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Mohamed Morsi and the Passing of Egypt’s Democratic Moment

On the podcast: Shadi Hamid recounts the rise and fall of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.   Listen Here

How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for Hong Kongers

On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing’s gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.  Listen Here

Death and Debris at 30,000 Feet

On the podcast: An American adventurer describes climbing over bodies to reach the top of Mount Everest.   Listen Here

Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis

On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.  Listen Here

The Referendum That Changed Ireland

On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.  Listen Here

How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses

On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.  Listen Here

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On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.  Listen Here

Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square

On the podcast: A look back at the student protests that changed China’s trajectory.  Listen Here

The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial

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How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing to Win Elections

On the podcast: The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.   Listen Here

How to Defeat Political and Religious Extremism

On the podcast: A former State Department official who led the outreach to the Muslim world after the 9/11 attacks.  Listen Here

Inside the Fall of the Islamic State

On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.  Listen Here

Meltdown at Chernobyl

On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world’s worst nuclear disaster.  Listen Here

How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.   Listen Here

Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy

On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.  Listen Here

China’s War on Uighurs

On the podcast: A Uighur journalist in exile tells her family’s story.   Listen Here

Inside the Battle to Decriminalize Homosexuality in India

On the podcast: A human rights lawyer describes the 10-year fight for LGBT rights.  Listen Here

Paellas for the People

On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.   Listen Here

How the Taliban Won

On the podcast: Former Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani on America’s endgame in Afghanistan.  Listen Here

Venezuela Unraveled

On the Podcast: A human rights activist describes life under Maduro.   Listen Here

An American Captive in Iran

On the podcast: The Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recounts his grueling 18 months in an Iranian prison.  Listen Here

Budapest Blues

On the podcast: What it’s like to be a journalist in Orban’s Hungary.  Listen Here

Climate Change Prophet

On the podcast: A scientist who is also an evangelical Christian wants conservatives to understand the dangers of climate change.  Listen Here

The China Syndrome

On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing’s interference in the affairs of other countries.  Listen Here

Why Economists Hate Tariffs

On the podcast: How the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 embroiled the U.S. in a trade war and prolonged the Great Depression.  Listen Here

Are Brazilians Ready for Bolsonaro?

On the podcast: The era of the strongman returns to Brazil.  Listen Here

The Brexit Rubik’s Cube

On the podcast: Inside the British campaign for a second vote on leaving Europe.  Listen Here

Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria

On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.  Listen Here

Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change

On the podcast: How a tiny Central American country became a leader in reducing carbon emissions.  Listen Here

Inside China’s Re-education Camps

On the podcast: A Uighur journalist describes the plight of her relatives interned in Xinjiang.    Listen Here

‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’

On the podcast: the price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering President Erdogan.  Listen Here

‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered Against 22 Defendants?’

On the podcast: The last living Nuremberg prosecutor describes the Allied trials against Nazi leaders.  Listen Here

Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare

On the podcast: How a Saudi-led campaign has starved Yemen’s children.  Listen Here

Flirting With Fascism

On the podcast: How Brazilians grew tired of democracy and rallied around a strongman.  Listen Here

‘They Took Them Quietly. All of Them Are in Jail Today.’

On the podcast: A woman who challenged the Saudi regime by getting behind the wheel of a car speaks out.  Listen Here

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