The 'real crisis' at the border, Asian Cup politics, durian mania

January 08, 2019

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Women dressed in Thai traditional costumes hold durians at a department store in Bangkok

Women dressed in Thai traditional costumes hold durians at a department store in Bangkok, April 26, 2018.

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Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

President Donald Trump is expected to make his case for building a new border wall with Mexico, and for continuing the partial government shutdown until he gets the money for the project from Congress. Also, the possibility that President Trump could declare a national emergency over what he calls the crisis at the border — what would that mean? And when have previous presidents declared national emergencies? Plus, the booming market for durian fruit in Asia.

Music Heard on Air

The songs played between segments during this episode included:
Song: Verdes Anos
Artist: Daniel Binelli
Label: Sorel Classics
Song: Alla la Ké
Artist: Tunde Jegede
Label: Xiom Music
Song: Straight
Artist: The Putbacks
Label: HopeStreet Recordings
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Jazz & Milk

Stories in this Edition

As the West jeers, durian mania rises in Asia

It’s difficult to overstate how silly the Western dislike for durian looks from East and Southeast Asia. Across Asia, durian is actually selling like never before. Long a coveted fruit, the durian has, in recent years, become the focus of a full-on food craze.