November 12, 2019
The US Supreme Court has finished hearing oral arguments over President Donald Trump's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the US as children from deportation. We hear from one of the case's plaintiffs, a DACA recipient. The former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, arrived in Mexico Tuesday. Morales said he fled his country because his life was in danger. And, we take a tour of a coal museum in India.
November 11, 2019
A pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong finds itself at a crossroads after a police officer shot a demonstrator at close range and a pro-Beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The case is viewed as one of the most critical on the court's docket. And, a reboot of the acclaimed show "Blue's Clues & You" premiers Monday. We speak with the new host Joshua Dela Cruz about what this role means for him as a Filipino American.
November 8, 2019
The House impeachment inquiry released two more transcripts of testimonies Friday. We look into what we learned from the transcript of Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's top adviser on Russia until she stepped down in August and from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs on the National Security Council. Also, Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We hear from Germans remembering what they felt like when they heard the Wall had come down. And, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca has a new album out called "Yesun" — a word he made up to reflect his spiritual nature.
November 7, 2019
The US Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. According to an unsealed criminal complaint, two former Twitter employees allegedly accessed the data of dissidents criticizing the Saudi government. And, a Somali American who became the youngest person ever to be elected to the Lewiston City Council in Maine endured hate attacks from online trolls around the US during her campaign. Plus, what 415 hours of home movies reveal about life in East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down.
November 6, 2019
Iraq is experiencing the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades and motorized rickshaws are becoming a symbol of the protests, as the tuk-tuks cart away the wounded. Also, it's been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall — we have a story about how West Germans once tried to tunnel underneath. Plus, how everybody's a loser when it comes to the US-China trade war.
November 5, 2019
At least nine members of a family of dual US-Mexican citizens were ambushed and killed in a northern Mexican state Monday night. The attack was grisly, even by the standards of organized crime in Mexico. And, in supplemental testimony released Tuesday, ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, presumed there was a quid pro quo in the Trump administration's withholding of US aid to Ukraine pending an anti-corruption investigation, according to an excerpt released by congressional impeachment investigators. Also, scientists in Poland recently published a paper detailing the peculiar case of a group of cannibal ants that escaped an abandoned nuclear bunker.
November 4, 2019
The House impeachment inquiry is entering a new and more public-facing phase. Monday, more than 400 pages of testimony were released from depositions given by former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, former advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And, the air in New Delhi, India has reached poisonous extremes, creating a public health hazard, delayed flights and closed schools. Plus, Netflix has picked up a new animated series for preschoolers that portrays Hindu Gods as toddlers.
November 1, 2019
How secure are US elections after Russian operatives tried to hack voting systems in all 50 states? A new law goes into effect Friday imposing new controls on the internet in Russia. And, as clocks change for daylight savings Sunday, an economist explains why he thinks time zones should be abolished.
October 31, 2019
The US House of Representatives has voted to proceed with the formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Lawmakers approved rules for the next stage, including public hearings, in the investigation into Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival. Also, President Barack Obama's former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice on impeachment, the US withdrawal from northern Syria and why she thinks the US is exporting what she calls, "instability around the world." Plus, Australia's controversial "backpacker tax," a 15% tax that has hit Americans who earn money while on long-term vacations in Australia, has been ruled illegal.
October 30, 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won parliamentary approval for a new election that he hopes will break the deadlock over Brexit. Plus, WhatsApp is suing an Israeli company for hacking into mobile phones and allegedly installing malware on the devices. And researchers are counting the world's whale populations from outer space.