February 12, 2016
A deal brokered by the US and Russia calls for humanitarian aid and a ceasefire in Syria, but will it actually work? We hear from a member of the Syrian opposition who lives here in the US; he's skeptical and says the agreement is nothing to celebrate. Then, we head to the slopes in Iran. Our own Marco Werman speaks with Iranians who can enjoy the luxury of skiing for fun. Plus, we get an overview of the Pope's week-long visit to our southern neighbor.
February 11, 2016
Iran celebrates the 37th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution today and Marco Werman is currently on assignment in Tehran to watch. He talked to young Iranians there about what the anniversary means to them. Then, we get the reverse view of the anniversary, from an Iranian exile in California. Also, we hear about some Brazilian public schools that are trying to improve students' diets by helping them grow their own vegetables.
February 10, 2016
Today we explore what the victories of presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in New Hampshire Tuesday mean for America's relationships around the globe. Democratic contender Sanders gives high marks to Sweden's "democratic socialism," but could that really work here in the US? Plus, we speak with a Liberian author who writes children's books on the realities of war and corruption in her country.
February 9, 2016
What if New Hampshire weren't the first primary in the nation? Which other state might best reflect the nation's overall demographic make-up? We'll tell you. Also, Marco Werman gives us another quick glimpse of his visit to Iran's capital, Tehran. Today he takes us to a film festival taking place this week in the city. Plus, we get a look at how immigration is rapidly changing London.
February 8, 2016
Marco Werman checks in from Tehran. He flew into Iran's capital over the weekend, and gives host Carol Hills his first impressions. Plus, one day ahead of the New Hampshire primary, we look at the US presidential race from a Dutch point of view. Also, Carol speaks with Nakkiah Lui, an aboriginal writer and satirist who stars in a show on Australian TV called "Black Comedy."
February 5, 2016
Cargo ships are taking strange routes to European ports, passing through Syrian, Libyan and Lebanese waters and that's raising serious security concerns. Plus, we hear about the value of Parmesan cheese. It's so valuable that one Italian cheesemaker is issuing bonds backed by the giant aged rounds. Also, Maurice White, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Died this week at the age of 74. The band blended soul, funk, jazz and a bit of everything else. White himself, though, was heavily influenced by the study of ancient Egypt.
February 4, 2016
Today we hear from reporter Jeanne Carstensen in Flint, Michigan, where she connects the dots between Flint and the Greek island of Lesbos. Also, in Syria, peace talks have broken down, even as aid groups work to secure more funding to help the country's beleaguered population. Plus, a young Pakistani woman who toured her country on a motorcycle — and documented every moment of it online.
February 3, 2016
Can the Zika virus be sexually transmitted? Since the Zika outbreak began, health officials have been looking to see if the virus can be spread by more than just mosquitoes. Now, a case in Texas seems to point to sexual transmission as a possibility. Also, we bring you a chat about Japanese spiritual beliefs, and how they influence the ways stories are told and understood. Plus, we follow the trail of Muammar Gaddafi's golden pistol.
February 2, 2016
Today we hear how one family in Wichita, Kansas, lives with microcephaly. The global health alarms raised by the spread of the Zika virus have put a spotlight on the disease, and we speak with the mother of two daughters with the condition. Plus, a refugee camp in Jordan is struggling to cope with recent arrivals from Syria. Also, host Marco Werman has a conversation with Yanni.
February 1, 2016
Let the caucusing begin. The 2016 race for the White House starts in earnest today in Iowa. Host Marco Werman, who has covered many a presidential race himself, admits he's still a bit fuzzy on the details of "caucusing." Marco turns to a foreigner who's had to get his head around it. Also, drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may be behind bars again, but his name is set to adorn a variety of products. Guzman's daughter has trademarked his name. Plus, we hear how some professional cyclists are now doping their bikes.