May 27, 2016
President Obama visited Hiroshima today, making him the first sitting US president to do so. While Obama didn't apologize for the nuclear attack on the city more than 70 years ago, he did call for an end to all nuclear weapons. We ask our community of veterans their reactions to the president's trip. Plus we learn about a new generation of Japanese students who are trying to make political protests more a part of everyday life, and a Russian trying to save an endangered indigenous language in Japan called Ainu.
May 26, 2016
As President Obama gets ready to visit Hiroshima, we'll look back at his nuclear record. We also hear how Bill Cosby's recent fall from grace resonates with people in South Africa. Plus, the Somali online community set the record straight when a food journalist tweets a photo of a banana with his plate of rice and meat.
May 25, 2016
Gang violence is once again making El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries on Earth. Plus, a look ahead to President Obama's trip to Hiroshima, Japan. And, what happened when a high school in Medford, Massachusetts had to cancel Hijab Day.
May 24, 2016
Two soldiers turned authors look back at Vietnam and Iraq — and ahead to how a nation heals in the aftermath of war. Meanwhile, we also noticed that President Barack Obama sat down with chef Anthony Bourdain Monday in Vietnam to try some bun cha. To find out more about this North Vietnamese dish, we called up a Vietnamese American chef who runs a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Plus, we hear about a designer fish so coveted that people will pay up to $150,000 for one of them — or even kill for them.
May 23, 2016
President Barack Obama is in Vietnam, and he announced today that the United States would lift its five-decade-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam. Why the change in policy? It might have something to do with China. Also, we'll head to Austria to hear about a far-right candidate for president who fell just short in elections this weekend. It's part and parcel of a European shift to the right that resonates strongly with the rise of Donald Trump here in the United States. Plus, we hear about countries that want to give all of their citizens a guaranteed basic income: Switzerland is due to decide on the issue soon.
May 20, 2016
President Obama heads to Vietnam this weekend. We'll find out what that visit means to a Vietnamese American. Plus, an update on the persistent problem of polluted water at several Olympic venues in Brazil. And Morocco serves as a stand-in for many Middle East locations in Hollywood movies, but many in Morocco would like their country to play itself more on the big screen.
May 19, 2016
We'll have the latest on EgyptAir Flight 804 that went down in the Mediterranean earlier this morning. We also bring you a conversation with an Army chaplain who quit over the US military drone program. Plus, an engineer who has become the jukebox hero of Los Angeles.
May 18, 2016
Maz Jobrani reflects on life as an Iranian American comic and his new movie, "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero." He also talks US politics and weighs in on the Kardashians. Plus, a reporter for the New York Times has been investigating the chain of events that led to a US airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan back in October that left 42 people dead. We also bring you the story of the translator of a South Korean novel that just won the coveted Man Booker International Prize — and the translator only started learning Korean six years ago.
May 17, 2016
Tensions are running high again in Hong Kong. Back in 2014, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in protest. Now, for the first time since those protests, a high-level official from Beijing is visiting the semi-autonomous territory. Security is tight for what officials are calling an "inspection visit." Plus, we hear the story of a couple from Africa who are on a mission to teach people here to eat a healthier diet. Later, the duo known to fans in LA's Koreatown as Coco Avenue. The two African American women are currently in South Korea, wowing the crowds with their own brand of K-Pop.
May 16, 2016
One hundred years ago today, Western countries drew a line in the sands of the Middle East. It's known as the Sykes-Picot line, and the borders and rivalries it created back in 1916 are still affecting people today. Also, Canada's "first lady," Sophie Gregoire Trudeau caused a stir after suggesting she needs more staff to do her job properly. And remember Jamala, the Crimean Tatar singer we profiled a week ago? Well, she won the Eurovision competition with her song about the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union. We'll take you to Kiev for an update.