An ambassador without an embassy, peace talks with the Taliban, immigration policy a year later

February 05, 2019

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Carlos Alfredo Vecchio gestures while standing next to Senator Jim Risch

Carlos Alfredo Vecchio, the ambassador appointed by Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, talks to the media next to Sen. Jim Risch, after his meeting with US Senate Foreign Relations Committee members on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2019.


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Carlos Vecchio is the ambassador of Venezuela's opposition in Washington, and will be at Tuesday's state of the union as a guest of Sen. Marco Rubio. Vecchio tells host Marco Werman about his job drumming up support for Juan Guaidó, the US-recognized interim president of Venezuela. We also hear from Marco Villada, a former DACA recipient who grew up in California, but ended up stranded in Mexico while trying to clarify his immigration status. Plus, Marco speaks with Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan parliament who is in Moscow on Tuesday for peace talks with the Taliban. Koofi was also the first female deputy speaker in the assembly.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Artist: Le Trio Joubran
Label: Cooking Vinyl Limited
Song: Mediterraneo
Artist: Newpoli
Label: Beartones
Song: Ascend
Artist: Minco Eggersman & Theodoor Borger & Mathias Eick
Label: Butler Records
Artist: Bombino
Label: PTKF
Artist: Free Radicals
Label: Free Rads

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