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Project Syndicate Podcasts features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.

Project Syndicate Podcasts features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.
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Project Syndicate Podcasts features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.






Outtakes: William Burns on Russia

Often when we're recording, we end up asking questions that are very interesting, but don't make it into our final episode. Rather than letting this just sit as extra tape our hard drive, we want to turn these questions into outtakes. Here's our first one. Last week, we published an episode with Ambassador William Burns, a career diplomat who served for 33 years in the US Foreign Service. We asked him about the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal. But from 2005-2008 Bill Burns was the ambassador...


The Secret Openings of US Foreign Policy | William Burns

When Donald Trump took the stage at his inauguration in January 2017, he promised to put an end to the multilateral approach that had marked US foreign policy since the end of World War II, pledging to put “America First.” Ambassador William Burns joins our podcast to discuss what that means for the Foreign Service members who work on behalf of US interests abroad. **In this episode we highlight part of an interview with Rebecca Lissner, an associate professor at the US Naval War College and...


Journalism on (Thin) Ice | Jay Rosen

The days of waiting for the 7pm news or the morning paper are long gone. But, so too, is perspective and trust. Jay Rosen joins our podcast to discuss the future of journalism.


A Woman’s Fight for the Right to Play | Maria Toorpakai Wazir

In Waziristan, girls don’t play sports. They’re not allowed. But hostility and discrimination didn’t stop Maria Toorpakai from becoming one of the world’s top-ranked squash players. She joins our podcast to discuss how sports offer a platform for advancing gender equality and promoting social change.


Human Rights Defenders in Their Own Words

Around the world—at the grassroots level and in civil society—young people are taking action and raising their voices. Yet they remain underrepresented in political institutions and decision-making on issues of sexual and reproductive rights. For this special project podcast, recorded during the sixty-third session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Project Syndicate, in collaboration with the International Women’s Health Coalition, follows three young...


Facing Up to Facebook | Roger McNamee

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, his creation was supposed “to make the world more open and connected.” After massive privacy breaches and the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech, that mission lies in ruins. Roger McNamee, an early investor in the platform, joins our podcast to discuss what went wrong. *NB at 14:47: It was Michael Cohen's Rockefeller Center office that was raided by the FBI in April 2018. Paul Manafort's home was searched in August...


Special Edition: Brexit, the Season Finale? | Fintan O'Toole

It has been two years and nine months since the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. To say that the subsequent negotiations outlining exactly how Britain would withdraw from the bloc have been messy would be an understatement. Fintan O’Toole joins our podcast to discuss one of the thorniest issues: the Irish backstop.


The Female Jihadi | Aleksandra Dier

Nearly five years ago, Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum left their respective homes in Alabama and London and traveled to Syria, where they swore loyalty to ISIS. Now they want to return home. But can they? A new UN report examines the question.


The Trade War to End All Trade Wars? | Ann Lee

After US President Donald Trump said that the Sino-American trade truce could be extended beyond March 1, Chinese and American delegations rushing to negotiate a deal breathed a sigh of relief. But the dispute between the US and China is about much more than trade, says New York University professor Ann Lee.


Measuring Inequality | Angus Deaton & Anne Case

When it comes to tackling the challenges of inequality, are we asking the right questions? Or, for that matter, measuring the right indicators? Angus Deaton, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2015, says no, and it's masking a public health crisis. **Also featuring Princeton University professor and economist Anne Case


What’s Wrong with Davos? | Anand Giridharadas

For the past several decades, world leaders, CEOs, tech titans, billionaires, philanthropists, and celebrities have descended upon Davos, Switzerland with the goal of “improving the state of the world.” Anand Giridharadas, author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World", says they are part of the problem. This episode was recorded on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.


Xiao Qiang on Circumventing the Great Firewall

The Chinese authorities' control of citizens' online activity is intensifying under President Xi Jinping. But for Xiao Qiang, an expert on Chinese censorship at the University of California, Berkeley, the more worrying trend is a shift toward dystopian forms of digital domination that could affect people worldwide.


The World After Trump

The US-led international order is fraying under the leadership of Donald Trump. But as Mira Rapp-Hooper and Rebecca Friedman Lissner explain, rather than assigning blame, policymakers should focus on what the American role in the world will be the day after Trump leaves office.


Debating the Great Disruption

Growing inequality, accelerating globalization, and new technologies are contributing to a populist backlash that is upending the economic, political, and diplomatic norms of the last seven decades. In our special live event podcast, four leading economists offer their views on the year ahead. **This episode discusses themes featured in our annual magazine, The Great Disruption. Order your copy at**


Elizabeth Radin on the Future of Global-Health Coordination

For global-health professionals, the successful war on HIV/AIDS is a model to emulate when targeting other hard-to-contain pandemics. But as Columbia University’s Elizabeth Radin notes, the biggest obstacles to overcoming public-health crises are usually political, not scientific.


Diane Coyle on Measuring, and Managing, More Sustainable Growth

For more than two generations, economic orthodoxy has held that governments that invest and regulate the least govern best. But Diane Coyle, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, discusses how state-led investment and regulation can boost economic growth and human welfare.


James Leibold Unpacks China's War on the Uighurs

In China’s far West, Muslim Uighurs are under attack in a wave of official repression occurring on a scale not seen since the Cultural Revolution. For James Leibold, an expert in China’s ethnic policies, the question is not what China is doing, but how to stop it. * This podcast was recorded on September 26, 2018. Follow James Leibold, Associate Professor, La Trobe University, at *


Elizabeth Drew on America’s Midterm Mess

When Americans vote on November 6, Donald Trump will not be on the ballot, but the future of his presidency will be. Veteran Washington journalist Elizabeth Drew explains why this midterm election will be so consequential.


Françoise Girard on Normalizing Abortion

Abortion is a polarizing issue, but it's also a fact of life in all countries and among all socioeconomic groups. The sooner the world normalizes the practice, says Françoise Girard of the International Women’s Health Coalition, the better off every woman will be. **************** This podcast highlights a column recently written by Françoise Girard for Project Syndicate. Read it here --> A section of this recording features work from Al Jazeera:...


Ten Years After the Crisis: An Economic Parley

Ten years ago, asset prices were in free fall, credit markets had seized up, and millions of people were losing their homes, jobs, and livelihoods. In this extended episode, we talk to economists Jeffrey Sachs, Teresa Ghilarducci, Angus Deaton, Robert Shiller, and Stephen Roach about what we’ve learned – or should have learned – from the Great Recession.