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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2018.
May 07, 2018

From Cold War to hot peace with Russia, Italy's Five Star outsiders and mental health in Bhutan

Today, we start in Russia, where yet another new term begins for Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Plus, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush is now running for elected office. And Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot has been granted asylum in the US.

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People gather in Stortorget square in Stockholm showing support for former Academy member and Permanent Secretary Sara Danius who stepped down last week.
May 04, 2018

Nobel scandal, US funding for Syrian White Helmets, NAFTA visas

The Nobel scandal in Sweden and how #MeToo has been playing out in a country that takes pride in promoting gender equality. Also, the Trump Administration is reviewing its support for the White Helmets in Syria. Plus, how exotic animals are smuggled into the US from Latin America.

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Then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spars with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos in Dubuque, Iowa, August 25, 2015. Ramos was removed from Trump's news conference.
May 03, 2018

Jorge Ramos feels like a stranger, more random acts of kindness, and a visit to the world's largest furniture show

Marco Werman speaks with journalist and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos about his new book "Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era." Plus, we recently asked our listeners to share their favorite "random acts of kindness" stories. It was inspired by our interview with Filipino artist Bren Bataclan, who told us how he often gives his paintings away to strangers. He returns to the show to pick his favorite stories, and give away a couple of paintings. And we head to High Point, North Carolina, for the world's largest furniture show.

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A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage at the Vienna International Center in Austria.
May 02, 2018

A former negotiator talks about the Iran nuclear deal, Ronan Farrow's 'War on Peace,' and North Carolina's furniture industry fights for its life.

Ernest Moniz served in Barack Obama's cabinet. He was one of the lead US negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015. Now, Trump wants out, and we want to know what Moniz thinks about that. Also, journalist Ronan Farrow discusses the decline of US diplomacy, which he chronicles in his new book, "War on Peace." And for more than a century, North Carolina was the furniture-making center of America, but now, foreign competition has shrunk the industry there and many of the jobs have disappeared. But, North Carolina isn't done fighting.

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People hand out presents to children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America, near the San Ysidro checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico April 30, 2018.
May 01, 2018

What it means to seek asylum, making beer out of stale bread, and the DJ making Corpus Christi 'Cumbia City'

Tuesday, we ask an immigration lawyer about the legal process facing the migrants in the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, over the weekend. Many will be applying for asylum in the US. We'll unpack that process. Plus, carb lovers rejoice, because The World's Carolyn Beeler reports on the British brewery that's trying to cut down on food waste by turning stale bread into beer. And Marco Werman speaks with El Dusty, the DJ who is trying to put Corpus Christi, Texas, on the musical map.

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A child traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America sleeps near the San Ysidro checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico, April 30, 2018.
April 30, 2018

Migrant caravan reaches US border, tourist turnstiles in Venice, and studying melting ice shelves

Today, we check in on the so-called "migrant caravan" that had been traveling through Mexico. The migrants, many of them from Central America, reached Tijuana over the weekend. We'll check in on that, and also look at the history of migration from Central America to the United States. Plus, The World's Carolyn Beeler reports on the launch of a new effort to measure the relationship between melting ice shelves in Antarctica and rising sea levels worldwide. Plus, why officials in Venice have installed turnstiles at key access points to the city's historic center.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
April 27, 2018

Hands across the DMZ, activists urge Facebook to change and when whale songs go viral

Today, we'll tell you all about today's historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea, and find out what's left to negotiate if President Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un. Also, activists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are pushing Facebook to take down hateful content before there's real world violence. And, our language desk tries to figure out how the sounds of whales travel from one pod to another across vast swaths of ocean.

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People walk past a large banner adorning the exterior of City Hall ahead of the upcoming summit between North and South Korea in Seoul.
April 26, 2018

Making history in Korea, Facebook posts that led to real-world violence, and the 'incel' movement

As Facebook gains more and more users in places like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the company has been criticized for being too slow to remove hateful content, or posts that have sparked real-world violence. Plus, the two Koreas prepare for what could be a truly historic summit. And we hear about the 'incel' (involuntary celibate) movement, which might have motivated the man allegedly behind the van attack in Toronto.

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Protesters outside the US Supreme Court carry signs saying "No Muslim ban."
April 25, 2018

Travel ban versus Muslim ban, catfish in the middle of a trade war, and Madeleine Albright's warning on Fascism

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells us what keeps her up at night. She discusses her new book, "Fascism: A Warning." Plus, the Supreme Court considers legal challenges to President Trump's travel ban, which critics say unfairly targets Muslims. And we'll tell you about a 17-year-old trade war between the US and Vietnam ... over catfish.

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of State, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
April 24, 2018

Border agent found not guilty, trafficked in America, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?

Tuesday, we explore the history of migration between the United States and Mexico and ask what it means in the context of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown. Also, the story of Lisa Howard, an American journalist who found herself in the middle of back-channel communications between Washington and Havana in the 1960s. Plus, a closer look at the diplomatic pouch — and why it's still in use today.

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Conflict & Justice

Part III: Reintegrating Rwanda's killers

Rwanda faces a huge challenge nearly 13 years after the genocide. Huge numbers of people were killed but huge numbers of people have also been implicated in the killings. The Rwandan government wants justice for the victims but it also wants to promote reconciliation. So it's created a program of community service. It's designed to help confessed killers ease back into society.

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Part II: Rwanda's gacaca courts

In Rwanda, a huge legal experiment is underway. It's called Gacaca. Since 1994 the government has struggled to administer justice to hundreds of thousands of genocide suspects. A UN court was set up in Tanzania to try high level suspects. The regular Rwandan courts began processing the rest. But they were soon overwhelmed. So the government adapted a traditional form of dispute resolution into a grassroots apparatus for trying genocide cases.

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Part I: Rwanda genocide memorial

Nearly 13 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda. Changes are sweeping the African country. Makeshift courts are trying thousands of suspected killers for the crimes of 1994. President Paul Kagame is pushing an ambitious reform agenda and signs of development are everywhere. But even as Rwanda moves on, it does not want to forget. So, it's also a country of powerful, haunting memorials.


As Hiroshima's survivors age, their need to speak out grows

In the fourth part of a 2005 series on the lingering mental health effects of the atomic bomb, what is the psychological effect of surviving an atomic bomb blast, and the radiation that followed? Researchers say Hiroshima's survivors, often stuck living in the past, are plagued by their "maximum authority" as direct witnesses and struggle with a "lifelong encounter with death."