December 2, 2016
Today we hear memories of the Cuban missile crisis on a personal level, from the perspective of a few people who lived it. We also visit a family in North Carolina divided on the matter of immigration. Plus, Fidel Castro once played copy editor to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
December 1, 2016
Today we explore what's next for US-Pakistan relations under a President Trump. We also hear about a schoolteacher in Afghanistan who faced down the Taliban. Plus, we bring you the story of a Swedish town that just can't keep a giant straw goat from burning.
November 30, 2016
The US Supreme Court considers indefinite detention of immigrants. Also, US President-elect Donald Trump's apparent deal to keep manufacturing jobs in Indiana. And, more Danish commuters are now biking into Copenhagen than driving.
November 29, 2016
On today's show, Cuban artist and dissident Tania Bruguera shares her thoughts about the passing of Fidel Castro. Plus, Felix Contreras, the host of Alt.Latino, a weekly podcast and radio show from NPR about Latino arts and culture, talks about the Cuban band Los Van Van, and its controversial blend of music and politics. We also hear how a headless corpse helped redraw the border between Belgium and Holland.
November 28, 2016
What's next for Cuba, and US-Cuban relations? And what does Fidel Castro's death mean for the incoming Trump administration? We take a look. We also get the latest from Aleppo, Syria, where government forces have taken control of a large slice of the city formerly held by the rebels. Plus, we hear about a school where all the classes are taught in Mohawk.
November 25, 2016
Today we ask why President-elect Donald Trump is skipping the intelligence briefings typically considered vital for the commander-in-chief to get his job done. Also, The World's Jason Margolis looks at the ups and downs of the American roller coaster industry. It turns out that the Germans and the Swiss are the world leaders in coaster construction. Plus, we hear about cookies that carry ancient Mesopotamian carvings.
November 24, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump says it's time to heal the political and cultural divisions laid bare by the election. Host Marco Werman is inspired by a guy from Lebanon who's on a mission to visit every town called Lebanon in the United States (there are 47). Also, a Minneapolis-based catering team goes to Standing Rock to fix indigenous favorites for the "water protectors" attempting to block the Dakota Access pipeline. Plus, Marco finds out what fado singer Mariza is thankful for.
November 23, 2016
Christians in Atlanta, Georgia who work with Muslim refugees in the United States wonder what a Trump presidency will mean for the people they help. Then we go to the Republic of Georgia and a bizarre market of spare parts from the Soviet era. Plus, we hear the story of a 15-year-old entrepreneur who sells coffee and spaghetti in the Central African Republic.
November 22, 2016
Donald Trump says he'll tear up trade deals and bring jobs back to the US — today we'll hear from factory workers in Indiana about how much faith they have that the president-elect will deliver. In India, the government has discontinued the use of the most widely circulated bank notes in an attempt to tackle tax evasion, but it's hurting people who don't have bank accounts — many of them women. Plus, we hear about the health consequences from all the smoke coming from the massive oil field fires that ISIS set before they left northern Iraq.
November 21, 2016
Today we hear how some Muslims in the Los Angeles area are reacting to plans advanced during Donald Trump's campaign for a nationwide registry for Muslims. Plus, what steps should social media companies take against fake news on their sites? Also, we take a look at how climate activists are looking to states and cities to pick up the mantle in fighting the climate crisis.