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Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border

Inside the Fight to Reunite Families Separated at the U.S. Border

Around 500 children separated from their parents at the border, still haven’t been reunited, a month after the deadline for reunification.

California Abolishes Cash Bail as Advocates Voice Concern

California is the first state to completely replace cash bail with a pretrial assessment system — but criminal justice reform advocates were against the final measure. 

Court Rules North Carolina Congressional Maps Unacceptably Gerrymandered Again

This time North Carolina’s gerrymandering fight could have far reaching implications for the nation. 

Legal Marijuana: How Women Are on the Path to Dominate the Billion Dollar Industry

Gia Morón left her job on Wall Street to make sure black and brown women have a stake in the growing cannabis industry. She explains.


Lee Gelernt 

Senator Bob Hertzberg

Assemblyman Rob Bonta

Jonathan Kappler

Gia Morón

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Cape Town, South Africa, waterfront
Whose Century Is It?

Bumps along South Africa’s yellow BRIC road

South Africans’ hopes and expectations that their country might become a democratic and economic leader in Africa, helped by a strong relationship with China and membership in the BRICS group — a collection of big countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) expected to emerge as economic leaders in this century — haven’t turned out quite as planned. South Africa dipped into recession this year, has unemployment near 30 percent, and a deeply unpopular and, many South Africans say, ineffective president, Jacob Zuma. What happened, what now, and what do South Africans make of the similarities they see between their president, and President Donald Trump? Host Mary Kay Magistad reports from South Africa.

Whose Century Is It?

How China’s past shapes dreams of future power

China was one of the world’s great powers for most of the past couple thousand years, and back on its heels only for a couple of centuries, as the Industrial Revolution took off and European colonialism expanded. Now, China’s drawing on its past and moving with deliberation to reclaim what many Chinese feel is China’s rightful place in the world. The challenges are many, but with slowing economic growth, an aging population and uncertain future challenges from within and outside China’s borders, there’s incentive to act now to cement China’s place as a regional if not global leader. And that’s what China’s leaders are doing, drawing on their past for inspiration. Host Mary Kay Magistad talks with Howard French, author of “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Path to Global Power.”