February 20, 2019
Our series on Saudi Arabia continues today with a trip to a shopping mall in Riyadh to explore the retail jobs that Saudi women are now taking. Also, shrinking the US trade deficit, especially in relation to China. Plus, how migration between the US and Mexico has shaped the culture of Tlaxiaco, the Mexican hometown of Roma’s breakout star Yalitza Aparicio.
February 19, 2019
February 18, 2019
Lawmakers in the UK defect to become independents. The formation of a new splinter group of British MPs may signal a major realignment in UK politics. Britain is mourning cherished author Andrea Levy, who helped raise awareness of the Windrush generation — nearly half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain to fill labor shortages after WWII. And listeners ask questions about climate change and the Antarctic.
President Trump declares state of emergency, FBI human rights unit to be dismantled, the LOL League trolls French women
February 15, 2019
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in order to obtain more funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. We ask the mayor of Brownsville, Texas, for his reaction. And Mexico's former ambassador to the US discusses the lack of dialogue between Mexico and the Trump administration regarding the wall plans. Plus, another dispatch from Antarctica.
A marine remembers Tehran, children of TPS holders bring stories to stage, ISIS bride asks to come home to UK
February 14, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence criticizing US allies criticized US allies — Britain, France and Germany — for taking the wrong approach toward Iran in Poland. And a Marine remembers this day in 1979 when the US embassy in Tehran was breached by protesters. Plus a play staged in Washington by the children of immigrants who've been protected by TPS, or Temporary Protected Status.
Leading journalist arrested in Manila, Hungary for Hungarians, 52 polar bears roam northern Russian town
February 13, 2019
Journalist Maria Ressa, the head of Rappler, a news website critical of the government in the Philippines, is facing an accusation of cyber libel from the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Duterte has denounced Rappler as "fake news." Also, we conclude our series on politics in Hungary. Today, how the rise for far-right parties has kept women out of positions of power in the country. Plus, a town in the Russian Arctic struggles to cope with a polar bear invasion.
February 12, 2019
Notorious drug cartel ringleader "El Chapo" Joaquín Guzmán was found guilty on all counts in a New York courtroom today. But does it make a difference for the illegal drug trade? Plus, would an expansion of existing barriers along the border with Mexico impact drug smuggling into the US? And, the right-wing government in Hungary and the control it has over its media.
February 11, 2019
What's behind the latest stumbling block in Washington over border security? Democrats are pushing for a cap on the number of immigrants detained by ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Also, the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Hungary, spearheaded by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. And what it feels like to cross one of the roughest stretches of ocean in the world — the notorious Drake Passage.
February 8, 2019
The global manifestations of blackface and why the practice persists in many countries despite its racist connotations. Also, we follow up on the sexual assault allegations being leveled against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias. And, new recordings of lost tunes written by Jews from the ghettos in Ukraine.
February 7, 2019
The former president of Costa Rica, Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias, is accused of sexual assault. Plus, how Venezuela went from being a wealthy country to one in economic collapse. And, we follow one boy in a “caravan” of migrants as he tries to reach his mother in California.