November 15, 2019
November 14, 2019
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of the city for a fourth successive day Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways. China has positioned up to 12,000 troops in Hong Kong who have kept to barracks, but officials have vowed to stop any attempts at independence. We learn more from Hong Kong official Ronny Tong. Also, what is the history of American efforts to counter corruption around the world and why that work has been so important for US foreign policy. Plus, the latest in Australia as the wildfires there continue to rage.
November 13, 2019
US lawmakers charted new territory Wednesday in their impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump with the start of public testimony on Capitol Hill. Plus, former US Ambassador Daniel Fried reflects on Wednesday's testimony and how the Trump administration conducts foreign policy. And, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a controversial visit to the White House. Finally, Venice, a city of canals sitting on top of a lagoon, is currently experiencing flooding not seen in 50 years — sending restaurant tables and chairs floating down streets.
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.