Today we answer this question: If America gets a D+ for infrastructure, who gets an A? (Sweden.) Also, celebrations in South Korea after the president is ousted. And the addictive retro funk sounds of LA-based band Chicano Batman.
Today, we hear arguments for and against US cities offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Also, why Russia makes the perfect scapegoat for Americans right now. And music from Upper Volta, a country that no longer exists.
Today, we zero in on Russia's big domestic violence problem and hear about two women's individual experiences. Also, the story behind Donald Trump's unfinished hotel and tower in Baku, Azerbaijan. And music from a Women's Day playlist, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.
First today, President Trump signs a new travel ban. Then, we look at a Republican lawmaker in Hawaii considering switching parties. And, a special school in Lebanon that offers help, and hope, to Syrian refugee kids.
President Trump's speech to Congress may have sounded more presidential, but the message, especially on immigration, stayed largely the same. Also, what the Pentagon could do with an extra $54 billion. Plus, why South Koreans love their fried chicken.
The fatal shooting of an Indian engineer in Kansas is felt across the US and in India. Plus, the Iranian scientist who accepted the Oscar for best foreign language film. And, we talk "world music" with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.