World Affairs

KSFC: Thursday 10pm-11pm
  • Hosted by Jane Wales

The World Affairs Council began in 1947 in San Francisco, out of the interest generated by the founding of the United Nations. The radio program is a collection of the events held with leading political and business leaders, academics, journalists, and artists. The programs are a unique opportunity to engage in candid discussions with people who are shaping the world.

The Council offers a forum with more than 18,000 engaged community participants where diverse audiences engage in dialogue that can inform their actions. Policy makers, business executives, philanthropists, academics, civic leaders and an attentive public join in the Council’s programs to listen, learn, discuss and debate -- deepening understanding and finding solutions.

Timothy Behrens, Senior Director, Human Genetics, Genentech

Francis deSouza, President, Illumina Corporation

Robert L. Nussbaum, Chief, Department of Medicine & UCSF Institute for Human Genetics, UCSF

Next-generation genomics can be described as the combination of sequencing technologies and big data analytics. The potential impact of this disruptive technology in health care will be primarily realized through extending and enhancing lives through faster disease detection, more precise diagnoses, new drugs, and more tailored disease treatments. The technical challenges inherent in genetic engineering technology are great but may be less formidable than the social, ethical, and regulatory concerns it may generate.


Even now, in the twenty-first century, intractable problems remain: poor early-childhood education, sex trafficking, inner-city violence, poverty and malnutrition, homelessness and many others. What can be done in the face of such enormous challenges? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof suggests that new, innovative approaches to philanthropy could offer answers, allowing individuals and organizations to make a difference in the world. At the end of the day what matters most is the impact on the ground.

As the new president of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband has taken on the challenge of the largest refugee crisis in recent history. Having previously served as UK Foreign Secretary, he is well versed on the international policy issues affecting refugees around the world. Miliband will address the range of issues for refugees around the world, including immediate concerns in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan.


A panel of experts discusses the global implications of the latest IPCC assessment.