Top Ten Audio Podcasts for 2011

December 12, 2011

Privacy versus security, business solutions to fight poverty, and the troubled relationship between the United States and the United Nations under Kofi Annan—these were among the top stories that our listeners downloaded this year.

Audio podcasts (via iTunes and RSS Feed) are by far the most popular way for our global audience to access Carnegie Council materials. All these audios have accompanying transcripts and many also have videos.

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1) One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty

Simon Chesterman, National University of Singapore, New York University School of Law
The boundaries between public and private are crumbling fast, often with the active or passive consent of those whose privacy is breached. What limits, if any, should be placed on a government's efforts to spy on its citizens in the name of national security? (Public Affairs Program, March 2011)

2) Susan Davis on Business Solutions to Fight Poverty
Susan Davis, U.S. arm of BRAC, the World's Largest Development Agency
"Although there is no magic bullet, social entrepreneurship unlocks everybody's ability to be a change maker and to participate in the solutions to their own problems," says microfinance pioneer Susan Davis. (Just Business Interview Series, January 2011)

3) The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power

James Traub, New York Times Magazine
Why was Kofi Annan's tenure at the UN so controversial? Listen to James Traub's analysis of the troubled relationship between the UN and the world's only superpower. (Public Affairs Program, November 2006)

4) Head and Heart: American Christianities

Garry Wills, Historian
The U.S. separation of church and state both unleashed evangelical feelings and tempered them with reason and rationality, says Wills. "Putting together the head and the heart is not easy, but we have been most successful as a country when that has happened." (Public Affairs Program, October 2007)

5) Mathias Risse on Justice and Common Ownership of the Earth
Mathias Risse, Harvard Kennedy School
Philosopher Mathias Risse discusses his concept of common ownership of the earth—the equal claim of each person to the planet and its resources—and what this means for worldwide immigration policies and for climate change refugees, for example. (Ethics & International Affairs Interview, September 2010)

6) Forty Years After Friedman: What is the Proper Role of Business in Society?
Christine Bader, Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights
In 1970, Milton Friedman published an article "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits." Forty years later, what is the appropriate role of business today? (Carnegie New Leaders, September 2010)

7) Putting Middle East Youth to Work: Partnering with Business to Turn a Youth Tsunami into an Asset

Ronald Bruder and Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Education for Employment Foundation
Founder and CEO Ron Bruder and VP Jasmine Nahhas di Florio introduce Education for Employment Foundation, an NGO that creates employment opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa. (U.S. Global Engagement Program, December 2010)

8) Swan Paik on Nike Foundation and the Girl Effect

Swan Paik, Nike Foundation
Women and girls are a powerful accelerator for change, says Nike Foundation's Swan Paik. By allowing girls to fall through irreversible trap doors in adolescence, the world is missing out on the tremendous potential that they have to offer. (Just Business Interview Series, February 2011)

9) Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

Garry Wills, Historian
Garry Wills traces how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots, defined the presidency, and redefined the government as a national security state. (Public Affairs Program, February 2010)

10) Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy

Michael Klare, Five Colleges, Massachusetts
Michael Klare, an expert on the politics of energy and resources, discusses how the world's diminishing sources of energy are radically changing the international balance of power. (Public Affairs Program, May 2008)