Smart Women, Smart Power
Beverly Kirk is a fellow and director for outreach in the CSIS International Security Program and director of the CSIS Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative. Beverly also hosts the Smart Women, Smart Power podcast, which features powerful conversations with women leaders from around the globe who are experts in foreign policy, national security, international business, and development. She previously was director of the iDeas Lab, the multimedia production and design studio at CSIS. Before joining CSIS, Kirk was a journalist and worked for local and national news organizations, including NBC, NPR, and PBS. She spent much of her career focused on domestic and international politics and government. She also founded a media consulting company and has expertise in media curriculum design. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at the American University School of Communication. Kirk holds an M.A. in diplomacy and international commerce with a concentration in international politics and national security from the University of Kentucky and is a summa cum laude graduate of Western Kentucky University with degrees in history and broadcast journalism.
September 30 @ 5AM-6AM PDT – The Podcast as a Medium for Conveying Think Tanks’ Ideas – Perspectives From Both Sides of the Atlantic
Shortly after podcasts became a trend in the USA, people in other countries began to catch the “podcast fever“, listening to them more and more. This spread very quickly to the EU as well as to countries in Europe’s southeast that aspire to EU membership. There are dozens of podcasts now, and people listen to them more and more every day. The podcast is a medium that can help in conveying a think tanks’ ideas, but are they as popular among think tanks in South America, the EU, or Southeast Europe as they are in the USA? Our goal is to discuss, with a panel featuring speakers from Serbia, Italy, Brazil, and the USA, what challenges we face and whether the challenges of running a podcast in the world of think tanks are the same in EU countries, in EU candidate countries, and the Americas, and whether we should reach out to more listeners by simplifying our messages or if it is all right for this type of podcast to be listened to by a narrower, more professional audience. We would also cover recent events, focusing on whether the numbers of listeners increased during the COVID-19 pandemic or not, and what affects the listenership of an episode.