We will get through this. At some point in the coming months, there will be a therapy or vaccine that allows life to return to something that resembles normal. What will the post-COVID19 world look like? How will this global pandemic change everything from our politics to our culture to international relations? Introducing the Munk Dialogues.
To encourage a conversation about the long-term impact of COVID-19, the Munk Debates is launching a new “dialogues” 10-part series moderated by Munk Debate co-founder Rudyard Griffiths, author of Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto. Through weekly livestreams you will be able to participate in online Q&As with some of the world’s brightest minds and sharpest thinkers. From economics to culture to geopolitics, we will explore the key issue and ideas that will shape the post-pandemic world.
Renowned thinkers such as economist Mohamed El-Erian, former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, and many more, will participate in the weeks ahead.
The videos will be available here on our website. WBFO, your NPR station, will broadcast the 10-part series Fridays at 10pm beginning April 17.
Munk Dialogues | 10-Part Series | WBFO Schedule
April 17 – Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell on the COVID trends that will reshape our lives.
April 24 – CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria speaks on the geopolitics of a post-COVID world.
May 1 –Mohamed El-Erian, a big economic thinker on the future of the global economy after COVID19.
May 8 –Samantha Power is your former Ambassador to the UN and was a member of Obama’s security council. Our topic will be the fate and future of international institutions after COVID.
May 15 –Niall Ferguson is the globally recognized historian and bestselling author. Our topic will be the lessons history hold for understanding how the world will look different after COVID.
May 22 –Kara Swisher is the NYTimes columnist covering Silicon Valley and one of the America’s savviest and most influential commentators on Big Tech. Our topic will be the role and future of Big Tech and the Valley in society after COVID.
May 29 –Scott Gotlieb is your former FDA commissioning and one of the most prominent and respected commentators today on the COVID pandemic. Our topic will be what lessons has the world learned from COVID when it comes to preparing for the next pandemic.
June 5–David Brooks you know well from the PBS News Hour. We will focus with David on how COVID will change our social values and politics.
June 12 –Ian Bremmer is a political scientists and best-selling author. Our topic is the future of Great Power politics after COVID-19.
June 19–Victor Gao, Vice President of the Center for China and Globalization, and Deng Xiaoping’s English interpreter, focuses on China’s role in global affairs after COVID-19.
The World After COVID-19
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The Munk Dialogues | Malcolm Gladwell
Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell on the COVID trends that will reshape our lives.
Is the capitalist system broken?
Aiming to help the world rediscover the art of public debate, the Munk Debates convene the brightest thinkers of our time to weigh in on Capitalism, something that touches on everything from the 2020 U.S. election cycle to climate change to economic inequality: “The capitalist system is broken. It’s time to try something different.”
Premiered January 28, 2020
on WNED PBS
There is a growing belief in western societies that the current capitalist system no longer works for average people. Economic inequality is rampant. Life expectancy is falling. The environment is being destroyed for profits. Political power is wielded by wealthy elites and big business, not the people. For capitalism’s critics, the answer is a top to bottom reform of the “free market” along more socialist and democratic lines.
The Fall 2019 Munk Debate moved the motion: Be it resolved, the capitalist system is broken. It's time to try something different.
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The Munk Debates: Capitalism
WNED-TV presents The Munk Debates: Capitalism, a discussion on the capitalistic system.
The Munk Debates, now entering its 12th year, are held twice a year in Toronto and tackle major policy issues, such as whether American foreign policy emboldens terrorists, whether men are obsolete, and whether religion is a force for good in the world. The Munk Debates are Canada’s preeminent forum to discuss the pressing issues of our time. Previous Munk Debate participants are a who’s who of world influencers, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, and David Frum.
Arguing against the resolution will be Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor and Washington Post columnist. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” and “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise.” Joining him will be New York Times columnist, political commentator, and bestselling author, David Brooks.
For proponents of capitalism, it is the engine of economic and social progress, full stop. Not only has capitalism made all of us materially better off, its ideals are responsible for everything from women’s rights to a cleaner environment to greater political freedoms. The answer to society’s current ills is more capitalism, more economic freedom, and more free markets.
Arguing the affirmative is Editorial Director and Publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel. vanden Heuvel writes a weekly column for The Washington Post, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. She will be joined by Yanis Varoufakis, who is the former Minister of Finance for Greece.
Is China a threat to the liberal international order?
Tickets to the Munk Debates in Toronto can sell out in just 15 minutes, but WNED PBS viewers don’t need to leave their living rooms to catch the latest debate on China and its impact on the world. “China: Friend or Foe?” which premiered June 18, on WNED PBS, with renowned panelists H.R. McMaster and Michael Pillsbury arguing one side and Kishore Mahbubani and Huiyao Wang arguing the other. Rudyard Griffiths is the organizer and moderator.
China: Friend of Foe?
Premiered Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Increasingly in the West, China is being characterized as a threat to the liberal international order, one that must be overcome through economic, political, technological and even military means. Supposedly, free and open societies, led by the United States, need to push back against the policies of the Chinese Communist Party to preserve a rules-based international order in 21st century. For others, this approach spells disaster. It ignores the history and dynamics propelling China’s peaceful rise to superpower status. Rather than undermining the post-war order, China is its best, and maybe only, guarantor in an era of declining U.S. leadership, increased regional instability and slowing global growth.
The Spring 2019 Munk Debate moved the motion: is China a threat to the liberal international order?
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WNED PBS presents The Munk Debates: China, a discussion on China’s impact on the world.
The motion for the Spring 2019 Munk Debate, held May 9: is China a threat to the liberal international order? Arguing for the resolution is H. R McMaster, who served as the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security before retiring from the U.S. military as Lieutenant General in 2018. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and a West Point graduate with a PhD in military history. He is joined by Michael Pillsbury, one of Donald Trump’s top advisors on China. Pillsbury is the author of The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, and the director for Chinese strategy at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute.
Arguing against the resolution is Kishore Mahbubani, former President of the United Nation Security Council and past dean of the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Mahbubani is the author of numerous bestselling books, including 2018’s Has the West Lost It? A Provocation. Joining him will be Huiyao Wang. Dr. Wang is the Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing. He was a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Rudyard Griffiths is the organizer and moderator of the Munk Debates. He is the author of the 2009 Globe and Mail book of the year, Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto, and has edited various essays on Canadian and international political and historical themes. He has been a television anchor on BNN, CTV News Channel, and Bloomberg TV Canada.
The Munk Debates are a signature initiative of the Aurea Foundation, founded in 2006 by Peter and Melanie Munk to support Canadian institutions involved in the study and development of public policy.
Support for airing The Munk Debates was provided by Empire Communities.