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Podcast by Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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Making Sense of the US and Greenland's Relationship

9/9/2019
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Even by our current standards for presidential news, President Trump’s inquiries into purchasing Greenland this summer were surprising. And while few people took it seriously, Watson political scientist Jeff Colgan still wants to make clear: the US’s relationship with Greenland is no joke. On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah and Jeff talk about Greenland's role in the Cold War, the politics of nuclear waste clean-up, and the challenges of building a train line...inside of a glacier....

Duration:00:21:53

Mark and Carrie - Back to School

9/2/2019
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NOTE FOR LISTENERS: Mark and Carrie will be moving to their own podcast channel in the coming weeks. To subscribe to their new feed, search for 'Mark and Carrie' wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks! Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the news. Topics include: Explaining the Brexit Extended Universe, Hurricane Dorian, protests and...

Duration:00:26:56

Three Experts, Three Angles on the Immigration Crisis

7/30/2019
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Immigration is an inherently interdisciplinary subject. On this episode, Sarah talks with three postdoctoral fellows at Watson doing work on immigration: Aileen Teague, Rawan Arar, and Almita Miranda. A historian, a sociologist, and an anthropologist, they’re the perfect guests to help connect the dots on such a pressing, multifaceted topic. *A quick note: this will be our last episode of Trending Globally for the summer. We’re going to take a brief hiatus, but we’ll be back with all new...

Duration:00:27:20

Mark and Carrie - Getting Carried Away

7/22/2019
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Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. This week's topics: Boris Johnson's prospects as PM, Trump's newest racist tweets, Facebook's $5b privacy fine, the underpaid Women's US soccer team, and what to expect in the next ~120 Democratic debates. Mark and Carrie also invent 'Uber for Dogs'?

Duration:00:28:34

Coming Soon: Trending Globally Presents 'Revolution Revisited'

7/14/2019
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July 19, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. Leading up to the anniversary, the Watson Institute hosted a conference looking at the history of the Revolution and its legacy. We at Trending Globally asked many of the conference guests -- including former Sandinista fighters, diplomats, foreign correspondents, scholars, and activists -- to help us tell the story of this Revolution. Coming this Fall on Trending Globally, the story of the Sandinista...

Duration:00:03:21

'Gender, Governance, and Islam' with Nadje Al-Ali

7/13/2019
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Policy-makers and the media have a problem when it comes to talking about gender in many Muslim-majority nations: too often it’s discussed only in the context of religion or culture, and politics is left out of the equation. On this episode, Sarah Baldwin talks with Nadje Al-Ali [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/Al-Ali], an anthropologist at Watson working to change that. They discuss the various ways gender and politics intersect in Muslim-majority countries, at scales both local and...

Duration:00:24:45

From the Academy Awards to Brown University, Brown Students on Gender Equality

6/30/2019
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On this episode Sarah Baldwin talks with Charlotte Silverman, Sarah Campbell Tucker, and Carly Paul, three students at Brown who are doing fascinating work on gender and development. They discuss their work and research, explore how to better frame issues of gender equality and public health, and hear from Charlotte about what it’s like having your social justice work...win an Oscar...

Duration:00:29:09

The Data Behind 'Good' Parenting with Emily Oster

6/16/2019
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On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Emily Oster, an economist at The Watson Institute and author of 'Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool' [https://www.amazon.com/Cribsheet-Data-Driven-Relaxed-Parenting-Preschool/dp/0525559256]. In the book, Oster uses the tools of an economist to challenge the conventional wisdom of early childhood parenting. Sarah and Emily discuss some of the most surprising findings from her...

Duration:00:22:28

Making Sense of the Crisis at the Mexico-US Border

6/1/2019
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How has globalization changed the way that borders operate? And how have these changes affected the US's already strained immigration system? On this episode, Sarah Baldwin talks with former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and Watson Professor Peter Andreas, both experts on the Mexico-US border. They discuss the current state of the border, the cynical genius of Trump’s chant to ‘build a wall,’ and how to fix our patchwork immigration system going forward. To see...

Duration:00:24:11

Student Spotlight: Luna Floyd '19

5/22/2019
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This episode of Trending Globally is the third in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be prepared to be inspired! Luna Floyd is a public policy concentrator at Watson. Sarah spoke with Luna about her work and research, which has focused on LGBTQ rights, homelessness, and fixing our country’s broken foster care system. It’s heavy...

Duration:00:15:52

Student Spotlight: Sebastián Otero Oliveras '19

5/21/2019
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This episode of Trending Globally is the fourth and final part of our 2019 Commencement Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Sebastián Otero Oliveras concentrated in ethnomusicology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. A musician and music lover, his passion and studies have taken him from Providence to Cuba to his home of Puerto Rico. Sarah and...

Duration:00:15:05

Student Spotlight: Ethan Shire '19

5/18/2019
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This episode of Trending Globally is the second in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be prepared to be inspired! Ethan Shire is a Political Science and Latin American & Caribbean Studies concentrator, and an active member of Brown’s political scene. But his Junior year he took Engineering 1010, a class on entrepreneurship taught by...

Duration:00:11:30

Making Sense of The US’s Tough Talk With Iran

5/18/2019
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Is war with Iran in the works? With tensions escalating, and U.S. allies skeptical about what the Trump administration calls an ‘imminent threat,’ the potential for armed conflict feels all too real. On this special episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Professor Jo-Anne Hart [https://watson.brown.edu/people/visiting/hart], an expert on security, Iran, and the Middle East, about the fact, fiction, and nuances of the US's relationship with Iran.

Duration:00:16:38

Mark & Carrie - Carrie On Regardless

5/15/2019
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Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. In today's last show of the semester, topics include, Julian Assange, Brexit in a post-Torre world, the Democratic primary, China tarrifs, Alabama's abortion law, warmongering with Iran and record setting CO2 emissions. We'll update this description with a link to the new, dedicated Mark...

Duration:00:28:51

Student Spotlight: Drashti Brahmbhatt '19

5/15/2019
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This episode of Trending Globally is the first in our 2019 Commencement-Student Spotlight series. As spring semester came to a close, host Sarah Baldwin spoke with a few of Watson’s graduating seniors about their research and work as undergrads. Be prepared to be inspired! Part 1: Drashti Brambhatt is originally from Queens, New York, and is concentrating in international relations. In her time at Watson she has studied and worked on human rights issues around the world. Back in Providence,...

Duration:00:16:32

A.I., Robots, and Imagining 'The Future of Work'

5/1/2019
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On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Darrell M . West, Vice President of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of ‘The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation’ [https://www.brookings.edu/book/the-automated-society/]. They dive deep into the changing nature of work, and into the impact A.I. and robots will have on our economy, society, and politics. West argues that these changes don’t have to be as damaging as our worst sci-fi nightmares; in...

Duration:00:24:49

'Unlearning Race' with Thomas Chatterton Williams

4/16/2019
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On this episode of Trending Globally, Watson Economics Professor Glenn Loury talks with writer Thomas Chatterton Williams. Williams’s 2010 memoir ‘Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd,’ [https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/304246/losing-my-cool-by-thomas-chatterton-williams/9780143119623/] combined cultural criticism with his own personal story, of falling in (and out) of love with hip hop culture growing up. His forthcoming book ‘Self Portrait in...

Duration:00:31:31

Mark & Carrie - Keep Calm and Carrie On

4/14/2019
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Mark Blyth, political economist at Brown's Watson Institute, and Carrie Nordlund, political scientist and associate director of Brown's Master of Public Affairs program, share their take on the week's news. Today's topics include, the Notre Dame fire, Mueller Report, Bernie, Brexit (and the destruction of the Torre party), "Handsy" Joe, measles and vaccinations in a post-facts world, and Mark & Carrie's take on Coachella.

Duration:00:26:43

The Untold Story of Gay Brazilian Revolutionary Herbert Daniel

4/2/2019
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On this episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with James Green, a professor of Latin American History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at The Watson Institute [https://watson.brown.edu/brazil/]. His newest book, 'Exile within Exiles' [https://www.dukeupress.edu/exile-within-exiles], tells the story of Herbert Daniel, a gay Brazilian revolutionary and activist, who fought for wide-ranging social and political rights in Brazil from the 1960s until his death in 1992. **You can...

Duration:00:28:21

Making Sense of Brexit

3/26/2019
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On this week's episode of Trending Globally, Sarah Baldwin talks with Nick Ziegler, an expert in European politics at the Watson Institute [https://watson.brown.edu/people/faculty/ziegler]. They discuss how Brexit might affect Britain, Europe, and the world, what exactly is making it so difficult to follow through on, and why the idea of the UK leaving Europe gained such momentum in the first place.

Duration:00:22:05