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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.

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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.

PRI's The World
Central American migrants moving in a caravan on a bus through Mexico are seen eating.
April 20, 2018

An update on the migrant caravan in Mexico, tackling global loneliness, and creating empathy with poet Kwame Dawes

Today on the show, we explore a global problem that you may not even realize is a problem: loneliness. Also, we have an update on the caravan of migrants moving through Mexico that Trump tweeted about so much a few weeks ago. And, host Carol Hills talks about race in America with Kwame Dawes, who was born in Ghana, raised in Jamaica, and now teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A pair of sandals are pictured near on the steps leading up to a crime scene with officials working in Acapulco.
April 19, 2018

New president but same government in Cuba, Iceland's astounding prison break, and Marvel comics with an Arab American twist

Miguel Díaz-Canel is sworn in as Cuba's president but says Raul Castro is still "leading the Cuban revolution." And, a prisoner in Iceland manages a jailbreak and ends up on the same plane as the country's prime minister. Plus, host Carol Hills has a conversation with Marvel comics writer Saladin Ahmed, who grew up in an Arab American neighborhood in Dearborn, Michigan.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo sits center in the in-between President Donald Trump in the near ground and Jared Kushner in the background.
April 18, 2018

Pompeo forges 'good relationship' with Kim, the cartographer who helped prove continental drift, and actress Asia Argento on #MeToo

Two very different perspectives on the Trump administration's newly revealed high-level contacts with North Korea. A former Pentagon official thinks some good may come of a Trump-Kim meeting. But a professor of Korean studies warns that Trump might be walking into a trap. Also, Italian actress Asia Argento talks about the backlash she faced for sharing her #MeToo moment. Plus, a visit to a Mexico City neighborhood known as "Little LA."

A man wearing a blue jacket is seen jumping with a scarf at the site of an airstrike in Yemen.
April 17, 2018

Trump and Abe hit the links again at Mar-a-Lago, the Windrush generation, and Russia tries to block Telegram

Tuesday on the show, we look at what President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be discussing on and off the golf course during their two-day retreat in Florida. Plus, we speak with the outgoing director of the Red Cross in Yemen — a country the UN has called "the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth." Also, the secretary of state nominee, Mike Pompeo, isn't convinced about man-made climate change. We find out why that matters. Plus, the sound faraway stars would make if we could hear them.

Boston Police arrive at the finish line for the 122nd Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, US, April 16, 2018. Brian Snyder/Reuters
April 16, 2018

Checking on 'mission accomplished,' Ireland's abortion debate and Saudi fashion week

US air strikes were probably not enough to prevent Syria's regime from using chemical weapons again — that's where we start today. Also, how security for sporting events has changed since the Boston Marathon bombings. Plus, Cuba's next leadership transition.

President Donald Trump, in a suit with the White House  behind him waves in the Rose Garden.
April 13, 2018

Washington whiplash, missing Dubai princess and rock against the dictatorship

President Trump's tendency to change his mind often on key issues leaves many around the globe, friends and foes alike, feeling whiplash. Also, some Latin American leaders are relieved that Trump decided to skip the Summit of the Americas. Plus, Filipino chefs fight to get more respect for their food.

The picture show's the back of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is surrounded by photographers.
April 12, 2018

Facebook's challenge in Myanmar, Mozilla's internet health report and greyhounds in Tijuana

Facebook is promising to do a better job to prevent abuse of the platform that spreads hate speech in Myanmar. Also, we meet a woman in British Columbia who helps women just released from prison restart their lives. Plus, a trip across the US-Mexico border to rescue greyhounds in Tijuana.

A man walks with his bicycle passed bombed buildings and two burned out busses.
April 11, 2018

Trump's missile tweet, Baghdad 15 years later, Jimmy Carter's faith

Tensions rise with Russia after President Donald Trump issues a warning via Twitter that US missiles will be headed for Syria. Also, former President Jimmy Carter reflects on what he says is a loss of faith in democratic institutions. Plus, an effort to help Indigenous women stay out of prison in British Columbia.



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.