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
2:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

World Views: March 14, 2014

Listen to the entire March 14, 2014 episode.

Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.

Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist Molefi Kete Asante.

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World Views
1:59 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About

A crowd gathers outside London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square Thursday for a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the start of Syria's civil war.
Credit Andy Armstrong / Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend marks three years since the first mass protests in Damascus, Aleppo, and Daraa lit kindling of unrest in Syria that eventually ignited a full-scale civil war.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment, says countries in the region and the United States now view the Syrian crisis as a counterterrorism problem.

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World Views
12:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

To Understand Russia's Interest In Crimea, Start With Catherine The Great

Allegory of Catherine the Great’s Victory over the Turks and Tatars
Credit Stefano Torelli, 1772, Oil On Canvas / Wikimedia Commons

Talks in London about Ukraine between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up Friday, but the country’s top two diplomats say there’s “no common” vision between Russia and the United States.

“It’s not just about power and access to the base,” says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “Historically, there’s much more to this story.”

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World Views
2:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

On African Heritage, Activist Intellectual Says Knowledge Is Nothing Without Action

Molefi Kete Asante
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Molefi Kete Asante.

Born and raised in Georgia’s most rural county, Molefi Kete Asante’s path has led him on a quest to discover the roots of African Americans and African people. He is now recognized as one of the foremost contemporary African American scholars. 

Asante’s story begins with his name.

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World Views
3:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

World Views: March 7, 2014

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After a brief update on the situation in Ukraine, Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss some of the more under-the-radar protests in Thailand and Venezuela.

Later, more in a series of conversations about identity in international literature with authors Andrew Lam, Krys Lee, and Ananda Devi.

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World Views
3:03 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Enough Unrest To Go Around': Updates On Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, France, on Wednesday.
Credit U.S. Department of State / Flickr Creative Commons

Stuck In The Middle With Ukraine

The United States and the European Union differed this week in their response to Russia’s role in the crisis in Ukraine.

While Washington is imposing sanctions and strongly criticizing Moscow, the EU has taken softer measures.

As University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode explained two weeks ago, Western media are eager to portray the crisis as a “Cold War 2.0.”

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World Views
11:18 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Lost (And Found) In Translation: Three Authors Find Their Place Through Literature

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Growing up, author Andrew Lam struggled to make sense of his Vietnamese identity at home and his American identity at school.  

“Writing and reading was a way to begin to understand how I could marry this night and day dichotomy,” Lam says. “It’s possible to use the written language to express one’s self and make two polar worlds bridge and connect.”

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World Views
2:56 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

World Views: February 28, 2014

LIsten to the entire February 28, 2014 episode.

Suzette Grillot wraps up a three week, two continent trip with a conversation from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with University of Oklahoma anthropologist and International Studies professor Erika Robb Larkins.

Later, Suzette and Rebecca Cruise discuss the five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film ahead of Sunday evening's Academy Awards.

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World Views
2:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road - Rio Ready? Brazil's Inequality Ahead Of World Cup, Olympics

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

Rio de Janeiro is known throughout the world for its Carnival celebration and an incredibly diverse and lively culture, but this vibrant image contrasts with striking examples of inequality.

University of Oklahoma anthropologist and International Studies professor Erika Robb Larkins says “the beauty of the contradiction of Brazil” is the coexistence of cultural vibrancy and the challenges facing segments of the population. Wealth neighbors poverty in close proximity throughout Rio de Janeiro.  

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World Views
2:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscar Talk: The Five Academy Award Nominees For Best Foreign Language Film

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The 86th annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday evening, and this year a record 75 countries entered the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss each of the five films submitted by directors from Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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