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Pope Francis is seen in his papal white in a medium-wide photograph in Rome, August 2018.
August 20, 2018

The Pope pens a letter, remembering Kofi Annan, Greece exits bailout

Pope Francis reacts to the sex abuse scandal in the US, issuing a letter on Monday addressing a mounting crisis in the Catholic Church surrounding the sexual abuse of children by priests. Plus, we remember the former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80. Veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson tells host Carol Hills that Annan's gentle diplomacy didn't shy away from confronting the globe's big powers. And Greece exits its bailout program.

August 17, 2018

Lives put on hold by Trump's travel ban, Google employees protest China plans and Soviet-era cartoons

The Trump administration is reportedly proposing a big cut in the US foreign aid budget, and senators on both sides of the aisle in Congress are objecting loudly. Then, we look at how the Yemeni community in the US has been affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban. And quinceañera dancers for hire.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is shown pointing with his right hand while speaking during a conference in Zurich, Switzerland, March 2018.
August 16, 2018

Bannon's European movement, French crows as trash collectors, remembering the Queen of Soul

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon wants to create a populist right-wing movement that spans Europe. We'll hear what that means from one of Bannon's European allies. Also, a French amusement park has a new way to do clean-ups: by training crows to pick up trash. And, how Aretha Franklin is being remembered in Soweto, South Africa.

A police officer stands near evidence markers while investigating a mass shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Canada.
August 15, 2018

Canadian guns, Baja fishing bans, 'Crazy Rich Asians'

The debate over gun control is heating up in Canada after an unusual number of deadly shootings took place there. Canadians say they're worried that gun culture is changing, influenced by the US. Also, we continue our series on family separations in decades past. KQED's Sasha Khokha considers the psychological impact of one woman's childhood separation from her parents. Plus, it's been decades since a major studio picture featured a predominantly East Asian cast. That's changed with the release of "Crazy Rich Asians." We hear from actor Pierre Png, who plays one of the characters in the movie.

Graffiti warning on a brick wall saying that the street is mined with the shadow of a person reflected on it.
August 14, 2018

A family separated, the Iraqi spy who infiltrated ISIS, and don't toss out that coffee cup

The Iraqi spy who infiltrated ISIS — Capt. Harith al-Sudani, a member of an Iraqi counterterrorism unit — spent months posing as an ISIS militant. The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Margaret Coker tells host Carol Hills about Sudani and the intelligence unit he worked for. Also, we learn about the US government's history of separating children from their parents. Plus, what does a German biergarten have to do with recycling coffee cups?

A man leans on the counter to change money at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey August 13, 2018.
August 13, 2018

Turkey makes accusations about US, better to-go cups, the death penalty in Myanmar

There are a lot of ups and downs in the US-Iran relationship. Host Carol Hills speaks with reporter Thomas Erdbrink about what it's like to live in Tehran as one of just a few Western reporters left in the city. And, the latest on rising tensions between the US and Turkey. Plus, we learn about the life of Louisa Adams, the wife of President John Quincy Adams.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, wearing dark rimmed glasses, looks right in the medium cropped portrait.
August 10, 2018

CIA director authorized torture, Braille in the age of the internet, music in 1968

Newly declassified CIA memos written by current CIA director Gina Haspel reveal torture techniques at a secret US prison in Thailand. Also, the mother of Osama Bin Laden speaks out. And a look back at the songs that topped the charts during the first week of August around the world and through the decades.

August 09, 2018

Beat-the-heat, ice cream in Cuba, speaking Basque

It's been a long, hot summer with near record temperatures around the world. In Berlin, some are finding relief by going underground into old World War II bunkers. Plus, how ice cream in Cuba reveals the growing divide between rich and poor. Also, how the Basque language survived.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is shown in a black, zip-up shirt with several people behind him in Dallas, Texas, 2013.
August 08, 2018

Conspiracy theories across borders, third-culture kids, cannabis drinks in Canada

What is the appeal of conspiracy theories around the world? We compare Russia's fascination with such theories to that of the US. Also, the decision to keep or remove conspiracy theories on the internet differs from country to country. And, the challenges of language when you're a "third-culture kid."

A woman in a white hat takes a selfie at a sunflower field north of Bangkok, Thailand.
August 07, 2018

Canada and Saudia Arabia feud, the word 'hen,' sunflower selfies

A public spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia gets out of hand on social media. Also, one Mexican restaurant is offering relief for firefighters in northern California. And, the word "hen" has new meaning for a gender-neutral pronoun.