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A Covid-19 Caccine: The End Of The Pandemic?2020121220201213 (WS)With the promise of a Covid-19 vaccine could it be the silver bullet to end the pandemic

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

America's Place In The World2021011620210118 (WS)As President Elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office to become the 46th President of the United States what will be his priorities?
Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic tops his agenda for now, but he’s also promised to heal America’s bitter divisions and reach out to the rest of the world and repair fractured alliances.
“America is back” says the new President but what kind of America will it be?

Zeinab Badawi is joined by a panel of experts and question askers from around the world.

As Joe Biden becomes the President of the United States, what will be his priorities be?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Coronavirus: A Different Environment For The Earth?20200725Coronavirus has led to reduced pollution, falling carbon emissions, re-emerging wildlife: all an environmentalists dream. But will it continue and will we see long lasting environmental change? There are mountains of food going to waste, unrecyclable waste rising daily; severe cuts in agricultural and fishery export levels, while the maintenance and monitoring of natural ecosystems has been temporarily halted; and tourism activity to natural areas has ceased. So what action will and should the world take next?

Zeinab Badawi, her panel of experts and a global audience putting their questions.
Panel:-
Inger Andersen Executive Director UN Environment Programme
Lily Cole Super model, Actor, Activist and Writer, mostly recent author of Who Cares Wins: Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World.

In many ways Coronavirus has been but will we see long lasting environmental change?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Information Disorder: Who Can You Trust?

Coronavirus: A Step Back For Women?20200711Is the lockdown turning back the clock on women’s lives? While men have paid disproportionately with their lives during this pandemic, its women who appear to be bearing the brunt of the economic fallout of the pandemic. They are taking on a greater share of domestic work and childcare – and are more likely than men to be working in sectors that have shut down during the pandemic. The UN has described the worldwide increase in domestic abuse as a "shadow pandemic" alongside Covid-19. And yet female leaders at the helm of various nations have been commended for managing the crisis better than their male counterparts. But while resilience, pragmatism, benevolence and trust are cited as successful features of women leaders – is it also a reflection that where women are elected as leaders there is a greater presence of women in positions of power across the board? Zeinab Badawi will be joined by Alexandra Shulman former editor-in-chief of British Vogue and Tina Tchen CEO of Time’s Up and Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama

Is the lockdown turning back the clock on women's lives?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Coronavirus: Will It Change Our Politics?20200801Has the Coronavirus crisis changed our view of politicians and what citizens now expect from them? Leaders around the world have dealt with the pandemic very differently, with some being praised for their handling of the outbreak, and some criticised. Is it time for a new social contract between people and their governments? Has there been too much division within nations, and the international community? As Covid-19 continues to rage, with persistently high death rates in many countries and leaving economic devastation in its wake, what do people now want from their leaders?

Has the Coronavirus crisis changed our view of politicians and what citizens now expect?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

As coronavirus spread around the world so did a wave of misinformation about it. From untested home remedies to misleading videos adding confusion and concern about what can and can’t be trusted. Platforms such as Facebook and Google have, for the first time, taken a tougher stance on what is shared online. But is it up to them and are they doing enough? Political rumours, progaganda and conspiracy theories are nothing new particularly on social media – but how far does the disordering of information go in misleading the public and undermining democracy and governments?
Panel:-
Jan Neutze Director of Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft responsible for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Martha Lane Fox Co-founded Last Minute.com, Peer and expert on public service digital projects.
Presented by Zeinab Badawi.

Information Disorder: Who Can You Trust?

Culture Crisis: The Future Of The Performing Arts2020070420200705 (WS)Some are predicting that despite the easing of the lockdown, the arts will be devastated by the financial impact of the pandemic. What will be the effect on the performing arts and on our culture after months in which the cinemas, theatres, concert halls and galleries have been shut down, with huge uncertainty about how and when they will reopen? How will this seismic shock change our culture? Will people start to consume culture increasingly in the privacy of their own homes?

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and the veteran jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, Herbie Hancock, discuss the topic with host Zeinab Badawi and a virtual audience from around the world.

What will be the effect on the performing arts after months of being shut down?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Focus On America20200718The United States has a higher Coronavirus death toll than any other country in the world, with infection rates still dangerously high. To what extent can the blame be laid at the door of the White House? President Trump has consistently downplayed the impact of the virus. How badly could that hurt his chances of re-election in November? Or are individual states responsible? After all, they’ve handled lockdowns differently, with some governors prioritising the economy and an early return to work. Has the pandemic laid bare the fractures and fissures in American society, with the poor and ethnic minorities disproportionately hit? Experts claim countries like the USA have been particularly badly affected as they don’t have a socialised health system (26 million US citizens still don’t have health insurance). The economic and social consequences of the lockdown are taking their toll as Covid19 continues to wreak havoc. America was shaken by the death of Floyd George and the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining momentum. Could Coronavirus change America for good?
Presented by Zeinab Badawi.

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Matthew Mackowiak Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party he is also a DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group.
Moe Vila Former Senior Advisor to Joe Biden, he is the first Hispanic to serve in two senior executive roles in the White House, first during the Clinton Administration as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor for Latino Affairs in the office of Vice President Al Gore, and later during the Obama Administration as Director of Administration for Vice President Joe Biden.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Information Disorder: Who Can You Trust?2020062720200628 (WS)How far does misinformation about COVID-19 go in misleading the public and governments.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

As coronavirus spread around the world so did a wave of misinformation about it. From untested home remedies to misleading videos adding confusion and concern about what can and can’t be trusted. Platforms such as Facebook and Google have, for the first time, taken a tougher stance on what is shared online. But is it up to them and are they doing enough? Political rumours, propaganda and conspiracy theories are nothing new particularly on social media – but how far does the disordering of information go in misleading the public and undermining democracy and governments?

Panel:-
Professor Rasmus Nielson, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University
Jevin West, Director of the Centre For An Informed Public at the University of Washington and co-author of the book The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World.

Presented by Zeinab Badawi.

Social Media: More Powerful Than Government?2021013020210201 (WS)After social media suspended Donald Trump, some have questioned the power of the Silicon Valley giants: Alexei Navalny and Angela Merkel, among others, have wondered whether it was a step too far. The big five of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter may have had humble origins but they're now among the biggest companies in the world, wielding enormous global influence. Has big tech gone too far, with this kind of censorship removing more content and threatening freedom of speech, or is it long overdue? And in the age of these new media monoliths, do we want them to be mere platforms or must they accept that they're publishers, responsible for content and democratically accountable?

After social media suspended accounts, some have questioned the power of Silicon Valley

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

The Belarus Crisis: Trouble In Putin's Backyard2020092620200927 (WS)The growing street protests in Belarus threaten not only President Lukashenko, the country's authoritarian leader, but also Russia's Vladimir Putin. Russia sees Belarus as a crucial buffer state against Nato and the West, and Putin also fears this kind of 'people power' could be a threat to his leadership. The growth of opposition inside Russia was highlighted by the poisoning of the leading Kremlin critic Alexi Navalny, a constant thorn in the President's side. The stakes are high for President Putin but is he really under threat - both in his back yard and his own country? And how should the West respond?

Panel:-
Jan Neutze Director of Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft responsible for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Martha Lane Fox Co-founded Last Minute.com, Peer and expert on public service digital projects.
Presented by Zeinab Badawi.

Do the protests against President Lukashenko also pose a threat to Putin's authority?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Who's Winning The Usa-china Tech Wars?2020102420201025 (WS)Rivalry between Trump’s United States and Xi’s China is rampant: from disagreements on trade tariffs, on Hong Kong and the Uighurs and, of course, the source of Covid-19.

But underlying it all is the growing tech war between these two economic superpowers, with giants like Huawei on the battlefield. For its part, China denies access to Google, Facebook, Twitter and many other American firms. It’s called ‘tech nationalism’ - both powerhouses know that global superiority in technology and innovation will be the key to future economic domination of world trade.

Central to this growing tech war are semiconductors - the cornerstone technology of the information age and key to the US-China tech war. Semiconductors are crucial for microchips which in turn are needed for making everything from smart phones to satellite weapons systems.

President Trump‘s weapons in this war have included sanctions on major Chinese companies, the goal being a global tech ‘decoupling’ which would see many nations move away from Chinese technology altogether.

Join Zeinab Badawi and a panel of experts and question askers from around the world on this edition of Global Questions.

The US and China know technology will be key to domination of world trade. Who is winning?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.