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  • Gene Editing Governance & Dr. He Jiankui, with Jeffrey Kahn 12/02/19
    Jeffrey Kahn, Alex Woodson,
    Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics, discusses the many governance issues connected to gene editing. Plus, he gives a first-hand account of an historic conference in Hong Kong last year in which Dr. He Jiankui shared his research on the birth of the world's first germline genetically engineered babies. What's the future of the governance of this emerging technology?
  • Trump is the Symptom, Not the Problem 11/22/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Astute observers of U.S. foreign policy have been making the case, as we move into the 2020 elections, not to see the interruptions in the flow of U.S. foreign policy solely as a result of the personality and foibles of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. Ian Bremmer and Colin Dueck expand on this thought.
  • Gene Editing: Overview, Ethics, & the Near Future, with Robert Klitzman 11/20/19
    Robert L. Klitzman, Alex Woodson,
    In the first in a series of podcasts on gene editing, Columbia's Dr. Robert Klitzman provides an overview of the technology, ethical and governance issues, and where it could all go in the near future. Plus he explains why the birth of genetically engineered twins in China last year was a "seismic" event. How could gene editing lead to more inequality? What could be some of unintended consequences?
  • The Crack-Up: Dwight Eisenhower & the Road Trip that Changed America, with Brian C. Black 11/18/19
    Brian C. Black, Ted Widmer,
    In 1919, a young Army officer named Dwight Eisenhower, along with a "Mad Max"-style military convoy, set out on a cross-country road trip to examine the nascent state of America's roads. Penn State Altoona's Professor Brian C. Black explains how this trip influenced Eisenhower's decisions decades later, both as general and president, and laid the groundwork for the rise of petroleum-based engines and the interstate highway system.
  • AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns, with Fritz Allhoff 11/13/19
    Fritz Allhoff, Alex Woodson,
    How can artificial intelligence improve food security, medicine, and infrastructure in Arctic communities? What are some logistical, ethical, and governance challenges? Western Michigan's Professor Fritz Allhoff details the future of technology in this extreme environment, which is being made more accessible because of climate change. Plus he shares his thoughts on some open philosophical questions surrounding AI.
  • The Ethical Algorithm, with Michael Kearns 11/11/19
    Michael Kearns
    Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. They have made our lives more efficient, yet are increasingly encroaching on our basic rights. UPenn's Professor Michael Kearns shares some ideas on how to better embed human principles into machine code without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.
  • Fighting ISIS Online, with Asha Castleberry-Hernandez 11/08/19
    Asha Castleberry-Hernandez, Alex Woodson,
    National security expert Asha Castleberry-Hernandez discusses what "ISIS 2.0" means and how the terrorist group has used social media to recruit and spread its message. How has its strategy changed since the death of its leader Abur Bakr al-Baghdadi? What can the U.S. military, Congress, and executive branch do better to fight the group online?
  • A Washington Insider Take on the Narratives 11/08/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev follows up on his recent report on U.S. Global Engagement, "The Search for a New Narrative: Recasting American Involvement in the International System," with an anonymous response from a Washington insider.
  • Carnegie New Leaders Podcast: The Future of Space Acquisition & Threats, with Maj. Gen. Nina M. Armagno 11/06/19
    Nina M. Armagno, Amelia M. Wolf,
    In conversation with intelligence analyst Amelia M. Wolf, Major General Nina M. Armagno of the U.S. Air Force discusses her role as director of Space Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition at the Department of Defense. How has space acquisition shifted as threats have evolved? What would a future U.S. Space Force look like?
  • Crafting Narratives and the 2020 Elections 10/30/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    As the recent U.S. Global Engagement report notes, there is no longer one main narrative for U.S. foreign policy. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev asks, what will this mean for the 2020 Democratic candidates?
  • The Crack-Up: The 1919 Elaine Massacre & the Struggle to Remember, with Nan Woodruff 10/23/19
    Nan Elizabeth Woodruff, Ted Widmer,
    The massacre in rural Elaine, Arkansas was one of the most violent episodes of 1919's Red Summer of racist confrontations, but it also remains one of the least-known. In this talk with historian Ted Widmer, Penn State's Professor Nan Woodruff explains the causes and how it fits in to the post-World War I context. Why are people still reluctant to speak about this massacre? How should we remember this dark chapter in American history?
  • The Individual & the Collective, Politics, & the UN, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno 10/21/19
    Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Alex Woodson,
    Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, discusses the tensions between the individual and the collective in a world filled with political tension, pervasive surveillance, and fear of risk. What is the role of the UN in this environment? How can we avoid the violent upheavals that marked other transitional phases in humanity?

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