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27:23 | Jul 31st

Immigration is an inherently interdisciplinary subject. On this episode, Sarah talks with three postdoctoral fellows at Watson doing work on immigration: Aileen Teague, Rawan Arar, and Almita Miranda. A historian, a sociologist, and an anthropologist...Show More

28:37 | Jul 23rd

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. This week's topics: Boris Johnson's prospe...Show More

03:22 | Jul 15th

July 19, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. Leading up to the anniversary, the Watson Institute hosted a conference looking at the history of the Revolution and its legacy. We at Trending Globally asked many of...Show More

24:48 | Jul 14th

Policy-makers and the media have a problem when it comes to talking about gender in many Muslim-majority nations: too often it’s discussed only in the context of religion or culture, and politics is left out of the equation. On this episode, Sarah Ba...Show More

29:12 | Jul 1st

On this episode Sarah Baldwin talks with Charlotte Silverman, Sarah Campbell Tucker, and Carly Paul, three students at Brown who are doing fascinating work on gender and development. They discuss their work and research, explore how to better frame i...Show More

22:30 | Jun 17th

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Emily Oster, an economist at The Watson Institute and author of 'Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool' [https://www.amazon.com/Cribshe...Show More

24:14 | Jun 2nd

How has globalization changed the way that borders operate? And how have these changes affected the US's already strained immigration system? On this episode, Sarah Baldwin talks with former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin...Show More

15:53 | May 22nd

This episode of Trending Globally is the third in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be p...Show More

15:18 | May 21st

This episode of Trending Globally is the fourth and final part of our 2019 Commencement Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as ...Show More

11:31 | May 19th

This episode of Trending Globally is the second in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be ...Show More

16:40 | May 18th

Is war with Iran in the works? With tensions escalating, and U.S. allies skeptical about what the Trump administration calls an ‘imminent threat,’ the potential for armed conflict feels all too real. On this special episode of Trending Globally, Sara...Show More

28:51 | May 16th

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. In today's last show of the semester, topi...Show More

16:33 | May 15th

This episode of Trending Globally is the first in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be p...Show More

24:51 | May 1st

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Darrell M . West, Vice President of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of ‘The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation’ [https://www.brookings.edu/book/the-auto...Show More

31:35 | Apr 17th

On this episode of Trending Globally, Watson Economics Professor Glenn Loury talks with writer Thomas Chatterton Williams. Williams’s 2010 memoir ‘Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd,’ [https://www.penguinrandom...Show More

26:43 | Apr 15th

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include, the Notre Dame fir...Show More

28:24 | Apr 3rd

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with James Green, a professor of Latin American History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at The Watson Institute [https://watson.brown.edu/brazil/]. His newest book, 'Exile within Exiles'...Show More

22:07 | Mar 27th

On this week's episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Nick Ziegler, an expert in European politics at the Watson Institute [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/ziegler]. They discuss how Brexit might affect Britain, Europe, and th...Show More

23:46 | Mar 19th

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include, the tragic mass-sh...Show More

27:40 | Mar 17th

On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Watson Fellow Nick Barnes about the formal and informal ways Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are governed. Much of his work focuses on Complexo Maré, a district in Rio de Janeiro made up of 16 i...Show More

28:12 | Mar 12th

On this episode of Trending Globally Sarah Baldwin talks with Aruna Roy [https://watson.brown.edu/southasia/people/aruna-roy], one of India’s most prominent activists. In 1968 Roy joined the Indian Administrative Service, but left in 1975 to work dir...Show More

24:32 | Mar 6th

This week, something a little different. We at Trending Globally came across a great podcast produced by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University [https://sanford.duke.edu/], and we wanted to share it with you. It’s called Policy 360 [h...Show More

23:41 | Feb 25th

*Update: Arenberg's book 'Congressional Procedure' has been named a Foreword INDIES 2018 Book of the Year Finalist [https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/books/congressional-procedure/] .* Richard Arenberg knows the inner workings of Congress bette...Show More

20:55 | Feb 18th

On this episode of Trending Globally,: a deep dive into the opioid crisis. Guest host Susan Moffitt, Director of the Taubman Center for American Policy and Politics [https://watson.brown.edu/taubman/], talks with Brandon Marshall, Associate Professor...Show More

21:43 | Feb 13th

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include Trump’s declaration...Show More

28:12 | Feb 12th

On this episode of Trending Globally [https://soundcloud.com/watsoninstitute/sets/trending-globally], Sarah Baldwin speaks with Sam Wilkin, an economist, political risk consultant, and fellow at the Watson Institute [https://watson.brown.edu/people/v...Show More

20:01 | Feb 5th

Whether it’s the economics of small-scale farming, or the environmental impact of a fast food hamburger, what we eat is about way more than just nutrition. On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Ross Cheit [https://watson.brow...Show More

19:32 | Jan 29th

Whether we’re thinking about parenting, pregnancy, or public health, Brown economist Emily Oster [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/oster] likes to challenge conventional wisdom. One of Oster’s most recent papers, posted at the National Bureau ...Show More

26:04 | Jan 22nd

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include the continued gover...Show More

27:30 | Jan 15th

On this episode of Trending Globally, Margaret Weir, a political scientist at the Watson Institute, spoke with Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University Jamila Michener [https://www.jamilamichener.net/] about her book 'Fragmented Democr...Show More

24:28 | Jan 9th

Sometimes, in the world of social justice organizing, it can seem like there are actually two worlds. One is made up of theoreticians and scholars. The other is made up of organizers on the ground. Legal scholar and Dejusticia Executive Director Césa...Show More

17:38 | Jan 2nd

From The United Nations’ 'Decade of the Girl-Child' to the White House’s ‘Let Girls Learn,’ investing in education for girls has become a global priority. On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Shenila Khoja-Moolji [https://ww...Show More

19:29 | Dec 25th, 2018

On this episode, we revisit one of our favorite interviews from 2018. Watson Professor Rose McDermott [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/mcdermott] spoke with journalist Sebastian Junger about his book 'Tribe,' [http://www.sebastianjunger.com/...Show More

20:26 | Dec 19th, 2018

In this episode, Mark Blyth talks with Watson economist John Friedman [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/JFriedman] about his work charting social mobility in America. He and his colleagues have created the “Opportunity Atlas,” [https://opportu...Show More

24:30 | Dec 9th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. In our 2018 year end wrap-up, Mark and Car...Show More

18:54 | Nov 27th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include the California wild...Show More

09:37 | Nov 15th, 2018

The footprint of the Watson Institute community just grew by 30,000 square feet. These are the voices of a few of the many individuals who made it happen. Special thanks to James Sisson, Senior Construction Manager, for his help in producing this ep...Show More

23:55 | Oct 31st, 2018

Vanessa Volz, executive director of Sojourner House [http://www.sojournerri.org], a resource and advocacy organization for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, joins Rose McDermott [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/mcdermott], a political sci...Show More

13:27 | Oct 29th, 2018

In part three of this three part series, Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Jim Green, Professor of History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at Watson [watson.brown.edu/brazil], explore the implications of the 2018 ...Show More

14:14 | Oct 24th, 2018

In part two of this three part series, Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Jim Green, Professor of History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at Watson [watson.brown.edu/brazil], explore the implications of the upcomin...Show More

20:51 | Oct 20th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include the politicization...Show More

54:35 | Oct 17th, 2018

Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for the 2016 campaign of US Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States, presents his book, How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country -- and Where We Go from Here [https://www.ama...Show More

15:27 | Oct 9th, 2018

This fall, education policy researchers released Getting Down to Facts II [http://gettingdowntofacts.com], a major report on preK-12 education in California. The findings reveal that reforms adopted since the original report was released in 2007 have...Show More

19:35 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include Brett Kavinaugh, pol...Show More

13:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

In part one of this three part series, Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Jim Green, Professor of History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at Watson [https://watson.brown.edu/brazil], explore the implications of the...Show More

29:28 | Sep 22nd, 2018

In spring 2018, Brown University's Department of Africana Studies kicked off 50 Years Since '68 [https://www.brown.edu/academics/africana-studies/events-programs/50-years-68], a year-long initiative that reflects on the meaning and significance of th...Show More

17:41 | Sep 16th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include Hurricane Florence a...Show More

19:49 | Sep 13th, 2018

Is democracy in decay? That's the central question animating a new course designed by Robert Blair, a political scientist at Brown University's Watson Institute, and colleagues in universities across the United States. The course, which has garnere...Show More

28:38 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Firearm Injury Prevention Is Not Gun Control: A conversation with Dr. Megan Ranney. From mandatory seatbelts to effective anti-drug use campaigns, we've long used evidence-based approaches to make people safer--without infringing on their rights. De...Show More

22:19 | Aug 16th, 2018

Anna Lappé '95 is an expert on food systems, a sustainable food advocate, and the author of “Diet for a Hot Planet.” Dawn King, a lecturer at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, specializes in the study of local and US food policy and...Show More

25:56 | Aug 15th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include Trump's spat with Tu...Show More

11:58 | Aug 5th, 2018

According to political scientist Jeff Colgan, climate change creates risks for oil companies, insurance companies, and property owners. But because governments, firms, and investors are reacting to climate forecasts in different ways, we can't rely o...Show More

15:16 | Jul 26th, 2018

Dara Kay Cohen '01 is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her research and teaching interests include international security, civil war and the dynamics of violence, and gender and con...Show More

24:21 | Jul 19th, 2018

Who's In and Who's Out? Nationalism as a State-Constructed Narrative Sociologists Svenja Kopyciok, Yasemin Bavbek, and Fatma Müge Göçek discuss truth-telling, violence, and nationalism in Turkey--and beyond. Göçek's 2015 book is Denial of Viole...Show More

13:45 | Jul 11th, 2018

When a state takes control of a failing school district, its motives might not be as pure as you think. This week's podcast addresses the intersection between race, education, and power. Domingo Morel PhD'14 is assistant professor of political scie...Show More

30:25 | Jun 25th, 2018

When we look at poverty today, we see that it is no longer the blight of urban areas alone. It is thriving, as it were, in many suburbs. In today’s podcast, former Brown University Professor Scott Allard and Margaret Weir, Wilson Professor of Interna...Show More

26:41 | Jun 18th, 2018

Guest host Danny Warshay '87, executive director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, talks with Michael Slaby '01, executive director of Chicago Ideas, head of Timshel, and former chief integration and innovation officer for Presid...Show More

15:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

Cathy Lutz, professor of anthropology, gives us insight into the original military technology: maps. Learn how this ancient form of information sharing can define space, ownership, territory, and, most importantly, resources. Lutz's study of the terr...Show More

18:10 | Jun 14th, 2018

For the 50th episode of Trending Globally, we asked 10 scholars at the Watson Institute what they find most worrisome in the world today, and what keeps them going. For more information on this episode's experts and their work, read on: Peter Andrea...Show More

20:51 | May 28th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include the royal wedding, N...Show More

14:16 | May 20th, 2018

With Mark preoccupied by the royal wedding, Carrie interviews Alison Taylor, Managing Director, Sustainability Management, BSR & Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School to discuss the intersection of social responsibility and business behavior. From ...Show More

11:33 | May 15th, 2018

Edward Steinfeld, director of the China Initiative and of the Watson Institute, points out that much of what is considered IP theft is just business as usual--for all countries.

24:09 | Apr 30th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news and take listener questions on Facebook Live...Show More

33:28 | Apr 30th, 2018

In the face of political uncertainty, domestic terrorism, and a polarized culture, it’s often unclear where to turn to for answers. But according to Will Calhoun, Vernon Reid, and Melvin Gibbs, art provides potential answers for the future. In March,...Show More

19:18 | Apr 17th, 2018

Between state-building and inciting regional instability, the United States has developed intensely complicated political relationships across the Middle East. But what doesn't make the headlines is how some extremist groups come to power there befor...Show More

16:58 | Apr 13th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. This weeks topics include Jeff Bezos v Trum...Show More

25:02 | Apr 6th, 2018

From Prague Spring to Paris riots. From the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the election of Richard Nixon, 1968 was a tumultuous time to say the least. Brian Meeks, Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University, and Ed Steinfeld, Directo...Show More

20:37 | Apr 1st, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include Putin's re-election;...Show More

31:38 | Mar 27th, 2018

Angela Blanchard is President Emerita of BakerRipley, the largest charitable organization in Texas and one of the largest in the country. BakerRipley’s work focuses on development in underserved neighborhoods in Houston. As the leader of the organiza...Show More

26:18 | Mar 18th, 2018

Certain boundaries once seen as conferring state legitimacy now appear arbitrary, if not obsolete. As the rhetoric surrounding Trump’s expansion of the border wall between Mexico and the United States demonizes immigrants and immigration reform alike...Show More

21:26 | Mar 12th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news and take questions from Brown University stu...Show More

18:54 | Mar 2nd, 2018

In the wake of Italy's elections results last weekend, Mark Blyth & David Kertzer put it in historical context and talk populism, nationalism, Five Star Movement and what Italy's next government will look like.

13:59 | Mar 1st, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news and discuss Trump's trade wars with steel, g...Show More

18:28 | Feb 24th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner and Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times Alissa Rubin '80 reflects on her career as a reporter and on the American image abroad, from Kabul to Baghdad.

17:42 | Feb 13th, 2018

The Middle East has been ground zero for the major chemical attacks of the past 40 years. From the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88), to the Persian Gulf War (1991), to the Syrian Civil War (2011-present), countless civilians and soldiers have been exposed to ...Show More

16:37 | Feb 5th, 2018

Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news and discuss Trump's State of the Union Speec...Show More

13:20 | Feb 2nd, 2018

For the past 70 years, the nations of the world have more or less agreed that the role of nuclear weapons is to discourage aggression: owning them is one thing, but using them is beyond the pale. Now, two volatile world leaders with considerable nucl...Show More

23:13 | Feb 1st, 2018

Islamists, Arab nationalists and Orientalists have all used notions about the Muslim family and Muslim law—as well as the encounter with Europe in the early 19th century—to explain society in the Middle East. But when historian Beshara Doumani set ou...Show More

22:53 | Jan 25th, 2018

In Mexican cities, the war on drugs has created a culture of such fear that upper class cities within cities are developing, and drawing on both private and public resources for protection.

16:28 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Happy New Year! Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's MPA, share their take on the week's news and discuss the government shutdown, Oprah 2020, North Ko...Show More

05:16 | Jan 15th, 2018

Stephanie Lopez from Colombia participated in the "Forced Migration, Forced Displacements" Institute at BIARI. Stephanie’s work focuses on displacement due to the decades-long conflict in her home country, whom she says were exiled for their politic...Show More

05:45 | Jan 14th, 2018

Raz Weiner is from Israel, Palestine, and participated in the "Forced Population Displacement and the Making of the Modern World" Institute at BIARI. He talks about his unique way of combining research and practice.

05:37 | Jan 14th, 2018

Natalia Cidade from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and participated in the "Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction' Institute at BIARI. Natalia realizes that shelters are just a small, technical element of a larger disaster-response equation...Show More

06:33 | Jan 13th, 2018

A conversation with physician, epidemiologist, and public health researcher Diana Menya from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, School of Public Health. Diana participated in the "Climate Change" Institute at BIARI. She came to BIARI with a specific ...Show More

20:31 | Jan 12th, 2018

In his latest book, Tribe, award-winning war reporter and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger examined how, throughout human history, a sense of shared purpose and identity has resulted in altruistic communal behavior. Today, he says, in a large-s...Show More

05:25 | Jan 12th, 2018

Tatah Lambed is from Cameroon and participated in the "Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction" Institute at BIARI. Doctor, researcher, humanitarian response director, Tatah applied to come to BIARI despite a bit of initial skepticism...Show More

27:48 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Medicine in America: How do we know it works, and why don’t we want more proof? Erik Patashnik, co-author of the new book Unhealthy Politics, and Mark Peterson, an expert on on the role of evidence in policy making, explore why efforts to base U.S. ...Show More

27:03 | Dec 17th, 2017

Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman, talks about the future of his party, why Trump won, civility in Washington, and the power of the ballot to change the ways things are.

24:31 | Dec 13th, 2017

Mark and Carries end of year roundup, including this years surprising Good Cop and Bad Cop nominees. Also Alabama's Senate race, the repeal of net neutrality, Brexit, Argentina and more. Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, an...Show More

17:24 | Dec 8th, 2017

All across the world, from Turkey to India, from Venezuela to Russia, not to mention the United States, governments are drifting away from democratic principles that threaten their control and resorting to policies that undermine human rights and sta...Show More

15:51 | Dec 4th, 2017

Mark Blyth talks with Professor of Economics John Friedman about the Republican tax plan; who wins, loses, and does it really matter in the long run.

20:40 | Nov 28th, 2017

Is the Democratic Party dead? Will the Republican Party survive Trump? Is America’s two-party system over? Democratic strategist Jenny Backus and Republican strategist Brian Jones talk about what’s next in American politics, and how to be friends acr...Show More

16:54 | Nov 27th, 2017

Cyber Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats coalition, Net Neutrality, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, debt ceilings, Bit Coin and Prince Harry's proposal. Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institu...Show More

19:58 | Nov 15th, 2017

DNC Chair Tom Perez and former chief of staff under President Obama Denis McDonough on public service, values, and what makes them proud.

16:17 | Nov 13th, 2017

Flood gates have opened on sexual assault allegations in Hollywood and in D.C - is backlash coming? The Republican's tax plan and what it means, Paradise Papers, Donna Brazille's new tell-all book, and Theresa May's no confidence vote. Mark Blyth, po...Show More

19:02 | Nov 6th, 2017

Jennifer Klein, from Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges, explains why women’s issues are of importance to US foreign policy, global security, and economic prosperity. She also describes the progress women and girls around the world...Show More

22:28 | Oct 26th, 2017

In a news environment that's become very he-said, she-said, have journalists forgotten that part of their job is to point out when a politician is actually lying? Join David Corn, the chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones, and Carrie Nordlu...Show More

24:58 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy and past president of the European Commission, talks to Watson Faculty Fellow David Kertzer about the the migration crisis, the impact of Brexit, and the effects of the Trump presidency on Europe. Watch P...Show More

20:26 | Oct 13th, 2017

What do Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, Turkey and South Africa have in common? They're all so-called "middle-income countries", but they seem to be stuck with that label. Since the mid-2000's, economists have been paying increasing attention to this categ...Show More

16:49 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Pandemics. Civil Wars. All around the world at any given moment millions of people are enduring disasters both natural and man-made. Humanitarian assistance comes in all shapes and sizes, from government agencies to NGO's, from...Show More

17:01 | Sep 26th, 2017

German elections, the disaster in Puerto Rico, Equifax hack, Trump and Facebook and the 1st amendment, the North Korea pickle. Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate directo...Show More

14:22 | Sep 12th, 2017

Trump's DACA repeal, hurricanes and insurance markets, Amazon's growth, Brexit negotiations and Carrie's trip to Myanmar. Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of ...Show More

29:12 | Sep 9th, 2017

Cybersecurity expert Timothy Edgar discusses his new book, a detailed account of how the CIA contractor's 2013 leaks changed the discussion about civil liberties and national security.

15:31 | Aug 24th, 2017

Renowned historian Gordon Wood joins author and Watson Visiting Fellow Marc Dunkelman to discuss the polarized state of politics in America. From Downton Abbey to Trump Tower, Wood and Dunkelman question if American community is at a critical crossro...Show More

15:36 | Aug 8th, 2017

The North Korea mess, Nissan plant UAW unionization vote, the contented Kenyan election, climate change "hoax", vacationing and the Premier League. Mark Blyth, economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associ...Show More

30:42 | Aug 8th, 2017

India is a huge country, but if you look at it through a social development lens, many of its states appear worlds apart. Some have social outcomes on a par with Sub Saharan Nations while others have outcomes comparable to those of northern Europe. H...Show More

13:35 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Empty Slogans or Real Policy? Healthcare repeal, BREXIT, failing states and, even, Ben Affleck. Mark Blyth, economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's MPA, share their take on the...Show More

40:44 | Jul 14th, 2017

For victims of wartime sexual violence, the relationship between silence and visibility is tricky. Survivors must bear witness, not only for themselves but for history. And yet too often their experience is adopted and used. This has been the case ...Show More

41:28 | Jun 21st, 2017

Paranoia, Narcissism, Espionage. This potentially dangerous combination might invoke the leadership in North Korea or Russia. It might also call to mind America's 45th President. A new book takes a look at the human factor in past intelligence failur...Show More

13:40 | May 31st, 2017

President Trump's Riyadh speech last weekend was heavily anti-Iran, pushing off the radar very big news from Iran itself - the re-election of Hassan Rouhani, who staked his very presidency on the nuclear agreement and integration in the world economy...Show More

12:55 | May 25th, 2017

President Donald Trump’s recent request to increase military spending by $54 billion represents a 10 percent increase to the military budget and comes at the expense of cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. In order to increase funding for the...Show More

09:26 | May 4th, 2017

Mark Blyth, Professor of Political Science, stops in to give his take on the recent French elections results and what it means for populism, neo-liberalism and the future of the European Union. For more Mark, subscribe to our Soundcloud channel or ...Show More

35:12 | May 2nd, 2017

Peter Andreas presents a reading from his new book and discusses his unconventional childhood, rebel mother, and writing memoir.

40:29 | Apr 20th, 2017

We caught up with Timothy Edgar, Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute, to discuss Russian hacking and the erosion of internet privacy regulations under the Trump administration. Edgar served under President Obama from 2009 to 2010 as the first dire...Show More

43:08 | Apr 14th, 2017

Kakenya Ntaiya, founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, and Pamela Reeves, Watson Institute Senior Fellow, discuss genital mutilation, education, and the power of engaging the next generation of women in Kenya.

36:20 | Mar 27th, 2017

Former U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern and Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute and of the China Initiative, discuss global warming, geopolitics, U.S.-China relations, and more.

42:31 | Mar 13th, 2017

Famed journalist Stephen Kinzer reads an excerpt from his new book, The True Flag, and discusses American imperialism today and yesterday.

42:16 | Mar 2nd, 2017

What will be the fate of Obamacare in the age of Trump? Two health policy experts review the benefits and costs of the Affordable Care Act, and what its repeal could mean for Americans.

31:55 | Feb 28th, 2017

Upward mobility: it's the American dream. But over the past 50 years, the prospects of children earning more than their parents has dropped to 50 percent. What has led to this decline, and what can be done to reverse it? Three economists are using bi...Show More

21:18 | Feb 10th, 2017

Conservative columnist Ramesh Ponnuru discusses politics, policy, and the Trump presidency.

23:18 | Feb 7th, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow M. Ali Kadivar discusses the impact President Trump's executive order on immigration has had on his work as a scholar.

13:04 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Anthropologist and filmmaker Narges Bajoghli reads the words of a former Iranian soldier who, after being severely injured by chemical weapons used by the Iraqi army, finds solace in music.

52:47 | Jan 17th, 2017

Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute, queries political scientist Margaret Weir and political economist Mark Blyth about the rise of illiberalism across the globe.

19:40 | Jan 1st, 2017

Elias Muhanna, an expert in classical Arabic literature at the Watson Institute's Middle East Studies program, remembers a childhood road trip in Lebanon and what it taught him about war and hope.

42:26 | Dec 16th, 2016

Sex workers' rights activist Bella Robinson and sociologist and Watson postdoctoral fellow Elena Shih discuss the "trafficking" and "rescue" narratives muddying the reality of what sex work is--and what sex workers really need.

25:10 | Dec 5th, 2016

Smart Relief: Bridging the academic and humanitarian divide. Tony Bogues, Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of Africana Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, is a historia...Show More

27:46 | Nov 12th, 2016

Hunger games: if there's enough food for everyone, why are some people hungry?

23:38 | Oct 30th, 2016

Listen to Professors McDermott and Moffitt discuss gender and the election on Trending Globally.