Full story - April 11, 2016
Gerong Phuntsok and Dawa Drolma
The struggle to find balance between old and new, modernity and tradition, respect and assimilation, is one that people all over the world have been navigating for centuries. In this case, the tension was encapsulated in a series of beautiful photos that turned half a billion heads.
Full episode - April 05, 2016
Tibetan Monk in Dharamsala, India
The Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday has been a cause for celebration, but also consternation for Tibetans at home and in the diaspora. Now, as he grows older, doubt hovers in the air as to who will carry on the struggle when he's gone.
Full story - March 23, 2016
Fitbit Watch
David Trinidad and his wife Ivonne had just recently started using Fitbits, when Ivonne said that hers was malfunctioning. The device was showing an unusually high resting heart rate and recorded 10 hours in one day in what it called the “fat burning zone,” even though she had not been particularly active. But her Fitbit wasn't broken — she was pregnant.
Full story - March 01, 2016
License plate reader
License plate readers scan plate numbers and then cross-reference them with a “hot list” of plates of wanted or stolen vehicles. The problem is that only a small fraction of the plates are on the wanted list; the rest belong to non-criminal, law-abiding people – people whose movements the government could now conceivably track.
Full story - March 08, 2016
Apple and the FBI are at odds over iPhone encryption.
In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, the debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement has reached a fever pitch in the US. Meanwhile, lawmakers in some European countries are taking new steps to broaden government access to big data.
Full episode - March 01, 2016
KUT's Studio 1A in Austin
The fight between Apple and the FBI over whether an iPhone should be unlocked to better solve the San Bernardino shooting, underscores a larger international debate over the trade-offs between national security and individual privacy rights.
Full story - February 15, 2016
Mezar Matar escaped Raqqa in 2013 and he now lives in Istanbul.
Mezar Matar’s witnessed ISIS fighters take over his hometown in the summer of 2013. He saw them violently enforce Sharia law, seize homes, close schools and stage elaborate public executions. He watched as they punished women for their clothes, flogged anyone on the streets during prayer times and beat people for smoking cigarettes. Matar saw ISIS arrest his friends, abduct his brother and recruit children to join its ranks.
Full episode - February 03, 2016
ISIS black and white flag
The latest attacks in the Middle East, Paris and San Bernardino have proven the fight against ISIS is not limited to a country or even a region — it's a fight against an ideology.
Full story - December 01, 2015
Langley Air Force Base
On Capitol Hill and within federal agencies, a so-called “turf war” exists about who should be running drone strikes — the Pentagon or the CIA. This information is almost entirely hidden from public view.
Full story - December 01, 2015
There is vast potential for drone use in the developing world. In recent years, an explosion of initiatives has popped up across the continent of Africa, from unmanned peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Facebook’s high-hovering drones that bring the Internet to remote places. But the technology has proliferated faster than regulations can keep up. A couple countries have banned them altogether, including Kenya. Recent terrorist attacks have much to do with the restrictions there, but innovators think the country has more to gain from drones than it has to lose.