Ramadan Cease-Fire Prospects, Portugal’s Snap Election, Oscars Go International, and More

Negotiators attempt to establish a six-week cease-fire and hostage exchange deal between Israel and Hamas before the start of the sacred Islamic month of Ramadan; Portugal holds a snap parliamentary election with a far-right party gaining traction; international films gain prominence at the ninety-sixth Academy Awards; and Chinese President Xi Jinping breaks with the thirty-year tradition of the premier’s press conference after the National People’s Congress.

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  • Robert McMahon
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Ester Fang - Associate Podcast Producer

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Gabrielle Sierra - Editorial Director and Producer

Show Notes

Mentioned on the Podcast


J.A. Bayona, Society of the Snow


Ilker Çatak, The Teachers’ Lounge


Manohla Dargis, “‘The Zone of Interest’ Review: The Holocaust, Reduced to Background Noise,” New York Times


Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano


Greta Gerwig, Barbie


Johnathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest


Andrea Kannapell, Hwaida Saad, and Michael D. Shear, “We Need a Cease-Fire,’ Biden Says.New York Times


Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things


Françoise Mouly, “Barry Blitt’s ‘Slappenheimer’,” New Yorker


Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer


Celine Song, Past Lives


Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall


Wim Wenders, Perfect Day


Concerns grow over the widening Middle East conflict after Iran launches three hundred ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones at Israel; European Union (EU) leaders discuss how to bolster aid to Ukraine amid an uptick in Russian attacks and the situation unfolding in the Middle East; India kicks off the world’s largest democratic election—spanning more than forty-four days—where the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to win again; and warming water temperatures cause a mass bleaching of coral reefs.


Congress returns from recess and grapples with contentious agenda items, including reauthorization of a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and a Ukraine aid package; Sudan enters a second year of civil war with more than half of the country’s population in need of aid and millions more displaced; and Ecuadorian police breach international law by raiding the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas. 


Rwanda marks thirty years since its genocide against the Tutsis; U.S. President Joe Biden hosts the first trilateral leaders’ summit with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.; music fans celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Swedish pop group ABBA’s Eurovision win; and Ekrem İmamoğlu is elected mayor of Istanbul, in a rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party.

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