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COVID-19: Who lives and who dies? A harrowing decision for U.S. doctors

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates in the U.S., doctors are forced to make hard choices on who will receive life saving treatment – and who cannot be saved. To speak on the heavy burdens set upon U.S. health workers, we are joined by Dr. Calvin Sun, an Attending Physician at multiple emergency rooms in New York City.


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.


FIRST PERSON: An elderly man on disability shares coronavirus fears

Mike is an elderly man living in a poor area of Washington, DC. Drug crime and gun violence are a regular problem for his neighborhood. At 63, he survives on government welfare, odd jobs, and panhandling. As the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, Mike shares his fears about his health, his future, and the community.

Italian nurse Elena Pagliarini passed out on her desk

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.

Poll worker in Florida on Tuesday's primary.

COVID-19: How pandemic is impacting U.S. elections

Under the shadow of a growing pandemic, three U.S. states held presidential primaries on Tuesday. But are in-person primaries are safe during the outbreak? And how have the politics of the election been transformed? Joining us to discuss the effect COVID-19 is having on U.S. elections is Steve Chaggaris, an independent journalist and political analyst based in Washington, DC.


COVID-19: Who should we trust?

COVID-19 has affected our work, travel, social life, financial security, and ability to plan for the future. But how can we break past conflicting messages from science, media and political leaders? Joining us to talk about information, misinformation – and how to avoid panic – is risk and behavioral scientist Dr. Sweta Chakrabourty.

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COVID-19: Is it time for you to self-quarantine?

With COVID-19 now a global pandemic, people around the world have been told to self-quarantine to reduce the spread of the virus. But how do you decide if it’s necessary for you, or your family? To help us look at questions around when – and how – to self quarantine, we’re joined by Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, a risk and behavioral scientist based in Washington, D.C..

Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks at Muslims

Why India’s religious violence is on the rise

After months of protests over a controversial citizenship law, India is now dealing with some of its worst religious violence in decades. Are the recent policies and rhetoric of President Narendra Modi’s government – which many call “nationalistic” – fueling these attacks? With us to discuss the most recent violence in India is author and economic expert Salman Aneez Soz.

Blood stains the ground

Can Afghanistan ever find peace with the Taliban?

On Saturday, the U.S. and Afghanistan’s Taliban signed a peace deal. Less than 72 hours later, a bombing attack at a football game in Khost province has raised doubts it can last. Is there any hope? To discuss the reality of making peace with the Taliban, we were joined by Tabish Forugh, a former official with the Afghan government, and a political analyst.


Why the Philippines want the U.S. military to leave

The Philippines has officially ended the VFA, which allows U.S. troops in the country for joint exercises and training. How will this affect regional balance of power moving forward? With us to discuss the Philippines decision is Brian Becker, Executive Director for the ANSWER coalition based in Washington, D.C..


How coronavirus is infecting the world economy

With the world’s economy more interdependent than ever – how are governments and business leaders handling the crisis? And will we be prepared if the virus – and its economic effects – continue to spread? We speak to Arthur Dong, professor at Georgetown University’s School of Business in Washington, D.C. and advisor to U.S. firms operating in China.

PODCAST - Iran elections

Iran hardliners gain power as coronavirus spreads

Between voter apathy, boycotts, and fears of Coronavirus – turnout for Iran’s parliamentary elections was the lowest since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979. With us to talk about disillusionment among Iran’s voters is Ghanbar Naderi. He’s an Iranian journalist and political commentator in Tehran.

Refugee child in van leaving Idlib

Will Syria’s Idlib offensive spark the war’s worst refugee crisis?

Syrian forces continue their advance to retake Idlib province – an opposition held area on the border of the two countries. Many fear a new refugee and security crisis will overtake Turkey and the region. Edmund Ghareeb, a professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs joins us to discuss where the latest crisis will lead.

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump

Does Trump’s Mideast peace plan normalize ‘apartheid’?

Does Trump’s Mideast peace plan favor Israel at the cost of normalizing oppression on the Palestinian people? Is there any hope for a settlement moving forward? For a Palestinian view, we’re joined by Ali Abunimah – co-founder of The Electronic Intifada website and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine.

Chuxiao Qu in The Wandering Earth (2019)

Why Chinese cinema is on the rise

China’s movie market is booming – and doesn’t need Hollywood for the next big blockbuster. If you’re an explorer of good films around the world, China may be your next destination. With us to talk about the rise of China’s movie industry is Janet Yang. She’s a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning producer with deep roots in China.

Trump's State of the Union

After Trump’s acquittal, can Americans have faith in Congress?

After the U.S. Senate’s near party-line vote to acquit, what’s next for Donald Trump’s presidency? The Democratic lawmakers that tried to end it? And Americans faith in their own government? We’re joined by conservative Alex Vogel, former general counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and CEO of the Vogel Group.

Brexit is NOW

Brexit is NOW: What’s next?

After years of contentious debate among politicians and citizens – the United Kingdom is no longer a part of Europe. But how will business, trade, immigration, and British identity be transformed? And who’s ready? We were joined by Steven McCabe, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.


Will the voices of Auschwitz be forgotten?

Seventy five years after the liberation of Auschwitz, anti-semitism is on the rise. With many survivors passing on from old age, many worry their voices – and lessons – may be forgotten. To examine the legacy of the holocaust, we were joined by Erin McGlothlin, Chair and Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Trump Impeachment trial

Trump impeachment: Is the U.S. Constitution equipped?

For President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the battle lines are clearly drawn. But is this what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote Article One of the U.S. Constitution? Lincoln Mitchell – a political analyst and professor at Columbia University joins us to explore the problems with America’s impeachment process.

Rebel fighters run for cover in front of a burning gas storage terminal during a battle

Can Libya be saved from a complete collapse?

Libya’s civil war continues to escalate as the international community scrambles to find a political solution. Though a recent summit in Berlin did result in an agreement to stop the flow of arms into the war-torn country, will it be enough to kickstart peace negotiations – and steer Libya away from a complete collapse? Hafed Al Ghwell, Senior Fellow at SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, joins us to talk about the latest.

What does Phase One of the China-U.S. trade deal accomplish?

What does Phase One of the China-U.S. trade deal accomplish?

On Wednesday, U.S. President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu signed a “Phase One” trade deal at the White House. But what does it accomplish? To break down the agreement, we were joined by James P. Moore, Jr., CEO and Founder of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society. PLUS: CGTN’s Nathan King shares his observations from the signing and the nearly two-year trade dispute.


Haiti’s 2010 earthquake: How the world broke its promise

On Jan. 12, 2010 — a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. In 2020, the political structure is in chaos, and reconstruction promised by the world is largely unfulfilled. We speak to Kim Ives, English Editor at Haiti Liberte, about the challenges facing Haiti ten years after the earthquake.


What do Trump and Erdogan want out of the US-Turkey relationship?

After the offensive against Syrian Kurds and hostile actions towards NATO – many say Turkey’s President Erdogan did not deserve the honor of a White House visit with U.S. President Trump. Professor Hossein Askari of GWU joins us to discuss what Trump and Erdogan hope to gain from their controversial relationship.


Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade, Rodrigo Yanez, on the violent unrest in his country

Chile has been in the grips of mass demonstrations and violence. Scores dead, thousands arrested, and no ending in sight. Chilean Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yanez joined us to talk about the growing crisis in his country and what, if anything, the government is doing to address it.


Trump impeachment inquiry: How messy is this going to get?

The impeachment inquiry against President Trump is ramping up. But with the 2020 election around the corner – and legal stakes rising for the President, many are asking – “how messy is this going to get?” We’re joined by Steve Chaggaris, a journalist and political analyst based out of Washington, DC.