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July 20, 2018

Rhetoric and reality on Russia, when does world history begin and fake news from Macedonia has a Nevada connection

The news cycle this week has been dominated by words from President Trump regarding Russia. But what's the reality behind the rhetoric? High School students in Advanced Placement world history classes are being exposed to a controversial new curriculum: history now begins in the year 1200. And some Macedonian teens were putting out fake news during the 2016 US elections. Turns out they were getting support from some prominent Americans.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a suit, walking out from behind red curtain with papers in his hand.
July 19, 2018

Putin's 'incredible offer,' a global sand crisis and Egypt's Jon Stewart comes to Los Angeles

President Donald Trump called it an "incredible offer" from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin offered to allow US investigators to question some Russians about US election hacking, and in exchange, the Kremlin would be allowed to question 11 Americans, including a former US ambassador to Russia. Host Marco Werman speaks with that ambassador, Michael McFaul. And sand mining is becoming a big business, but it can destroy ecosystems. Plus, Egypt's Jon Stewart had to flee his country. Now he's hoping for a second act and to make it big in Hollywood.

An immigration activist is shown carrying a sign that reads, "I have zero tolerance policy for your apathy," outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, June 30, 2018.
July 18, 2018

Homeland Security Advisory Council resignations, soybean tariffs, Thai boys speak publicly

We're putting the focus back on President Trump's immigration policy. Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council resigned this week. They cited the Trump administration's "morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered" family separation policy. Also, some of the children who were separated from their parents at the border were housed inside a vacant Phoenix office building that lacked proper sanitation facilities. Plus, how China's new standards for processing recycled materials is forcing American communities to clean up their acts.

A close-up photography of Russian President Vladimir Putin touching an ear piece.
July 17, 2018

What is treason? Russia dodges on MH17, Joan Baez reflects on our times.

What's the fallout from US President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Is the word "treason" a fair way to describe Trump's performance? Plus, the arrest of a Russian national and friend to the NRA. And, protest music past and present with Joan Baez.

US President Donald Trump is handed a soccer ball from Russia's President Vladimir Putin while the two men stand behind podiums.
July 16, 2018

Trump-Putin summit, pause in deporting families and a Thai coach controversy

President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Finland on Monday to discuss nuclear arms, energy and collusion — but it was their press conference that has people talking. Also, reaction to protests staged by the Russian group Pussy Riot during the men's World Cup final in Russia. And, we hear how France is celebrating its World Cup triumph, and the many players with immigrant roots who helped bring France its second trophy.

Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is seen in front of an emblem of the US Justice Department with reporter's hands raised in the near ground.
July 13, 2018

New Russia indictments, the limits of satire and Trump-Putin summit looms

The US Department of Justice has announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 presidential race. Plus, we look back at a 1961 summit between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev. It was a meeting that has some parallels to Monday's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. And, musicians from Borneo and Easter Island tell us what its like to live on the frontlines of climate change.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen walking side-by-side surrounded by other officials.
July 12, 2018

Trump and Putin summit preview, Paraguay's #MeToo, ditching plastic straws

President Donald Trump is not very popular in the UK, but there's a lot of support for him in the pro-Brexit, working-class town of Kent. Plus, Trump suggests he and Russian President Vladimir Putin could "be friends." But is Putin on board? And is phasing out plastic straws a big ecological victory or just a feel-good gesture?

US President Donald Trump walks past a blue wall with #wearenato printed on it.
July 11, 2018

Trump and NATO, illegal abortion abroad, and the World Cup via Tinder

President Trump starts off the NATO summit on a controversial note. Also, a Philadelphia company that exports its ice cream to China could be impacted by the current trade war. Plus, a hidden rainbow flag campaign in Russia.

President Donald Trump is shown standing in the nearground clapping his hands with his nominee for the US Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh smiling in the background.
July 10, 2018

Kavanaugh on the environment, ICE in Vermont, quesadillas without cheese?

Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. We'll look at his record on climate change. Also, a task force is reviewing the records of thousands of immigrants who have become US citizens. They're looking for flaws, mistakes and fraud. Plus, we learn about an ICE call center in Vermont.

An ambulance is seen Tham Luang cave complex, where schoolboys are trapped in a flooded cave, July 9, 2018.
July 09, 2018

Thai cave rescue continues, vaccination in Italy, over-turning Supreme Court decisions

Divers rescue more boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Also, an 8-year-old girl and her mom, separated at the border, are finally reunited after almost two months apart. But the mother worries about the future. Plus, President Trump heads to London later this week and a giant balloon characterizing Trump as a baby is ready to greet him.


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.

The World - Episode 20071120 - Musharraf under pressure

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is in a tight spot. He's trying to hold on to power in the face of a growing opposition. And he's under intense pressure from the international community to lift the state of emergency and ensure free elections in January. Today his government released more than 3000 lawyers and opposition activists. The World's Matthew Bell reports.

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.