Jamaica bans plastic bags, Vladimir Putin’s 2019 calendar, a year of identity politics

January 01, 2019

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A vendor holds a green plastic bag at a market in Lima, Peru

A vendor holds a plastic bag at a market in Lima, Peru Dec. 6, 2018. 


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The family of an American arrested in Russia as an alleged spy claim he's innocent. Also, today Jamaica becomes the latest country to ban plastic bags. Plus, why calendars featuring Russian leader Vladimir Putin seem to be in hot demand, in and out of Russia.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Artist: Underground System
Label: Soul Clap Records
Artist: Ngalah Oreyo
Label: Clubcruise Music
Song: Barbes
Artist: Atropolis feat. Slavic Soul Party
Label: Cumba Mela
Artist: Samite
Label: Samite Artistic Productions

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