FP's First Person

Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

News
1
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
25 min
2
HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses
A look at how many of the innovations that will be needed for a cleaner, greener future are actually available today—and what's needed to get them activated on a larger scale.
32 min
3
HOTM: The Future of Green Energy
A look at why it’s critical for the world to move toward more renewable energy sources and how innovations like concentrated solar power are helping us get there.
30 min
4
HOTM: When Climate Hits Home
Climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. How can the world change its policy toward climate migrants, and what can be done to assist those who want to stay not only survive but thrive?
26 min
5
HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience
How climate change is increasing the intensity of storms, and what the world can do to be more resilient.
29 min
6
HOTM: What Would Greta Do?
Young climate activists in the United States and the Philippines are pushing for change and getting their governments to take notice.
29 min
7
HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter
A look into how green investments and economic policy changes can be a driver for a healthier planet.
30 min
8
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
29 min
9
HOTM: Adapting to a Drier Planet
An exploration of the wider ramifications of water scarcity and what’s being done to help those affected.
32 min
10
Spies of the UAE
A look into Project Raven, a program where Americans were recruited to help the UAE hack people and organizations around the world.
32 min
11
HOTM: Talking Green Without Seeing Red
How governments, journalists, and activists are all trying to change the narrative when they talk about climate change. The goal? Make the conversation more inclusive, less hostile, and frankly less boring.
30 min
12
The Future of Hong Kong
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's sustained effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
13
HOTM: A New Plan for the Amazon
Saving the Amazon rainforest is not just about raising alarms but also about finding ways to make harvesting its trees more profitable than tearing them down.
31 min
14
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
15
HOTM: Food 2.0
26 min
16
Meltdown at Chernobyl
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.
34 min
17
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the dramatic story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
30 min
18
HOTM: Making Cities Greener
Heat of the Moment explores how cities can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions.
29 min
19
Introducing Season Two of I Spy
CIA officer Richard Holm is sent to Congo in 1965 to organize local agents against an anti-government rebellion. But a fiery plane crash leaves him in hostile territory, fighting for his life.
37 min
20
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
32 min
21
Introducing Heat of the Moment
From FP Studios and the Climate Investment Funds, a new series which looks at the climate crisis and offers reasons for hope.
30 min
22
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
José Andrés on feeding people in times of crisis.
28 min
23
The Ongoing Impunity of Mohammed bin Salman
U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on her investigation of the Khashoggi murder.
36 min
24
Draft Episode for Mar 27, 2020
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
25
The Marie Antoinette of Shoes Returns
Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield on how Imelda Marcos engineered her second act in the Philippines.
31 min
26
Introducing: Don't Touch Your Face
From Foreign Policy, a new daily show about all things coronavirus.
19 min
27
Death of a War Correspondent
35 min
28
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min
29
The Other Brexit
CNN's Max Foster on How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Split From Britain's Royal Family
33 min
30
A Truce with the Taliban
Former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins on a possible peace deal after more than 18 years of war.
30 min
31
The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro
An Oscar-nominated documentary examines Brazil's deep political fault lines
32 min
32
The President Who Played One on TV
Journalist Franklin Foer on the peculiar rise of Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine and his role in the Trump impeachment ordeal
33 min
33
Counseling John McCain
A former foreign policy advisor looks back at the 2008 presidential election campaign
33 min
34
The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin
28 min
35
A Fateful Decision that Led to the 1979 Iran Ho...
Journalist David Kirkpatrick on how President Carter was pressured into letting the Shah of Iran into the U.S.
35 min
36
The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United ...
Following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, we examine again what a trove of leaked intelligence cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
37
The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan
Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won.
31 min
38
The Documentaries of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the documentaries we featured on the show in the past year.
28 min
39
The Books of 2019
On this episode, we look back at some of the books we featured on the show in the past year.
30 min
40
Corbyn and the Jews
How allegations of antisemitism in the Labor Party became a central issue in Britain’s election campaign.
23 min
41
An American in Mosul
Journalist Mike Giglio provides an eyewitness account of a key battle against the Islamic State.
34 min
42
Iranian Spy Games Revealed
What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.
26 min
43
Introducing I Spy
A new podcast from Foreign Policy featuring former intelligence operatives from around the world.
32 min
44
The Syrian Filmmaker Who Risked Her Life to Doc...
Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing civil war.
32 min
45
BONUS EPISODE: The Jerusalem Murder That Set Of...
Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Tawfiq Abu Wael on the challenges of co-creating the HBO series Our Boys
16 min
46
The Jerusalem Murder that Set Off a War
An Israeli drama series on HBO about the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teen stirs compassion and controversy
24 min
47
And Now the Hard Part—How to Manage North Korea
Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.
28 min
48
Lebanon's Arab Spring?
Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.
30 min
49
When the U.S. Turns its Back on Allies
A former U.S. intelligence officer explains what happens to locals who helped the United States when troops leave a conflict zone.
30 min
50
How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanen...
The Irish journalist Sally Hayden traces the story of many of them.
30 min
51
Bonus Content: Roundtable Discussion on China
36 min
52
Why Hong Kongers Are Still Protesting Against C...
A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.
28 min
53
And Now the Hard Part: Resetting the U.S. Relat...
Brookings scholar Bruce Riedel on how America's oldest alliance in the Middle East is being tested and what to do about it.
30 min
54
Why for Some Spaniards the Wounds of the Civil ...
A new film traces the stories of people still seeking justice for Franco's crimes.
28 min
55
Haven America or Fortress America?
Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.
26 min
56
Roots of a Quagmire
On the podcast: America's first post 9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.
34 min
57
The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area's autonomous status and what it means for the region.
25 min
58
Death on Everest
On the podcast: An American mountaineer describes the dangers of climbing one of the world's tallest peaks.
40 min
59
How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need
On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.
28 min
60
How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetr...
On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
26 min
61
The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy
On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.
29 min
62
Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s...
On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.
28 min
63
A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People an...
On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for her film "On Her Shoulders"
25 min
64
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanista
32 min
65
Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surro...
On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina's president of covering up Iran's role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.
25 min
66
A Dream Deferred
On the podcast: Journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz traces the lives of several undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
33 min
67
The Dirty Residue of Brazil's Car Wash Probe
On the podcast: The editor in chief of Americas Quarterly explains why investigators are now under scrutiny in Brazil’s largest corruption inquiry.
26 min
68
The Tragedy of Mohamed Morsi
On the podcast: Shadi Hamid recounts the quick rise and spectacular fall of Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt.
32 min
69
How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for H...
On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.
33 min
70
Death and Debris at 30,000 Feet
On the podcast: An American adventuerer describes climbing over bodies to reach the top of Mount Everest.
39 min
71
Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis
On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.
30 min
72
The Referendum That Changed Ireland
On the podcast: A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.
30 min
73
How Richard Holbrooke Represented America's Bes...
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.
36 min
74
How Assad’s Brutality Inspired Courage and Comp...
On the podcast: Members of the White Helmets describe what it’s like to charge to the scene when a bomb goes off.
18 min
75
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.
26 min
76
Thirty Years After Tiananmen Square
On the podcast: A look back at the student protests that changed China’s trajectory.
35 min
77
The Butcher of Bosnia on Trial
On the podcast: A film on the war in Bosnia probes the psychology of genocide and justice.
29 min
78
How Israel’s Netanyahu Uses Fear and Loathing t...
On the podcast: The Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer looks back at Bibi’s first general election campaign in 1996.
26 min
79
How to Defeat Political and Religious Extremism
On the podcast: A former State Department official who led the outreach to the Muslim world after the attacks of 9/11.
27 min
80
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State
On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.
23 min
81
Meltdown at Chernobyl
On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.
33 min
82
How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of M...
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and other abuses.
28 min
83
Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy
On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.
25 min
84
China's War on Uighurs
On the podcast: a Uighur journalist in exile tells her family's story
30 min
85
Inside the Battle to Decriminalize Homosexualit...
On the podcast: A human rights lawyer describes the 10-year fight for LGBT rights.
26 min
86
Paellas for the People
On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.
28 min
87
How the Taliban Won
On the podcast: Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani on America's endgame in Afghanistan.
31 min
88
Preview: Seeking Peace
First Person listeners get a preview of the new podcast Seeking Peace, from Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security.
28 min
89
Venezuela Unraveled
31 min
90
An American Captive in Iran
On the podcast: Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recounts his grueling 18 months in an Iranian prison
32 min
91
Budapest Blues
On the podcast: What its like to be a journalist in Orban's Hungary
30 min
92
Climate Change Evangelist
On the podcast: A scientist who is also an evangelical Christian wants conservatives to believe in climate change.
29 min
93
The China Syndrome
On the podcast: A former CIA analyst on Beijing's interference in the affairs of other countries.
24 min
94
Why Economists Hate Tariffs
On the podcast: How the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 embroiled the U.S. in a trade war and prolonged the Great Depression.
27 min
95
Are Brazilians Ready for Bolsonaro?
On the podcast: The era of the strongman returns to Brazil.
28 min
96
The Brexit Rubik's Cube
On the podcast: Inside the British campaign for a second vote on leaving Europe.
28 min
97
Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria
On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.
32 min
98
Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change
On the podcast: How a tiny Central American country became a leader in reducing carbon emissions.
28 min
99
Inside China’s Reeducation Camps
On the podcast: A Uighur journalist describes the ordeal of her own relatives interned in Xinjiang.
27 min
100
‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Read...
On the podcast: The price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering Erdogan.
29 min