Newsweek's Foreign Service

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Sinopsis

Newsweek's Foreign Service is a weekly podcast that takes a look at the big stories in the U.S. and what they mean for the rest of the world.

Episodios

  • Trumpcare

    Trumpcare

    29/03/2017 Duración: 37min

    Newsweek's Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda spoke to Chatham House's Xenia Wickett and the LSE's Brian Klaas to discuss.Obamacare has become more than a policy for the U.S. right. It has become a symbol of everything they hate about big government—and the man who gave the policy its name. But after seven years of railing against it, when the party finally got its time to repeal and replace the policy, they couldn't agree on how to do it. The party leadership was forced to pull their new healthcare bill at the last minute on Friday to avoid an embarassing defeat. The saga raises questions about the future of healthcare in America, but also holds lessons about President Donald Trump's ability to push through legislation with a divided party behind him. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • America in Retreat

    America in Retreat

    22/03/2017 Duración: 37min

    Regular contributor, Leslie Vinjamuri from Chatham House and Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute, Alex Thier, join Newsweek's Mirren Gidda and Josh Lowe for this week's episode. Donald Trump has announced proposals for his first budget, and they're predictably proving controversial. From hikes in America's already large defense spending to cuts in services like meals on wheels, Trump has pulled few punches. If the budget went through, it would see cuts in America's contributions to tackling climate change, boosting development, funding the U.N. and other global projects. So who would be worst hit around the world? What would be the impact on the United States? And can Trump actually get what he wants? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Redemption of WikiLeaks?

    The Redemption of WikiLeaks?

    15/03/2017 Duración: 36min

    Jason Murdock from the International Business Times joins Mirren and Josh to discuss the eponymous WikiLeaks, who's latest leak involved the C.I.A. and their espionage practices. Wikileaks was the future, once. Bursting onto the scene in 2006, the platform for whistleblowers and hackers, fronted by its charismatic Australian-born publisher Julian Assange, was involved in a series of disclosures that rocked the diplomatic and military establishment, particularly in the U.S. But along the way, the small group of activists behind the platform drew controversy. Their resistance to redacting controversial information was questioned. Assange was driven into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy after Swedish authorities issued a warrant for his arrest over a rape allegation (which he denies.) Now, with the C.I.A leak, it seems WikiLeaks is taking a more moderate, back-to-basics approach. So does this represent the start of a rehabilitation? And what's next? For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca

  • North Korea—No Laughing Matter

    North Korea—No Laughing Matter

    07/03/2017 Duración: 37min

    Cristina Varriale from The Royal United Services Institute's and Newsweek's Asia Reporter, Eleanor Ross, join hosts Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda to discuss the current hive of activity in North Korea, including the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, who is in most danger from North Korea, what the U.S. can do and how Donald Trump's fractious relationship with China will affect the already tense situation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Oscars Still Divided—Helen OHara

    Oscars Still Divided—Helen O'Hara

    28/02/2017 Duración: 35min

    Empire Magazine's Helen O'Hara and Newsweek's Tufayel Ahmed join Mirren Gidda and Josh Lowe to discuss this years Oscars. The Academy Awards are never without surprises, but this year was more surprising than most. After Faye Dunaway declared La La Land winner of the Best Picture category, an Oscars' producer dashed onto the stage to inform the film's producers—midway through their speeches—that Moonlight had actually won. After last year's awards, which were notable for their lack of diversity, people welcomed the success of Moonlight, a film about growing up black and gay in the U.S. That the best supporting actor and actress awards went to black actors—Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis—at least prevented the hashtag #oscarssowhite from trending as it did in 2016. But, this doesn't mean the Oscars are suddenly diverse. Nominations of and wins for LGBTQ people are still few and far between. Asians, Hispanics and women are other groups the awards show similarly overlooks. Newsweek's Foreign Service is...

  • What Should Facebook Do?

    What Should Facebook Do?

    22/02/2017 Duración: 38min

    The Guardian's Alex Hern and Newsweek's Anthony Cuthbertson join Mirren and Josh this week to discuss the media behemoth that is Facebook—what it really is in 2017 and whether it can be a force for good. With the U.S. election and its onslaught of "fake news," people began to question whether Facebook might be harmful to its users. Last week founder, Mark Zuckerberg, posted an almost-6,000 word manifesto setting out what Facebook does for the world, and what more he wants it to do. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Putins New Empire

    Putin's New Empire

    15/02/2017 Duración: 35min

    What is Putin's plan for the Middle East? How will he and President Donald Trump work with—or against—each other there? For the inside track on the issue, Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda spoke to Newsweek reporters Damien Sharkov and Jack Moore, who've just published a cover story on Putin's activities. Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Special Relationship

    The Special Relationship

    08/02/2017 Duración: 35min

    Chatham House's Jacob Parakilas and writer Abi Wilkinson join Newsweek's Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda to discuss the so-called "special relationship" between the U.K. and U.S. British Prime Minister Theresa May has made much of the fact that she got the first post-inauguration meeting with President Donald Trump. But how pleased should she be? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Reproductive Wrongs

    Reproductive Wrongs

    01/02/2017 Duración: 35min

    Women's Equality Party leader Sophie Walker and Fiorella Nash from the SPUC pro-life group join Newsweek's Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda this week as they discuss Trump's reintroduction of the so-called "global gag rule" which denies U.S. funding to NGOs that promote or discuss abortion, will reverberate across the globe.. What will the impact of Trump's anti-abortion moves be? And what other women's rights might he seek to curtail? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Can Trump Keep His Promises?

    Can Trump Keep His Promises?

    25/01/2017 Duración: 35min

    Sarah Churchwell and Leslie Vinjamuri join Newsweek's Mirren Gidda and Josh Lowe to tackle this week's topic. Donald Trump rode a tide of rage into office: rage at a "Washington elite" that he said had been ignoring the problems of "ordinary people" and failing to "get anything done." In so doing, he made big promises: to bring back jobs, put up walls, and, above all, to "make America great again." But can he actually keep to any of it? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai

    17/01/2017 Duración: 34min

    January 17th marks the start of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Over the few days it runs world leaders, economists, politicians and celebrities will address attendees at the summit, hoping to tackle some of the biggest problems facing us today. For Newsweek's Davos special issue, Mirren Gidda interviewed Malala Yousafzai about her plans for the future and the work she is doing to improve the education of women and girls worldwide. This week's podcast is a shortened version of that interview and includes comments from Yousafzai that don't appear in the magazine. Yousafzai speaks about her college applications, her career plans, loneliness and the pressure she feels upon her. Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Fighting Fake News—Owen Jones and Hadley Freeman

    Fighting Fake News—Owen Jones and Hadley Freeman

    11/01/2017 Duración: 34min

    The Guardian columnists join Newsweek's Mirren Gidda to discuss the hot topic of fake news. In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, fake news abounded, with false stories about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spreading across social media. The problem has not abated. On December 4, a gunman walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. and opened fire. He was there, he said, to investigate the fallacious conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her aide John Podesta had run a sex ring out of the restaurant's basement (a room it doesn't have). Then, on Tuesday, the U.S. president-elect tweeted in condemnation of fake news. His tweet, it seems, was aimed at BuzzFeed's decision to publish a dossier alleging that Russia has been assisting and supporting Trump for at least five years. Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Whats Next in 2017—Jon Holmes and Ayesha Hazarika

    What's Next in 2017—Jon Holmes and Ayesha Hazarika

    04/01/2017 Duración: 37min

    Comedians and commentators Ayesha Hazarika and Jon Holmes join Newsweek's Josh Lowe for a look ahead to what might happen next. It's back to work, and time to face a year set to be every bit as seismic as the one that preceded it. With major elections scheduled in France and Germany, the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, Putin on manoeuvres in the Middle East and more, 2017 is set to see more change and upheaval across the globe. Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Satire after Trump—Will Smith and Richard Smith

    Satire after Trump—Will Smith and Richard Smith

    21/12/2016 Duración: 34min

    Will Smith, comedian and writer on Veep and The Thick of It, and Richard Smith, editor of satirical news site Newsthump join Newsweek's Mirren Gidda and Josh Lowe to discuss: How do satirists ridicule the ridiculous? Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in a stunningly rude manner with an "anything goes" approach to publicity and jokes about the size of his hands. Like UKIP's Nigel Farage in Brexit Britain, Trump seems to come out on top no matter what the media throw at him. Making satire stick with such figures around can be tricky. What's more, the much-discussed phenomenon of "fake news" may be alarming for spoof news sites; how can they stop their work fueling the supposed misinformation epidemic? Trump's famously thin skin has already led to outbursts of rage against journalists and comedians. Should they be worried about retaliation? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Trump in a China Strop

    Trump in a China Strop

    14/12/2016 Duración: 35min

    Newsweek’s own Bill Powell joins us from Shanghai while Kerry Brown from King’s College joined us in London. Can Trump sustain his forceful stance on China? How will Beijing react to continued antagonism? And are there ways the President-elect can actually improve life for American workers? Newsweek's Foreign Service is presented by Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda and is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Trumps Tough Guys

    Trump's Tough Guys

    07/12/2016 Duración: 37min

    Heather Williams and Matthew Harries are the guests with Josh Lowe to discuss Trump’s appointments to his transition defense team. The president-elect has now appointed two retired generals—Michael Flynn and James Mattis— as national security adviser and defense secretary, respectively. But it might bring cause for concern. Both men served distinguished careers. But both have strong views on Iran, Russia and other controversial topics. And giving military figures so much power could make some voters uneasy. Heather Williams is a lecturer at the defense studies department at Kings College London and Matthew Harries is a research fellow for transatlantic affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Women in Trumps America

    Women in Trump's America

    30/11/2016 Duración: 35min

    Stacy Hilliard and Newsweek’s own Leah McGrath Goodman join regular host, Mirren Gidda and guest-host, Lucy Clarke-Billings, to ask why so many women voted for Trump. Donald Trump does not have the best record with women. During the presidential race, video footage emerged of Trump engaging in what he described as "locker room banter" with TV host Billy Bush in 2005. "Grab them by the pussy," he said. "You can do anything." His comments appalled millions of men and women across the U.S., but his words did not stop 42 percent of all women voters, and 52 percent of all white women voters casting their ballots for him. Trump's female supporters are now hoping that their candidate will quit it with the sexist comments and start representing their needs and policy concerns in Washington. So far, Trump has only appointed three women to his cabinet. Are American women going to be well-represented in the Trump administration? Does gender parity in a political cabinet matter? Newsweek's Foreign Service is... Fo

  • Europes Mini Trumps

    Europe's Mini Trumps

    23/11/2016 Duración: 31min

    Newsweek’s Owen Matthews joins hosts Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda to talk the rise of populism across Europe. Donald Trump's policy platform is unlike that of any U.S. President in recent times. His nationalist, anti-Islam and Russia-sympathetic ideas are likely to usher in massive changes in American policy at home and abroad. But to observers of Europe, a lot of his ideas don't look so unusual; they're not unlike those espoused by a new generation of populist hard-right leaders surging toward power across the continent. In the East, pro-Moscow populists are riding a tide of discontent, expanding Vladimir Putin's sphere of influence. In the West, the likes of France's National Front and Austria's Freedom Party have brought their anti-immigrant, anti-EU views to within touching distance of high office. So who are Europe's mini-Trumps? How serious are their chances of success? And what does their rise mean for Europe and the wider west? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. F

  • In Conversation with David Miliband

    In Conversation with David Miliband

    18/11/2016 Duración: 35min

    It's been another chaotic year for global politics. The rise of Trump and the U.K.'s departure from the EU have both unsettled the established order, while the refugee crisis that has helped define European politics for the past three years is far from over. Newsweek sat down to try and make sense of it all with a man who once helped shaped the world as the U.K.'s foreign secretary, and now tries to help improve it as the director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) NGO; David Miliband. Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda spoke to Miliband about Trump's shock win and his friendship with Hillary Clinton, his reflections on British politics after leaving the country following a Labour leadership defeat, and what Brexit and the rise of nationalism mean for progressive politics. Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • The Trump Presidency

    The Trump Presidency

    09/11/2016 Duración: 33min

    Leslie Vinjamuri and Jacob Parakilas speak with Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda explore the biggest news story of 2016. Donald Trump didn't win the election on policy. His rhetoric spoke to sections of the electorate who felt they had been ignored. He promised these people he would "make America great again." They thought that was a great idea and put him in the White House. But now Trump has to actually come good. Faced at home with a divided country and abroad with a newly confident Russia and a mandate for trade renegotiations with China, the property mogul must head into the fray with next to no political experience. So what will he do? What policies will he prioritise? Will he row back on his controversial views about Putin and free trade? Can he heal a nation torn asunder? Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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