World Views

Fridays 4-4:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays 6-6:30 a.m.

World Views is hosted by Suzette Grillot, Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, with regular analysis from Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at OU, and Rebecca Cruise, the College's Assistant Dean and a security studies and a comparative politics expert. Each week's show focuses on specific global topics in a roundtable discussion, followed by in-depth interviews with experts and news makers.

You can contact the show directly at worldviews@ou.edu, or follow the program on Twitter @worldviewsKGOU.

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World Views
9:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iran And India: Two Countries Separated By A Common Language

A Persian astronomical and astrological manuscript from the 17th century
Nina Aldin Thune

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, nationalism and colonialism created fixed borders between societies that otherwise shared common ethnic backgrounds, language, and culture.

If you separate the world by regions, India and Iran don’t initially appear to have much in common. But in the 1960s, University of Chicago historian Marshall Hodgson introduced the concept of Persianate society – arguing that in the pre-modern world, Iranians, the Ottoman Empire, the South Asian Indian Mogul empire, and even Central Asians all spoke Persian.

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World Views
11:23 am
Fri June 13, 2014

How Local Partisan Politics Affects U.S. Foreign Policy

President Obama meets with China's President Xi Jinping before a March 2014 bilateral meeting.
Pete Souza The White House

Despite George Washington’s plea for “no entangling alliances” in his farewell address, foreign policy, and military and economic intervention have been a staple of U.S. partisan politics since the 18th century.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

World Views: June 6, 2014

Listen to the entire June 6, 2014 episode.

As President Obama and world leaders convened in France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Suzette Grillot spoke with Italian citizen Katia Girotto about Italy's memory of World War II. June 4 marked the 70th anniversary of the fall of Rome.

Later, a conversation with University of Oklahoma anthropologist Erika Robb Larkins about Brazil's favela neighborhoods ahead of next week's opening of the World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics.

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World Views
1:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road – The Forgotten Anniversary Of World War II

The American Cemetery in Florence where more than 4,000 soldiers were laid to rest after World War II.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

President Obama and other world leaders paused Friday to somberly mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. But like in 1944, the D-Day anniversary overshadows another important milestone in World War II history – the June 1944 fall of Rome.

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World Views
2:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

World Cup Renews Focus On Rio’s Favelas, But Residents Still Left Behind

At the top of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

A week before the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, soccer’s international governing body has expressed concern that three of the stadiums won’t be ready, and legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo says he’s “appalled” by his country’s preparations for the sport’s biggest event.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

World Views: May 30, 2014

Listen to the entire May 30, 2014 episode.

Suzette Grillot talks with Italian citizen and lawyer Katia Girotto about the outcome of European parliamentary elections, and how Italians feel about the elections' impact on the future of EU politics and economics.

Rebecca Cruise and Joshua Landis discuss television and social media in Lebanon with University of Balamand journalism department head Ramez Maluf. He says Beirut's position as a major entertainment production hub is controversial among conservatives and Arab intellectuals.

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World Views
4:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Secret To Improving U.S.-Middle East Relations? More Idol, Dancing With The Stars

Arabic mega-star Samira Said during her July 8, 2011 performance on the Arabic talent show Star Academy in Beirut.
Samira Said Wikimedia Commons

Media played a significant role in organizing the protests that spread like wildfire across the Middle East in 2011. But as Islamists put a stake in the ground and solidified their claim to Arab society and culture, Lebanon largely remained insulated from the effects of the Arab Spring.

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World Views
10:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

World Views: May 23, 2014

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University of Oklahoma Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Clarke Stroud joins Suzette Grillot again on their European tour to discuss the concept of “euroskepticism” and the European Union's parliamentary elections.

Later, a conversation with UCLA historian Nile Green about putting Islam into the context of global history. He says the same religious fragmentation that causes sectarian violence in the Middle East leads to religious misunderstanding in the West.

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World Views
12:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Understanding Islam By Placing It In The Context Of Global History

The Sufi shrine of Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj in Luxor Temple, Egypt
Marc Ryckaert/Naamsvermelding vereist /Wikimedia Commons

UCLA historian Nile Green boarded a train for Istanbul at 17 to get as far away as he possibly could from his home in England. As he traveled through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, he gradually learned the world’s Muslim population extends far beyond its Middle Eastern core.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

World Views: May 16, 2014

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Suzette Grillot starts a month-long European trip in London, and talks about Turkey's coal mine disaster and how that relate's to the United Kingdom's energy industry with University of Oklahoma Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Clarke Stroud.

Later, Rebecca Cruise discusses so-called 'dark networks' with University of Arizona political scientist H. Brinton Milward.

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