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Máxima Acuña-Atalaya de Chaupe
June 04, 2018

Helping victims of sex trafficking, a woman fights a gold mine and pushing K-pop boundaries

Today, we meet Sunitha Krishnan, an activist in India who has devoted her career to helping women and girls avoid being trafficked for sex or slave labor. Also, a US mining company wants to set up a new gold mind in Peru, but a potato-farming woman stands in the way. Plus, how the immigrant spirit influenced the spiciest memelord on Jeopardy.

Keri Russell, left, Matthew Rhys, center, and Noah Emmerich
June 01, 2018

Intrigue and deception in Ukraine, a political standoff in Nicaragua and the Navajo Nation's 150-year-old treaty

A Kremlin critic who helped stage his own death in Ukraine says he was faced with a stark choice between preserving his ethics and saving his life. That's where we start today. Also, the daughter of a covert CIA agent talks about growing up in a real-life spy family. Plus, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in America, so why aren't there more Asian American studies programs at US universities?

Steel goes through machinery at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 13, 2018.
May 31, 2018

Tariffs, tariffs everywhere, anti-Semitism on the rise in Germany, and the return to Attu Island in Alaska

The Trump administration announced new tariffs aimed at steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Canada and Mexico. We'll find out what that means for US businesses and consumers. Plus, a new project called "Rent-a-Jew" is aiming to educate Germans and stop the rise of anti-Semitism. And the descendants of Alaska Natives who were taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II get to return to their ancestral home: the island of Attu in the Aleutian chain.

Samuel Vasquez rebuilds his house, which was partially destroyed by Hurricane Maria, while his wife, Ysamar Figueroa, looks on in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Dec. 11, 2017. Puerto Rico is once again bracing for hurricane season, just as a new study has found
May 30, 2018

The real death toll in Puerto Rico, 1,500 missing children, and remembering the Battle of Attu.

A new Harvard study estimates that nearly 5,000 Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The official death toll stands at 64. We'll speak with Ruben Ramos Colon, who lost his mother to a routine infection following the storm. Plus, we'll fact-check those claims that the US government has lost track of 1,500 immigrant kids. And we delve into World War II history with the story of Attu, an Aleutian island that was taken by the Japanese during the war.

May 29, 2018

North Korea's nuclear capabilities, who is Kim Yong-chol and the Bollywood Boys

With the US-North Korea summit still in play, we'll discuss what we know, and what we don't know, about North Korea's nuclear capabilities. Plus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with top North Korean official Kim Yong-chol this week. We'll find out who General Kim is. And Saagar Shaikh and Shaan Baig revisit classic Bollywood movies for their podcast, The Bollywood Boys. They join Marco Werman to talk about why they love Bollywood films so much.

Emmanuel Macron, left, meets with Mamoudou Gassama
May 28, 2018

The on-again, off-again, on-again summit, France's 'Spider-man' and why a spa's a spa

At this point, it's kind of hard to tell whether the planned June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will go ahead. But for now, it looks like a go. Again. Also, a Malian immigrant climbs the outside of a Paris apartment building to rescue a child, and ends up with honorary French citizenship. And from our "everything local is global" desk, we'll explain why so many convenience stores in New England are called "spas."

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, surrounded by NYC authorities, arrives at the 1st Precinct in Manhattan.
May 25, 2018

Harvey Weinstein arrested, Sweden's new consent law and an Aussie town overrun by ants

Harvey Weinstein's arrest is making headlines around the globe. We'll take you to New York for the latest. Then, we head to Sweden to talk about a new consent law that's about to go into effect. Proponents of the measure say will make it easier to prosecute rape cases. And as if Australia didn't have enough killer fauna ... we'll have the story of the town of Lismore, which is currently overrun by a colony of yellow crazy ants. Yep, that's their name.

A man walks past a TV showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Seoul, May 24, 2018.
May 24, 2018

Trump terminates the summit, the effect of tariffs on solar panels, and the science of sinkholes

President Donald Trump has called off his planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. So now what? Also, as the Trump administration considers whether to impose new tariffs on auto imports, we look back at the effect US tariffs on imported solar panels have had on the renewable energy sector. Plus, you may have heard about the sinkhole that appeared on the White House grounds. We'll get an explanation of why sinkholes happen, and how best to deal with them.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is shown with his face in his hand.
May 23, 2018

Grading Mike Pompeo's first weeks, Ireland's abortion debate and remembering Philip Roth

There's so much going on in Washington right now that Mike Pompeo's first three weeks on the job as Secretary of State have felt more like three years. We'll look at his vision for American diplomacy in the age of Trump. Also, Ireland will hold a national referendum on abortion later this week. We'll profile one podcaster whose been trying to hear from Irish women on both sides of the debate. And readers around the world remember the work of Jewish-American author Philip Roth, who has died at the age of 85.

May 22, 2018

Seize the summit, coping with an eating disorder while fasting during Ramadan, and New Zealand offers an escape

President Donald Trump today seemed to express doubt as to whether the planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un will go ahead next month. We hear from North Korea watcher Joel Wit, who says that Trump should pull out all the stops to make sure it happens. Plus, we speak with Adeline Hocine, who has written about what it's like to suffer from an eating disorder while fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And if you're looking to leave America's dysfunction behind, you might try New Zealand. Others already have.

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