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Best Global Issues Podcasts

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The best podcast episodes on global issues affecting everyone. Covering topics such as the #metoo movement, climate change, the impact of technology and some of the biggest global issues facing us right now. For anyone interested in learning more about the world, and some of the issues we're facing, pick an episode below and start listening! Listen below to hear the incredible episodes just like you do in a mobile app, play in background and save episodes for later in your queue!

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The best podcast episodes on global issues affecting everyone. Covering topics such as the #metoo movement, climate change, the impact of technology and some of the biggest global issues facing us right now. For anyone interested in learning more about the world, and some of the issues we're facing, pick an episode below and start listening! Listen below to hear the incredible episodes just like you do in a mobile app, play in background and save episodes for later in your queue!

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Best Global Issues Podcasts

Updated 2 months ago

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The best podcast episodes on global issues affecting everyone. Covering topics such as the #metoo movement, climate change, the impact of technology and some of the biggest global issues facing us right now. For anyone interested in learning more about the world, and some of the issues we're facing, pick an episode below and start listening! Listen below to hear the incredible episodes just like you do in a mobile app, play in background and save episodes for later in your queue!

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The Ezra Klein Show: Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change

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Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She's the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can't stop thinking about. "The problem with global warming—and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores—is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades—in a technical sense, millennia—for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future."Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet's future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren't. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can't do. We talk about Trump's cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.Books:-Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”-Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”-David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”-Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”

Feb 19 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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The Joe Rogan Experience: #877 - Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos http://www.selfauthoring.com/ 100% off the Future Authoring Program code: "ChangeYourself" - The offer is valid until the end of Nov 30th.

Feb 13 2019
3 hours 4 mins
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Jocko Podcast: 139: Whatever Darkness You Face, START WALKING. (The Bataan Death March)"A Soldier's Journal", James Bollich

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0:00:00 - Opening 0:02:50 - James Bollich, "A Soldier's Journal"  2:07:38 - Final Thoughts and Take-aways. 2:21:30 - Support. 2:49:58 - Closing Gratitude.

Jan 30 2019
2 hours 51 mins
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The Reith Lectures: Archive 1976-2012: Markets and Morals

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Michael Sandel, Harvard Professor of Government, delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Sandel considers the expansion of markets and how we determine their moral limits. Should immigrants, for example, pay for citizenship? Should we pay schoolchildren for good test results, or even to read a book? He calls for a more robust public debate about such questions, as part of a 'new citizenship'.

Jan 30 2019
42 mins
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The Joe Rogan Experience: #958 - Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. All Dr. Peterson's self-improvement writing programs at www.selfauthoring.com 20% off for Rogan listeners until June: code joerogan Dr. Peterson's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos Support Dr. Peterson's work at www.patreon.com/jordanbpeterson

Jan 13 2019
3 hours 5 mins
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Waking Up with Sam Harris: #141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Jan 10 2019
1 hour 48 mins
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Smart People Podcast | Interviews in Education, Creativity, Business, and More!: 263 - Yuval Noah Harari - How Humans Have Become Gods and What it Means for Our Future

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With the international sensation, critical favorite, and New York Times bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari unleashed a global phenomenon. His electrifying debut resonated with notable public figures: the book was lauded by President Obama, Bill Gate, Sebastian Junger, and Mark Zuckerberg. In this episode we discuss Sapiens, as well as his newest endeavor, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

Jan 10 2019
57 mins
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Exponential View with Azeem Azhar: Basic income: A conversation between Scott Santens and Azeem Azhar

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Scott Santens is a writer and an advocate for universal basic income. His articles have been featured in TechCrunch, Boston Globe, and Politico, among others. Scott coauthored two books: “What Do We Do About Inequality?” and “Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work”. He moderates /r/BasicIncome community on Reddit. In this episode, Scott talks about why he believes “citizens’ salary” is a necessary measure for our societies to deal with tech une

Jan 10 2019
41 mins
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Waking Up with Sam Harris: #86 — From Cells to Cities

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey West about how biological and social systems scale, the significance of fractals, the prospects of radically extending human life, the concept of “emergence” in complex systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Jan 10 2019
2 hours 9 mins
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Jocko Podcast: 98: W/ Dr. Jordan Peterson. Facing your Inner Darkness. Breaking Your Wretched Loop. The Ultimate Hero is Dangerous but Disciplined.

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0:00:00 - Opening 0:21:27 - Who becomes evil?  And Why? 0:31:59 - Taking ultimate responsibility.   0:41:43 - Dangerous but disciplined. 0:59:40 - Discipline and kids psychology. 1:05:08 - How to be successful.  Breaking the loop. 2:04:42 - Self Authoring. 2:34:36 - Determining personality traits. 2:53:35 - The rise of Jordan Peterson. 3:00:29 - Using praise and rewards carefully.  Participation trophies? 3:13:25 - Support JockoStore stuff, Super Krill Oil and Joint Warfare, Origin Brand Apparel, with Jocko White Tea and Psychological Warfare (on iTunes). Extreme Ownership (book), The Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual.  3:41:39 - Closing Gratitude.   

Jan 10 2019
3 hours 43 mins
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Waking Up with Sam Harris: #140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt Taibbi about the state journalism and the polarization of our politics. They discuss the controversy over Steve Bannon at the New Yorker Festival, monetizing the Trump phenomenon, the Jamal Kashoggi murder, the Kavanaugh hearing, the Rolling Stone reporting on the UVA rape case, the viability of a political center, the 2020 Presidential election, the Russia investigation, our vanishing attention span, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Jan 10 2019
1 hour 56 mins
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Katie Couric: 87. Looking Back at 2018 with Al Gore and Michael Barbaro (Part Two)

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For part two of our look back at 2018, we’re reviewing the year in climate change and news/politics. Katie and Brian invite former Vice President Al Gore to reflect on the devastating forest fires and hurricanes that happened this year, how they’re connected to climate change, and why it’s important to address the climate crisis now. Next, Michael Barbaro, from The New York Times’s “The Daily” podcast, walks Katie and Brian through the biggest names and moments in the news this year — from the Mueller investigation and Brett Kavanaugh to the war in Yemen and mass shootings. Plus, Katie and Brian have an announcement: This is the last episode of the podcast. Thank you so much to all of our devoted listeners, and stay tuned on Katie and Brian’s social media accounts for more information about what’s next for them! This episode is sponsored by ADT (www.ADT.com/SMART), Prudential (www.prudential.com/stateofus), Thrive Market (www.thrivemarket.com/KATIECOURIC), Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com/KATIE).

Jan 10 2019
1 hour 29 mins
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TED Radio Hour: The Big Five

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What are the five biggest global challenges we face right now — and what can we do about them? This hour, TED speakers explore some radical solutions to these enduring problems. Guests include geoengineer Tim Kruger, president of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband, political scientist Ian Bremmer, global data analyst Sarah Menker, and historian Rutger Bregman.

Jan 10 2019
51 mins
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Waking Up with Sam Harris: #71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Jan 10 2019
1 hour 48 mins
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The Public Philosopher: Should we bribe people to be healthy?

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The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a current issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy This week, he takes a provocative look at the controversial subject of incentivising good health. Michael Sandel has been enthralling students at Harvard for years. These discussions - recorded in front of an audience at the London School of Economics - bring his trademark style to Radio 4. They're challenging, outspoken and interactive. Sandel turns his attention to health and ponders whether the present constraints on the NHS leave us with no choice but to bribe people to be healthy. Profound moral questions lie behind paying people to lose weight, quit smoking or abandon alcohol. Michael Sandel weaves through these issues with the help of philosophers past and present. Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Jan 10 2019
41 mins
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Freakonomics Radio: How Much Does the President Really Matter? (Rebroadcast)

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The U.S. president is often called the "leader of free world." But if you ask an economist or a Constitutional scholar how much the occupant of the Oval Office matters, they won't say much. We look at what the data have to say about measuring leadership, and its impact on the economy and the country.

Jan 10 2019
33 mins
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Hidden Brain: Give Me Your Tired...

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Our airwaves are filled with debates about immigrants and refugees. Who should be allowed in the United States, who shouldn't, and who should decide? In the wake of President Trump's vulgar remarks about some immigrants — remarks that he has since denied — we're going to revisit a favorite episode from 2016 that explores the patterns and paradoxes of immigration in the U.S. Historian Maria Cristina Garcia joins us.

Jan 10 2019
21 mins
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The Ezra Klein Show: Bill Gates on stopping climate change, building robots, and the best books he's read

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Bill Gates is one of those people for whom "needs no introduction" is actually true. The polymathic Microsoft founder now leads the world's largest and most important private foundation, and he's predicting that we're on the cusp of the energy breakthrough that's going to save the world. He also talks about the controversial idea that technological innovation is slowing down, assesses how close we are to true artificial intelligence, and explains why you really want to save being sick for 20 years from now. 

Jan 10 2019
40 mins
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The Ezra Klein Show: Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls the media

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Here’s a fun fact: The best training for understanding the president’s media strategy is to have studied internet trolls for years and years. Okay, maybe that fact wasn’t so fun. Maybe it’s incredibly depressing. At any rate, Whitney Phillips did exactly that. She was one of the earliest scholars of online trolling (yes, that’s a job). She was studying trolling when it was a tiny sideshow. And she was there, studying it, as online trolling got amplified by algorithmic platforms and a click-hungry media. As Gamergate made it a political movement. Then, most importantly, she was there, watching, as the media manipulation tactics that she had seen perfected by the trolls became the playbook for how Trump controls the media’s agenda, and the national conversation. I’m in the media. I’m inside this machine looking out. It can be hard, from inside, to understand what the hell is happening. But Phillips is outside the machine looking in. And she understands, better than anyone I’ve talked to, what’s gone wrong, and how hard it will be to fix. Recommended books: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble Custodians of the Internet by Tarleton Gillespie

Jan 10 2019
1 hour 50 mins
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The Reith Lectures: Archive 1976-2012: Genetics and Morality

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Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Recorded at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge. New genetic technologies hold great promise for treating and curing disease, but how far we should go in using them to manipulate muscles, moods and gender?

Jan 08 2019
42 mins
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