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August 03, 2018

Not enemies of the people, Toastmasters Ramallah and drought during the Maya collapse

The UN warns that President Donald Trump's attacks on the media may trigger violence against journalists in the US. Also, climate scientists in Iceland venture out into some of the worst weather you can imagine, to learn more about a key part of our planet's climate system. Plus, we learn about "entre chien et loup," a unique French expression for "dusk."

A US Marine is shown from behind standing at attention in full uniform as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War.
August 02, 2018

Threats to the midterms, identifying remains from North Korea, Google and China

Leaders in the US intelligence community say Russia is still trying to interfere in American elections. Also, the long process of identifying the remains of American service members lost during the Korean War. Plus, Google is making moves to re-enter the Chinese market.

Cody Wilson shows off his 3D-printed handgun at his home in Austin, TX, 2013.
August 01, 2018

Sweden's plane protester, 3D-printed guns, 'This Is Iraq'

We speak to the Swedish activist who tried to halt the deportation of an Afghan man put on a plane. She tells us there's more to the story the media hasn't picked up on. Plus, courts have put a stop to the release of blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. It's a temporary measure, but how easy it is to print a 3D gun and what is the possible impact? And, we find out about the story behind the music video "This Is Iraq."

US President Donald Trump is shown sitting at this desk with his right hand pointing.
July 31, 2018

Iran rejects Trump's offer, weaponizing immigrant data, sanctuary for LGBTQ asylum-seekers

Iran rejects the offer to meet with President Donald Trump. Plus, trade tensions impact soy farmers in Illinois. And, foreign spies at American universities.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stands at a podium with his hand on his heart as he speaks in Washington DC, July 28, 2018.
July 30, 2018

Ethiopian's prime minister is in Minnesota, Trump threatens shutdown, Australian musician Tash Sultana

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed visits Minneapolis as part of a three-city US tour, and we look at recent changes in Ethiopia which include making peace with neighboring Eritrea, freeing political prisoners and putting a stop to ethnic conflict. Also, there are presidential elections taking place in Zimbabwe and music from Australian singer Tash Sultana.

A fire truck drives along a road in Greece amid orange smoke.
July 27, 2018

Northern hemisphere feels the heat, Pakistani election outcome, Google celebrates Soviet chess champion

The US, Greece and several other nations in the northern hemisphere are battling deadly wildfires and extreme heat. Also, a group of parents in San Diego sue the school district over an anti-Islamophobia program. Plus, a Japanese mayor challenges sumo's ban on women entering the ring.

Children carry signs during a protest march in Washington DC, that read 'I am a child.'
July 26, 2018

Deadline to reunite immigrant children and parents, hacking US electric companies, long-toed lizards

Thursday was deadline day for the Trump administration to reunite hundreds of migrant children with their parents. Plus, US tariffs are making life hard for small newspapers. And why lizards with long toes can survive a hurricane.

US President Donald Trump sits on the edge of an armchair next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who is also seated.
July 25, 2018

Trade war patience, childless in China, parenting across borders

President Trump asks for patience on trade and tariffs, but economists worry. Plus, a former steel town re-invents itself. And, growing up along the US-Mexico border with family on both sides.

Tony and Daniel Luu etch their father’s tombstone on the Indonesian island of Kuku.
July 24, 2018

North Korea starts dismantling missile facility, return to Kuku island, sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

North Korea starts to dismantle a key missile facility. Plus, why some Syrian refugees have decided to leave Lebanon and go back home to Syria. And, we travel with some Vietnamese refugees back to an Indonesian island called Kuku to find the graves of their relatives.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani with his right hand raised and finger pointed upward.
July 23, 2018

Trump threatens Iran, a migrant escapes sex work and Jonathan Gold dies at 57

President Trump has made threats against Iran. We hear about a German soccer star's complaints of racism. Plus, we remember Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold and his ability to capture the different cultures and cuisines.


The World - Episode 20071120 - Possible stem cell breakthrough

The World's Clark Boyd reports that two teams of scientists have announced that they have turned human skin cells into stem cells -- without destroying an embryo in the process. The announcement is a breakthrough for a field of research that has been stalled by ethical, political and practical concerns.

The World - Episode 20071120 - Global Hit ? Rumi

This years marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of the Persian poet, Rumi. A new book of his poems has been translated by American poet Coleman Barks...and music inspired by Rumi's work has been recorded by two Iranian musicians. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the American poet and the Iranian composer about the influence of Rumi's poetry.