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The Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 by no means settled the controversy over a woman’s right to an abortion. It remains a hot political topic today — and some new voices have emerged in the contemporary debate.

Dr. Willie Parker, an abortion rights advocate — and outspoken Christian — not only provides abortions, he also offers new insight and perspective on access to the procedure. Opponents of his view are heartened by federal legislation that allows states to restrict funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Call Me: Why Backchannels Matter

May 31, 2017

Backchannels, or secret lines of communication, are often used by the White House as diplomatic tools. But they’re also a way around intelligence agencies, which raises questions about why White House adviser (and President Trump’s son-in-law) Jared Kushner attempted to create a backchannel with Russia before Trump transitioned into office. Trump himself has also reportedly offered up his personal cell phone number to world leaders. What are the national security concerns around private communications with other countries?


Some call it “the First Amendment of the internet”: keep all data flowing free, and fast. The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Obama-era rules need to change so business isn’t harmed.

The U.S. and Mexico have long enjoyed a strong partnership — though not without tensions. Now, President Trump’s alienating rhetoric and promise to build a border wall may drive a wedge between the two countries.

This conversation is a collaboration between America Abroad Media and WAMU.


Doris Meissner, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, where she directs the Institute’s U.S. immigration policy work

Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

May 25, 2017

“Lynching is back in America’s headlines.” That’s how a recent op-ed in The Guardian put it, alluding to the killing of Richard Collins III, a black college student and newly commissioned Army lieutenant who was stabbed to death last week on the campus of the University of Maryland.

What's the Consensus on Consent?

May 23, 2017

A recent paper from the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law on the nonconsensual removal of condoms — called stealthing — has pushed discussions on consent further into the national conversation. Saying yes or no to a sexual advance should be straightforward. How do we clarify the rules on sexual consent?


Storms are dropping record rainfall in the Midwest. Tornadoes are also appearing in parts of the country where they don’t commonly touch down. There is major damage in western Wisconsin after a massive severe storm system traveled from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes.

A Tale Of Four Famines

May 17, 2017

Famine is spreading in three African countries. Climate and conflict have left tens of millions with little to no access to food in South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia. And across the Gulf of Aden, Yemen is also facing a shortage of food driven by war and the changing environment.

President Trump's Big Reveal

May 16, 2017

News broke Monday afternoon that “President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador” while the three met last week in the White House, according to sources close to the matter.

It seems the malicious software known as WannaCry — which was unleashed on hospitals, individuals and a host of others last week — originated as an NSA tool that exploited a flaw in older Windows software.

Now Microsoft is calling out the NSA for “stockpiling” exploits like this.

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his 50-year relationship with his coach John Wooden, how he shaped his life and career. A conversation about friendship and personal tragedy, the importance of mentoring young athletes, and confronting racism in sports.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Hall of Famer; author, “Coach Wooden And Me”

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What's The White House's Word Worth?

May 15, 2017

When the White House says something, America and the world take note. But the president says that with so much going on, we can’t expect his spokespeople to be on the same page. Whom then do we believe? And can the White House close the credibility gap?


Jen Psaki, former White House communications director and State Department spokesperson under President Obama

Friday News Roundup - International

May 12, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

France and South Korea have new presidents. And Russia’s president? He’s been making time for some ice hockey. On the international edition of the Friday News Round Up, a panel of journalists joins guest host John Donvan to talk about those stories and more.


Yochi Dreazen, foreign editor of Vox; author, “The Invisible Front.”

Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent, The Washington Post

Jon Sopel, North America editor, BBC

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 12, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

The controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey dominated the news this week. Guest host John Donvan and a panel of journalists discuss that and other happenings around the U.S., including the Texas governor’s ban on sanctuary cities and how Shaquille O’Neal might do as a sheriff.


Susan Davis, congressional correspondent, NPR

David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, The New York Times; former editor, The Upshot, a New York Times website covering politics and policy