Podcasts

November 25, 2019

Why El Salvador’s women are choosing suicide

El Salvador also has one of the highest rates of violence against women. It’s no surprise that many are seeking a permanent solution. Suicide. CGTN’s Nitza Soledad Perez joins us to talk about the Salvadoran women trapped in an endless cycle of despair – and what – if anything – can be done about it.

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November 18, 2019

Impeachment hearings: What’s next?

Last week’s open impeachment hearings investigating President Trump was the first chance for American’s to evaluate the integrity of – not only the witnesses – but those charged with questioning them. We speak to Elie Mystal of the Above the Law website about key moments – and what to expect in the coming days.

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November 15, 2019

The St. Louis ‘Red Line’ of poverty and violence

St. Louis, a once prosperous American city, has been ravaged by decades of chronic poverty and violent crime. We’re joined by producer Danny Gold, whose latest feature, ‘The Red Line’, examines the lives of those caught in a cycle of social neglect – and what some are trying to do about it.

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November 13, 2019

What do Trump and Erdogan want out of the US-Turkey relationship?

After the offensive against Syrian Kurds and hostile actions towards NATO – many say Turkey’s President Erdogan did not deserve the honor of a White House visit with U.S. President Trump. Professor Hossein Askari of GWU joins us to discuss what Trump and Erdogan hope to gain from their controversial relationship.

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November 11, 2019

Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade, Rodrigo Yanez, on the violent unrest in his country

Chile has been in the grips of mass demonstrations and violence. Scores dead, thousands arrested, and no ending in sight. Chilean Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yanez joined us to talk about the growing crisis in his country and what, if anything, the government is doing to address it.

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November 8, 2019

Trump impeachment inquiry: How messy is this going to get?

The impeachment inquiry against President Trump is ramping up. But with the 2020 election around the corner – and legal stakes rising for the President, many are asking – “how messy is this going to get?” We’re joined by Steve Chaggaris, a journalist and political analyst based out of Washington, DC.

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November 4, 2019

What does Iranian soccer have to do with women’s rights?

Was Iran allowing women to attend a soccer game a signal of change to come – or just a cosmetic distraction from the issue of women’s rights. We were joined by Katayoun Khosrwyar, former Head coach of Iran’s Under 19 women’s National Team.

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October 22, 2019

What stands between Boris Johnson and a Halloween Brexit?

After being forced to request a three-month Brexit delay from the European Union, British PM Boris Johnson still claims it can still happen by October 31. Is that even possible? Garret Martin of American University joins us to untangle the latest route towards – or away – from Brexit.

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October 16, 2019

How Russia is becoming the Middle East’s main power broker

After U.S. abandoned the Kurds in Northern Syria, the former ally turned Damascus – and Moscow – for protection from Turkish assault. As the U.S. withdraws from Middle East, is it handing over its role as power broker – and peace keeper – to Moscow? Anton Fedyashin of American University joins us to discuss Russia’s growing reach.

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September 20, 2019

Will the INF Treaty’s collapse restart a dangerous nuclear arms race?

In 1987, the INF Treaty between the U.S. and Soviets was a significant step in reducing the threat of nuclear war. But in 2019, both parties pulled out. Why? And will the treaty’s demise mean a dangerous new arms race? Kingston Reif joins us for a look forward.

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September 18, 2019

Will attacks on Saudi oil drag the US into war with Iran?

Saudi Arabia and the US say it was Iran – not Yemen Houthis rebels – that crippled key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Are they right? And could this latest aggression lead to war? Dr. Harlan Ullman joins us to discuss what the options are moving forward.

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September 13, 2019

Understanding South Africa’s surge of anti-immigrant violence

In South Africa, at least ten people have been killed and shops burned to the ground in a recent surge of anti-immigrant violence. SA columnist Pinky Khoabane joins us to talk about where this anger originates – and how it is aimed at the wrong people.

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September 6, 2019

Is there any hope for the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran has announced it will resume ‘unlimited’ nuclear development as Europeans scramble to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Washington, however, plans to keep up maximum pressure. Is there any hope for the JCPOA? Negar Mortzavi, from The Independent joins us.

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August 28, 2019

Can Democrats defeat Trump’s divisiveness in 2020?

The Democrats have pitched a big tent for the presidential race. But is diversity enough to defeat Donald Trump’s drumbeat of divisiveness? Political strategist Hamza Khan joins us to talk about Election 2020 and the importance of American pluralism.

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August 21, 2019

India’s crackdown on Kashmir: What’s at stake?

India’s move to revoke Jammu and Kashmir state’s autonomy has threatened to ignite one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints. Sadanand Dhume of the Wall Street Journal joins CGTN’s Nathan King to explore how the current crisis in Kashmir came to be.

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August 19, 2019

US & IRAN: A former hostage explores whether diplomacy still has a chance

In 1979, student protesters overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, seizing the staff there as hostages. Ambassador John Limbert talks about being a hostage during the 1979 #IranRevolution, and his thoughts on U.S.-Iran diplomacy today.

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Hong Kong Protests
August 13, 2019

Have Hong Kong protests been hijacked?

The fifth day of protests at Hong Kong’s airport took a violent turn as police clashed with rioters. But what do these protesters want? And will violence undo support for their cause? Fred Teng joined us to explain events on the ground and what led up to them.

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Democratic debates - Do centrists or progressives have the edge to beat Trump?
August 2, 2019

Democratic debates – Will progressives or centrists have the edge to beat Trump?

The Democratic debates wrapped up Wednesday night. We saw a clear difference between how progressives and moderates within the Party articulated their vision for the United States. So who lost ground and who gained? Were there any breakout candidates?

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July 31, 2019

What is BDS and the boycott Israel movement?

On this episode of the Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo is joined by two people with two very different views of BDS and the boycott Israel movement: Omar Barghouti, co-founder of BDS – and Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director of Honest Reporting.

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