The Heat Podcast

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.


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.


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.


Is currency the next front in the U.S.-China trade war?

Steel. Soybeans. Motorcycles. All items the average person can relate to. But there’s another front in the U.S. – China Trade War that’s harder to understand, but potentially more hazardous – the currency market. CGTN’s Owen Fairclough joins us to help make sense of it all.

Hong Kong Protests

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.


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.


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.


Could Robert Mueller’s testimony backfire for the Democrats?

On this episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with Jason Mollica, professor with American University’s School of Communication, about whether Democrats have the spark for impeachment they were hoping for from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, and future implications for Donald Trump’s presidency.


What’s behind the US immigration crisis?

On The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with Sarah Pierce, policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, about who exactly is making the harrowing journey to the United States and why and what exactly is happening at the country’s southern border.


How does a trade war hurt American and Chinese consumers?

What does a trade war look like? In China, beef prices are at their highest level in more than a decade. Meanwhile, nearly 1,200 of Wisconsin’s dairy farms have shut down in just two years. On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, host Anand Naidoo talks with CGTN’s senior international affairs correspondent Nathan King about what a trade war means in dollars and cents for American and Chinese consumers.


How can Democrats win back the White House?

On this episode of The Heat Podcast host Anand Naidoo joins by radio host and columnist Charles Ellison to discuss whether we’re witnessing is a dawning of a new day for the Democrats and, if so, how that changes the road to the White House in 2020.


Could Huawei help US – China relations?

On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins Huawei Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy to breakdown the looming trade war between China and the U.S., and how Huawei could play peacemaker.


How Trump’s arms deal impacts US – Saudi relations

While the Congress will take up an arms deal with Saudi Arabia next month, President Trump has already vowed to veto any legislation. On the next The Heat Podcast we talk with Joel Rubin, professor and the U.S. State Department’s former senior official to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


Why is the US cracking down on Cuba?

On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, Anand Naidoo talks with Collin Laverty on what to make of new restrictions on travel to Cuba and the bleak prospect of softening Cuban-American relations under President Trump.


Friend or foe? Unpacking Trump’s UK visit

The U.K. and U.S. have shared a unique bond dating back centuries. Then came President Donald Trump. Anand Naidoo talks with correspondent Simon Marks about his long-delayed, yet highly anticipated U.K. visit, Brexit and PM Theresa May’s upcoming exit.


Why is the US targeting Huawei?

Huawei is the world’s largest provider of smartphones, but the U.S. is accusing it of spying on behalf of the Chinese government, increasing tensions ahead of a looming trade war. The Heat Podcast talks with senior correspondent Nathan King about the controversy.

US-Iran tensions

Why the Iran deal failed

In this podcast we talk about why the Iran deal failed with John Sitilides, a geopolitical strategist and consultant to the U.S. State Department and Barbara Slavin, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative.


Would Venezuela be in crisis under Hugo Chavez?

Hugo Chavez made Venezuela one of the richest countries in South America. Today, the Venezuelan economy is collapsing. On this episode we speak to Temir Porras, a former advisor to Chavez, on what could have been done to avoid the current crisis.

Karzai's Hat

BONUS: Karzai’s hat

CGTN’s Sean Callebs recounts the time on one of his deployments to Afghanistan when his cameraman tried to get a hold of one of President Karzai’s hats.

Sean Callebs in Afghanistan, 2019.

Why can’t the US win in Afghanistan?

The U.S. has been fighting a losing war in Afghanistan for over 19 years. On this episode we speak to CGTN Correspondent Sean Callebs on why U.S. forces have not been able to defeat the Taliban and how the security situation has deteriorated over the past ten years.


BONUS: Interviewing Obama

Joe Madison recollects the time he interviewed President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in 2010 – and how the former US President slyly ended the interview.

US China Trade

What’s really behind the US-China trade war?

As China and the US go back and forth trying to reach an agreement on a trade deal, we take a deeper look at what’s really driving this spat in relations. On this episode we are joined by CGTN White House Correspondent Nathan King.

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The Heat delves into one big news story every episode and breaks down how these stories impact people like you. We are talking to experts and journalists from around to world with the goal of bringing your perspectives based on first-hand accounts.