democracy in Hong Kong

    Jimmy Lai’s Fate and the Future of Democracy in Hong Kong

    Ray Suarez speaks with Sebastien Lai, the son of the imprisoned media mogul Jimmy Lai, and Jonathan Price, a member of Lai’s legal team. He’s on trial for his pro-democracy campaign, and they explore the fate of Hong Kong after China’s passage of the restrictive Article 23.
     
    Guests:
      
    Sebastien Lai, democracy advocate and son of jailed Hong Kong businessman and publisher
     
    Jonathan Price, a member of Jimmy Lai’s legal team
     
    Host: 
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 22 min
    Dobbs’ Domino Effect: The Future of Choice in America – A 2024 Election Special

    Dobbs’ Domino Effect: The Future of Choice in America – A 2024 Election Special

    Abortion advocates have long warned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would reverberate across all areas of reproductive health. Two years later, state personhood laws have challenged IVF and birth control… further threatening women’s bodily autonomy.
     
    In our third special election episode, we explore how the issue of abortion rights is likely to shape the 2024 election. First, we hear from two women whose lives were changed by rapidly shifting legislation surrounding IVF and abortion access. Then, Ray Suarez sits down with Dr. Jamila Perritt, President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), and UC Davis Law Professor Mary Ziegler to discuss the upcoming cases before the Supreme Court, and who may be the next “Roe”.
     
    Special thanks to All Roads Productions LLC for sharing the audio of Maleeha’s encounter with a crisis pregnancy center. You can watch the full scene from “Preconceived” at preconceivedfilm.com.
     
    Guests:  
     
    Latorya Beasley, therapist and in vitro fertilization (IVF) patient in Alabama
     
    Maleeha Aziz, Deputy Director at the Texas Equal Access Fund
     
    Dr. Jamila Perritt, President and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH)
     
    Mary Ziegler, Martin Luther King Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis
     
    Host: 
     
    Ray Suarez
     
    Guest Producer: Elize Manoukian
     
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    • 53 min
    For Palestine, Biden’s Uncommitted Voters Won’t Be Trump Shamed

    For Palestine, Biden’s Uncommitted Voters Won’t Be Trump Shamed

    Earlier this year, a grassroots movement emerged in the key battleground state of Michigan calling on Democratic voters to cast “uncommitted votes” in protest of president Joe Biden’s policy towards Israel’s war in Gaza. And in the months since, it’s gone national. But are Arab and Muslim American voters willing to gamble a second Trump presidency to hold Biden accountable for his Israel policy?
     
    Nihad Awad, a CAIR Action board member, joins Ray Suarez to share why Arab and Muslim voters feel abandoned by the Democratic party, and why they won’t be bullied into accepting the “lesser of two evils.” 
     
    Guest:
     
    Nihad Awad, Board Member of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Action
     
    Host:  
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 28 min
    Bear Hugs with Israel and Ballot Box Blues

    Bear Hugs with Israel and Ballot Box Blues

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's staunch opposition to a ceasefire in Gaza — and a future Palestinian state — is putting President Joe Biden in a vulnerable position at home. And as the 2024 election quickly approaches, it’s becoming clearer that US-Israel policy will be a lingering concern. 
     
    Ray Suarez sits down with Zack Beauchamp, a senior correspondent at Vox, to unpack how the political winds on Israel may be shifting.
     
    Guest:
     
    Zack Beauchamp, Senior Correspondent at Vox
     
    Host:
     
    Ray Suarez
     
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

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Really Interesting Talks, Usually Foreign Policy

Super interesting discussions with experts will deepen your understanding of what’s happening in the world.

This years girl ,

Rays knowledge is encyclopedic

In depth, global coverage

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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.

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