Global in the Granite State Podcast

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire proudly brings you the Global in the Granite State Podcast. Here you will find interesting interviews with international visitors, speakers, experts, staff, volunteers, and board members. You will learn more about how New Hampshire is connected to the world, how the hot topics of the day are playing out, and why international affairs are important to support. You will, also, learn about the work of the Council and ways in which you can help to make New Hampshire a more globally engaged place.

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Episode #1 - January 1st, 2019

In the first ever episode of the Global in the Granite State Podcast, we take the time to sit down with Winato Adi, Minister of Economy for the Consul General of Indonesia in New York.  We also hear from Dominic Goude from the UK who was in New Hampshire on a Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.  Finally, we hear from WACNH Board President, Steve Solomon, about his interests in international affairs and why the World Affairs Council of NH is so important to the state.

Episode #2 - February 1st, 2019

In this episode, we explore the crisis in Venezuela, speak with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Boston, as well as with Farmer's First Africa, a local non-profit dedicated to helping farmers obtain better data to increase crop production.

Episode #3 - March 1st, 2019

In this month's episode, you will hear from Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzales about human rights and conflict in Turkey. You will also hear from Howard Brodsky about the power of cooperatives around the world to create a more equitable world. Finally, we talk with Katherine Brown about her upcoming presentation on how media coverage of Afghanistan has shaped people's understanding of the country and the war.

Episode #4 - April 1st, 2019

In this episode, we explore the current state of Brexit, interview a Russian Journalist on a US Department of State IVLP Exchange Program, and host a conversation with Brig Gen Donald Bolduc about his experiences in the Military overseas.

Episode #5 - May 1st, 2019 

In this episode, we speak with two Dartmouth College professors. First, we hear from Professor Carey about the current situation in Venezuela and how that country began its decline into chaos. Also, we speak with Professor Subrahmanian about cyber warfare and how technology can be used to predict terror attacks.

Episode #6 - June 1st, 2019

In this episode we sit down with New York Times National Security Correspondent, David Sanger, to talk about Cyber Warfare and Conflict. He was in New Hampshire to speak with at the WACNH Global Forum and provided great insights into why this is so important.  We also take the opportunity to speak with Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett about the work of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.  Located in Concord, NH the Lantos Foundation provides support and recognition to Human Rights defenders around the world.

Episode #7 - June 15th, 2019

Here we take the time to sit down with two Foreign Service Officers to talk about their lives working for the State Department as a married couple, as well as talk about career opportunities for people interested in this work. We also take the time to sit down with our Academic WorldQuest team from St. Thomas Aquinas who won the 2019 NH competition about their experiences in the program and what it is like to meet students from around the country at the national competition. They also share about how their interest in international relations has been piqued by competing in this program.

Episode #8 - July 1st, 2019

In the following episode, WACNH speaks with Dr. Jim Walsh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, looking at the different challenges each nation poses to the US. We also take the opportunity to sit down with Angelica Beltran Franco, a UNH Senior, to talk about her upcoming trip to Tanzania. She will be studying wildlife biology while there, thanks to a Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship.

Episode #9 - August 1st, 2019

The protests in Hong Kong have continued to escalate and show no signs of slowing down, without changes to the government. We speak with Professor Chris Reardon, of the University of New Hampshire, about these protests, what they are looking to accomplish, and how the Chinese government is likely to respond. We also sit down with the US Commercial Service and the Office of International Commerce to talk about the impact that international trade has on the state of New Hampshire.

Episode #10 - September 1st, 2019

With Cyber-conflict on the rise, as well as global terrorism, we speak with Senator Maggie Hassan about her work on the Senate Homeland Security Committee to help protect the US against these types of attacks. We also talk with the Founding Dean of the School of Global Learning at SNHU to discuss the vision for a more globalized campus, right here in Manchester, NH.

Episode #11 - October 1st, 2019

During this episode we talk with Chase Sova of the World Food Program, USA about tackling global hunger and how his organization is working to support these efforts. We also meet two alumni of the Global Education Movement at Southern New Hampshire University to hear about this program and how it changed their lives. This program works to educate displaced people, so they can reach their full potential, despite their circumstances.

Episode #12 - November 1st, 2019

We are back and are looking at interesting stories of international issues and New Hampshire. This episode takes on the challenges facing the Kurds in Northern Syria in the wake of the removal of US support. Speaking with Dr. Melinda Negron Gonzales about the history of the conflict between the Kurds and Turkey. We also meet with the Freedom Cafe, in Durham, to talk about how an IVLP visit lead to a partnership with a NGO in India.

Episode #13 - December 1st, 2019

Protests are rocking the world everyday, with over 25 different countries experiencing citizens out on the streets in the past few months. The WACNH staff explores some of these protests and what commonalities are driving them. We also speak with Lt. Col. Matthew Butler of the Air Force Warfighting Capability Integration about what the future of the Air Force is and what challenges they are preparing for. More information about this unit can be found at:

Episode #14 - January 1st, 2020

In this episode, we recap the amazing program we hosted in December of 2019 with Ambassador Nicholas Burns. He talks about the challenges facing the nation on the international level, as well as what gives him (and his students) hope for the future. We also talk with Ambassador Dick Swett about his experiences as an Ambassador and how he was able to rise to this position.

Episode #15 - February 1st, 2020

In this month's episode, we take a closer look at the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and the importance of this exchange program. We interviewed four US leaders from around the country to talk about why this is such an amazing program and the benefits each community sees through hosting visitors. We also have the opportunity to speak with a recent visitor who came to NH through this program to learn about youth political engagement. This episode will help you to better understand why this program is celebrating 80 years of exchanges and why it receives such strong bi-partisan support in Congress.

Episode #16 - March 1st, 2020

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jonathan Quick of the Duke Global Health Institute about the coronavirus epidemic. We look at what you need to know about the global and local responses, as well as how to keep yourself well. This episode takes a balanced approach to the topic and will help you to wade through the various theories, conspiracies, and half-truths that are circulating.

Episode #17 - April 1st, 2020

This month, the Global in the Granite State Podcast spoke with Ambassador Adrian Basora and Javier Corrales, Professor at Amherst College, about why democracy is important. We look at this question through the lens of rising authoritarianism around the world and the challenges that this presents to the world, the US, and New Hampshire. Venezuela is taken as a case study on how democracy can fail and the impact that can have globally and regionally. Join us as we discuss this important point in history and better understand the global landscape. 


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