The Heat Podcast

Bernie Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders making the case for Democratic Socialism?

Does growing support for Bernie Sanders in the primaries defy critics who say he’s unelectable? And, in the year 2020, what is it about the word “socialist” that has establishment Democrats so worried? We’re joined by Nomiki Konst, a political strategist and host of “The Nomiki Show.”

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump

Does Trump’s Mideast peace plan normalize ‘apartheid’?

Does Trump’s Mideast peace plan favor Israel at the cost of normalizing oppression on the Palestinian people? Is there any hope for a settlement moving forward? For a Palestinian view, we’re joined by Ali Abunimah – co-founder of The Electronic Intifada website and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine.

Chuxiao Qu in The Wandering Earth (2019)

Why Chinese cinema is on the rise

China’s movie market is booming – and doesn’t need Hollywood for the next big blockbuster. If you’re an explorer of good films around the world, China may be your next destination. With us to talk about the rise of China’s movie industry is Janet Yang. She’s a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning producer with deep roots in China.

Trump's State of the Union

After Trump’s acquittal, can Americans have faith in Congress?

After the U.S. Senate’s near party-line vote to acquit, what’s next for Donald Trump’s presidency? The Democratic lawmakers that tried to end it? And Americans faith in their own government? We’re joined by conservative Alex Vogel, former general counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and CEO of the Vogel Group.


Coronavirus: Is a global pandemic near?

Coronavirus has spread to at least 23 countries – with infections and related deaths exceeding 2003’s SARS epidemic. Is a full blown pandemic near? We spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Brexit is NOW

Brexit is NOW: What’s next?

After years of contentious debate among politicians and citizens – the United Kingdom is no longer a part of Europe. But how will business, trade, immigration, and British identity be transformed? And who’s ready? We were joined by Steven McCabe, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.


Coronavirus: Inside China’s quarantined Wuhan

As China scrambles to end the Coronavirus outbreak, those in Wuhan and other cities kept under quarantine are asking: Are we safe? To talk about life under quarantine, we’re joined by Zhao Yunfei. He’s a CGTN correspondent who’s been inside Wuhan since the outbreak began.


Will the voices of Auschwitz be forgotten?

Seventy five years after the liberation of Auschwitz, anti-semitism is on the rise. With many survivors passing on from old age, many worry their voices – and lessons – may be forgotten. To examine the legacy of the holocaust, we were joined by Erin McGlothlin, Chair and Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Trump Impeachment trial

Trump impeachment: Is the U.S. Constitution equipped?

For President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the battle lines are clearly drawn. But is this what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote Article One of the U.S. Constitution? Lincoln Mitchell – a political analyst and professor at Columbia University joins us to explore the problems with America’s impeachment process.

Rebel fighters run for cover in front of a burning gas storage terminal during a battle

Can Libya be saved from a complete collapse?

Libya’s civil war continues to escalate as the international community scrambles to find a political solution. Though a recent summit in Berlin did result in an agreement to stop the flow of arms into the war-torn country, will it be enough to kickstart peace negotiations – and steer Libya away from a complete collapse? Hafed Al Ghwell, Senior Fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, joins us to talk about the latest.

What does Phase One of the China-U.S. trade deal accomplish?

What does Phase One of the China-U.S. trade deal accomplish?

On Wednesday, U.S. President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu signed a “Phase One” trade deal at the White House. But what does it accomplish? To break down the agreement, we were joined by James P. Moore, Jr., CEO and Founder of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society. PLUS: CGTN’s Nathan King shares his observations from the signing and the nearly two-year trade dispute.

America's endless wars

The cost of America’s endless wars

After nearly 20 years and more than $6-trillion spent on endless conflicts – what has America gained? We spoke with Ron Paul, former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate, about the current standoff with Iran, and what drives the U.S. push to war.


Haiti’s 2010 earthquake: How the world broke its promise

On Jan. 12, 2010 — a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. In 2020, the political structure is in chaos, and reconstruction promised by the world is largely unfulfilled. We speak to Kim Ives, English Editor at Haiti Liberte, about the challenges facing Haiti ten years after the earthquake.


Can Iraq survive the U.S.-Iran conflict?

For Iraq, its security, and its people – how much longer can the war torn country endure being the battleground for the Iran-U.S. conflict? We speak to Ismael Al Sodani, a security and military expert who previously served as Brigadier General for the Iraq Army.


Did the U.S. assassination of Soleimani benefit Iran?

Did the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani benefit Tehran’s goals and diminish America’s stature in the world? To help us understand the deepening impact, we were joined by Mansour Farhang. He’s an Iran analyst and professor of politics at Bennington College.


Climate change: How bad is bad?

If all nations immediately ceased carbon emissions, would it make a difference to stop climate change? We speak to journalist and author David Wallace-Wells about his latest book that ponders a bleak future of our own creation.

Venezuela’s stateless children

How children of Venezuelan refugees became stateless

Colombia is home to an estimated 1.3 million Venezuelan refugees, including young mothers and children. Because of their status, thousands of these children have no nationality. CGTN’s Michelle Begue joins us to discuss the legal limbo facing these families.

U.S. soldiers gather near a destroyed vehicle

Did the Afghanistan Papers reveal anything new?

In a bombshell revelation, government documents show U.S. officials misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan. To discuss the Afghanistan Papers and broader implications for America’s longest war, we were joined by Dr. Ahmad Wais Wardak.

A Lebanese demonstrator kicks back a tear-gas canister

What’s fueling Lebanon’s violent unrest?

In Beirut, dozens were injured after anti-government demonstrators and riot police clashed over the weekend. To better understand the cause of Lebanon’s latest unrest, we were joined by Habib Battah – an investigative journalist based out of Beirut.

Bollywood’s Richa Chadha on India’s rape crisis

India’s rape problem

An interview with Bollywood actress Richa Chadha about India’s ongoing rape crisis. She speaks on the danger and frustration faced by India’s women – as they struggle to be heard by law enforcement, the government, and the culture as a whole.


Hong Kong lawmaker on how riots affect the city

CGTN’s Nathan King speaks to Regina Ip, member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, about the destabilizing effect riots have on the city, lessons learned by police – and how actions by the U.S. Congress may have a negative impact on the cause it claims to support.


Why are the Amazon’s indigenous being killed?

Many of the Amazon’s indigenous people are being attacked and killed as they try to protect their homes from illegal ranchers and other land grabs. Andrew Miller, Advocacy Director for Amazon Watch, joins us to discuss the current plight of Amazon’s indigenous.


Our Thanksgiving impeachment special

To discuss all things impeachment – and how to survive political arguments over Thanksgiving dinner – we are joined by Eleanor Clift, a political columnist for The Daily Beast, and Alex Vogel, CEO of the Vogel Group.


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.


Will Bolivia’s political turmoil continue?

Exiled President Morales claims he was victim of an orchestrated coup, but his opponents say he violated the constitution and is inciting his supporters to violence. Bolivian journalist Raul Peñaranda joins us to explain the latest and where this unrest may lead.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How toxic smog turned Delhi into a ‘gas chamber’

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has likened the current pollution crisis to a “gas chamber”. But how did this come about? And can anything be done? Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a behavioral scientist with expertise in climate science joins the podcast.


Will Baghdadi’s death affect the war on ISIL?

What impact will the death of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have on the terror organization moving forward? Are they truly on the decline – or merely laying dormant. We are joined by Ruwan Al-Rejoleh, founder of geopolitical consultancy firm TawasolCom.


Catalonia protests: How far will they go?

Barcelona has been gripped by violent protest after Spain sent Catalan independence leaders to prison. But is it all about independence? Pablo Pardo of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo shares his take on the latest unrest in Catalonia.


Did Canada’s election reveal a more divided nation?

After Monday’s election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to keep his own job, but it’s clear political regionalism has intensified. Eric Miller of the Wilson Center Canada Institute joins us to discuss deepening rifts in Canadian politics.


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.


Trade war progress? Or deja vu all over again?

President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu announced a truce in the trade war. But haven’t we seen this before? Will it stick this time? CGTN’s Nathan King and Owen Fairclough compare notes on what was actually agreed, and where we might be going from here… or not.


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.


Egypt’s crackdown: How far will it go?

At least 2,300 people in Egypt were imprisoned this month after protests against President el-Sissi’s government. Will there be a tipping point? To help us understand the unrest, we were joined by Ahmed Fathi, who covered the Egypt’s Arab Spring, and Islamic reformer and author Dr. Tawfik Hamid.


Why can’t the US win in Afghanistan?

This week, Afghanistan’s presidential election was marred by violence and charges of fraud, and the Taliban proposed new peace talks with the U.S.. We’re joined by CGTN’s Sean Callebs, who was there last Spring talking to everyday citizens about life in the war torn nation.

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Could Trump’s presidency actually come to an end?

An impeachment inquiry against President Trump is moving forward. But is Congress and the public ready for what’s next? For perspective, we’re joined by Bruce Fein, who helped draft the articles of impeachment against presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.


Climate Change: Are we too late?

Record breaking heat waves; wildfires in the Arctic; glacier melts flooding Greenland; and July was the hottest month in history. How bad is this going to get? Climate strategist Paul Bledsoe joins us to talk what needs to be done… now.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

One-on-One w/ Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

On the sidelines of the UNGA, CGTN’s Asieh Namdar spoke with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. They talked about the war in Yemen, sanctions, the U.S. decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia, and accusations Iran was behind a major attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.