New America Podcasts

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The Weekly Wonk: Homeland’s Power & Al Qaeda’s “Comeback”

October 3, 2013
This week, National Security Studies Program Director Peter Bergen breaks down what the Al Qaeda affiliate attack in Nairobi really tells us about the terrorist group, and what could happen if it establishes a base in besieged Syria (a place that’s roughly 16 times more violent than Afghanistan). Later, Bergen and Slaughter are joined by Slate Culture Editor June Thomas and New America Editorial Director Andrés Martinez for a post-Homeland premiere discussion about media’s unique power to inform Americans’ understanding of national security and intelligence issues.

New America NYC: Covering Syria

October 2, 2013
Over the last few weeks, political and military developments in Syria have unfolded in real-time on television and online via twitter, Google hangout, major news networks and new types of online media.

New America NYC: The Smartest Kids in the World

September 27, 2013
In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. These kids are learning to think and thrive in the modern economy.

The Weekly Wonk Podcast: The Fed's Future & Merkel's Mandate

September 26, 2013
On the heels of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's big victory, this week’s podcast features New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter talking with New York Times Columnist Roger Cohen, a former Berlin-based correspondent. They discuss what the election tells us about Germany and its future role on the world stage, including its relationships with the U.S. Plus, the Fed has decided to not 'taper,' after all. What does that tell us about the future of the U.S. Economy and whether the Fed and the markets need some group therapy? Pull up a chair, and let’s talk wonk.

New America NYC: Far From the Tree: A Conversation About Family, Difference and Acceptance

September 18, 2013
What can we learn from parents bringing up children who, whether deaf, autistic, transgender, or disabled, whether criminals or prodigies, are very different from the parents themselves? In his book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon draws on over a decade of reporting on such families and raises penetrating questions about the extent to which parents should accept children as they are, and about what we can all learn from families coping with profound difference.

The Weekly Wonk Podcast: The Meaning of Blade Runner & Unrest in Unlikely Places

September 18, 2013
New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and guests explore the ideas and policy challenges that not only dominate today’s headlines, but will shape our future.  This week, New America board member and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University Francis Fukuyama talked about his favorite movie, Blade Runner, and what it means to be human. Slaughter and Fukuyama also chat with New America 2012 Schwartz Fellow Charles Kenny and Zócalo editorial director Andrés Martinez about why newly prosperous countries are rich in unrest.

New America NYC: Leadership, Innovation and Ideas Series Featuring Eric Schmidt

September 16, 2013
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google joins New America Foundation President Anne-Marie Slaughter to kickoff our Leadership, Innovation and Ideas Series exploring the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. and the world.

The Weekly Wonk Podcast: Let's Talk About Vladimir and Smart Kids

September 12, 2013
New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and guests explore the ideas and policy challenges that not only dominate today’s headlines, but will shape our future. This week, Amanda Ripley, a New America Emerson Fellow who recently wrote The Smartest Kids in the World, talks about how that group (students from from Poland, Finland, and South Korea) rocketed to the top of the global education charts.

The Weekly Wonk Podcast: Wesley Clark & Michael Lind

September 5, 2013
This week, Anne-Marie Slaughter is joined by General Wesley Clark, who oversaw the Kosovo campaign in the late ’90s. General Clark will share his thoughts on what the Balkans can teach us about Syria. Also, Slaughter talks with New America co-founder Michael Lind, senior fellow Peter Beinart, and Editorial Director Andrés Martinez about the ever-evolving quest for the American Center. Plus, find out what was overheard this week at New America. Pull up a chair, and let’s talk wonk.

New America NYC: Behind Bars

August 21, 2013
A conversation on life in prison through the lens of the individual with a former inmate, journalists who've followed the lives of convicted felons, and those who have forged lasting friendships with men and women living behind bars. In Collaboration with The Atavist.
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