Full episode - April 30, 2016
A former CIA agent discusses his days undercover in Afghanistan and Syria, and the demons those days left behind. Then, we visit the spectacle that is Laredo -- a members-only Wild West town tucked away in the English countryside. And, America’s trucking industry faces a shortage -- we meet the immigrants helping fill the gap. Plus, why Polish activists are borrowing images from the US in a push for a total abortion ban. And the Detroit watch company bringing its message of the gritty underdog to Europe. Image: The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Full episode - April 23, 2016
Scientists recently issued a dire new warning about global sea-level rise tied to the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. We hear from a longtime NASA researcher, who takes us on an audio journey there. Then, we head to southern Florida, where rising seas are driving a wedge between Republican mayors and their national party. And we stay in the Sunshine State to learn about the murky link between a former Brazilian football official and a multi-million dollar Florida home. Plus: the many uses of the word ‘inshallah’; a California dreamer’s plan for a feminist paradise in South America; and the piano man of Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon. Image: An iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula on March 04, 2016. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
Full episode - April 16, 2016
We meet two young film-makers who grapple with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a new short film called ‘Jahar’. Then, how a two-time Boston Marathon champion is inspiring young Ethiopian runners at a Massachusetts school. Plus, the remarkable story of Sueko Hada, a Hiroshima survivor whose family now includes American in-laws. (Photo: ‘Jahar’ is a film about three friends grappling with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Courtesy of Henry Hayes)
Full episode - April 02, 2016
A young university student in Yemen describes losing his best friend in the country’s civil war. Then, we learn all about America's role in the fast-deteriorating conflict. Also: Why a US health clinic suggests Cambodian treatments for everyday maladies. How Donald Trump is fuelling a citizenship drive among immigrants in the States. And, the story of two distant stepsisters who fled violence in their homeland, and discovered a new found kinship along the way. Plus: the 'Tex-Mex, Gringa' musician proudly flaunting her heritage. Image: Ahmed Algohbary (right) and his best friend, Bilal. (Courtesy of Ahmed Algohbary)
Full episode - March 26, 2016
We step inside a California church that’s asking unauthorised immigrants to seek shelter from the law amid its pews. Then, we head to Kansas and meet a high school student from Guatemala who says he’s drowning in the debt he owes to smugglers who got him into the US. Plus, how a helmet equipped with an ultrasound camera is demystifying the sounds of the Irish language. And, a young Syrian refugee tells us about her remarkable short film, ‘The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon’, which combines magical imagery and gritty reality. Image: Beatriz Orduña Abarca at the United Methodist Church in North Hills in Los Angeles. (Credit: PRI’s The World)
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)