GZERO World Podcast


In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores international reaction to the murder of George Floyd and global protests against police brutality and racism. Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor of The Washington Post, explains her view that, on issues of race and inequality, the U.S. is a "developing country," and while this moment of uprising offers hope for real change there is still much work to be done. Attiah discusses protestors taking to the streets despite fears of the COVID pandemic, and the centuries-long struggle black Americans have faced on the road to equality. Attiah also reflects on the 2018 murder of her Washington Post colleague Jamal Khashoggi, killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


The images of George Floyd's death, captured on video and seen around the world, ignited global rage and calls for an end to the systemic racism that has plagued policing in the U.S. since its founding. On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks about possible solutions and paths to real change with Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts.

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As Beijing asserts further control of Hong Kong, threatening the "one country, two systems" policy the city has known since 1997, pro-democracy protesters and lawmakers alike are fighting to preserve the freedoms they have known. One of them is Dennis Kwok, a legislator who has drawn the ire of China's government and says he and his compatriots fear "redress" for speaking out against increasingly "draconian" laws being forced upon the city.

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Ian Bremmer talks to foreign policy expert Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "The World: A Brief Introduction." Haass explains that while the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life as we know it, the major issues confronting geopolitics in the 21st Century already existed. Bremmer and Haass discuss U.S./China relations, the weakening of the European Union, nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and the approaching U.S. election.

With just a few companies controlling the vast majority of beef, pork and poultry processing in the US, the nation's meat supply chain was already vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the system and threatens to disrupt the entire industry, from farmers to processing plants to grocery store shelves.

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Most of us are familiar with recession, and experienced the major economic impact of one from 2008-2010. It turns out, the definition of a "depression" is harder to articulate, even for economists, because the US hasn't had one since the 1930s. But as unemployment rises and lockdowns threaten the existence of businesses here and around the world, it's time to ask the question: Is another depression a possibility, and what would that look like today? On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer poses this question to leading economic historian and author Adam Tooze. The two discuss the strength of the US and global economies before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and realistic timeframes for when the financial outlook will improve.

Epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, whose work helped eliminate Smallpox forever, explains the steps necessary to eradicate the COVID-19 virus from the world. Brilliant methodically details a three-tiered approach to combating this health threat: Vaccination and herd immunity, proper protection to prevent spread including masks and gloves, and the technology tools that can track illness and infection.

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