November 13, 2018
The trial of Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán started in Brooklyn today amid tight security. His trafficking operation in Mexico continues to do business despite his arrest. Also, we check in with a survivor of the devastating wildfire in Paradise, California. Plus, how 7-Eleven used ICE raids to punish its own franchise owners.
November 12, 2018
The giant wildfires blazing in California are dominating headlines around the world. We’ll hear from a journalist based in South Africa who learned her dad's home was burning in California when she saw a picture of it in an Associated Press report. Also, a discussion on the science of wildfires, the connection to climate change and how nobody really knows how severe fires will be in the future. Plus, in honor of Veteran's Day, a profile of an Iranian American vet who says an experience he had as an 8-year-old in Iran helped inspire his service in the US military.
November 9, 2018
The Trump administration announced changes to US rules on asylum. We hear about what the changes mean and the possible ramifications. Plus, US troops are now deployed along the Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. And, the story of a New Hampshire man who stumbled onto a largely overlooked moment in history.
What’s next for the Russia investigation, #MeToo becomes #WeToo in Japan, an AI news anchor in China
November 8, 2018
President Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week raises concerns over the future of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Also, Florida's first Iranian American state lawmaker tells her story. Plus, French composer Francis Lai just passed away. His theme song for the film "Love Story" was a huge global hit in the 1970s and has been made and remade many times.
November 7, 2018
Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at President Trump's request the day after midterm elections gave control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. Also, an Australian film crew observed the midterms and concludes that America is an unhappy and divided place right now. Plus, how the vote is likely to impact US foreign policy, immigration, climate issues and trade. And what we learned about fighting online misinformation this campaign season.
Election observers monitor Georgia vote, politics divide families in Brazil, Filipino fast food in Manhattan
November 6, 2018
The global spotlight is on the US midterm elections today and that includes international observers monitoring the voting process in the state of Georgia. Also, US sanctions are expected to hit the Iranian economy hard. One side effect? More expensive Persian rugs here in the US. Plus, the popular Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee is opening a store in Manhattan and hoping to appeal to non-Filipino customers.
November 5, 2018
Immigration and voter suppression concerns have both been big factors in Georgia's hotly contested governor's race. Also, the indigenous Sámi of Arctic Scandinavia say the world can't solve the climate crisis without perspectives like theirs. Plus we hear from another first-time voter, a woman from South Africa, who tells us how her parents taught her the importance of casting her ballot.
November 2, 2018
We asked new US citizens to tell us how it feels to be first-time voters this election cycle. We got some passionate responses. Also, voters in a handful of states may be thinking about the future of the planet when they cast their ballots next week, because of ballot initiatives that focus on energy, and by extension climate change. Plus, the Zanzibar roots of Queen's late lead singer Freddie Mercury.
November 1, 2018
President Trump continues to focus on immigration ahead of the US midterm elections. We fact-check some of his recurring speech lines. Also, a Congressional candidate in Minnesota has been called by some, "the first Somali American woman to run for office in the US." Plus, how the US ranks in comparison to other countries when it comes to internet freedom.
October 31, 2018
What’s the world’s “most powerful passport?” There are plenty of rankings that are easy to find online. But who exactly comes up with these lists and what are they good for? And, how do nations decide what citizenship means, how it works, who gets it and who doesn't? Also, an Australian political strategist is traveling across the US and speaking to American voters. What’s he been hearing from voters ahead of the midterm elections?