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Many of us have questions about global issues and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz breakdown complex policy issues of the day. No Spin, No Bombast, No finger pointing. Just informed discussion.

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    • 4.4 • 126 Ratings

Many of us have questions about global issues and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz breakdown complex policy issues of the day. No Spin, No Bombast, No finger pointing. Just informed discussion.

    Daniel Yergin on "The New Map"

    Daniel Yergin on "The New Map"

    This is a crossover episode with the CSIS podcast The Reopening. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert Daniel Yergin talks with Andrew and Scott about his latest book, The New Map, and the way technology revolutions in energy are influencing geopolitics, security, climate, and health. Daniel is vice-chairman of the research firm IHS Markit and has served on the Secretary of Energy’s advisory board under the last four presidential administrations.

    • 23 min
    An Open World

    An Open World

    In this episode, Andrew invites Rebecca Lissner, co-author of An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order. Rebecca draws on this new book to discuss why she believes the United States needs to re-imagine its grand strategy in order to face and overcome new 21st century challenges. 
    Rebecca Lissner is a non-resident scholar for the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; and an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College. She co-authored An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order with Mira Rapp-Hooper. 

    • 26 min
    Violence in the Streets of America

    Violence in the Streets of America

    In this episode, Seth Jones is back to further analyze the increase of violence that has occurred across America in the last couple of weeks. He draws on more data from his CSIS brief, "The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States," to discuss extremist groups and their use of social media, what violence might occur after this November's presidential election, and the transnational spread of white supremacism.
    Dr. Seth Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    • 20 min
    Terrorism in the U.S.

    Terrorism in the U.S.

    In this episode, Andrew invites Seth Jones to discuss what CSIS data reveals on the increasing terrorism problem in the U.S. Seth draws on his CSIS brief, "The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States," to unpack where the most significant threats are likely to come from and what factors will likely cause those threats to rise throughout the rest of 2020.
    Dr. Seth Jones holds the Harold Brown Chair, is director of the Transnational Threats Project, and is a senior adviser to the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    • 30 min
    NYT’s Bret Stephens on Israel and “One” or “Two” State Solutions

    NYT’s Bret Stephens on Israel and “One” or “Two” State Solutions

    In this episode, Andrew invites New York Times columnist Bret Stephens to discuss the concepts of one-state and two-state solutions for Israel, and what steps could be taken to have a peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.

    • 40 min
    David Sanger and the Roots of the Nation’s Struggle to Control the Pandemic

    David Sanger and the Roots of the Nation’s Struggle to Control the Pandemic

    In this crossover episode with CSIS's Take As Directed/Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger discusses the NYT's recent investigative team’s efforts, which chronicled the momentous White House decisions taken in early April to step back and push lead responsibility on to the states.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

sounder1111 ,

Turn up the volume please!

I listen to a lot of podcasts and one thing that makes me want to switch when this one comes on is it's soooo quiet! I'm interested in the mission of CSIS and the guests and host, while a bit dry, provide thoughtful, educated reflections on major world events, but I can barely hear you!! This is a production issue, should be relatively easy to fix. Thanks for the info and I hope you use this to improve the show.

doghousereiley ,

Don’t waste your time

I find it inane. I was never able to finish an episode. Unsubscribed.

U.S. Navy in Korea ,

Good production value, but...

CSIS prides itself on being non-partisan, but TTOTM is beginning to presents more guests who are biased to the left. One guest started the show simply bashing the POTUS without offering supporting evidence. I used to enjoy this podcast for its evenhanded approach, but it’s now becoming an NPR clone.

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