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The News Roundup - International

Dec 13, 2019

This week, a new report said that the past six years in the Arctic were the warmest on record. It is yet another report that warns of alarming changes to the planet due to climate change.

The News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 13, 2019

Earlier this week, House Democrats submitted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The draft was then subjected to a markup by the House Judiciary committee, where both Republicans and Democrats were able to suggest amendments.

Gendered traditions and norms abound in religious life — like male and female seating areas in Orthodox temples. And those who believe that biological sex must be the same as gender often point to scripture as evidence.

But in these types of religious institutions, what space is there for gender non-conforming individuals?

That’s a question at the center of Abby Stein’s life. She was born and raised as a boy in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, where she was set to marry and become a rabbi.

After hours of testimony in public and private, countless hot takes, and a viral tote bag and bow tie, House Democrats issued a formal call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror — taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. That means talking and listening to the people that the national media often just likes to talk about.

That’s why we launched our project 1A Across America in collaboration with six public radio stations around the nation last fall.

The United States is at war in Afghanistan. This has been the case for 18 years, across three administrations from both parties.

But over the course of the war, senior U.S. officials repeatedly misled the public about the success of American efforts there, according to a blockbuster investigative report by The Washington Post.

What makes a great pop song? Is it the way it makes you want to dance? Or maybe how it gets stuck in your head?

At the end of 2019, with genre-bending hits like Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” what do we even consider pop to be today?

There’s a lot more to pop music than initially meets the ear — and few are more equipped to know that than the hosts of “Switched on Pop.”

Chanel Miller Wants You To Know Her Name

Dec 9, 2019

For years, Chanel Miller was known only as “Emily Doe”.

In 2015, she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a “star swimmer” at Stanford University. The case sparked a national debate about justice and leniency.

We talk with her about her new book, “Know My Name,” which tells her story as a sister, daughter, artist and stand-up comedian.

A Path To Peace In Ukraine

Dec 9, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine are expected to meet in Paris to discuss a path towards peace in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It will be the first direct meeting between the two leaders.

Since the war began, 13,000 people have died as a direct result of the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-sponsored “separatists.”

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali American population in the U.S.

It’s a community that’s been in the headlines often, but if its members had a direct line to the nation, what would they say?

The News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 6, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jarrod Nadler to begin drawing up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Attorney General William Barr issued a warning to certain communities over protests of law enforcement, saying that they could lose their right to police protection.

The News Roundup - International

Dec 6, 2019

This week, the Iranian government acknowledged that it used deadly force on protestors. The demonstrations over an increase in gasoline prices have left hundreds of people dead, according to some reports.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for the drafting of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Following testimony from four constitutional scholars on Wednesday, the California Democrat said in a press conference that she expected House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrod Nadler to move the impeachment process forward.

A white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, in Ferguson, Missouri five years ago. The shooting ignited a national movement for racial justice and police reform.

In response to public pressure, some police departments started using body cameras and increased transparency.

You know the intensity of the NBA. A million coaches in the stands and on the court, high-pressure nail-biters, Stephen A. Smith pontificating about sleep.

On the Navajo Nation, rez ball has all of that (well, we can’t confirm the commentary on sleep) and more.

A New Phase Of The Impeachment Inquiry

Dec 4, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee will begin hearing testimony in the impeachment inquiry today.

Several constitutional experts will testify in front of the committee that “President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine rises to the level of impeachment,” according to The Washington Post

Jane Fonda’s name is back in the headlines, but not for any of her work in Hollywood.

The actor and activist has been arrested numerous times in recent months as she protests each Friday against inaction on climate change

How To Live On A Disappearing Island

Dec 4, 2019

Just off the coast of Louisiana, Isle de Jean Charles is connected to the mainland by a single two-lane road. Most of its residents have moved away due to environmental concerns. Now, only about forty permanent residents remain.

But as climate change continues to shape the world we live in, residents may not have a choice in whether they leave or stay.

The island is the subject of a film called “Lowland Kids.”

Watch the movie here.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) created a fake university in Michigan to attracting immigrants whose student visas were obtained illegally.

A catastrophic and premature fire season in Australia has sparked a frenzy around one of the country’s most beloved animals: the koala. But behind many headlines, the story is less dire.

National Geographic‘s Natasha Daly reports: