An interview series with leading policy scholars and practitioners, connecting academic research and ideas with the news of the day.
Dr. John S. Park - North Korea's Surprising Endurance
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. John S. Park, Director of the Korea Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, about North Korea's surprising endurance in the face of harsh sanctions, the 2019 Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit, and local pizza.
Dr. Tarek Masoud - The Shifting Politics of the Middle East
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Tarek Masoud, the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, about the shifting political dynamics of the Middle East, the region's potential for democratization, and a triple snack of doughnuts, coffee, and Turkish delight.
Lisa Monaco - The Greatest Security Threats Americans Face
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Lisa Monaco, Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (2013-2017), about the greatest national security threats Americans face, misperception, fear, and Goldfish crackers.
Bob Mnookin - Negotiation and the Jewish-American Paradox (2018)
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Professor Bob Mnookin, Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, about the art of negotiation, Kissinger the Negotiator (Harper 2018), the Jewish-American Paradox (PublicAffairs 2018), and apple pie.
Jill Abramson - The State of the News
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times and Senior Lecturer in English at Harvard University, about the current challenges of news media, reasons for optimism, what makes a good story, and apples.
Dr. Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (2018)
Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, about his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress" (Viking 2018) and beer and mixed nuts.
These are excellent. Insightful yet lighthearted.
The only podcast you need to understand the world.
By far the best political podcast!
Exceptionally insightful and enjoyable
This is required listening for anyone interested in policy, current events, politics, or snacks.