Exchanges - Ideas and Argument Podcast

Exchanges - Ideas and Argument Podcast
By BBC World Service
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The world's leading figures in science, economics, politics and architecture join an audience to discuss their ideas. From BBC World Service
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Feb. 10, 2018
After a historic election, Nepal has chosen a communist coalition to run the country. Could this landslide victory for the Left Alliance mark a turning point for the country, and deliver a long awaited period of political stability and peace? Will the coalition remain united? How will it deal with Nepal’s two giant neighbours – China and India? And how can the country reduce its pollution levels? The BBC’s Anu Anand is joined by former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, government representative Pradeep Gyawali, writer C. K. Lal and journalist Subina Shrestha in a debate led by questions from a public audience.
Jan. 20, 2018
As the new parliament of the province of Catalonia takes its seats, Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of politicians and thinkers debate the prospect of Catalonia breaking away from Spain. They also address the role of the monarchy and how the country addresses its past history of violence with a public audience in Madrid.
Dec. 9, 2017
With a general election on the horizon, Mexicans will soon decide who will become their new President - and which direction the country should now take. How should Mexico engage with the USA and President Trump? Will the wall between the two nations ever be built? What will happen to the Nafta trade agreement? And what positions will the presidential candidates take on drugs issues, inequality, corruption and violence? Jonathan Dimbleby discusses these issues with a Mexican panel.
Nov. 13, 2017
Kenya has the largest economy in Central and Eastern Africa. It is a proud democracy with a liberal economy, but the country is going through troubled times. After months of divisive legal and political processes it is experiencing its worst crisis for a decade. From the University of Nairobi with a large audience, Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of political and cultural leaders discuss some of the key controversies facing the nation.
Oct. 23, 2017
Charleston, South Carolina – a city steeped in American history. The first shots of the American Civil War were fired here and roughly half of all enslaved African’s passed through Charleston’s port. A year ago this state decisively voted for Donald Trump to be the US president and what a year it has been. What do voters in the South make of President Trump's first year in office.
Oct. 7, 2017
BBC World Questions comes to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia 100 years after the Russian Revolution of 1917. BBC presenter Allan Little and a panel of politicians and thinkers debate the key issues facing the nation - the state of democracy in Russia, Russia’s role in the world, the 2018 Presidential elections and more. All questions come directly from our public audience.
Sept. 8, 2017
BBC World Questions, comes to Beirut to discuss the future of Lebanon and at a crucial moment in the history of the Middle East. From the American University of Beirut a panel of politicians and thinkers debate the key issues facing the nation, with a lively audience. The ongoing legacy of sectarianism and the civil war, how the nation can best achieve political change, Lebanon’s role in the Syrian conflict, environmental degradation, the role of Hezbollah within Lebanon and more. All questions come directly from our public audience. Our panel comprises of Deputy Prime Minister, Ghassan Hasbani MP, AUB Neighborhood Initiative Director and Beirut Madinati member Mona El Hallak Ghaisbeh, former Health Minister, Wael Abu Faour MP, the Vice President of the Free Patriotic Movement, Nicolas Sehnaoui and economist and political analyst, Kamel Wazne. BBC World Questions is a series of international events created in partnership with the British Council. (Photo: Lebanese flags hang from a car on the Corniche waterfront promenade in Beirut. Photo credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Aug. 16, 2017
Opposition parties have pushed for a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, and later in the year, the ANC will vote on who will replace him as party leader. While President Zuma may have narrowly survived this week - South Africa's political future is far from settled. BBC presenter Nancy Kacungira is joined by a panel of leading politicians and a lively audience in Johannesburg to discuss the major issues facing South Africans today - social and economic transformation, black economic empowerment, corruption, land redistribution, and of course, the future leader of the ANC. Our panel comprises of Sihle Zikalala of the ANC, Leigh-Ann Mathys of the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Adam Habib vice chancellor of Wits University and Sipho Pityana, leading businessman and convenor of the Save South Africa campaign. BBC World Questions is a series of international events created with the British Council. (Picture: A woman with a South African flag pinned to her headscarf Picture credit: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)
July 11, 2017
Hong Kong, on China’s Pearl River Delta, is one of the most densely populated territories on earth. It regularly ranks as the most developed financial centre globally, and the world’s most economically competitive place. As a new Chief Executive takes over the running of the Hong Kong Government, what are the great issues facing the territory today?
June 19, 2017
From automated cars to mobile science drones and the Mars Rover, Paul Newman, Ayanna Howard and Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu – world-leading roboticists of automated movement, in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, shine a light on the exciting complexities of modern robotics, and the profound effect it will have on all of our lives.