President Donald Trump this afternoon ordered the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by US regulators to allow the planes to keep flying. Also, eight years after the start of the conflict in Syria, the war continues to take a heavy toll on the Syrian people. Host Marco Werman speaks with a former English teacher from Aleppo who took part in some of the earliest anti-government protests in the city. Plus, The World's Carolyn Beeler checks in from Antarctica. Beeler is traveling with scientists who are studying the effects of climate change on the ice shelves in the southern continent.
When Mike Pompeo took over at the State Department last year, he said he would bring the "swagger" back to American diplomacy. How do you square that with the Trump administration's call to slash funding at the State Department by almost a quarter?
The research team aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer is starting to wrap up their work studying Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. As the Amundsen Sea starts to freeze up, the captain of the ship will be constantly on the lookout for gaps in the ice that will carry the ship home.
In the West, we are used to sci-fi written by English-speakers who dream up English-speaking utopias and dystopias. Often in the final reel, humanity is saved by English-speaking heroes. So what should we expect from China's newly-thriving sci-fi scene?