Full story - April 28, 2016
Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in June, 1998
The 90s series of rock festivals, known as The Tibetan Freedom Concert, was a result of a random encounter between a 23-year-old American activist and Adam Yauch.
Full story - April 18, 2016
Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
As is the case with many religions, Buddhism morphed and evolved as it moved around the world. So it's no surprise that Buddhism in the West has adapted, too.
Full story - April 11, 2016
The Dalai Lama in Berlin
“We have this window, but a very small window,” says a Dalai Lama’s representative regarding coming to an understanding with China
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.