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An interview series with leading scholars and practitioners, connecting academic research and ideas with the news of the day.

An interview series with leading scholars and practitioners, connecting academic research and ideas with the news of the day.
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An interview series with leading scholars and practitioners, connecting academic research and ideas with the news of the day.

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English


Episodes

Dr. John S. Park - North Korea's Surprising Endurance

5/17/2019
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. John S. Park, Director of the Korea Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, about North Korea's surprising endurance in the face of harsh sanctions, the 2019 Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit, and local pizza.

Duration:00:36:50

Dr. Tarek Masoud - The Shifting Politics of the Middle East

2/9/2019
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Tarek Masoud, the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, about the shifting political dynamics of the Middle East, the region's potential for democratization, and a triple snack of doughnuts, coffee, and Turkish delight.

Duration:00:38:59

Lisa Monaco - The Greatest Security Threats Americans Face

1/13/2019
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Lisa Monaco, Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (2013-2017), about the greatest national security threats Americans face, misperception, fear, and Goldfish crackers.

Duration:00:29:31

Bob Mnookin - Negotiation and the Jewish-American Paradox (2018)

12/2/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Professor Bob Mnookin, Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, about the art of negotiation, Kissinger the Negotiator (Harper 2018), the Jewish-American Paradox (PublicAffairs 2018), and apple pie.

Duration:00:27:16

Jill Abramson - The State of the News

11/11/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times and Senior Lecturer in English at Harvard University, about the current challenges of news media, reasons for optimism, what makes a good story, and apples.

Duration:00:18:52

Dr. Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (2018)

10/21/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, about his new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress" (Viking 2018) and beer and mixed nuts.

Duration:00:40:21

Dr. Chris Miller - Putinomics: Money and Power in Resurgent Russia

9/13/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Chris Miller, Asst. Professor of International History at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, about his new book, "Putinomics: Money and Power in Resurgent Russia" (UNC Press 2018), and chocolate ice cream.

Duration:00:27:39

Dr. Mary Elise Sarotte - Russia, Europe and US Foreign Policy

6/23/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Mary Elise Sarotte, Kravis Professor of Historical Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, about the end of the Cold War, US-Europe relations, Putin's strategic calculus, and chocolate.

Duration:00:22:21

Dr. Kelly Greenhill - Fake News and other Extra-Factual Information

6/13/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Kelly Greenhill, Tufts University Professor of Political Science, about extra-factual information (EFI), why people believe inaccurate information, what society can do about it, and spicy chickpeas.

Duration:00:25:39

Ambassador Laura Holgate - WMDs, Bad Actors, and North Korea

4/13/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Ambassador (ret.) Laura Holgate, President Obama's U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency (2016-2017), about how easy it is to get a nuke, who to worry about, the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit meeting, and salted chocolate-covered caramels.

Duration:00:19:17

Dr. Liz Perry - China and China Policy

3/24/2018
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Dr. Liz Perry, Harvard University Professor of Government, about what China wants, the risks of a growing China, Chinese national identity, and Japanese rice crackers (sembei).

Duration:00:23:02

General (ret.) James Clapper - National Intelligence, Russia, and Trump

12/18/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews General (ret.) James Clapper, 4th Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017), about national intelligence, the Russia threat, President Trump, and peanut butter cookies.

Duration:00:24:29

Avril Haines - International Law and US Role in the World

12/17/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews former Deputy Director of the CIA and Deputy National Security Advisor, Avril Haines, about international law, America's role in the world, and Cheetos.

Duration:00:14:13

Gina McCarthy - Scott Pruitt, Bonn, and the EPA

12/13/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Gina McCarthy, 13th Administrator of the EPA, about the Bonn Climate Talks, Scott Pruitt, the EPA, and Union Square Donuts doughnuts.

Duration:00:21:00

Dr. Derek Reveron - Exporting Security

12/10/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Naval War College professor of national security affairs, Dr. Derek Reveron, about national security, the second edition of his book "Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military" (Georgetown University Press 2016) and almonds.

Duration:00:18:51

Dr. Laura Hatfield - Biostatistics and Health Care Policy

11/26/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Harvard professor Dr. Laura Hatfield about biostatistics, health care policy, and Trader Joe's Giant Peruvian Inca Corn.

Duration:00:20:37

Dr. Joe Nye - Leadership Theory, American Decline, and Soft Power

10/29/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Harvard Professor Joe Nye about the effect of individual presidents on foreign policy, American decline, soft power, and apples.

Duration:00:15:41

David Sanger - Reporting and Leaks in the Trump Era

10/1/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger about President Trump's relationship with the media, leaks, and chocolate-covered macaroons.

Duration:00:16:25

David Gergen - Trump, Watergate, and the Media

7/9/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews senior political analyst for CNN and Harvard professor David Gergen about presidential image, Donald Trump, analogies to Nixon, and chocolate chip cookies.

Duration:00:14:20

Dr. Kathryn Sikkink - Human Rights in the 21st Century

7/9/2017
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Host Aroop Mukharji interviews Harvard professor and political scientist Dr. Kathryn Sikkink about human rights, her new book "Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century" (Princeton University Press 2017), and shortbread.

Duration:00:16:28