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An award-winning podcast from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, exploring today's biggest global challenges with the world's leading experts. Listen every other week by subscribing wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Is the Supreme Court Ready for the 21st Century?

    Is the Supreme Court Ready for the 21st Century?

    In 1973, the Supreme Court made abortion a constitutional right in its Roe v. Wade decision. This June, in a 6-to-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court undid that right.
    The decision set off shockwaves across the country, and brought up questions not only about reproductive rights, but about the relationship between the Supreme Court and US politics at large.
    Dobbs vs. Jackson was only one of several wide-ranging, polarizing decisions of this Supreme Court term. On this episode of Trending Globally, Wendy Schiller, professor of political science and the director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Watson, helps explain this term’s monumental decisions, and ground them in American politics and history.
    At a moment when the reach of the court seems to extend further than ever and its opinions fall on an increasingly divided nation, there’s never been a more important time to assess how our judicial system works – and how it doesn’t.
    https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (Learn more about the Watson Institute’s other podcasts)

    • 24 min
    The Domestic Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

    The Domestic Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

    This past year, Trending Globally has been teaming up with the Costs of War Project to explore the effects of 20 years of America’s post-9/11 wars. Past episodes have explored America’s growing military presence around the world, the refugee crisis these wars have created, and the effects they’ve had on our planet and environment.
    This episode takes a closer look at how these wars have changed life in the United States – in cities, towns, and communities across the country. The first part of the episode focuses on a transformation that’s become all too visible in the past few years: the militarization of America’s police. The second part of the episode focuses on a less-visible phenomenon, but one that’s killed more servicepeople and veterans than all 20 years of combat combined.
    Guests on this episode:
    https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/people/contributors/jessica-katzenstein (Dr. Jessica Katzenstein)
    https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/people/contributors/thomas-h-ben-suitt-iii (Dr. Ben Suitt)
    https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/ (Learn more about the Costs of War Project)
    https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (Learn more about the Watson Institute’s other podcasts)

    • 33 min
    Can We Make Social Media Safe for Democracy?

    Can We Make Social Media Safe for Democracy?

    For many politicians, policymakers, and voters, the 2016 election of Donald Trump was a shocking lesson in the massive role tech companies, like Facebook and Twitter, play in our politics.
    Since then, their role has only gotten bigger. And as our guest on this episode of Trending Globally explains: that’s a huge problem for democracies around the world.
    Frances Haugen worked as a product manager in Facebook’s Civic Integrity Department from 2019-2021. While there she saw firsthand how Facebook’s algorithms are designed to maximize user engagement at all costs, with disastrous effects.
    In 2021 Frances anonymously leaked tens of thousands of internal documents to The Wall Street Journal, and became known as the ‘Facebook Whistleblower.’ Since then she’s testified before Congress, and helped start a global movement to better understand and regulate ‘Big Tech.’
    On this episode of Trending Globally, political economist and Rhodes Center Director Mark Blyth talks with Frances about the problems tech giants like Facebook pose to our politics, and what we can do to fix them.
    This episode was originally broadcast on the Rhodes Center Podcast, another show from the Watson Institute. If you enjoy this interview, be sure to subscribe to the Rhodes Center Podcast for more just like it.
    https://trending-globally.captivate.fm/ (Find transcripts and more information about all our episodes on our website. )
    https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (Learn more about the Watson Institutes other podcasts).
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facebook-files-11631713039 (Read the Wall Street Journal’s expose on Facebook.)

    • 23 min
    One Economist Makes the Case for Expanding Immigration

    One Economist Makes the Case for Expanding Immigration

    Today, there are over 25 million people living as refugees around the world. Humanitarian crises in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, and countless other countries have led to this staggering figure. No matter the circumstance, it’s a human tragedy – one which we don't seem to have a plan for how to fix.
    Failing to provide new homes for refugees isn’t only bad for refugees, according to Watson economist Dany Bahar. It’s also a lost opportunity for the countries that could be accepting them.
    That’s because, as Dany explains on this episode of Trending Globally, immigration of all kinds provides profound economic benefits to host countries in a variety of ways. By looking at data from immigration patterns and refugee crises around the world, Dany and his colleagues are making the case that immigration is a consistent boon for countries, as long as host countries provide the right policies to help immigrants thrive.
    In the case of the United States, Dany believes that expanding immigration is more than just an economic opportunity — our ability to lead the world as an economic superpower may very well depend on it.
    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/ukraine/2022-05-03/refugee-opportunity (Read Dany’s recent article on the topic at Foreign Affairs.)
    https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (Learn more about the Watson Institute’s other podcasts.)

    • 25 min
    Will America Ever Learn from the Mistakes of its ‘Forever Wars’?

    Will America Ever Learn from the Mistakes of its ‘Forever Wars’?

    Last August, the United States pulled out of Afghanistan, ending its longest-ever military engagement. For a moment, it seemed like the US might be entering a period defined more by its domestic agenda than its international entanglements.
    But then, of course, Russia invaded Ukraine. The US is getting more involved by the day in this new conflict, and Americans are once again debating what role their military should play in the world.
    One central question hovering over this debate: as we try to support Ukraine and its people, can we avoid making the same mistakes we made when intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq?
    Watson Senior Fellow Richard Boucher thinks it’s possible. But first, we need to make sure we’re learning the right lessons. And doing that requires looking back even further in our history than Afghanistan. As Richard explains, understanding how the “Vietnam generation” ended up leading the charge into Afghanistan and Iraq has a lot to teach us about the lessons we should take from past conflicts, and why it can be so difficult to learn them the first time around.
    From 2006 until 2009, Richard Boucher served as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, where he played a leading role in defining American strategy and diplomacy in Afghanistan. Before that he was the longest-serving Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in American history. You can find more of his analysis and insights https://richardboucher.wordpress.com/ (on his blog).
    https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts (Learn more about the Watson Institute’s other podcasts).

    • 23 min
    Debating Progressive Public Policy with Glenn Loury and Briahna Joy Gray

    Debating Progressive Public Policy with Glenn Loury and Briahna Joy Gray

    On this episode, Trending Globally was thrilled to welcome a special guest host: Glenn Loury, professor of economics at the Watson Institute. In addition to being a celebrated economist, Loury is also one of America’s most insightful and incisive thinkers on race and public policy.
    His guest on this episode, Briahna Joy Gray, is a progressive writer and commentator, and former National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. Glenn and Briahna discussed some of the Left’s most prized policy ambitions, including student debt relief, Medicare-for-all, and increasing taxes on America’s wealthiest citizens.
    Neither Glenn nor Briahna’s political views fall neatly into America’s two main political parties, so while they don’t see eye to eye on most of the issues, the resulting conversation strays from typical partisan talking points. Instead, you’ll hear two independent thinkers respectfully debating America’s biggest policy problems, sometimes taking positions that cut across the partisan grain. Hopefully it will help you see some of America’s most long-standing political dilemmas in a new light.
    Briahna is the host of the podcast ‘https://badfaith.libsyn.com/ (Bad Faith),’ and Glenn is the host of his own podcast, ‘https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-glenn-show/id505824976 (The Glenn Show).’ Their conversation was edited down for this episode of Trending Globally, but you’ll be able to hear the full, unedited version on each of those podcasts soon. You can find them wherever you listen to podcasts.
    https://glennloury.substack.com/ (Find more conversations like this on Glenn Loury’s Substack.)

    • 43 min

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