Public Affairs

Overview

Public Affairs hosted speakers who are prominent people in the world of international affairs, from acclaimed authors, to Nobel laureates, to high-ranking UN officials.

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JUN 26, 2019 Podcast

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All, with Arthur Holland Michel

Arthur Holland Michel, founder of the Center for the Study of the Drone, traces the development of the Pentagon's Gorgon Stare, one of the most ...

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JUN 20, 2019 Podcast

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, with Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond's core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If the U.S. does not ...

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JUN 13, 2019 Podcast

Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, with David Kaye

The original idea of the Internet was for it to be a "free speech nirvana," but in 2019, the reality is quite different. Authoritarians spread disinformation ...

President Erdoğan & President Trump at the White House, May 2017. CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/148748355@N05/33875862824"> Shealah Craighead/Public Domain</a>

JUN 3, 2019 Podcast

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, with Ece Temelkuran

In her new book, award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator Ece Temelkuran lays out the seven steps from democracy to dictatorship. "Some of these steps ...

Adam Gopnik. CREDIT: Billy Pickett

MAY 22, 2019 Podcast

A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, with Adam Gopnik

In his eloquent defense of liberalism, Adam Gopnik goes back to its origins and argues that rather than emphasizing the role of the individual, the ...

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MAY 3, 2019 Podcast

The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best—and Worst—Chief Executives, with Brian Lamb

What lessons can we learn from America's past presidents? Can these lessons help us choose the next one wisely? In this timely talk, C-Span founder ...

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APR 23, 2019 Podcast

How Change Happens, with Cass Sunstein

From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring to #MeToo, how does social change happen? In a book that was 25 years in the making, Cass ...

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APR 5, 2019 Podcast

From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future, with Tom Wheeler

We've been through information and technology revolutions before, going back to Gutenberg, says former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Now it's our turn to be at ...

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MAR 27, 2019 Podcast

How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11, with Janet Napolitano

"Climate, cyber, then mass gun violence, sometimes motivated by terrorist ideology--and the ideology can most frequently be tied to far-right-wing extremism, sometimes tied to no ...

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MAR 19, 2019 Podcast

The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, with Sean McFate

"Nobody fights conventionally except for us anymore, yet we're sinking a big bulk, perhaps the majority of our defense dollars, into preparing for another conventional ...