The Reason We’re All Still Here

By Jeffrey Lewis

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Far too often, governments behave like toddlers. They’re fickle. They don’t like to share. And good luck getting them to pay attention to any problem that isn’t directly in front of them. They like to push each other to the brink, and often do. But when they don’t, it’s usually because other people enter the proverbial room. Private citizens who step up and play peacemaker when their governments won’t or can’t. People who strive for collaboration and understanding, and sometimes end up finding it in unlikely places. Those people and the work they do, they’re the reason we’re all still here. This season, we’ll hear from scientists, analysts, and idealists who have gone to crazy lengths just for a shot at making peace and building understanding From smoke-filled rooms in North Korea to secret labs in the Soviet Union… to the lawless seas, and even to the depths of outer space (or, at least, the conference rooms where they talk about the depths of outer space). This podcast tells the stories about the people holding us back from the brink. Hosted by ​​Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, a professor and scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies faculty. Previously, he served as Director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation and Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He is the founder of, a leading resource on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation issues. Produced by Gilded Audio and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Episode Date
Live Bonus Episode
Nov 01, 2023
Signs for the Future
Oct 25, 2023
An Illegal Floating City
Oct 18, 2023
The Leak from Compound 19
Oct 11, 2023
Ground Control to Space Junk
Oct 04, 2023
Windmills in a North Korean Cabbage Patch
Sep 27, 2023
Skinny-Dipping in the USSR
Sep 20, 2023
You’re Welcome (A Prologue)
Sep 13, 2023
Introducing: The Reason We’re All Still Here
Aug 22, 2023
Episode 5: The Worst Case Scenario (Almost)
Jul 17, 2021
Episode 4: Stuxnet
Jun 23, 2021
Episode 3: Safeguards
Jun 11, 2021
Episode 2: Nuclear Rx
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 1: What Is Past Is Prologue
Feb 22, 2021
Episode 5: The Power to Hurt
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 4: The Unraveling
Sep 29, 2020
Episode 3: The Scientists
Sep 22, 2020
Episode 2: The Backchannel
Sep 15, 2020
Episode 1: The Revelation
Sep 08, 2020
The Deal: Coming Soon
Aug 10, 2020