Global Exposure

Join American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groenweg – living in the US and Singapore – as they take you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through politics, economics, current events, and cultural movements of the day, all from a global perspective.

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India covid crisis, but the vaccines are holding up • US policing – a good Floyd verdict, but the robot dogs are coming • Too much good news Foreign Influence

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events. This time: • India is experiencing a horrific covid outbreak, but the efficacy of the vaccines is really good. If only we can get them to where they are needed. • A good verdict in the case of George Floyd – murder and manslaughter convictions for the police officer involved. But there's so much more to do with re-designing policing – including getting rid of all the guns! But don't worry – there's an even worse idea being deployed – biased robot police dogs! • There was so much good news this week we ran out of happy music. The US was back to the climate table in time for Earth Day. Plus, toilet paper sales are down, and distilleries are getting back to making whiskey instead of hand sanitizer! Thanks for listening! Make sure to sign up for our newsletter – the Foreign Influence Dispatch – for links from today's show and more info and commentary from us. Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation. Remember, if you like what you hear, please help spread the word. 🙏 Bill & Nikolaj
  1. India covid crisis, but the vaccines are holding up • US policing – a good Floyd verdict, but the robot dogs are coming • Too much good news
  2. On the way to vaccination • Pay attention to the South China Sea • Academic papers made easy
  3. The US and China get pissy with one another • Anti-Asian attacks in the US • When stairs strike back
  4. America is back • Yay? • Principle or propaganda • China Time
  5. De-platforming • Maybe insurrection is the limit? • US vs Europe free speech • Whence truth?