Top 10 Carnegie Council Podcasts for the 2016-17 Program Year

July 11, 2017

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Carnegie Council presents the top 10 most downloaded podcasts from our program year, July 2016-June 2017. Topics include Japan and the Philippines; the potential effects of new technologies; and the troubled state of U.S. and global politics.

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 and in some cases videos as well, as noted below. In addition to, we hope you'll check out Carnegie Council's other websites: our journal, Ethics & International Affairs and our Global Ethics Network, a community bulletin board open to all.

1) Japan's Politics: A Move toward Nationalism or more of the Status Quo?
Sheila A. Smith, Council on Foreign Relations
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Was Prime Minister Abe's landslide victory in the July elections a vote of confidence in his ability to jump-start Japan's stagnant economy, or simply a desire for stability? Will he use his majority to revise Japan's constitution? What is the mood of the country today, especially among young people? Find out from Japan scholar Sheila Smith.
(Asia Dialogues, podcast with transcript, July 2016)

2) Interview with Robert Sparrow on Autonomous Weapon Systems and Respect in Warfare
Robert Sparrow, The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science; Monash University
Adam Read-Brown, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
Professor Sparrow works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. Here he discusses Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS), often referred to as "killer robots." Unlike drones, which are remotely operated by humans, with AWS the robot itself determines who should live or die. What are the ethical arguments for and against these killing machines?
(Ethics & International Affairs Interviews, podcast with transcript, July 2016)

What to Make of Duterte's Philippines
John Gershman, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
John Gershman discusses the state of Filipino politics since the 2016 election of Rodrigo Duterte and where the country may be headed. Topics covered include the Philippines' anti-drug campaign; extrajudicial killings; climate change vulnerability; and diplomatic relations with China, the U.S., and ASEAN.
(Asia Dialogues, podcast with transcript, September 2016)

What is Populism?
Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University; Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
There's a wave of populist leaders around the world right now, from Erdoğan to Trump. What defines a populist exactly, and why are they so dangerous? Learn more in this most timely interview.
(Public Affairs Program, podcast with transcript, November 2016)

Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World
Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution
Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Many liberals hope that Islam will follow the same trajectory as Christianity and the West: a reformation and eventually secularization. But we should beware of assuming that all societies will follow the same path, says Shadi Hamid. Indeed, he has come to the reluctant conclusion that Islam will be resistant to secularization for a long time to come.
(Public Affairs Program, podcast with transcript and video, November 2016)

6) Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
From massive leaps in technology to ever-increasing globalization to the acceleration of climate change, workplace, politics, geopolitics, and ethics are all going through tectonic shifts. Why is this happening? Why was 2007 such a turning point and what's next? Thomas Friedman makes sense of it all, and offers hope going forward.
(Public Affairs Program, podcast, transcript, and video, January 2017)

The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era
Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School
Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
BC—before the Constitution—the history of the world was the history of kings, emperors, and tsars. AD—after the document—the world would never be the same again, says Constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar. And the Constitution is particularly important in today's fraught political situation. 
(Public Affairs Program, podcast, transcript, and video, October 2016)

8) Trump and the Intelligence Community: The View from a Former CIA Analyst
Yael Eisenstat, Kilele Global; Former CIA Analyst
Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
Eisenstat spent most of her government career in the background, but Trump's unorthodox CIA address convinced her to add to the public discourse in "a calm and credible way." In this talk, she discusses her powerful New York Times editorial, the dangers of an executive/intelligence community rift, and why this is a complicated time for government employees.
(Podcast with transcript, March 2017)

9) Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know
Jerry KaplanCodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics
Joanne MyersCarnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
We're asking the wrong questions about artificial intelligence, says AI expert Jerry Kaplan. Machines are not going to take over the world. They don't have emotions or creativity. They are just able to process large amounts of data and draw logical conclusions. These new technologies will bring tremendous advances—along with new ethical and practical issues.
(Public Affairs Program, podcast, transcript and video, November 2016)

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
Richard HaassCouncil on Foreign Relations
Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
Concerned about where the world is heading? Don't miss this measured and comprehensive overview from Richard Haas, in which he lays out the global situation facing President Trump and what may lie ahead. Topics include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Russia, NATO, the UN, and the main factor behind job losses. 
(Public Affairs Program, podcast, transcript, and video, March 2017)