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June 25, 2020

Elections and Voting
Poland’s Rescheduled Election, One Year Since the Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting, and More

Poland holds its rescheduled presidential election, the world marks one year since U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the seventy-f…

Podcast A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea.

June 17, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters s…

Podcast Demonstrators protest killing of George Floyd Madrid Spain

May 28, 2020

China
Hong Kongers Remember Tiananmen Square, EU’s Coronavirus Rescue Plan, and More

The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is marked amid a surge in Hong Kong tensions, the European Union debates a massive coronavirus rescue plan, and the Atlantic hurricane season beg…

Podcast Tourists wearing protective respiratory masks tour outside the Colosseo monument (Colisee, Coliseum) in downtown Rome.

May 14, 2020

Argentina
Argentina’s Debt Deadline, U.S. Congress Returns, and More

The deadline approaches for Argentina to restructure $65 billion in debt, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to join the Senate in getting back to work, and the spring graduation season is mark…

Podcast Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center where she addressed COVID-19 relief funding and accusations against presidential candidate Joe Biden.

April 16, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO)
Trump Halts WHO Funding, Earth Day’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and More

U.S. President Donald J. Trump announces a funding freeze and review of the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Day is celebrated across the globe, and Cuba marks the forti…

Podcast A protestor holds a sign in support of science during the March For Science in Seattle, Washington.

April 8, 2020

Coronavirus
Bonus Episode: “A Medically Induced Economic Coma”

The coronavirus pandemic changed our lives in a heartbeat. It has made us fear for our health, our loved ones, and our livelihoods. As the death toll rises, the return to normalcy seems to recede fur…

Podcast A woman in a mask is seen through the window in a subway car door

February 26, 2020

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
The One Where We Talk About NATO at a Party

You’re making the rounds at a party when someone asks you about NATO. Is it still important? The alliance is credited with preventing a third world war, but a lot of us don’t know what it is or how i…

Podcast NATO leaders meet at summit in Britain around a table.

November 14, 2019

Russia
Sergei Magnitsky Is Remembered, SecDef Esper Travels to South Korea, and More

Russia’s Sergei Magnitsky is remembered ten years after his death, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper travels to Southeast Asia, and the fifth Democratic presidential debate is held in Atlanta.

Podcast Russia

November 8, 2018

Russia
Two Meaningful Anniversaries Are Marked, and the East Asia Summit Takes Place in Singapore

The 13th East Asia Summit takes place in Singapore, the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I is commemorated, and the 29-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is marked. 

Podcast Tombstones outside the WWI memorial, as France prepares to mark the centennial commemoration of the First World War Armistice Day, near Verdun, France, November 7, 2018.

December 13, 2018

France
Protesters Return to the Streets in Paris, and Afghan Peace Talks Resume

The world marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, Yellow Vests protesters take to the streets of Paris for the fifth weekend in a row, and Pakistan’s foreign minister visits Afghani…

Podcast A Yellow Vests protester throws a tear gas canister in Nantes, France.