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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron stand at the end of a red carpet after deplaning in Maryland with the US and French flags in the background.
April 23, 2018

The Trump Whisperer, protests in Nicaragua and touring the City of London's green spaces

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Washington on a state visit — that's where we start today. Macron and US President Donald Trump seem to have a special rapport, and many in Europe are hoping Macron can use that skill to talk Trump into moderating some his views on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. Also, protests over social security reforms in Nicaragua have left several people dead. And, we'll take a tour of some of the 200 public green spaces in the City of London.



End of Iran nuclear deal cuts major diplomatic channel for Americans imprisoned in Iran

When Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement, it cut a major diplomatic channel to Iran: Diplomats from Europe, China, Russia, the US and Iran would meet every three months. Family members of American citizens imprisoned in Iran viewed these quarterly meetings as a chance for their loved ones to be discussed and possibly freed.