May 4, 2016
Some 80,000 Canadians flee their town as it catches fire. We do a drive through. Also, electioneering in London gets ugly as racial politics enter the mix. Plus, we'll hear why some pirates on the high seas are no longer targeting oil tankers the way they used to.
May 3, 2016
The Olympic flame has arrived in Brazil — but is the country ready to host the Summer Games? Also, remember the 5-year-old Afghan boy who was wearing a soccer jersey made from a plastic bag? The picture went viral a while back. The makeshift jersey was made to look like the one worn by the boy's hero, Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi. Messi responded by sending him a real jersey. Now the kid's family in Afghanistan has gotten threats, and they've had to flee to Pakistan. Plus, how Leicester City — the unlikeliest of English Premier League soccer champions — got a little help from some local Buddhist monks.
May 2, 2016
Baghdad was the scene of some drama over the weekend when protesters stormed the so-called Green Zone, and occupied the country's parliament. Also, Puerto Rico, a US territory, is set to default on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. The island's governor says it's the only way to protect essential services on the island. Plus, an exhibit in London explores the women of the punk rock scene back in the 1980s.
April 29, 2016
A Lebanese rock band was supposed to play a gig in Jordan a few days back, but Jordanian authorities canceled the show because they felt the band's songs clashed with the country's values. Today, Jordan rescinded the ban, but the band says it's too late to reschedule. Also, we hear about a new feature film in which a group of musicians from Afghanistan are eager to perform with their idols, Metallica. We'll also explore the many Berlins of the United States, and meet a 94-year-old Mexican bartender who really knows his trade.
April 28, 2016
The Syrian cease-fire is "barely alive." Also, fighting has escalated once again in the rebel-held city of Aleppo with air strikes destroying a hospital and leaving dozens dead. Plus, the story of an Iranian poet and blogger who lives in exile in Toronto, Canada. And, "paw-ternity" leave for pet parents.
April 27, 2016
Donald Trump takes a presidential turn — with an address on foreign policy. Also, we look at the recent murders of two men who started the only LGBT magazine in Bangladesh. And, why Bristol, England has been smelling like vinegar, and why some locals are fine with that.
April 26, 2016
Today we hear about ISIS's Most Wanted. A BBC radio documentary follows the story of four young men from Syria who dared to defy ISIS. Also today, on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, we'll get the view from both Kiev and Moscow. Plus, we get a bit of the US Wild West in the middle of the British countryside.
April 25, 2016
We bring you stories from Nepal, one year after a devastating earthquake and related aftershocks devastated parts of the country. Today we'll try to get a handle on how the country is recovering. Also, we visit a new health center being built post-earthquake in a remote part of Nepal. For the first time ever, the community will have a functioning maternity ward. Plus, we remember African musical powerhouse Papa Wemba.
April 22, 2016
Today we hear how the music of Prince helped a newly-arrived Vietnamese immigrant find his place in America. There's also a debate in Mexico over a proposal to legalize marijuana. Plus, President Barack Obama makes some waves on his visit to London: Brexit? He hopes not.
April 21, 2016
Today we hear about the car companies that are cheating on emissions tests. Two major companies — Mitsubishi and Volkswagen — are dealing with major consequences after they admitted cheating on anti-pollution tests. Plus, we go to Nepal, one year after the devastating earthquake there. We meet a 12-year-old girl who lost her home in the quake, but has managed to stay in school. Also, as Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, we head for Jamaica to find out why some people there don't want her as head of state. And we say goodbye to Prince.