Labour Party pains, Windrush author Andrea Levy passes, Antarctica journey update

February 18, 2019

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Britain's Labour Party MPs Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker and Chuka Umunna pose for a picture after their announcement they are leaving the party, in London, Britain, Feb. 18, 2019. 



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Lawmakers in the UK defect to become independents. The formation of a new splinter group of British MPs may signal a major realignment in UK politics. Britain is mourning cherished author Andrea Levy, who helped raise awareness of the Windrush generation — nearly half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain to fill labor shortages after WWII. And listeners ask questions about climate change and the Antarctic.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Song: Tassi
Artist: Vaudou Game
Label: Hot Casa Records
Song: Pais Nublado
Artist: Helado Negro
Song: Alegría
Artist: Chancha Via Circuito
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings

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