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What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.

What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.

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What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.

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Episodes

The age of mass distrust

1/18/2022
Richard Edelman, the brains behind the world’s leading survey on trust in institutions, joins this week with a severe warning: trust is becoming heavily local, and democracies are experiencing a collapse of trust in government and media. Not only that — there’s a sharp class divide: members of elite groups trust institutions more than ever, while distrust grows among the masses. CEOs are asked to step into this breach. There are also strategic consequences to these trust divides: we explore...

Duration:00:16:08

How to get Putin

1/12/2022
Corruption: you hate it, right? It’s one of the few political problems that unites people across the political spectrum, and around the globe. But how can we actually fight corruption on a meaningful scale? Whether it’s in Kazakhstan or the United States, a dictator or a stock trader, there’s a common financial thread: secrecy. This week host Ryan Heath talks to Paul Massaro, who advises Congress on who to sanction and expose if we want to clean up corruption … and how to make Russia’s...

Duration:00:24:12

Democracy's new frontline

1/5/2022
Established democracies around the world face deep threats to their authority and reputations. One year on from the U.S. Capitol riot and organized attempts to stop Joe Biden from assuming the presidency, several new opinion polls show that tens of millions of Americans think violence against the government is sometimes necessary. What can be done? In this episode we road-test a proposal for a new Alliance of Democracies, in a panel discussion with key backers of the alliance and a skeptic.

Duration:00:21:51

Saving Truth

12/15/2021
What if you can’t discover truth in the future? It’s a real prospect in many countries where collapsing news media economics and deliberate use of misinformation from governments are creating a truth crunch. Global Insider speaks to Mark Thompson, the former New York Times CEO and BBC Director General, who has teamed up with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner, to launch an International Fund for Public Interest Media.

Duration:00:18:18

Rebooting Democracy

12/8/2021
Wherever you look, democracy appears to be under assault. From attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to backsliding by European leaders, to coups in Asia and Africa: the pressure is on democratic leaders, and the Biden administration in particular, to show that democracy works. This episode of Global Insider previews President Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy, taking place virtually Dec. 9-10. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and authors the newsletter. Nahal...

Duration:00:17:06

Marietje Schaake calls bullsh*t on Silicon Valley’s self-regulation mantra

12/1/2021
It seems like there’s bipartisan compromise for once in Washington, and it’s over one commitment: it’s time to reel in Big Tech. But Marietje Schaake has been sounding that alarm for years. Once one of the youngest members of the European Parliament, Schaake now helps lead the academic discussion around how to regulate some of the biggest companies in the world, like Facebook and Apple, as a policy fellow at Stanford University. She tells POLITICO’s Ryan Heath how she aims to reform Silicon...

Duration:00:25:45

Why the African Union isn’t waiting for COVAX

11/24/2021
The U.N.-backed COVAX vaccine facility was supposed to be a game changer. But with less than ten percent of Africans vaccinated — well short of the African Union’s goal of 60% by the end of this year— Strive Masiyiwa, the head of the Union’s vaccination effort, says the continent can no longer rely on donations and vaccines produced abroad to fight disease. Masiyiwa tells POLITICO’s Ryan Heath about his negotiations with the Indian government after he realized they would no longer be...

Duration:00:25:02

Will the GOP go along with the COP26 pact?

11/17/2021
The Republican delegation went to COP26 with a clear message: both parties recognize the need to fight climate change. But did world leaders take them seriously? And how will Republican leaders sell that pivot to Republican voters? Fresh off his trip to Glasgow, Scotland, Rep. Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican, spoke with POLITICO’s Ryan Heath. He shares — if not a commitment to the Build Back Better plan — his ideas on turning climate pledges into climate action. Rep. Garret Graves is a...

Duration:00:22:41

136 countries agreed to a global minimum corporate tax rate. What now?

11/10/2021
Last month, 136 countries agreed to a global treaty that would tax large companies at a rate of at least 15 percent. POLITICO’s Ryan Heath talks with the OECD’s Pascal Saint-Amans, who led negotiations on the historic deal, on stage at the annual Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, about when the tax kicks in and what loopholes he’s on high alert for. Plus: Saint-Amans dishes on a Biden Cabinet member who supports a global carbon price system. Pascal Saint-Amans directs the OECD’s Center for Tax...

Duration:00:18:50

Belarus’ opposition leader on fighting the Lukashenko regime from exile

11/3/2021
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was a former teacher and self-described housewife catapulted to run for president of Belarus when her candidate husband was arrested in 2020. Even in exile after the disputed election, she’s the biggest threat against strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s hold over Belarus. She has captivated Belarusians with her campaign for democracy and been nominated for the Nobel Prize. POLITICO’s Ryan Heath asks Tsikhanouskaya about how she plans to corral the international...

Duration:00:23:08

The U.N.’s roadmap for navigating Covid and China’s rise

10/27/2021
Covid-19 has knocked the United Nations off schedule — it’s now running behind on meeting some Sustainable Development Goals and vaccination targets. As the head of the United Nations Development Program, Achim Steiner is on the front lines to catch up to those targets. He tells POLITICO’s Ryan Heath about why, even as countries are falling short of their COVAX and climate commitments, the United Nations is still the world’s best — and possibly only — bet to fight global problems. Achim...

Duration:00:26:09

Taiwan’s digital minister on China’s “digital authoritarianism”

10/20/2021
Imagine a world in which middle schoolers fact check presidential debates and public officials publish transcripts of every conversation they have. That’s the world that Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister, has helped create, thereby fortifying Taiwan’s democracy even as it faces increasing threats from China. Tang tells POLITICO’s Ryan Heath what it’s like to govern and live in the shadow of China. Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider"...

Duration:00:25:11

Europe's top 'tech cop' is ready to take on Big Tech with America

10/13/2021
It looks like the European Union’s competition czar Margrethe Vestager has finally found her right hand partner in Lina Khan. She tells host Ryan Heath the Biden administration, with its commitment to regulating Big Tech, is a “dream come true.” But what will that EU-U.S. cooperation really look like? Also: Vestager’s game plan to protect whistleblowers, plus her own rules for tech at home. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and authors the newsletter. Olivia Reingold...

Duration:00:22:01

NATO head: China is not an enemy

10/6/2021
China is on the rise, with the world’s largest navy and on track to have the world’s largest economy. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary-General, tells POLITICO’s Ryan Heath about his plan to stay one step ahead of China’s advances. Plus: he has a message for France on the recent U.S.-Australia submarine deal. Stay tuned after the interview for a debrief with POLITICO’s Usha Sahay, who gives her take on the contenders to replace Stoltenberg once his term ends next fall — and how the...

Duration:00:25:34

Union leader Sharan Burrow: How to convince governments to actually change

9/29/2021
Health workers who don’t get paid if they contract Covid-19. Over 6,000 migrant workers dead after helping with World Cup construction in the Middle East. As the head of the world’s largest union confederation, it’s Sharan Burrow’s priority to protect workers against abuses like these and hold offending governments accountable. But as she tells host Ryan Heath, she’s walking a tightrope between convincing governments to change and keeping her seat at the table. Sharan Burrow is the General...

Duration:00:21:08

UNGA Dispatch 4: Namibia’s First Lady on her refusal to stay silent

9/24/2021
Monica Geingos, the First Lady of Namibia, and Ryan Heath take a break from the chaos of UNGA for a cup of tea. Geingos opens up about how to start honest discussions about AIDS and sex in her home country, and reveals why she broke her silence against her online trolls. Stay tuned to the end for Ryan’s lesson on how to identify who’s the most powerful person in the motorcade. Monica Geingos is the First Lady of Namibia. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and newsletter....

Duration:00:12:57

UNGA Dispatch 3: Colombian President Iván Duque on protests, vaccines & Bezos

9/23/2021
Ryan Heath sits down with Colombia’s leader Iván Duque. What’s on their minds? Deadly protests, lack of vaccines, climate change, refugees and… oh yeah, space travel with Jeff Bezos. Also: if you have the time, we’re trying to learn more about our listeners. We’d appreciate it if you’re able to take our short survey. Iván Duque is the president of Colombia. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and newsletter. Olivia Reingold produces “Global Insider.” Irene Noguchi edits...

Duration:00:14:53

UNGA Dispatch 2: Hungary and Estonia speak up

9/22/2021
“You don’t have to be big to make a difference.” While sprinting between leaders on Day 2 at the UN General Assembly, Ryan Heath sits down 1-on-1 with Hungary’s foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, and Estonia’s president, Kersti Kaljulaid. Also: if you have the time, we’re trying to learn more about our listeners. We’d appreciate it if you’re able to take our short survey. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and newsletter. Péter Szijjártó is the foreign minister of...

Duration:00:15:50

UNGA Dispatch 1: Covid precautions and fears dominate Day One

9/21/2021
Host Ryan Heath runs all over New York, capturing the madness of UNGA’s kickoff, accompanied by his sidekick, producer Olivia Reingold. Hear from Ryan’s go-to “U.N. whisperer,” Richard Gowan of the Crisis Group, and Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs. Plus: protestors accusing the U.S. of “vaccine apartheid” stop New York City traffic, setting the tone for critics of the Biden administration to come throughout the week. Also: if you have the time, we’re...

Duration:00:09:53

This week: Dispatches from UNGA

9/20/2021
We’re doing something different this week: host Ryan Heath will be bringing you snapshots from the field at the United Nations General Assembly, where prime ministers rub elbows with the world’s biggest business and nonprofit leaders. Starting Tuesday morning, Ryan and producer Olivia Reingold will share quick dispatches with global insiders during the most important week of their year. Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and newsletter. Olivia Reingold produces “Global...

Duration:00:01:01