The Heat Podcast

Trump's State of the Union
February 6, 2020

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.

Brexit is NOW
January 31, 2020

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.

January 27, 2020

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
January 26, 2020

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
January 21, 2020

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?
January 16, 2020

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.

January 13, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A man screams holding a stick in front a burning piece of furnitur
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.