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What in the World?

What in the World?

By Bunmi Akinnusotu
What in the World (WITW)? makes global issues understandable and relevant to ordinary American people. Explained by expert women and people of color, we break down current and past foreign policy issues by connecting it to your everyday life. This podcast is produced in partnership with Diversity in the National Security Network (DINSN). Visit diversityinnationalsecuritynetwork.com/.
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#39 - Passing the Baton
This first episode of season 5 is a lovefest with the founders and advisory board members of Diversity in National Security Action Network (DINSN). Together with Bunmi, Camille Stewart, Marcus T. Coleman Jr., and Clifford Pulley III recount the contributions of DINSN and share the call to action for others to continue the imperative of bringing greater diversity to foreign policy. They also share their thoughts on topics of the day related to voting rights, cybersecurity and competition with China. Follow DINSN on social media at NatSecDiver and stay connected to Camille (@CamilleEsq), Marcus (@MTColemanJr), and Clifford (Clifford Pulley on Linked In).
36:02
April 1, 2021
Season 5 - Hello & Goodbye
After nearly four incredible years of discussing foreign policy issues, sharing laughs, and groovin' to some of the greatest music of our time, Bunmi Akinnusotu says her goodbyes to the extraordinary community of supporters and listeners.
02:56
April 1, 2021
#38 - Leadership in Times of Crisis
We've all heard that we are living in "unprecedented times" and "a new normal”. The last time the world faced a pandemic was over a century ago. So, what does it take to actually lead during the COVID-19 global pandemic in 2020? During this episode, we talk with three women who are leading in this time of crisis: Dr. Tener Veenema, an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing; Grelia Steele, a vibrant emergency manager and Phebean Akinwande, a Nigerian immigrant who for 30 years has cared for the elderly. From their vantage points, they explain what makes the COVID-19 pandemic different than anything they've seen, how they lead, and how the US response to the pandemic is intricately entwined with their daily lives. This episode was produced in partnership with the Diversity in National Security Network, Ink Stick Media, and Columbia University. Production Assistant is Mandy Kwan. Listen to more episodes at whatintheworldpodcast.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: WITWPod. Credits: Water No Get Enemy, Fela Kuti//The Carter Barron, Oddisee.
50:20
October 12, 2020
#37 - The United States & The WHO?
The 72-year-old global organization known as the World Health Organization (WHO) has been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, President Trump has ceased contributions to the organization and has begun America's withdrawal--a move that has left many wondering about America's influence. On this episode, human rights expert and former UN worker, Pushkar Sharma (Twitter: @PushkarMSharma), explains how the WHO works and how international organizations serve American interests.  This episode was created in collaboration with the Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN).  Co-Director: Clifford Pulley, DINSN; Edited by Melissa Pons;  Theme Song by Carter Barron, Oddisee.
44:32
October 2, 2020
#36 - I've Got the Power!: Great Power Competition in a COVID-19 World
America's existence has grown as a result of decades of flexing its political power. While contested by various nations and "non-state actors", America's "grand strategies" has still been virtually unmatched. In the midst of COVID-19 though, we're wondering if America still has the power. Has China "won" the global competition for respect, influence, and dominance? Ali Wyne (@Ali_Wyne), nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council, explains the foreign policy concept known as "grand strategy" and how despite what we see, America still remains a relevant powerhouse on the global stage. This episode was created in collaboration with the Diversity in National Security Network (@NatSecDiver). Co-Director: Clifford Pulley, DINSN.; Edited by Melissa Pons; Theme Song by Carter Barron, Oddisee.
40:55
August 22, 2020
#35 - All Eyes on U.S.: How America Should Walk its Talk
During this defining moment in history, the world is watching as the United States addresses protests and racial injustice, cheats its own democratic values, and fumbles the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. What can a progressive approach do to course-correct? Host Bunmi Akinnusotu and featured guests Anka Lee (@anka_Lee), Meg Guliford (@mkguliford) and Laicie Heeley (@Laicie) put forth ways progressive leaders can seize the opportunity to restore faith in America's global engagement and mend what has been broken here at home. This episode was sponsored by the Truman National Security Project (@TrumanProject) as part of the 2020 Democratic National Convention and produced in partnership with the Diversity in National Security Network (@NatSecDiver). Co-Director: Clifford Pulley; Theme Song: The Carter Barron by Oddisee.
42:08
August 20, 2020
#34 - Is America Dead? Cash Rules & COVID
One of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, the Wutang Clan, once chanted: Cash rules everything around me. America, by way of the dollar, has been the ruling authority of global economic institutions and standards--to which we owe much of our modern-day comforts. Today though, Cornoravirus has wreaked economic havoc and has required new considerations for the movement of money, goods and services.  Whether it's responding to the threat of empty aisles of toilet paper or the movement of money, the American economy is forever changed. Will the dollar continue to rule in a post-COVID world? Or will it be eclipsed by the economic might of its competitors? Yaya Fanusie (@signcurve), a former CIA agent and expert on illicit finance and cryptocurrency, explains the implications of COVID-19 on the US economy beyond what we hear in the news, and what it could mean for you. This episode was co-directed by Clifford Pulley and released in partnership with the Diversity in National Security Network (@NatSecDiver). Visit www.whatintheworldpodcast.com and follow us on social media (@WITWPod).  Credits: Theme Song: The Carter Barron, Oddisee Concluding Song: Victory Boyd, Who I am
44:20
July 10, 2020
#33 - Is America Dead? Race & Foreign Policy
Continuing on the theme “Is America Dead?”, this episode explores the intersection of race and foreign policy. The foreign policy block is hot. The recent racial and political unrest has lit a fire of debate and reflection in foreign policy. Scholars, policymakers, and everyone in between have finally joined the party and are now grappling with America’s (and the world’s) longstanding avoidance of white supremacy and racial discrimination. Camille Stewart (Twitter: @CamilleEsq) and Dr. Muhammad Frasier-Rahiem (Twitter: @mfraserrahim) spoke with host, Bunmi Akinnusotu, about America’s racist foreign policies, its impact on the present and some solutions for moving forward. Learn more about the Muslim experience in America and buy Dr. Frasier's Book: America’s Other Muslims: Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam. What in the World? is produced in partnership with Diversity in the National Security Network (DINSN). Visit https://diversityinnationalsecuritynetwork.com/. Credits: Ralph J. Bunche 1969 Speech: UCLA Communications Studies Department Theme Song: The Carter Barron by Oddisee Concluding Song: My Way, Kranium
45:00
June 26, 2020
#32 - Is America Dead? Diplomacy & its Discontents
In this season 4 kick-off, Bunmi Akinnusotu is joined by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat to discuss the health of the Department of State and America's "situationship" with the rest of the world.  Amid a global pandemic, the dismissal of norms and expectations of diplomacy, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley argues America has been weakened but there is hope! Follow Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley, the Cleveland native and Temptations fan, on Twitter and stay up to date on her efforts to strengthen the State Department. Then, subscribe to What in the World? podcast on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don't miss a show. Use #foreignpolicyforthepeople to share your thoughts on this episode and more. This episode was recorded remotely to maintain the safety and health of the host and her guests. What in the World? is produced in partnership with Diversity in the National Security Network (DINSN). Visit https://diversityinnationalsecuritynetwork.com/. Co-Director: Clifford Pulley, Georgetown University Goodies mentioned in this episode: Episode 1 of What in the World? Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report- State Department: Additional Steps Are Needed to Identify Potential Barriers to Diversity A Trump-Size Hole In Our Relationship Diversity in National Security Network
40:13
June 19, 2020
Is America Dead? Season 4 Introduction
Season 4 of What in the World? with Bunmi Akinnusotu, returns with a five-part conversation exploring America's global leadership. Has America reached political atrophy? Is it's global muscle still there? Is America still influential? Relevant? Necessary? COVID-19 and the political unrest stemming from police brutality has certainly toppled the image of America so many once knew. From the lens of foreign policy experts of color in Bunmi explores the death of America in 2020. Listen to the entire season and previous episodes wherever you listen to podcasts. Also, let your folks know this show exists and share your thoughts on social media using #foreignpolicyforthepeople. Follow WITWPod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on new episode releases. What in the world? is a proud member of the Diversity in National Security Network. New Theme Song: The Carter Baron by Oddisee
02:09
June 19, 2020
#31 - Ride Or Die: What Is NATO And Does It Help America?
2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization better known as NATO. The US' participation in NATO has been scrutinized by President Trump as he has expressed some concerns about spending. Transatlantic experts, music lovers, and global trotters, Alex Johnson and Anthony Robinson explain NATO--what it is, how it operates, and how US-Europe relations matter to our every day lives. Credits: Intro Remarks: President Harry S. Truman, Speech at the signing of the NATO Washington Treaty, 1949 Intro Song: "Ryde or Die" by L.O.X., Eve,Drag-On Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway
53:19
January 11, 2020
#30 - Space Force: Out of This World or The Future of Global Engagement?
Houston, do we have a problem? President Trump announced the establishment of Space Force in February. Skeptics have asked, what could we possibly need a space military for when we haven’t found aliens to fight and what's the difference between NASA and Space Force?. Guest experts, Victoria Samson and Krystal Wilson, discuss space security, space technology's beneficial values, and the plans behind President Trump's Space Force. Credits: Intro Remarks: President John F. Kennedy Speech, "We Choose To Go To The Moon Speech" Intro Song: "Forever Begins" by Common Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Under the Milkyway" by The Church
55:36
January 11, 2020
#29 - Bienvenido, Sr. Presidente: Guaido, Maduro, And The Crisis In Venezuela
President Maduro, in late January, ordered diplomats in the American embassy in Caracas to leave the country. Since then, Venezuela's crisis has gained national attention here in America, sparking concern about what exactly is happening in the country. The international community has called for Maduro to step down and to allow opposition leader Juan Guiado to claim his position as the elected President. Claims of human rights abuses, severe corruption, and economic degradation have plagued Venezuela, the world's leading producer of oil. The real-life "Olivia Pope", Dr. Vanessa Neumann, breaks down the situation and provides clarity about what this crisis matters to America. Credits: Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Set You Free" by N-Trance Photo Credit: Juan Barreto, AFP, Getty Images
57:48
January 11, 2020
#28 - We Gon' Be Alright: Understanding Nigeria's Long Journey To Democracy
February 15, 2019 was to mark the Presidential election day for some 84 million Nigerians. Nigerians from all over the world flew back to Nigeria to cast their vote in eager anticipation of a new chapter for the nation. But then about 5 hours before polls were about to open, the elections were postponed until February 23rd. Our guest, Chris Ogunmodede, a third culture kid, political risk analyst, and 90 Hip-Hop fan, explains what happened with the elections and why any of it is important to America. Credits: Intro Song: "Suffering and Smiling" by Fela Kuti Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar Photo Credit: Naija247News
51:17
January 11, 2020
#27 - Beyond Jollof Wars: Chinese Influence On African Media Freedoms
The United States has been immersed in the news of the trade war China and concerns about Chinese currency manipulation. But across the ocean in Africa, the Chinese have a different kind of relationship. Their presence has grown exponentially over several decades. Annually, trade between Africa and China has ballooned to $166B—China IS Africa’s largest trading partner. China’s Africa strategy, though, raises a lot of concerns on the part of the West because of China’s human rights abuses--they aren’t particularly known to be champions of the many freedoms we have here in the states like press, speech, religion, etc, and many are concerned that their pivot towards Africa actually emboldens corruption and sets Africa back in terms of having more open, free, and industrialized societies—concepts we typically associate with democracy. This episode focuses on the role of the Chinese in African media. How are the Chinese using Africa media to connect with Africans? What are some of the regulatory concerns? And most importantly, why does any of this matter to us here in the U.S.? George Sarpong, Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy answers all of this and shares his thoughts on the debate of the century: Which country makes the best jollof rice?
54:30
January 11, 2020
#26 - What's Congress Got To Do With It?
The 116th Congress is in session and the Hill is buzzing with new faces, new agendas, and lots of global issues to tackle. Brian Greer, a Georgia boy, chess player, and Defense expert explains the ins and outs of the power of Congress when it comes to foreign policy and why your understanding of these issues matter. Credits: Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "So What" by Miles Davis Photo Credit: Getty
53:55
January 11, 2020
#25 - #ChangeYourPassword: How Your Everyday Habits Can Help Prevent Cyber Attacks
From hacked emails to questionable election results, Cybersecurity is often looked at as something outside of our control. Our Cyberhero, Tech policy expert, and advocate of digital smarts, Camille Stewart, shares every day cyber tips to protect users and the country. We talk about the basics of cybersecurity (the players, the issues, and challenges), her #EveryDayCyber campaign, and tech policies that impact our lives and issues like national security.
54:59
January 9, 2020
#24 - Déjà Vu: What's Happening With Brazil's Elections?
Brazil's elections, laden with controversy, hate speech, violence, and deep community divide, is reminiscent of America's 2016 Presidential elections. Like President Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, has promised to bring economic stability and an end to the status quo of democratic ideals. At what cost, though? And why should Americans pay attention? Jana Nelson, a Brazilian-born American and expert in Latin America and trade, explains. This episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. Credits: Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "The Wall" by Pink Floyd Photo Credit: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images
52:50
January 9, 2020
#23 - Knowing Kofi And Learning To Lead A Complicated World
Imagine what it's like to work alongside someone whose job is to orchestrate the cooperation of 190+ vastly different countries. Mihn-Thu Pham of the United Nations Foundation shares her experiences being led by the late Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Born in Vietnam and moving to America with her family, Minh-Thu was called to support Kofi Annan as he led a complicated world and addressed a skeptical American public. Find out what the role of the Secretary-General is, Mr. Annan's contributions were, and why the UN is still relevant to the United States. This episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.  Credits: Intro Clip: Kofi Annan Farewell Speech, December 2006 courtesy of the UN Intro Clip Song: "Hold My Hand" by Michael Jackson Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Walk On" U2
46:44
January 9, 2020
#22 - Yemen's War And The Power Of The Pen
A bus full of school children is bombed by Saudia Arabian war weapons purchased from the United States; Women negotiate food supplies for a country where 60% of the population lives in poverty; And a community tries to claim its sovereignty amid dueling powers and violent extremists. Yemen's silent war, for many Americans, is an unknown. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini of ICAN Peace Network explains the crisis in Yemen and womens' attempts to use the power of the pen to bring about peace. This episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. Credits: Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Super Trouper" by Abba Cover Photo: Hani Mohammed/AP
48:00
January 9, 2020
#21 - Foreign Policy Comes To Philadelphia
Bunmi Akinnusotu attends Podcast Movement 2018 and speaks to David Direntis, a conference guest and fellow podcaster, about why foreign policy is relevant to the city of Brotherly Love. David shares how he came up close and personal with foreign policy when he and his wife traveled to China on a quest to achieve an important milestone. This episode was released in 2018. Credits: Intro Clip Song: "Its Love" by Jill Scott Outro Song: "Listen Hear" by Eddie Harris
30:30
January 9, 2020
#20 - From Enemies To "Friendemies": The Historic Agreement To Normalize Relations With North Korea
On June 12, 2018, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ushered in a new era of what will hopefully be, peace and stability along the Korean peninsula. For almost seven decades, the peninsula was a hotbed of nuclear threats between North and South Korea and was an area of contention between the superpowers of the United States and the former Soviet Union. What did America and North Korea agree to do? And why does any of it matter to Americans? Catherine Killough, K-Pop fan and English Lit major turned North Korea expert explains. This episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. Credits: Intro Clip: President Truman Library Intro Clip Song: "Many Men" by 50 Cent Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Noonside" by Yaeji Cover Art: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
48:25
January 9, 2020
#19 - Journey To Justice: Bringing Human Rights To The Rohingya of Myanmar
On August 25, 2017, nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims fled their homes to escape "cleansing operations" of the Myanmar military. For decades, the Rohingya have been politically, socially, and economically isolated and continue to live under repressive discriminatory practices. Debate team nerd turned Human Rights Advocate, Francisco Benscome, describes the extensive human rights violations by the Myanmar military, shares his experience on the ground in the world's largest refugee camp, and describes the global effort to help find justice. This episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA. Credits: Cover Photo: Mohammed Pomir Hossain of Reuters Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Found Tonight" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt
57:04
January 9, 2020
#18 - Sherpas & Yaks: The G7 Summit Explained By American Youth Delegates
What's a Yak? A Sherpa? And what exactly happens at the G7? Listen to Sydney Hulebak, Ryan Migeed, and Ann Love, share what the G7 Summit is all about and why it matters to youth in America and all around the world. Sent on their way to represent youth voices at the Y7 Summit, a subset of the G7, the team also shares thoughts and lessons learned trying to negotiate global policies. Credits: Intro Clip: "I Know I Can" by Nas Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root
49:07
January 5, 2020
#17 - What's Beef?: The True Effects Of America's Trade Wars
Trump recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from foreign countries--a move he initially said was a matter of national security and protecting America's trade interests. Thamar Harrigan, our soca groovin' Trade Whisperer talks us through the current trade beef (pun intended), educates us on basic trade principles using familiar household items, and provides her take on the impact a trade war could have on Americans. Credits: Intro Clip of President Trump: PBS Newshour, March 8, 2018 Intro Song to Intro Clip: "What's Beef" by The Notorious B.I.G Cover Photo: JASON LEE / REUTERS Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Hulk" by Blaxx
46:43
January 5, 2020
#16 - U.N.I.T.Y: Hate Speech in Elections And A Rethinking Of Foreign Policy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one year prior to his assassination condemned the Vietnam War and U.S. foreign policy of the time. He called on America to lead a global revolution from a place of love and unity. Vasu Mohan of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), builds on Dr. King's philosophy by reimagining modern foreign policy as the human body and uses hate speech in elections to demonstrate this concept. Credits: Cover Photo: Unknown but thank you to the artist! Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "It's Good To Be Alive" by Andy Grammar
53:00
January 5, 2020
#15 - The Basics Of A Brutal Regime: Syria's Civil War And It's Impact On America
The trickle-down effects of the Arab Spring sparked a wave of protests throughout Arab nations, Syria was one of those nations. Wa'el Azayat, President of Emgage, explains the basics of what's happening in Syria from its colonial history, the strict rule of the Assad family and government, the Syrian people's fight for basic freedoms, and all of the key players' interests, including the United States. Wa'el also discusses how the fight abroad has encouraged American states to adopt laws that foster fear of Muslim Americans here at home. Credits: Cover Photo: AP/Press Association Images Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Creedence Clearwater Revival" by Fortunate Son
43:40
January 5, 2020
#14 - A View From The Table: Reflections On Why Women Matter In Foreign Policy
From Cardi B, Cambodia, and to the Congo, Afropean-American, Laura Kupe and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Jalina Porter discuss why women matter in American foreign policy drawing from their colorful tapestry of personal and professional experiences. Both also share the parallels of Foreign Policy and film, Black Panther and acknowledge extraordinary women who inspire them. Credits: Cover Photo: Unknown but thank you to the artist! Intro Background Song - "Who Run The World?" Instrumental by Beyonce Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Congo Square" by Teena Marie
49:16
January 5, 2020
#13 - Fashion, Fabric, & Flexin': Africa's Economic Growth & Global Contributions
What in the world is going on in Africa? Africa enthusiasts and trade experts, Brionne Dawson and Jennelle Cray-Pelamoko explain! In celebration of Black History Month and the release of Black Panther, we discuss how the textiles industry and other products, fuel the continent's economic growth and how America benefits from U.S.-Africa partnerships. From colorful fabric to shea butter, African countries contribute numerous goods that are part of our everyday lives. Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Africa" by Yemi Alade
45:12
January 5, 2020
#12 - From K Street To Kuwait: The Fight To End Modern Day Slavery And Human Trafficking
Slavery and human trafficking are still a reality for 40 million people, from the corridors of K street in Washington D.C. to Kuwait and elsewhere. The CNN video of a slave auction in Libya has elevated this reality and many have begun to pay attention. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Civil Rights Center and New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and The Civil Rights Center, unpacked this issue from the perspective of four individuals fighting to end slavery and trafficking and discussed some of the root causes that fuel its existence. This episode was released in 2018 via New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Content Credits & Event Co-Sponsors: The Civil Rights Center, New Bethel Baptist Church Theme Song: "Asi ki no ta vive" by Chachi Carvalho Outro Song: "Rewind" by Blue Wednesday Editing Credits: Apolleaux
45:53
January 4, 2020
#11 - Preparing For War Or Planning For Peace?: Making Sense Of The 2018 National Security Strategy
On December 18th, the White House released the 2018 National Security Strategy. Queens-born and Bronx-raised military veteran, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, shares her thoughts on the document and why Americans should read it. Could modernizing the military mean more jobs for Americans? Should America promote American values abroad while it struggles with certain values at home? You'll learn about Amb. Jenkins, her response to these questions and more. The episode was released in 2018 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
53:08
January 4, 2020
#10 - U.S. vs. Them: America's Global Actions in 2017 & Beyond
With 2017 coming to a close, former State Department public servant Jenna Ben-Yehuda and global trends expert Claire Casey, look back at America's global actions during the year, discuss what lies ahead in 2018 and what these actions mean for Americans at home. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
52:18
January 4, 2020
#9 - Paris, Politics & Plastics: The Paris Agreement & What It Means For Climate Change And America
In the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Former EPA Assistant Administrator, Mathy Stanislaus, explains the environmental, economic and human costs of climate change, unpacks the science of global warming and discusses what the deal is behind the Paris Agreement. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
40:19
January 4, 2020
#8 - A Quest For Independence: Cuba-U.S. Relations Beyond Cigars, Cars, & Communism
The clock on U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations was turned back making it once again, difficult for American citizens and businesses to travel to Cuba. Dr. Marguerite R. Jimenez takes us through Cuba-U.S. relationship beyond cigars, cars, and communism and into the island nation's quest for independence. Join us as we discuss everything from historic events that have hardened the relationship, the tensions surrounding Guantanamo Bay, to the June 2017 memo and what it means for future American visitors. The episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
47:43
January 4, 2020
#7 - Keep It Real: Does Foreign Assistance Work?
Foreign assistance expert, inter-faith advocate, and peacekeeper, C. Eduardo Vargas, explains the mission of United States Agency for International and Development (USAID) and talks us through his thoughts on whether or not American foreign assistance actually works. Eduardo also shares why his theme song, in many ways, embodies the diversity in his family. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
53:34
January 4, 2020
#6 - Give The Poet Some: Youth Voices At The United Nations
America's 6th US Youth Observer to the United Nations explains what exactly happened at the United Nations General Assembly, her role as the youth representative, and the importance of Americans staying engaged with the U.N. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
38:03
January 4, 2020
#5 - What's The deal With The Iran Nuclear Deal? A Look At Nukes And U.S.-Iran Relations
Pharohl Charles demystifies nuclear science, "the roots" (hint, hint) of America's relationship with the Republic of Iran, and breaks down what exactly is in the Iran Nuclear Deal. Pharohl grew up studying planes, speaks fluent Russian, and is and has a stockpile of amazing photos of New York City. This episode was recorded in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
47:35
January 4, 2020
#4 - Rules Of The Road: Can Sanctions Keep Countries In Check?
What are the Russian sanctions about? How do sanctions impact Americans? Prodigy fan, Portlander, and Eurasia expert Alex Johnson unpacks the crisis in Crimea by understanding sanctions, taking a look back at the Cold War and sharing his insights on what exactly President Putin wants. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
47:39
January 3, 2020
#3 - Hands Off Tequila: NAFTA And How It Protects Happy Hour
Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow and trade industry expert, Jana Nelson, explains the basics of trade policy, trade agreements, and what NAFTA could mean for America's Tequila consumption. This episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
57:35
January 3, 2020
#2 - 'D' Is For Democracy: What America Is Doing In The Middle East And How It Affects You
Does the spread of democracy make America any safer? Army Veteran and New Yorker, Asha Castleberry, explains using her experiences in Iraq and what Americans gain from a more democratic world. Using her time in the Middle East and Latin America, you'll learn why the U.S. gets involved in some places and not others, why it's difficult to spread democracy, and how America is viewed by the rest of the world. The episode was released in 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
53:14
January 3, 2020
#1 - The Basics: U.S. Foreign Policy
This is the launch episode for What In The World(WITW)? Listen as Bunmi speaks with Ambassador Reuben Brigety about the basics of U.S. foreign policy, what in the world it means for everyday people, and how Americans can stay engaged. This episode was released July 2017 via WERA 96.7 FM in Arlington, VA.
41:05
January 2, 2020