Life in Idlib, Florence, Manghkut and climate change, @Sweden is retired

September 17, 2018

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A row of men with shovels stand on a hillside covered in debris and loose mud after a mudslide covered a mining town

Rescuers search for people trapped in a landslide caused by Super Typhoon Mangkhut at a mining camp in Itogon, Benguet, Philippines, on Sept. 17, 2018. The death toll for the Philippines was estimated to be as high as 50 people on Monday.


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Nearly three million people are living in Idlib, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria. And as Hurricane Florence dumped historic rain in North Carolina, Typhoon Mangkhut roared through the Philippines, but there's a link between climate change and these kinds of major storms. Plus, Glasgow University has announced a program of “reparative justice” after a year-long study discovered that the university benefited from the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars in donations from the profits of slavery.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Song: Awhan gbe le
Artist: Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Label: Bafe's Factory
Artist: Atropolis feat. Stavros Skyrianos
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Song: Sika Blawa
Artist: Afroelectro
Label: Jazz & Milk

Stories in this Edition

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party looks to make inroads in the country's villages

Her district, Teltow-Flaeming, is home to 165,00 people including about 2,500 refugees and asylum-seekers. The area has been recognized by the American NGO Cultural Vistas for its success in integrating newcomers. Yet, some people here are uneasy with their new neighbors. They say migrants bring crime and have harassed women on the street.