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Recent Episodes:

Extremism with J.M. Berger

Extremism with J.M. Berger

 
 
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J.M. Berger, expert on political extremism and author of new novel Extremism, discusses his definition of extremism, what fuels the extremist narrative, and how extremism can be seen today, touching on ISIS and the rise of right-wing fanaticism. He specifically focuses on the importance of social identity theory, the “them vs. us” mentality, and how … Read More

What Does Nicaragua’s Future Hold?

What Does Nicaragua’s Future Hold?

 
 
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Since April 2018, protests have erupted across Nicaragua, resulting in over 220 casualties and another 320 political detainees. Police presence has heightened and the economy is falling at an incredible pace. Thousands of Nicaraguans are fleeing the country and seeking asylum in other Central American countries and the United States. What does the future hold … Read More

Space Policy:  Adapting to Change and Anticipating the Future

Space Policy:  Adapting to Change and Anticipating the Future

 
 
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At the 48th Annual World Affairs institute for Student Leaders, we interviewed our keynote speaker, Laura Delgado López, who has extensive experience in space policy (biography below).   She shares with us how she got started in a space policy career,  what scientific information is being collected from space and how it benefits us every day,  how … Read More

A New Nuclear Arms Race

A New Nuclear Arms Race

 
 
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Joseph Cirincione talks to us about a “new nuclear arms race” and gives our listeners historical and political context for the current US nuclear strategy and policies, drawing upon his 35+ years of experience.   He walks our listeners through a brief history of nuclear policies and describes for us 3 danger points he is concerned about and provides insider knowledge as to what are the biggest security concerns facing the world today., including Iran and North Korea.

Discover Qatar

Discover Qatar

 
 
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Angélica talks with Mr. Charles Stout, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council, about his recent trip to  Qatar. Mr. Stout was selected from a competitive process to participate in a WACA Leadership Mission to Qatar in October 2018, sponsored by the Embassy of the State of Qatar.

Visiting Pittsburgh on an Entrepreneurial Exchange: Observations from Latin America

Visiting Pittsburgh on an Entrepreneurial Exchange: Observations from Latin America

 
 
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This week, Anna interviews three Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) fellows about their experience in Pittsburgh and what it’s like being an entrepreneur in Latin America.  Their biographies are below along with links to more information about the YLAI program.

Learn About The Hub + Spoke Event on November 17

Learn About The Hub + Spoke Event on November 17

 
 
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Angelica speaks with Nathan Darity and Sara Noel from the Global Switchboard about their upcoming second annual Hub + Spoke event. Guests will hear and interact with stories that demonstrate the impact that organizations in The Global Switchboard’s network are having both globally and locally.

Benefits and Challenges of the US-Pakistan Relationship: A Conversation with a Career Diplomat

Benefits and Challenges of the US-Pakistan Relationship: A Conversation with a Career Diplomat

 
 
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David Ranz, a diplomat for over 25 years, joins us to discuss his career and his current job as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. He walks us through the history of US-Pakistan relations from pre-Cold War to present day, why Pakistan’s relationship with India affects its relationship with Afghanistan and other neighbors, why the US is concerned about terrorist organizations operating in Pakistan, and current challenges in the US-Pakistan relationship including nuclear weapons policies. Mr Ranz shares valuable insider knowledge from his decades of experience in the State Department, including clarification of the recent announcement suspension of military assistance to Pakistan. “Democracy is predicated on the notion of an informed public,” Mr Ranz tells us, sharing his advice on how American citizens can continue to follow State Department updates and to find credible sources on international news and global events.

Save the Children of Rohingya

Save the Children of Rohingya

 
 
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More than a million Rohingya people have fled their homes in Myanmar to escape ethnic and religious persecution. Jesse Hartness from Save the Children joins the podcast to discuss the Rohingya Crisis and the ways in which Save the Children is working to provide Rohingya children with healthcare and education. At its peak, the Rohingya … Read More