The most powerful passport, midterm election monitoring, what is citizenship?

October 31, 2018

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A woman with a blue shirt and her hair pulled back is shown voting at a booth with an American flag and the word "vote" on the side.

Desteny Martinez, 18, votes for the first time, in the US midterm elections in Norwalk, California, Oct. 24, 2018.


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What’s the world’s “most powerful passport?” There are plenty of rankings that are easy to find online. But who exactly comes up with these lists and what are they good for? And, how do nations decide what citizenship means, how it works, who gets it and who doesn't? Also, an Australian political strategist is traveling across the US and speaking to American voters. What’s he been hearing from voters ahead of the midterm elections?

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Artist: Echo Collective
Label: 7K!
Song: Tahdig
Artist: Mitra Sumara
Label: Persian Cardinal Rec

We also played this remix of the Halloween theme to John Carpenter's film.

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