October 2, 2015
Where does the United States stack up in the list of "the world's most dangerous countries?" We find out from someone who studies global gun violence, and can put the levels of such violence in the United States in perspective. One UNC professor also discusses with us what role social media plays, if any, in propagating and promoting gun violence. Later, we bring you a story on refugees resettling in Burlington, Vermont, and hear from business owners who are increasingly relying on these new arrivals to fill worker shortages. Plus, we take a look at the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act, which transformed the US.
October 1, 2015
An Afghanistan-based reporter says the Taliban's goal in fighting for control of Kunduz has more to do with scoring PR points than with making lasting gains on the ground. Taliban fighters have also been posting selfies of themselves in Kunduz, and that marks a big shift for these militants, whose radical interpretation of Islam has long forbidden the use of the Internet. Now they're using the web to promote their cause. Plus, we hear a very personal story many second- and third-generation Americans can relate to about the language gap that often exists between different generations of an immigrant family.
September 30, 2015
Russia launches airstrikes in Syria, just days after President Obama and President Putin offer visions for ending the civil war there. What's Putin up to? Also, Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton takes on a number of famous figures, both historical and imagined, in her new book. Plus, you might want to hold off using the toothpaste with those little pieces of plastic in it.
September 29, 2015
Taliban fighters have taken over the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Today, Afghan troops, backed by US airstrikes, launched a counter-offensive. We'll get the latest from Kabul. Plus, we'll bring you the story of a pioneering Nigerian journalist and activist who was among those killed in the crush of the Hajj crowd in Saudi Arabia last week. Also, our own Kierran Petersen takes us into the wild world of an online game that has fans around the globe riveted.
September 28, 2015
World leaders are converging on New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly. All eyes were on President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom spoke Monday morning at UN headquarters. The two leaders are also supposed to meet for talks focusing on Syria and Ukraine. Also, it's been a year since 43 Mexican students went missing. We hear from an activist who wants to keep the memory of those disappeared students alive. Plus, our language editor Patrick Cox invites you to invent your own English words.
September 25, 2015
We're going to take break from the grind of life here on Earth, and talk a bit about Pluto. New photos of Pluto are being sent back by NASA's New Horizon spacecraft. Plus, we'll have the latest from Saudi Arabia a day after a deadly stampede at the yearly pilgrimage, the Hajj. We also hear the crazy tale of an Englishman who chucked it all in to go gold prospecting in California.
September 24, 2015
Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to speak before a joint US Congress on Thursday. He used the opportunity to talk about everything from climate change to the global arms trade. And, as the Pope heads to New York, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for meetings with President Obama in Washington. We also speak with a Pakistani comedian who's got some pretty funny things to say about Ahmed Mohamed and his clock.
September 23, 2015
Pope Francis' six-day visit to the United States is now in full swing. He's traveling in the Popemobile, and we look at the different styles and models used through the ages. We also hear the heart-breaking story of a Syrian couple split apart by war, and take a look back at the Italian heritage of baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who has died at the age of 90.
September 22, 2015
The fallout from Volkswagen's emissions debacle continues. We'll explore the effect on three brands: brand Volkswagen, brand diesel and brand Germany. We hear a preview of two high-profile visits of world leaders to the United States. Pope Francis arrives in Washington, DC, and Chinese President Xi Jinping touches down in Seattle. Plus, host Marco Wermon engages in a wide-ranging conversation with author Salman Rushdie. He not only talks about his new book, but also about his native India and how his own fantastical mash-ups of East and West play out in real life.
September 21, 2015
Today we bring you a Cuban dissident's view of the Pope's visit. Plus, we'll head to Croatia to hear how the country is coping with an influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, and we also hear from a family of Syrian refugees who have relocated to California, one of the small number Syrians to be relocated in the US.