Studio 360

Refuge, Tradition, Hollywood

Kurt Andersen and Congolese novelist Emmanuel Dongala look at the lives and work of composers, writers, and musicians who left their native homelands and sought refuge in the United States.

The Takeaway

Moral Ambiguity in the Age of Trump

Jan. 23, 2018: An adult film actress now claims she slept with President Trump back in 2011. But a large part of his base — white Evangelicals — are more likely to accept immorality today. The Takeaway explores that shift, plus a look at the Turkish campaign against Syrian Kurds; America’s changing refugee policy; how President Trump is shaping the U.S. court system; and how anti-abortion rights activists are working to end Roe V. Wade. 

The Takeaway

Israeli Settlements, Adjusting to the Immigration Ban, ‘Normal’ in Trump’s America

February 2, 2017:

What’s ‘Normal’ in Trump’s America (12 min)
Syrian Refugee Uncertain About Her Future (7 min)
With Settlement Growth, Israel Moves Away From Two-State Solution (8 min)
Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Asia (4 min)
Republicans Look to Roll Back Obama Regulations (4 min)

The Takeaway

Trump’s Immigration Ban, Security Council Shakeup, NATO Reckons With Russia

Coming up on today’s show:

President Trump’s executive order banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations sparked confusion and outrage this weekend, as travelers were left stranded at airports, protesters took to the streets and a federal judge ruling prompted the White House to roll back part of the order. Attorney and former immigration judge Eliza Klein examines the order and where it stands now.

In a restructuring of the National Security Council, Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will face diminished roles while Trump’s Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon will join the national security group. Matthew Waxman, co-chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute explains what this means for security.

In the wake of Trump’s refugee ban, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed refugees into his country “regardless of faith.” 
As Trump continues to pursue warming relations with Putin, NATO warns that elevating the Russian president to global superpower status could have negative consequences for the organization. Former deputy commander of NATO Sir Richard Shirreff explains.

Timothy Tyson chronicles the life and death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, whose murder launched the civil rights movement. The new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” comes out tomorrow.

The Takeaway

Destroying the ‘Jungle,’ Chicago Memories, Author Jonathan Safran Foer

October 25, 2016:

1. Refugees Fear for the Future as Authorities Demolish the Calais ‘Jungle’ (11 min)

2. In Alabama, Voter Suppression Looks A Lot Like Double Jeopardy (7 min)

3. Chicago 1908: An Audio Journey Back in Time as The Cubs Head to the World Series (7 min)

4. Big Data, Social Media Will Help Monitor the Polls on Election Day (4 min)

5. California Vets Forced to Pay Back Thousands in Enlistment Bonuses (7 min)

6. The Huge Ambition of Author Jonathan Safran Foer (8 min)

Berlin Wall remnant at Bernhardstrasse, where the wall once ran down the middle of a street
Whose Century Is It?

Borders and belonging

Few issues hit more of an emotional chord, or an emotional nerve than those around borders and belonging, immigration and identity. Bringing it home in this third of a three-episode series on these issues, host Mary Kay Magistad visits the lands of her ancestors — Ireland and Germany — and explores the ways in which they are wrestling with these issues — and have wrestled with them in the past.

The Takeaway

U.S. Terror Threats, Mexico’s Missing, Trotsky in New York

September 19, 2016:

1. Bombs in Our Midst: Questions Linger After Possible Terror Threats in 3 States (7 min)

2. Diplomatic Chaos? U.S.-Russia Coalition on Shaky Ground After Syria Airstrikes (6 min)

3. U.N. Summit on Refugees: A Watershed Moment or More of the Same? (6 min)

4. New Documentary Shines Light on Mexico’s Drug War (7 min)

5. Exploring America’s Racist Housing Policies (3 min)

6. When Leon Trotsky Was a New York Celebrity (10 min)

The Takeaway

Refugee Hope, Little Russia, Outsider Music

August 12, 2016: 

1. Hell On Earth Has a Name: Aleppo, Syria (11 min)

2. For Olympic Refugee Team, Survival is More Precious Than Any Medal (1 min)

3. Russia Pushes the Boundaries of Cyber Espionage (7 min)

4. 40,000 Troops Mobilized on Crimea-Ukraine Border (4 min)

5. Trump Finds Support in Florida’s ‘Little Moscow’ Community (5 min)

6. Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend (7 min)

7. Listening to the Unlistenable: Exploring The Best Worst Music (5 min)

The Takeaway

Next Generation TED Talks, The Cruz-Kasich Plot, Creativity in Puerto Rico

May 03, 2016: 1. Hoosier Hopes: Will the Cruz-Kasich Gamble Pay Off? | 2. Violence in Syria Forces Hospitals Underground and Into Caves | 3. Puerto Rican Entrepreneurs Get Creative as Debt Crisis Mounts | 4. TED Leader on The Next Generation of Public Discourse

The Takeaway

Prince, William Shakespeare, Stolen Jewels

April 21, 2016: 1. Prince Dead at the Age of 57 | 2. Purdue Introduces New Way to Reduce Student Debt | 3. Why Shakespeare’s History is America’s History | 4. India to Britain: Give Back Our Stolen Diamond