Full episode - March 19, 2016
Two expat voters – a Republican in London and a Democrat in Stockholm – share their thoughts about watching the US election from abroad. Then: experts who study America's extremist white supremacist groups say there's clear evidence that many of them are supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for president. Plus, why Cuban Americans are in such stark disagreement over President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. And: there are more than 20 towns in the US called Moscow – why is that? Image: An Alabama resident urges townspeople to vote. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Full episode - March 12, 2016
We meet a Nicaraguan immigrant to the US whose choice of president might surprise you. Then, workers in Mexico’s border factories are seizing an opportunity to unionise. And, the Texas city of Houston has become a premier tourist destination for Chinese travellers thanks to cowboys and basketball, of course. Plus, the US Supreme Court hears arguments in what is being called one of the most important reproductive rights cases in a generation. The odd connection between America’s highest court and a secretive aristocratic hunting society. And, why if you ever find yourself in the Texas city of Killeen — you had better try the kimchee or bibimbap. Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits his plane during a trip to the US-Mexico border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. (Credit: Matthew Busch/Getty Images
Full episode - March 05, 2016
On ‘Super Tuesday,’ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stood out as clear front-runners in the US presidential election. We hear from a former director of the CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden, who shares his concerns about both Trump and Clinton. Next, a reporter from Ghana describes African attitudes to America’s elections. Then, we head to Sweden, where innovations in urban planning have become as a model for cities across the globe. Also, a reporter discovers that Catholic priests accused of molesting children in the US are still Church leaders in South America. A newspaper correspondent who made fun of the war in Afghanistan becomes the heroine of a bleak Hollywood comedy. And publishers of photo books face stiff competition from photographers who make their own books. Picture: The headquarters of the US National Security Agency on the grounds of Fort Meade, Maryland.
Full episode - February 27, 2016
We travel to the Michigan city of Flint and learn why unauthorised immigrants are so imperilled by the city’s lead-contaminated water system. We consider whether a Scandinavian-style welfare state could ever work in America. And, why Canadians want to turn away from the US elections, but just can't help themselves. Plus, the secret plot to destroy Syria’s weapons of mass destruction. How Russians and Americans have teamed up to rescue Sochi’s stray dogs. And, the soulful songs of a Mexican singer, who muses about the American dream. (Photo: The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Full episode - February 20, 2016
From Lesbos to Flint, we follow an Islamic relief group helping the poor get safe drinking water. Then, an Evangelical pastor tells us why it's our moral duty to 'take the longer view' on refugees. And: where human life is precarious, Haitians look out for a rare Iguana. Plus, the woman behind a Liberian bookstore where children can read about themselves. And the Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni’s quest to bring clean cookstoves back home. Image: Volunteers from Islamic Relief USA deliver water in Flint, Michigan. (Credit: Ridwan Adhami/Islamic Relief USA)
Full episode - February 13, 2016
We meet the American woman teaching US actors how to improve their African accents, and we hear why #OscarsSoWhite isn't very Latino. We look at the bicultural LA bakery that is breaking one of the unwritten rules of business. And, we speak to the Colombian film-maker behind the first feature shot in the Amazon rainforest in more than 30 years. We find out why American film studios are making more foreign movies specifically for foreign audiences. Plus, we remember Mary Fiumara, an icon of Boston's Little Italy. (Photo: Actor Will Smith attends the Concussion premiere in New York, 2015. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Full episode - February 06, 2016
We find out why St. Cloud has been called the worst place in the midwestern state of Minnesota to be Somali, and we head to the New England state of Maine where Somali youths are learning to navigate several cultures. Then: a conversation with the smooth-jazz-new-age maestro, Yanni; a French chef’s love letter to Brittany; a transgender Cuban woman’s vow to never return home; and DJ Michael Brun’s new hit song from Haiti, ‘Wherever I Go’. Image: Lul Hersi has lived in the Minnesota city of St. Cloud for 14 years, and told the newspaper City Pages that she often faces discrimination. Credit: Galen Fletcher
Full episode - January 30, 2016
We hear what an American doctor learned when he visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and what a baker from Boston saw when she volunteered at a refugee transit camp in Macedonia. Then, we find out how a school in San Diego is using hands-on and high-energy learning to help its low income students succeed. We step inside the fine Persian rug shop in LA that’s ready to profit from better Iran-US relations. And we learn how Cuba finally won control over the trademark, 'Havana Club' rum. Plus: a look at Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons' new show exploring Cuba's sugar trade and her own exile. Image: Dr. Omar Lattouf’s daughter, Zeena, with a child called Samir at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. (Courtesy of Omar Lattouf)
Full episode - January 25, 2016
If you live in the French-speaking world, you've probably heard of Gad Elmaleh. He's a Moroccan-French comedian whose sell-out shows fill arena-sized venues. But Elmaleh recently left all that behind to pursue a stand-up career in the US. He tells us about the jokes that got lost in translation. Then: the famed Ringling Brothers circus will be phasing out the use of elephants in its shows. We find out why and hear how the move might reverberate around the globe. Also: a transgender US soldier tells us why her superiors insist she is called ‘Sir’. We learn about a medical breakthrough that could be key to stopping one of the planet’s deadliest infections: cryptococcal meningitis. And, we have look at the alarmingly high rate of infant mortality in the United States. Plus, three Mexican women blazing a trail in the red-hot mezcal industry. Image: The comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh. (Credit: Caroline Lessire)
Full episode - January 16, 2016
The new year has ushered in new fears for unauthorised immigrants in the US, as the Obama administration kicked off 2016 with a new round of deportation raids. The journalist and immigration activist Sonia Nazario tells us why she believes these efforts are counterproductive, and then we hear how some immigrants prepare their children for the day that Mummy and Daddy don’t come home. Plus: how a quirk in US law led to thousands of international adoptees becoming stateless. The wild tale of a US Hellfire missile that wound up in Cuba. The reasons you should think twice before bringing an avocado into the United States. And the massive global effort to supply rock salt to blizzard-prone Boston. Image: A group of Guatemalans deported from the United States arrive at an air force base in Guatemala City on January 6, 2016. (Credit: Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)