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June 15, 2018

Dealing with dire climate news. Erdoğan and Turkey's future and Peru's World Cup

Antarctica's melting a lot faster than we thought. So, what do we do with that information, other than letting it wash over us? Also, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces voters after more than a decade of increasingly authoritarian rule. And a man who left Peru as a 3-year-old relishes his home country's first trip to the World Cup in 36 years.

Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for minor boys, in Brownsville, Texas, June 14, 2018.
June 14, 2018

Immigrant boys held in a former Wal-Mart, that Trump-Kim video, and the politics and language of soccer

Nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are being held in a detention center in a former Wal-Mart in Brownsville, Texas, after they crossed the border without documentation. We talk with a reporter who went inside. Plus, the specially produced video that President Donald Trump showed Kim Jong-un on an iPad in Singapore prompts a new look at US government propaganda. And we hear about the geopolitics of Russia's World Cup and consider some soccer terms that just don't translate into English.

June 13, 2018

A Russian — and North American — World Cup, an unlikely Gitmo friendship, and a cautionary new take on 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The 2018 men's soccer World Cup opens in Russia, without the US team. But the US wins an even bigger World Cup prize — co-hosting the 2026 tournament with Mexico and Canada. Also, a surprising friendship blossoms between a tortured detainee and a guard at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. And Pakistani author and feminist critic Bina Shah looks not very far into the future of her region and sees a frightening world of too few women.

US President Donald Trump sits next to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un with the flags of both countries behind them.
June 12, 2018

Trump-Kim summit a breakthrough? New ruling on asylum, DJ Michael Brun

A breakthrough with North Korea ... or is it? Also, the US will no longer consider claims of domestic abuse or gang violence as grounds for asylum. And, a Haitian DJ is on the road hosting summer block parties.  

US President Donald Trump is seated at a table along side members of his delegation in Singapore.
June 11, 2018

Trump-Kim summit, Canadians reeling and fighting forced marriage with a spoon

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are meeting in Singapore. We get the view from South Korea and also examine what Kim wants out of any deal. Meanwhile, many Canadians are “shocked and reeling” after Trump’s latest comments about the country and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Also, we hear about an effort to fight forced marriage by encouraging women and girls to put a spoon in their underwear as they pass through security at airports.

US President Donald Trump is seen left with his hands out reaching toward Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the right of the frame.
June 08, 2018

America alienates its allies, remembering Anthony Bourdain and Ramadan in Jerusalem

We remember Anthony Bourdain with a journalist in Vietnam who worked closely with Bourdain on episode there. Also, residents in Singapore prepare for next week's planned summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un. One big concern in the city is how it will impact people's commutes. Plus, a new take on the Talking Heads album "Remain in Light."

A worker in blue jeans, stands on a ladder and puts up an advertisement for the Trump-Kim burger.
June 07, 2018

Covering the Trump-Kim summit, curbs on asylum, banning plastic bags

The global battle against plastic waste and pollution. Also, new limits on asylum applications could impact women seeking refuge from domestic violence. And, a singer inspired by the #MeToo movement and the sexism she's encountered since becoming a mom.

Young girl walking on lawn, holding teddy bears
June 06, 2018

Separated at the border, Canada's Trump moment, Yemeni city prepares for invasion

The Trump-Kim summit is still on schedule to take place next week. Of course, it's been huge news here in the US. But how is the state-controlled news media covering the story inside North Korea? Plus, a mother and daughter are separated by authorities at the US border. Now, the child is in Florida and her mom has been deported. Also, a Swedish journalist has done some new work about a subject still considered a source of shame in so many places around the globe: menstruation.

A cargo ship unloads a shipment of fuel at the Hodeida port, May 27, 2018.
June 05, 2018

Trump's iftar dinner, aftermath of Guatemala eruption, Robert F. Kennedy's speech in South Africa

President Donald Trump is holding a special iftar dinner at the White House in observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Also, part two of our story from Peru, about one woman's stand against a big US mining company. Plus, Robert F. Kennedy's 1966 speech upholding the values of equality and justice during a visit to apartheid-era South Africa.

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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.

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Conflict & Justice

Part III: Reintegrating Rwanda's killers

Rwanda faces a huge challenge nearly 13 years after the genocide. Huge numbers of people were killed but huge numbers of people have also been implicated in the killings. The Rwandan government wants justice for the victims but it also wants to promote reconciliation. So it's created a program of community service. It's designed to help confessed killers ease back into society.

Conflict & Justice

Part II: Rwanda's gacaca courts

In Rwanda, a huge legal experiment is underway. It's called Gacaca. Since 1994 the government has struggled to administer justice to hundreds of thousands of genocide suspects. A UN court was set up in Tanzania to try high level suspects. The regular Rwandan courts began processing the rest. But they were soon overwhelmed. So the government adapted a traditional form of dispute resolution into a grassroots apparatus for trying genocide cases.

Conflict & Justice

Part I: Rwanda genocide memorial

Nearly 13 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda. Changes are sweeping the African country. Makeshift courts are trying thousands of suspected killers for the crimes of 1994. President Paul Kagame is pushing an ambitious reform agenda and signs of development are everywhere. But even as Rwanda moves on, it does not want to forget. So, it's also a country of powerful, haunting memorials.

Justice

As Hiroshima's survivors age, their need to speak out grows

In the fourth part of a 2005 series on the lingering mental health effects of the atomic bomb, what is the psychological effect of surviving an atomic bomb blast, and the radiation that followed? Researchers say Hiroshima's survivors, often stuck living in the past, are plagued by their "maximum authority" as direct witnesses and struggle with a "lifelong encounter with death."

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