For the Galway International Arts Festival's Autumn Edition programme, the popular First Thought Talks series addressed the big issues of the day, including Covid-19 and Ireland’s response to the pandemic, experiences of racism in Ireland, climate change, the State of the UK and the US and the big question on everyone’s mind: 'Will Trump win again?".

In a fascinating conversation, Samantha Power, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard professor spoke to RTÉ broadcaster, Áine Lawlor about the domestic situation in the United States, and America’s role in the world, as the November 2020 presidential election approaches.

All First Thought Talks are available to watch back online here