The Heat Podcast

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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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.

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CATALAN PROTESTS

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.

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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.

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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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TRUMP & LIU HE

Trade war progress? Or is it 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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CURRENCY

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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