Top 10 Podcasts for the 2015-16 Carnegie Council Program Year

July 12, 2016

Top 10 Podcasts

We hope you enjoy this list of our top 10 most downloaded podcasts from our previous program year (July 2015–June 2016). Topics span the globe, and include Chinese immigrants in New York, India's Constitution, U.S-Russian relations, the future of technology, the teachings of Buddha, and the intricacies of global tax avoidance. Quite a varied collection!

These podcasts and hundreds more are all available on our iTunes page. Or you can access them on our website, where they are accompanied by full transcripts. In addition to, we hope you'll check out Carnegie Council's other websites: our journal, Ethics & International Affairs and our social network, Global Ethics Network

1) Chinese Immigrant Experiences in New York City
Henry Chang, Novelist and Poet
Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker
Peter Kwong, Hunter College, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Kavitha Rajagopalan, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Manhattan's Chinatown is a city within a city; it's very poorly understood by outsiders. This panel of insiders helps change that. Topics include migrant financing, an overview of Chinese migration, the Chinatown gang wars of the 1970s, the "model minority" myth, and today's encroaching gentrification.
(Global Ethics Network/An Ethical Dialogue between Asia and the West, October 2015)

2) Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox Discusses the Indian Constitution
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Quinnipiac University
Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Quinnipiac professor Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox spent three months researching the Indian Constitution in Delhi. In this talk, she details the document's framework, its main architect B. R. Ambedkar, and why it is the world's longest constitution. Is it revered, like its American counterpart? What are some of the constitutional debates in India today?
(Carnegie New Leaders Podcast, January 2016)

3) Global Tax Avoidance: Who's Responsible?
Elise J. Bean, Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School
Pamela Chisanga, ActionAid Zambia
John Christensen, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat
Harold Crooks, Journalist, Writer, and Documentary Film Director
Amber Kiwan, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Julia Taylor Kennedy, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
This podcast investigates the complex world of tax avoidance, starting with the mining industry in Zambia. Activists, documentarians, and economists give perspectives on how corporations avoid taxes and how this practice is now entrenched in business and government.
(Impact: Where Business and Ethics Meet, August 2015)

4) Beyond a New Cold War? International Security and the Need for U.S.-Russia Cooperation
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University, Princeton University
Jack F. Matlock, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
John Pepper, Former Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company
William vanden Heuvel, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
David C. Speedie, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
The United States must stop its demonization of President Putin, according to members of this distinguished panel, all with long associations with Russia and all founding members of the American Committee for East-West Accord.  Syria, Ukraine, the UN, nuclear weapons: compelling reasons why the United States and Russia must work together.
(U.S. Global Engagement, February 2016)

5) Human Rights in China with Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California at Irvine, Journal of Asian Studies
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks to scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom about the current state of Chinese media, politics, leadership, and human rights. They also discuss the country's anti-corruption campaign, Chinese history, and Wasserstrom's new book Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies.
(Asia Dialogues, February 2016)

6) The Industries of the Future
Alec Ross, Johns Hopkins University
Joanne J. Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Driverless cars, designer babies, crypto currencies, cyber warfare, pervasive "sousveillance" that erodes our privacy, often with our consent—what are the upsides and downsides of this brave new world? Alec Ross, who is neither a utopian nor a dystopian, expertly guides us through it.
(Public Affairs Program, March 2015)

7) Russia's Soft Power: A Matter for Church and State
Nadieszda Kizenko, State University of New York at Albany
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, U.S. Naval War College
Nicolai N. Petro, University of Rhode Island
David C. Speedie, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
If other countries wish to understand Russia, they need to have a grasp of her values, which provide the moral framework for her policies and world view. In this fascinating discussion, three leading experts on Russia's "soft power" explain the roles of the state and the Russian Orthodox Church and their complex interplay in formulating this framework.
(U.S. Global Engagement, September 2015)

8) Secular Ethics: Old/New Shakyamuni, Dalai Lama
Robert Thurman, Columbia University, Tibet House U.S.
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
In this lively, learned, and funny talk, leading U.S. expert on Tibetan Buddhism Robert Thurman riffs off the Dalai Lama's secular ethics project, laying out the theory—and science—of karma and why it's important for all of us to learn to be more compassionate and other-directed. After all, it's a form of enlightened self-interest.
(Global Ethics Network Conference, October 2015)

9) Global Ethics Day: Feeding the Planet
Gerald Bourke, World Food Programme
Gilonne d'Origny, New Harvest
Jessica Fanzo, Berman Institute of Bioethics and Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Justine Lucas, Global Poverty Project
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
There are roughly 2 billion people who are under-nourished and another 2 billion who are overweight or obese. In other words, about half the world's population is malnourished. How can we feed the world ethically, sustainably, and well? This panel provides some answers, from food aid to producing milk and meat in cell cultures.
(Global Ethics Network event, October 2015)

10) American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century?
Joshua Eisenman, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin
Zachary Karabell, RiverTwice Research
Jiyoung Song, School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These questions have been around for at least a decade, but are still under debate. In this lively discussion, three experts with different perspectives give their opinions and forecasts for the future.
(Global Ethics Network event, October 2015)