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Big World shines a spotlight on complex ideas and issues that matter. Each episode features an expert from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, breaking down a big, important topic into small bite sizes.

Big World shines a spotlight on complex ideas and issues that matter. Each episode features an expert from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, breaking down a big, important topic into small bite sizes.
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Big World shines a spotlight on complex ideas and issues that matter. Each episode features an expert from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, breaking down a big, important topic into small bite sizes.

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English


Episodes

A Leg Up for Startups

5/1/2019
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Small businesses are often referred to as the engine or the backbone of the economy. Entrepreneurs, the people who build new businesses and come up with innovative ideas, can help deter economic stagnation. In this episode of Big World, Professor Krista Tuomi joins us to discuss entrepreneurship and startups, as well as how local governments stake a claim in the promotion of innovation.

Duration:00:19:46

Show me the (Border) Money

4/8/2019
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At the heart of the 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history, was a fiery debate over funding for the border wall. Throughout that period, Americans were constantly reassured by officials that the military would remain funded. While the shutdown ended, Trump’s desire to fund the wall did not. In this episode of Big World, Professor Emeritus Gordon Adams joins us to discuss how defense money can be moved around across departments and how flexible that money can be.

Duration:00:32:54

Earth After Activism

4/1/2019
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Over the years, environmental activism in America has evolved. The movement began with a concern for wilderness and focused on pollution as we transitioned into the Industrial Revolution. Events that occurred during World War II then gave rise to the modern environmental movement in which the post-war generation no longer accepted environmental destruction at the price of progress. And now, the environmental challenge that defines our time is climate change. In this episode of Big World, SIS...

Duration:00:28:34

Normalizing Hate

3/1/2019
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Far-right extremists are often opposed to values such as equality—especially the idea that all races are equal. They reject the notion that America is a country comprised of immigrants and that the government has a role in preventing and prosecuting discrimination. But why? In this episode of Big World, SIS professor Carole Gallaher joins us to discuss America’s relationship with far-right extremism and its movements, groups, and people.

Duration:00:27:24

Sex Ed Politics and Policy

2/1/2019
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The education of sexuality and reproduction, or (as we called it in high school) sex ed, is a controversial topic around the world. Discussions on how to teach sex ed can often get mired in a combination of politics and perceptions of morality. Which begs the question: how do politics and these perceptions affect public health policy? In this episode of Big World, SIS professor Rachel Robinson joins us to discuss the similarities between the sex ed experiences of students in Mississippi and...

Duration:00:19:46

The Riddle of Haiti

1/2/2019
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Why do aid projects in Haiti so often seem to fail? In this episode of Big World, Professor Scott Freeman joins us to discuss the colonial history of foreign intervention in the country and urges us to work past the international aid community’s historical rhetoric to create new narratives for “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.” He encourages us to consider the prescribed terms and conditions of aid initiatives, and he challenges how we should define “successes” and “failures”...

Duration:00:25:20

A Professor's Guide to the Galaxy

11/30/2018
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From hyperdrives to the Vulcan salute, science fiction and fantasy have provided the abundance of worlds and characters that comprise our pop culture. But can these genres inform or reflect our thinking about international relations? Our guest is Patrick Thaddeus Jackson: a professor at the School of International Service who researches international relations, the role of rhetoric in public life, and pop culture and IR. He is also one of the founders of the international relations blog Duck...

Duration:00:23:45

The Soft Power of Muppets

11/1/2018
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Generations of Americans grew up in front of Sesame Street, but it might surprise you to learn that children all around the world are reciting “Rubber Ducky,” too – in many different languages and alongside characters we’ve never seen. Our guest this episode is Naomi Moland: a professor at the School of International Service who researches and teaches global media and international education and is author of the forthcoming book, "Can Big Bird Fight Terrorism? Children's Television as Soft...

Duration:00:26:39

America's Tortured Relationship with Terrorism

10/1/2018
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Terrorism has been a key issue in US domestic and foreign policy, as well as the country’s national discourse, since 2001. As the War on Terror continues 17 year later, what have we learned about Americans’ attitudes towards and relationship to terrorism? Our guest is Joe Young, professor at the School of International Service and chair of the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs.

Duration:00:23:08

#metoo and Women on the Margins

9/5/2018
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The #MeToo movement has gone global and led to important conversations about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment worldwide. But have women on the margins—sex workers, domestic workers, and migrants—benefited from the movement? Our guest is Christine BN Chin, dean of the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.

Duration:00:25:36

Carbon Sinks and Strategies

9/4/2018
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Could a giant vacuum that sucks dangerous greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere really be effective in reversing climate change, or is this just a thing of science fiction? Our guest is Simon Nicholson, professor at the School of International Service (SIS), director of SIS’s Global Environmental Politics program, and director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy.

Duration:00:26:00

Introducing Big World, a new international affairs conversation

8/2/2018
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Big World brings you conversations that get you thinking about things differently, or maybe just thinking about different things. Join us as we take international affairs to interesting places every month.

Duration:00:01:06