July 2, 2021

The Americas Now Podcast

Correspondents traveling from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego deconstruct the stories that impacted them the most. Presented by Elaine Reyes, the Americas Now Podcast takes you to memorable places and introduces you to extraordinary people around the map. This is a podcast for in-depth reporting enthusiasts with a taste for Latin American affairs and human stories.

April 17, 2021

Ukraine-Russia tensions

Will the latest tensions between Russia and Ukraine plunge the region into another crisis? Mike Walter spoke with Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. and American University professor Anton Fedyashin.

February 12, 2021

Former U.S. Amb. to China speaks on the future of Sino-US relations

One of the biggest challenges for U.S. President Joe Biden is how to repair ties with China. What are the key areas of cooperation and conflict? On the latest episode of The Heat podcast, we spoke with former U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

July 28, 2020

China’s Mission to Mars

China has launched an ambitious mission to Mars. It’ll attempt to deploy an orbiter, lander and rover after the Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters Mars’ orbit in February. If it succeeds, China will become the first nation to achieve such a complex feat.

The Jakarta Method: A history of U.S. intervention and mass murder
May 28, 2020

The Jakarta Method: A history of U.S. intervention and mass murder

The United States history of anti-communism – and intervention in foreign nations – has had a deadly impact from Asia to Latin America and beyond. For fresh insights, we’re joined by Vincent Bevins – an American journalist and author of The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World.

Donald Trump speaks to supporters
May 25, 2020

COVID-19: Could politics and sports reignite the U.S. pandemic?

U.S. President Trump is pressuring North Carolina’s governor to let Republicans host up to 50,000 people at their August convention. But do any mass gatherings risk reigniting the deadly pandemic? And what about sports? We were joined by Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UCSF.

Line for food bank
May 13, 2020

COVID-19: Reality check on U.S. jobs and economy

As workers and their families struggle with loss of income and uncertainty – U.S. policy makers scramble to find a way out of a downward economic spiral. But will efforts to re-open the economy cost further loss to livelihood – and lives? We were joined by John Quelch – Dean of the Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami.

Have US attacks on China gone too far?
May 6, 2020

COVID-19: Have U.S. attacks on China gone too far?

As the Trump administration faces criticism for lack of preparation and handling of the COVID-19 crisis – how far will it go in its attempts to blame China? What effect will these attacks have on global efforts to fight the pandemic? We’re joined by Martin Jacques, global affairs commentator, academic, and author of the book When China Rules the World.

COVID-19: Migrant farmworkers are 'essential' but unprotected in U.S.
April 22, 2020

COVID-19: Migrant farmworkers ‘essential’ but unsafe in U.S.

Migrant farmworkers are deemed ‘essential’ in the U.S. to keep the economy going – and food on the table. But conditions at farms create great risk for catching and spreading coronavirus. Meanwhile, the Trump administration wants to cut their pay. Leydy Rangel of United Farm Workers Foundation joins us to discuss the lack of safety – and justice – for America’s migrant farmers.

April 3, 2020

COVID-19: Why U.S. nurses fear for their lives

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S., shortages of basic safety supplies, such as masks and gowns, endangers the lives of nurses and other health professionals – as they attempt to heal the sick. We speak to Zenei Cortez, a registered nurse and co-president of National Nurses United, about the life threatening burden placed on U.S. health workers.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: UnHoused podcaster warns homeless are at grave risk

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many U.S. states are under a strict “shelter in place” order. But what does “shelter in place” mean to those without a home? Sharing a perspective directly from the homeless community is Theo Henderson – an activist and host of the podcast, “We the Unhoused.” Theo, himself, is also Unhoused.

Italian nurse Elena Pagliarini passed out on her desk
March 24, 2020

COVID-19: How much can Italy endure?

Over the weekend, Italy’s death toll from COVID-19 passed 5,000. That’s the highest of any country – including China – since the global pandemic began. We spoke to Seema Gupta, an independent journalist based in Rome, about the life or death struggles faced by the government, healthcare workers, and the public during this escalating crisis.