Foreign Policy Made Understandable & Relevant.

"It's difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia" - President Vladmir Putin

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What in the World (WITW)? makes global issues understandable and relevant to ordinary American people. Explained by expert women and people of color, we break down current and past foreign policy issues by connecting it to your everyday life. It's your tax dollars. You may as well know what's going on!

We are also here to prove President Putin wrong.

Caution: We believe in learning that's based on historical facts, avoiding needless partisan bickering, and using humor and music to connect. Listen until the end. You might even break into a one, two-step. It's totally ok.

 

for·eign pol·i·cy: how a nation deals with other nations, other people, and the global institutions that influence them.

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LATEST EPISODES

#28 - WE GON’ BE ALIRGHT: UNDERSTANDING NIGERIA’S LONG JOURNEY TOWARD DEMOCRACY

February 15, 2019 was to mark the Presidential election day for some 84 million Nigerians. Nigerians from all over the world flew back to Nigeria to cast their vote in eager anticipation of a new chapter for the nation. But then about 5 hours before polls were about to open, the elections were postponed until February 23rd. Our guest, Chris Ogunmodede, a third culture kid, political risk analyst, and 90 Hip-Hop fan, explains what happened with the elections and why any of it is important to America.

Get Smarter: The Power of Social Media: Nigeria’s Changing Feminist Movement

Another Perspective: Democracy in Nigeria Has Stalled


#27 - BEYOND JOLLOF WARS: CHINESE INFLUENCE ON AFRICAN MEDIA FREEDOMS

China’s Africa strategy raises a lot of concerns on the part of the West because of China’s human rights abuses--they aren’t particularly known to be champions of the many freedoms such as press, speech, religion, etc. And many are concerned that their pivot towards Africa actually emboldens corruption and sets Africa back in terms of having more open, free, and industrialized societies—concepts we typically associate with democracy. This episode focuses on the role of the Chinese in African media. How are the Chinese using Africa media to connect with Africans? What are some of the regulatory concerns? And most importantly, why does any of this matter to us here in the U.S.?

George Sarpong, Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy answers all of this and shares his thoughts on the debate of the century: Which country makes the best jollof rice?

Get Smarter: China’s Multi-Billion Dollar Investments in Africa.

Another Perspective: Why Africans Love China


#26 -WHAT’S CONGRESS GOT TO DO WITH IT?

The 116th Congress is in session and the Hill is buzzing with new faces, new agendas, and lots of global issues to tackle. Brian Greer, a Georgia boy, chess player, and Defense expert explains the ins and outs of the power of Congress when it comes to foreign policy and why your understanding of these issues matter.

Get Smarter: House Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, National Defense Authorization Act