New America Podcasts

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The Weekly Wonk: Karzai's Dangerous Game

December 12, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is refusing to sign the U.S. peace agreement that outlines the terms of our 2014 withdrawal. What's he thinking – and how will his actions impact our – and Afghanistan's – security? National Security Program Senior Fellows Omar Samad and Douglas Ollivant join Slaughter to interpret Karzai's obstinance, forecast how the country will fare post-withdrawal, and think critically about the ROI of our continued involvement.

The Weekly Wonk: Good News & Women's Middle East Moment

December 5, 2013

Will journalism go the way of the dinosaurs this century – particularly policy-minded journalism? NPR's Michel Martin explains why she's optimistic that media won't become extinct, and tells Slaughter some surprising news about NPR's changing audience demographics.


New America NYC Presents: Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

November 26, 2013

George W. Bush and his administration were confronted by one crisis after another. Terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of our financial system have come to define their 8 years in office. As Bush and Vice President Cheney struggled to meet these challenges, their relationship transformed from extreme reliance to striking discord.


New America NYC: Obama and the Press

November 22, 2013

Since 2009, eight government employees and contractors have been prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act for leaking classified information to the press – more than all previous administrations combined. These aggressive measures, along with the government’s comprehensive surveillance programs, consistently discourage sources from speaking to reporters.


The Weekly Wonk: Chinese Tectonics and Security Narcissists

November 21, 2013
New America Fellow Hao Wu explains why the Chinese government announced a recent slew of economic and social reforms now, and questions whether they'll live up to their transformative promise. Later, Slaughter is joined by the Open Technology Institute's new policy director, Kevin Bankston, and Rebecca MacKinnon, a Senior Research Fellow for New America, to unpack the latest bill aimed at curbing NSA overreach, and expose its surprising opponents.

The Weekly Wonk: Aid After the Storm & Russia's Delusions

November 14, 2013
As international aid workers descend on the Philippines to help the nation rebuild post-typhoon, CARE USA CEO and New America Board Member Helene Gayle, and Holly Solberg, the director of emergency and humanitarian assistance at CARE talk about the latest conditions on the ground – and what we in the US can do to help victims. Also, New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and New Yorker Editor David Remnick, who's written a few books on Russia, discuss what the imminent reversal of Russia's economic fortunes could mean for its geopolitical relationships, and its authoritarian leadership.

New America NYC: The Road to Fame

November 7, 2013
In 1979, China began implementing its One-Child policy to curb population growth in urban areas. In the decade that followed, a generation of “little emperors” was born.

The Weekly Wonk: Tom Ricks and Russell Shorto

November 7, 2013
Violence is escalating in Iraq. Syria, next door, is mired in its own morass. Is there an end in sight? Don’t bet on it, says Tom Ricks, a National Security Program fellow, in this podcast: Religious and ethnic rivalries run amok in the Middle East today means we could be in store for “a long period of violence that will result in a redrawing of national boundaries.” Also, Ricks warns that America’s use of mercenaries could come back to haunt us as other countries imitate our behavior all over the world.

The Weekly Wonk: Tyler Cowen & Lina Khan

October 31, 2013
Think inequality in America is bad today? It’s only going to get worse, economist and author Tyler Cowen told Andrés Martinez this week. They reflected on the themes in his recently published book, “Average is Over,” and explained why the rest of America could start looking a lot more like the Lone Star State. Later, Anne-Marie Slaughter talks to Steve Almond, author of the New York Times bestseller “Candyfreak,” and Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative Policy Analyst Lina Khan about whether consumers should care about consolidation in today’s candy market.

New America NYC: Media Renegades

October 24, 2013
Today, artists working on the fringes of society wield greater freedom than in years past. The Internet has helped diminish the role of the intermediary and has given voice to amateurs and rebels to communicate directly with the public. Musicians are finding ways to hold themselves accountable to fans instead of managers and filmmakers have begun to create award-winning movies outside of Hollywood’s rein. How do these amateur artists circumvent established authorities to create and disperse their art?
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