June 25, 2019
Iran is calling new US sanctions "idiotic" and says the door for negotiations with Washington is now permanently closed. So, what happens next? Also, an update on the case of an Iranian-British dual national jailed by Iran on espionage charges for the past three years. She maintains her innocence, and her husband is staging a hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Plus, on the eve of the first Democratic 2020 presidential debate, we hear what main themes are emerging from the race when it comes to two major topics: immigration and climate.
June 24, 2019
A former State Department official who worked on Iran sanctions during the Obama administration tells us his thoughts on the latest round of tough economic sanctions on Iran. Plus, the risks we face from the melting of one massive glacier. And, how did Australian airline Qantas manage to make a commercial flight from Sydney to Adelaide waste-free?
June 21, 2019
What happens next after President Donald Trump's last-minute decision to call off a US military airstrike on Iran. Also, Istanbul prepares for a do-over of mayoral elections at the insistence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose party lost the vote earlier this spring. And, North Korean state TV has been airing an animated show that features a group of cute bunnies defeating an invading wolf. The World's Patrick Winn ponders what country the wolf could possibly be a proxy for.
June 20, 2019
US President Donald Trump says Iran made a "very big mistake" by shooting down a US drone on Thursday in the Middle East. It's the latest escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, and we'll hear reactions from both sides. And on World Refugee Day, we hear from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who talks about her own background as a resettled refugee from Somalia. Plus, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Washington Thursday; back home, there's a controversial oil sands pipeline project going forward.
June 19, 2019
Five years since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky over Ukraine, investigators in the Netherlands have announced that they're putting three Russians and one Ukrainian citizen on trial for murder. Also, a United Nations report into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi reminds us of what we largely knew: that there is credible evidence linking Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level Saudi officials to the journalist's killing. And, an island in Norway asks to be set free from any time zone.
June 18, 2019
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to head the US military. The announcement comes after the president promised to send additional troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate with Iran. Also, the death of Egypt's Mohammed Morsi recalls his brief but turbulent presidency after the Arab Spring. The World's Sarah Birnbaum reports on the theater production, "We Are Cairo," staged by young Egyptians who are working to make sense of the disappointments of the Arab Spring.
June 17, 2019
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi collapsed and died in court on Monday. Also, we discuss the tactics protesters in Hong Kong are relying on to avoid being identified by the government's facial recognition technology. Plus, efforts to expand movie audio descriptions to Spanish at movie theaters around the US.
June 14, 2019
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June 12, 2019
The standoff between protesters and police in Hong Kong escalated on Wednesday after demonstrators surrounded the Legislative Council building and forced the city government to delay a key vote. Also, the booming business of home-delivered meal kits is a $6 billion industry worldwide. Some of those kits arrive swathed in plastic, but the pre-portioned ingredients also cut down on food waste. So, are meal kits worse for the planet than grocery shopping? Or better? And, on a remote Panamanian island, capuchin monkeys have learned to use stone tools, a rare behavior for non-human animals.