56 episodes

A monthly podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Banjo Damilola. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

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A monthly podcast taking you inside the United Nations and beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done: the unscripted debates on the most pressing issues of our time. Hosted by PassBlue reporters Kacie Candela and Banjo Damilola. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

PassBlue is an independent, women-led digital publication offering in-depth journalism on the US-UN relationship and its effects on women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other urgent global matters, as reported from our base in the UN press corps. Founded in 2011, PassBlue is a project of the New School, and not tied financially or otherwise to the UN.

    Ep. 54: Albania Aims to Strengthen Global Justice for Past and Present Atrocities

    Ep. 54: Albania Aims to Strengthen Global Justice for Past and Present Atrocities

    Albania is a small, Sunni Majority country that has successfully kept religion out of its politics and allowed the practice of other faiths besides Islam. It is also a country scarred by invasions, autocracy and institutional breakdowns. But the NATO member and EU-hopeful has risen to become a strong voice in the Balkans. Its elected two-year term in the UN Security Council began in January, and in June, it is Council president, bringing a former communist voice that is strongly opposed to Putin’s war in Ukraine. On today's show, we talk with Albanian Permanent Representative Ferit Hoxha as well as Agon Maliqi, an expert on the Balkans and a pro-democracy activist.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you interested in joining a community of policy influencers working toward positive change? Consider Seton Hall University’s results-driven executive graduate programs in international affairs.

    You can customize your studies through research in regional areas and specializations -- including conflict management, global health security and more. As a graduate candidate, you can leverage a collaborative and dynamic professional platform that includes 1-on-1 faculty mentorship, career workshops, international seminars, AND discussions with global leaders on campus, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, and in Washington, D.C.

    The program is flexible. Study full or part-time, online, or at the New Jersey campus just 14 miles from New York City.

    To learn more or sign up for a webinar, visit www.shu.edu/passblue.

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 53: The US Continues to Keep Russia on the Defensive

    Ep. 53: The US Continues to Keep Russia on the Defensive

    The United States assumes the Security Council presidency in May, as it also leads efforts to continue to isolate Russia in the UN for its war in Ukraine. On this episode, we hear from US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield about the country's signature events in the Council, and chat with Thomas G. Weiss, leading American academic on the UN and Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you interested in joining a community of policy influencers working toward positive change? Consider Seton Hall University’s results-driven executive graduate programs in international affairs.

    You can customize your studies through research in regional areas and specializations -- including conflict management, global health security and more. As a graduate candidate, you can leverage a collaborative and dynamic professional platform that includes 1-on-1 faculty mentorship, career workshops, international seminars, AND discussions with global leaders on campus, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, and in Washington, D.C.

    The program is flexible. Study full or part-time, online, or at the New Jersey campus just 14 miles from New York City.

    To learn more or sign up for a webinar, visit www.shu.edu/passblue.

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

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    With the world ravaged by wars, infectious disease and climate change, we need to ask, what do we want the world to look like in 2030?
    The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs will prepare you to use your career to create a more just world order. Based in New York City, these master’s degree programs will give you deep insight into global issues such as conflicts, migration, human rights, development and media, as well as the skills you’ll need to work in these areas. The programs also offer an International Field Program, UN Summer Study and student-team consultancies with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. To find out more, visit: www.newschool.edu/international-affairs.

    • 24 min
    Ep. 52: The UK Leads a Security Council Handicapped by Russia's Veto

    Ep. 52: The UK Leads a Security Council Handicapped by Russia's Veto

    In April, the UK leads a Security Council that is inevitably prevented from taking meaningful action on Ukraine by Russia's veto. We are joined by UK Deputy Permanent Representative James Kariuki, who shares how the UK aims to minimize Russia's misinformation in the Council and the UK's signature events this month, on ending sexual violence in wars and on getting Covid-19 vaccines in conflict zones. We also chat with Mark Seddon, director of the Centre for UN Studies at the University of Buckingham in England, who suggests how Britain could help promote a ceasefire in Ukraine.

    Welcome to our new co-host and co-producer, Damilola Banjo! Damilola joins us from Columbia's Journalism School. She previously worked for the BBC in her home country, Nigeria.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you interested in joining a community of policy influencers working toward positive change? Consider Seton Hall University’s results-driven executive graduate programs in international affairs.

    You can customize your studies through research in regional areas and specializations -- including conflict management, global health security and more. As a graduate candidate, you can leverage a collaborative and dynamic professional platform that includes 1-on-1 faculty mentorship, career workshops, international seminars, AND discussions with global leaders on campus, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, and in Washington, D.C.

    The program is flexible. Study full or part-time, online, or at the New Jersey campus just 14 miles from New York City.

    To learn more or sign up for a webinar, visit www.shu.edu/passblue.

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

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    With the world ravaged by wars, infectious disease and climate change, we need to ask, what do we want the world to look like in 2030?
    The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs will prepare you to use your career to create a more just world order. Based in New York City, these master’s degree programs will give you deep insight into global issues such as conflicts, migration, human rights, development and media, as well as the skills you’ll need to work in these areas. The programs also offer an International Field Program, UN Summer Study and student-team consultancies with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
    To find out more, visit: www.newschool.edu/international-affairs.

    • 23 min
    Ep. 51: The UAE Grows Up but It's Still Undemocratic

    Ep. 51: The UAE Grows Up but It's Still Undemocratic

    The United Arab Emirates assumes the Security Council presidency in March at a time when the body finds itself powerless to overcome Russia's veto and take any real action on Ukraine. We talk with Emirati Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh as well as Dr. Sanam Vakil, Deputy Head of Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa Program, about the UAE's foreign policy priorities as Council president, its abstention on the recent vote to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the relationship among the women ambassadors on the Council.

    This was co-host and co-producer Stéphanie Fillion's last episode of UN-Scripted. We wish her good luck in her future endeavors. You can keep up with Stéphanie on Twitter, @fillionsteph10.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you interested in joining a community of policy influencers working toward positive change? Consider Seton Hall University’s results-driven executive graduate programs in international affairs.

    You can customize your studies through research in regional areas and specializations -- including conflict management, global health security and more. As a graduate candidate, you can leverage a collaborative and dynamic professional platform that includes 1-on-1 faculty mentorship, career workshops, international seminars, AND discussions with global leaders on campus, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, and in Washington, D.C.

    The program is flexible. Study full or part-time, online, or at the New Jersey campus just 14 miles from New York City.

    To learn more or sign up for a webinar, visit www.shu.edu/passblue.

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 50: Will Russia Observe the Olympic Truce in Ukraine?

    Ep. 50: Will Russia Observe the Olympic Truce in Ukraine?

    As Russia assumes the Security Council presidency in February, international tensions are high over the country's military buildup at the Ukraine border. On this episode, we look at how Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea could offer insights into the Council's ability -- or inability -- to address the current crisis and whether China will choose a side: the West or Russia? We talk with Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy, who shares the country's plans for the Council this month; as well as Kadri Liik, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Russia expert; Richard Gowan, UN director at the International Crisis group in New York; and Sven Jürgenson, Estonia’s ambassador to the UN.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 49: Oslo Accords: The Real-Life Mona Juul

    Ep. 49: Oslo Accords: The Real-Life Mona Juul

    Norway’s New Year's resolutions are to make an indelible mark during its only Security Council presidency of its 2021-22 term while monitoring emerging and existing conflicts that threaten international peace and security. We talk with Ambassador Mona Juul, whose pivotal role in the Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization was recently portrayed in the HBO movie "Oslo." We also chat with Niels Nagelhus Schia, senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

    Links:
    PassBlue's website: www.passblue.com
    Twitter: @pass_blue
    Facebook: @PassBlueUN
    Instagram: @passblue

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    Are you looking for a talk show featuring leading global voices? Do you want to learn more about how international issues directly affect people locally?

    Global Connections Television presents the insights of global influencers at-no-cost to viewers and programmers. GCTV is independently produced, and reaches more than 70 million potential viewers worldwide each week.

    The show covers everything from human rights to climate change, from peace and security to empowering women and girls. It features guests such Dr. Jane Goodall, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The show also hosts expert voices from the private sector, academia, and labor and environmental movements.

    GCTV is available to public television media outlets, universities, and service clubs for distribution. To watch the show, visit www.globalconnectionstelevision.com. For more information, contact Bill Miller, the show’s host, at millerkyun@aol.com.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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Estonia

Excellent audio. Informative and provocative. UN affairs are so under- reported, this podcast is most newsworthy.

StephenJPM ,

Unique perspective, highly engaging and interesting

Stumbled upon this today and really enjoyed it. I always wondered what happens at the UN and how it effects the world we live in so hearing from its leaders first hand was engaging

RVNSNESH ,

Audio adverts over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional

This podcast advertises their sponsors using loud audio over person they are interviewing is very unprofessional and off-putting. Had to struggle to listen to the person talking.

Why? I hope it was an omission during editing.

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