Full story - December 31, 2018
Francis Fukuyama standing outside with his arms crossed.
2018 saw populist political movements drive leadership crises in France, Germany and the UK. The World asks Francis Fukuyama, author of "The End of History," to focus on identity politics and ginned up divisions in those countries and here in the US.
Full story - December 31, 2018
Trump and Putin shake hands.
North Korea, Russia, Ukraine and Myanmar are all countries that led to questions of global security.
Full story - December 31, 2018
Marco Werman in the studio on the right-hand side facing Ai Weiwei
From artist Ai Weiwei, to the coach of Afghanistan's national women’s team Kelly Lindsey, host Marco Werman shares his favorite interviews of 2018.
Full episode - December 31, 2018
Central American migrants queue for food as they wait for transportation to emergency shelters in El Paso
Aid agencies in El Paso struggle to take care of more than 1,500 migrants released by the government and who are now stranded in the Texas city. Also, President Donald Trump and his plans for withdrawing US troops from Syria. Plus, hip-hop and Marvel comics helped shape this author when he first arrived in the US as a young boy.
Full story - December 27, 2018
Close up of cannabis plants seen in a greenhouse at the headquarters of AGES agency in Vienna, Austria.
For decades, Thailand moved in lockstep with America’s global war on drugs — and sometimes waged that war with an aggression that wouldn’t fly in the US, so the legalization of medical pot is quite remarkable.
Full story - December 27, 2018
A group of school children hold signs that read "12 years left"
Dire warnings about climate change made headlines this fall, but it wasn’t all bad news: Cape Town avoided Day Zero, kids led grown-ups in action on global warming, and scientists launched Antarctic research to better predict rising seas.
Full story - December 27, 2018
Favorite albums of 2018
There was a lot of great music released this year, but we had to narrow it down. Here's a selection of our favorites as chosen by The World's Marco Werman, April Peavey and Brandi Fullwood.
Full story - December 27, 2018
Dominique Moceanu
Here are the 10 most-read AWL stories from the year.
Full episode - December 27, 2018
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are shown surrounded by troops in camoflage while one soldier takes a selfie.
An Iraqi writer based in Canada offers his thoughts about President Donald Trump's Christmas visit to Iraq. Also, we reached out to our network of American veterans about Trump's first overseas visit with US troops. Some vets were impressed. Others were more skeptical about the way the White House presented the trip. Plus, our favorite music from 2018.