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June 20, 2018

Trump's reversal on family separation, a doctor consoles a migrant child, Britain's green energy might not be so green

After an outcry over family separations, President Donald Trump signs an executive order to reverse his own policy. Coal power will soon be a thing of the past in the UK, but one alternative source of energy might not be all that environmentally friendly. We hear the story of a Chinese immigrant who was separated from his family by US immigration authorities in the 1930s. And Iceland takes the lead, in a sense, as a haven for immigrants.

Women of faith gather outside the US Customs and Border Protection headquarters to call on the Trump administration to halt its policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, during a demonstration in Washingt
June 19, 2018

What are the facts around zero tolerance, Dakota ranchers on NAFTA, LA's immigration court

Figuring out the facts with help from an immigration attorney. Plus, a day in one of the country's busiest immigration courts. And, cattle ranchers in North Dakota share their views on NAFTA.

In the distance children of detained migrants are seen play soccer at a tent encampment near the US Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Tornillo, Texas.
June 18, 2018

'Prison-like' migrant youth shelter, UK ditching coal, Germany surprised by Mexico

A closer look at the Trump administration's policy of separating children from parents of migrant families crossing the southern border. Also, coal in the UK: This winter the British government outlined a plan to stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. Plus, lost notes and the incredible story of Aisha Ali.

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.


The World in Words

How the Basque language has survived

This week on the podcast we talk about Basque. How did this language survive the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco when speaking and writing and reading were illegal? With more than six dialects, how did Basque develop a language standard? And how has this minority language thrived and even grown in the years since Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended?