Why It Matters
Voter, You’ve Been Hacked

Voter, You’ve Been Hacked

January 29, 2020

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

Robots That Kill

Robots That Kill

January 15, 2020

Militaries around the world are designing artificial intelligence–powered weapons that could one day make their own decisions about who to target. The technology could change warfare, but at what cost?

New Year’s Special: 2020 Hindsight

New Year’s Special: 2020 Hindsight

January 1, 2020

At the start of the new year, the Why It Matters team takes a look at some of the best interview segments that didn’t make it into the episodes.

Prescription for Disaster

Prescription for Disaster

December 18, 2019

Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives, but bacteria are learning to outsmart them at alarming rates. Projections show that by 2050, ten million people could die each year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Space Jam

Space Jam

December 4, 2019

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

STEMinism

STEMinism

November 20, 2019

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

China Doesn’t Want Your Trash

November 6, 2019

For years, China processed more than half of the world’s recycling. Then, in 2018, it stopped. Things have gotten messy since then.

The Big Red Button

The Big Red Button

October 23, 2019

The U.S. president can launch a first-strike nuclear attack at any time, and there’s no law mandating they seek advice first. Some experts think that’s too much power to put in one person’s hands. 

Trailer: Why It Matters

Trailer: Why It Matters

October 2, 2019

We all worry about not understanding the problems that are shaping our world. Why It Matters is a story-driven podcast that gives you the tools you need to understand where things are headed. Fueled by the minds at the Council on Foreign Relations, and hosted by a journalist who is learning alongside you, the podcast weaves together conversations with the leaders and thinkers who are facing these problems head on.