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Russia Update: Issues and Challenges - Ep. 357

Ted Gerber Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison

Professor Ted Gerber speaks about the Russia's main challenges in relation to the United States. He goes into detail about a few of these challenges and takes questions at the end.

Thailand - Ep. 270

Thongchai Winichakul, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison

Native of Bangkok, Thailand, Professor Thongchai Winichakul explores the historical background of the city, the ethnic and religious conflicts there, and the crisis of democratization.

Politics and Challenges of Immigration Reform - Ep. 255

Ben Marquez, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, UW-Madison

Professor Ben Marquez talks about immigration policy dilemmas from the perspective of our southern neighbors, Mexico and South America. Ben displays facts and statistics about our current situation, outlines policy alternatives, and predicts what is likely to be seen in the future with Obama.

Given Darfur, Why are African Leaders Infatuated with...

Edward Friedman, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison

Professor Ed Friedmen looks into the "love affair" between the Communist Party regime in Beijing, China, which continuously and systematically abuses human rights, and the elites in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Right To Food - Ep. 201

Florence Chenoweth, Managing Director, The Human Rights Initiative, UW-Madison

Florence Chenoweth discusses the political issues surrounding world hunger as well as the human rights to food and to be free from hunger.

After the Russian Presidential Elections - Ep. 703

Yoshiko Herrera, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, explains the reactions following the recent presidential election in Russia; why there was both support and protest.

Improving Health Care Services in Ethiopia - Ep. 691

Lori DiPrete Brown, Roman Aydiko, and Sweta Shrestha from the Global Health Institute and Katie Konkle from the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, discuss the innovations and programs instituted to improve health care in Ethiopia. The quality improvement methods they are focusing on include meeting critical needs, using a twinning model, and expanding programs already in effect.

A Global Approach to Non-communicable Diseases - Ep. 666

Dr. Jim Cleary, an associate professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses diseases and health care within the global community. Cleary examines health care around the world and focuses on palliative care for cancer patients.

Is Organic/Fair-trade Agriculture Sustainable? - Ep. 374

Jeremy Weber, PhD Candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison. Weber challenges assumptions about the benefits of Fair Trade coffee by examining the disconnection between promotional materials and reality, and the marginalization of economically disadvantaged producers and groups.

Natural Resource Management in the Andes - Ep. 342

Josh Posner Professor of Agronomy, UW-Madison

Professor Josh Posner's research program focuses on the interface of farming strategies and natural resource conservation. His work is focuses on steep sloped production systems. He tells about his work in the high Andes.

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