North Korean spymaster, India's ‘plogger,' black women surfing to the 2020 olympics

January 18, 2019

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Khadjou Sambe, from Dakar, Senegal, surfs at Santa Monica State Beach on Jan. 6, 2019. She wants to compete professionally, but one challenge is having enough money to go to qualifying events around the world. Rhonda Harper, founder of Black Girls Surf, says the average surfer could spend anywhere between $50,000 to $60,000 a year in travel fees and equipment.


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President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have been exchanging "beautiful letters," according to Trump. Now, the two leaders are expected to arrange a second summit meeting for later this year. Also, the Swedish fitness trend "plogging" is a mashup of jogging while picking up litter. Yes, this is a real thing. Plus, we hit the beach in Santa Monica, California, where a Senegalese woman is training for the new Olympic sport of surfing, and she's getting coaching and support from local waveriders with Black Girls Surf.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Song: Soma
Artist: The Putbacks
Label: HopeStreet Recordings
Song: Laziko
Artist: Gaye Su Akyol
Label: Glitterbeat Records
Song: ypsilon
Artist: Ólafur Arnalds
Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.

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