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Weekly Review — June 19, 2019, 12:14 pm

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Almost 2 million people marched in Hong Kong; Greenland’s ice sheet lost an estimated 2 billion tons of ice in one day; Texas announced tax breaks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for luxury yacht owners

Weekly Review — June 11, 2019, 9:56 am

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Donald Trump commemorated D-Day in Normandy with Emmanuel Macron; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand served drinks at The Blazing Saddle, a gay bar in Des Moines, Iowa, to kick off Pride month

Podcast — June 5, 2019, 10:27 am

Is Poverty Necessary?

Who generates value in the modern economy, and who should benefit?

Weekly Review — June 4, 2019, 3:35 pm

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A mass-shooting in Virginia Beach; the White House ordered the Navy to cover up the name of the U.S.S. John S. McCain; Exotic Pet Amnesty Day was held at the Central Florida Zoo

Weekly Review — May 29, 2019, 12:45 pm

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Nigel Farage was hit with a milkshake; Ben Carson asked the House Financial Committee about an Oreo

Podcast — May 23, 2019, 1:34 pm

The Abortion Bans

A discussion about the recent spate of legislation that seems to threaten a woman’s right to choose

Weekly Review — May 21, 2019, 1:39 pm

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More states introduced abortion restrictions; Donald Trump gave Bill de Blasio advice; Australia reelected Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Podcast — May 15, 2019, 3:05 pm

Downstream

Rag-and-bone: the resale of items trashed in the United States and shipped to Haiti says a lot about history, politics, and drugs

Weekly Review — May 14, 2019, 1:20 pm

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Donald Trump criticized Rashida Tlaib, then welcomed Viktor Orbán to the White House; Georgia banned abortions after six weeks; 46 million Australian bills were printed with a typo

Podcast — May 7, 2019, 2:30 pm

Humanitarian Wars?

Olive branch as a club: a former president of Doctors Without Borders outlines how the justifications for war have evolved

Weekly Review — May 7, 2019, 1:43 pm

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Juan Guaidó’s Operation Freedom faltered; William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee; the Duchess of Sussex gave birth

Podcast — May 1, 2019, 12:22 pm

The Truce

Bad neighbor policy: Did the United States’ influence over El Salvador countermand a solution to gang violence?

Weekly Review — April 30, 2019, 12:51 pm

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A white nationalist shot up a San Diego synagogue during Passover services; 15 people killed during a raid near the hometown of the suspected instigator of last week’s attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Joe Biden announced his third presidential campaign

Podcast — April 23, 2019, 2:55 pm

Lost at Sea

Time and tide: among the residents of abandoned boats just outside Sausalito

Weekly Review — April 16, 2019, 10:50 am

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Shakeups at the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Omar al-Bashir ousted; astronomers published the first-ever image of a black hole

Podcast — April 15, 2019, 2:21 pm

The Storyteller

Pierre Jarawan explores the evolution of identity and home in his debut novel

Weekly Review — April 9, 2019, 4:14 pm

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Kirstjen Nielsen announced her resignation, and a newly elected civil court judge in Texas accidentally resigned

Podcast — April 8, 2019, 9:40 am

Destined for Export

Family history: the phenomenon of widespread, wrongful international adoption in Guatemala, and its long shadow

Weekly Review — April 3, 2019, 2:22 pm

Weekly Review

Flooding continued in the Midwest and South; Brunei began enforcing sharia law; the U.K. Parliament rejected four Brexit alternatives on April Fool’s Day

Podcast — March 25, 2019, 2:05 pm

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