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Why It Matters

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Why It Matters

Why It Matters

Council on Foreign Relations

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Each episode of Why It Matters breaks down an issue that is shaping our world's future. Join host Gabrielle Sierra as she speaks with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these questions head on. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, Why It Matters brings some of the world's most compelling stories home to you.

Latest Episodes

Season Two Trailer

Now more than ever, it’s clear that global problems can become local in a flash. In season two, Why It Matters dives into a new set of challenges that will shape our lives in the years to come.

1 MIN1 w ago
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Season Two Trailer

Coronavirus

The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has pulled back the curtain on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected world. Now we are left asking some basic questions. What lessons have we learned so far?Guests:Sylvia Burwell, former United States Secretary of Health and Human ServicesTom Frieden, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial TimesShannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

34 MIN3 w ago
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Coronavirus

The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how it works. This episode takes a look at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the ground up, paired best with a cold drink.

21 MINFEB 26
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The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

Dimming The Sky

As climate change accelerates, some scientists are researching ways to alter our climate to slow down warming. But the method, called solar geoengineering, comes with some serious risks.GuestsDavid Keith (Harvard University)Shuchi Talati (Union of Concerned Scientists)Gernot Wagner (New York University)Show Notes

23 MINFEB 12
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Dimming The Sky

Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

22 MINJAN 29
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Voter, You've Been Hacked

Robots That Kill

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change warfare, but at what cost?

26 MINJAN 15
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Robots That Kill

New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

At the start of the new year, the Why It Matters team takes a look at some of the best interview segments that didn’t make it into the episodes.

22 MINJAN 1
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New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

Prescription for Disaster

Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives, but bacteria are learning to outsmart them at alarming rates. Projections show that by 2050, ten million people could die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

23 MIN2019 DEC 18
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Prescription for Disaster

Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

23 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Space Jam

STEMinism

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

24 MIN2019 NOV 21
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STEMinism

Latest Episodes

Season Two Trailer

Now more than ever, it’s clear that global problems can become local in a flash. In season two, Why It Matters dives into a new set of challenges that will shape our lives in the years to come.

1 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Season Two Trailer

Coronavirus

The worldwide spread of the new coronavirus has pulled back the curtain on the vulnerabilities of our interconnected world. Now we are left asking some basic questions. What lessons have we learned so far?Guests:Sylvia Burwell, former United States Secretary of Health and Human ServicesTom Frieden, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial TimesShannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

34 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Coronavirus

The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how it works. This episode takes a look at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the ground up, paired best with a cold drink.

21 MINFEB 26
Comments
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

Dimming The Sky

As climate change accelerates, some scientists are researching ways to alter our climate to slow down warming. But the method, called solar geoengineering, comes with some serious risks.GuestsDavid Keith (Harvard University)Shuchi Talati (Union of Concerned Scientists)Gernot Wagner (New York University)Show Notes

23 MINFEB 12
Comments
Dimming The Sky

Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

22 MINJAN 29
Comments
Voter, You've Been Hacked

Robots That Kill

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change warfare, but at what cost?

26 MINJAN 15
Comments
Robots That Kill

New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

At the start of the new year, the Why It Matters team takes a look at some of the best interview segments that didn’t make it into the episodes.

22 MINJAN 1
Comments
New Year's Special: 2020 Hindsight

Prescription for Disaster

Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives, but bacteria are learning to outsmart them at alarming rates. Projections show that by 2050, ten million people could die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

23 MIN2019 DEC 18
Comments
Prescription for Disaster

Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

23 MIN2019 DEC 4
Comments
Space Jam

STEMinism

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

24 MIN2019 NOV 21
Comments
STEMinism
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