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Jul 15, 2018

We're headed into Russia where President Trump is set to meet with Putin The Powerful this week. What will be discussed at the meeting? We won't know because it's closed-door. Yuri, our voice from Russia says that Trump may be compromised. Then, we head to Europe to find out the results of Trump's visit to NATO and Britain. How unpopular is Trump with the British? We already know that Trump is about as subtle as a brick through a window, but did his methods yield any results? We'll speak to British voice Mark about Trump's effect on Europeans and how Teresa May is picking up the pieces after Trump's visit. Finally, on the Change is Hard segment we'll demonstrate how two news networks can tell the same story but with a different outcome. And you'll want to tune in to hear the results of the big VTA poll, we'll discuss if our listeners prefer to go low or high.

Jul 8, 2018

The North Korean leadership says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's demands were "gangster-like" after a meeting concerning the recent claims that the kid dictator is rebuilding his nuclear arsenal. We'll speak to resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the meeting and find out if Pompeo went in, guns blazing or if the North Koreans are playing the victim card. Then, Trump gets ready to embark on a trip that will take him through Europe, culminating in a meeting with Putin The Powerful. We'll head into Europe where Trump will meet with the queen. And of course, massive protests are expected. But what about the NATO meeting scheduled for this trip? We speak to Mark in Europe and find out what the remaining countries will do if Trump pulls out. Finally, in our ongoing Change Is Hard segment: They Go Low, We Go Lower, we check in with the woman who climbed the Statue Of Liberty to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Maybe she was taking Michelle Obama's advice too seriously?

Jul 1, 2018

The EU takes a giant step backward in immigration policy. In a complete 180, Angela Merkel and the rest of the European Union have decided to start dissuading the waves of migrants coming from Africa by setting up detention centers. Is this Merkel's last attempt to stay in power? Last week, the entire world said detaining migrants is bad, so why is it ok when the EU does it? We speak to Mark in Europe and find out what Europeans think of the new policy and if it'll be enough to save Merkel (She is the new leader of the free world after all). Then, we're heading South of the border, down Mexico way on election day. Career politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the front runner and he plans to clean up the corruption in the Mexican government and stand up to Donald Trump. We speak to Jorge in Mexico and find out if Obrador will bring real change or if it'll be business as usual. Finally, on Change Is Hard, a socialist wins her primary in New York and the media swoons. We knew this was going to happen but we didn't know how long it would take. We're also revisiting the old popular media proverb: They go low, we go high. At this point, who really believes that sentiment?

Jun 24, 2018

Today we're headed to the origin of the crisis at the border, Central America. We'll speak to our Honduran voice about the waves of people traveling north to the US border. Are they really seeking asylum or is that an excuse to move to America for work?
Then, we'll check in on Turkey where Erdogan is up for another election; and everything he has been pushing for in the past year comes down to this vote. Will he become the sultan? We speak to Oguz in Turkey and find out what he thinks the outcome will be.
Finally, it's a Change Is Hard for the ages. They're still doing it for the kids but are people waking up? We take an in-depth look at Maddow's meltdown and a CNN panel's logical reaction to Lewandowski's womp womp (or wah wah if you're not the press).

Jun 17, 2018

The Singapore summit happened, but what will come of the document both Trump and the kid dictator signed? We speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison and get his take on whether or not the agreement is a step in the right direction and what Trump's next actions should be. Then we're headed south of the border where the media and politicians are changing immigration policy for the kids. We speak to Jorge in Mexico and find out if US immigration policy is a deterrent for people trying to slip over the southern border. Finally, is Angela Merkel about to walk the plank? While US popular media is busy covering the southern border, the leader of Germany may be ousted due to Europe's current immigration policies. We speak to Mark in Europe about Merkel's uncertain future.

Jun 10, 2018

This week after a not-so-warm welcome at the G7, President Trump prepares for his summit with The Kid Dictator in Singapore. We'll speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the meeting and get specifics on how to US plans to guarantee Kim Jong Un's security. Then, Trump doubles down at the G7 calling out Trudeau again. This morning Trump's top economic advisor Larry Kudlow called Trudeau's comments following the summit a betrayal that was aimed at stabbing America in the back. But as we all know from Change Is Hard, it's not difficult to take shots at the Canadian prime minister. We'll speak to an economist in Europe who will explain Trump's tariffs and what the US got right or wrong.

Jun 3, 2018

They're back! This week, the Trump Administration brought the tariffs back, this time he wasn't going easy on some of our closest allies. Trudeau was visibly shaken by the announcement and the EU is looking for a way to get even. We speak to our voices in Canada and Europe to find out what the counter to the tariffs will be. Then, change is hard in Italy. The elections are over, and it's out with the old and in with the new. The entire government changed hands; This has never happened before in Italy. But the story doesn't stop there. The EU, still licking their wounds from Brexit, are worried that they could soon see Italy leave the union. We check in on global media and find out how they're covering this unprecedented story. Finally, this summer, prepare for the summit is Singapore. The meeting between Trump and the Kid Dictator is back on! But is Trump already making concessions to the Kid Dictator? Will he be able to seal the deal with everyone's favorite nuclear ninny.

May 27, 2018

This week, we saw the letter Trump sent to the Kid Dictator cancelling the summit in Singapore, but could the cancellation heard round the world be false? What is Trump's plan what else could he want from the North Koreans? We talk to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the remaining concessions Trump wants from Kim before the early June summit. Then, we're headed into Europe where everyone's favorite public speaker Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of the European Parliament. Facebook, Googel and other tech giants are required to conform to a new European law focused on eliminating fake news. Will the new regulations have any effect on social media or is this more posturing to make everyone feel safe while their sharing everything with the tech giant? We speak to Mark in Europe and get his take on Zuckerberg's meeting with parliament. Finally, the Obamas get a reality show on Netflix. This time, the same people who claimed we can't take Donald Trump seriously because he was a reality star are gushing at the idea of seeing their favorite former first family in their own reality show. The hypocrisy is so deep and convoluted, not even The Rock can save us from Change is Hard.

May 20, 2018

We've been hearing the magical story of the American woman becoming a princess in real life. Every corporate media outlet in America has covered the royal wedding with reverence and wonderment, but what about the media where the royal family actually lives? Well, it's a bit different. We're dissecting what the British actually think about Markle and her family. With all the buzz over what color socks Harry wore to his wedding, the elections in Iraq went mostly unnoticed. The party of Moqtada al-Sadr came out victorious. If you don't remember al-Sadr, he lead a notorious Shia militia group during the Iraq war. What does this unprecedented win do to relationship between the US and Iraq? More importantly, what does the election mean for Iran? We'll head into Iraq and find out. Finally, we're headed to Turkey where President Erdogan is protesting the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem. Erdogan called the move a 'red line for Muslims.' We'll speak to our voice in Turkey and find out how the Turkish government is using the embassy move to bolster anti-American sentiment.

May 13, 2018

The Iran Nuclear Deal is done. Is cancelling the deal all that Trump has up his sleeve? What will the president's plan be now? What kind of new deal could the US possibly make with Iran to prevent the construction of nuclear weapons? Tune in to hear our Iranian voice explain what he thinks Trump's next move will be. Then, the date is set for the match of the century. Trump and The Kid Dictator are set to meet June 12 in Singapore. We'll speak to our resident missile defense expert about what needs to happen at the historic meeting and what Trump's strategy may be. Finally, we're headed into Israel where the US embassy in Jerusalem will open tomorrow only days after Israel launched the largest air strike since the '70s. Jared and Ivanka are already on the ground in Israel getting ready for the grand opening.

May 6, 2018

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released information claiming that Iran only shelved their nuclear program instead of dismantling it. Was anyone expecting Iran to destroy what they had already built? With the Iran nuclear deal set to expire this week, Trump is under the gun to decide whether or not to scrap the agreement. What happens if Trump decides to scrap the deal? We'll head into the Middle East and get reactions to Netanyahu's press conference and Trump's looming decision. Last week, a caravan of migrants made their way through Mexico and crossed into the US and attempted to claim asylum. Now Trump is thinking about closing up the border for a while. It's a big claim, but will he actually follow through? We speak to our voices about what message that would send to the world. Finally, we're going Nobel. That's right, the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama got his Nobel for being the president but this time Trump may earn one if he is able to broker a deal between the North and South Koreans. We'll get global media reaction to the idea of Trump being a Nobel Peace Prize contender.

Apr 29, 2018

This week the kid dictator crossed over the DMZ to meet with South Korean President Moon. We told you last week what would happen and just as we predicted, the two discussed the end of the Korean War. Now it's Trump's turn to step in. Where will this much hyped meeting take place and what is the ultimate goal for the North Koreans? We speak to missile defense expert Riki Ellison and find out the details of the much touted meeting between Un and President Trump. Then, Merkel and Macron visit the US and attempt to sway Trump from nixing the Iran deal. How will Trump's dealings with the North Koreans affect the future of the deal? We'll speak to our voice in Iran and find out who has the Kid Dictator's ear. Finally, with the news of a possible end to the Korean War and visits from Merkel and Macron, what does the establishment media focus on? Right, handshakes and dander. Change is hard.

Apr 22, 2018

North Korea makes concessions leading up to the much-hyped meeting with President Donald Trump. What is this meeting all about? The South Korean government has leaned toward appeasement as North Korea became more aggressive. We speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the meeting and what Kim Jong Un really wants out of the US and South Korea. Then, the Iran nuclear deal is about to run out and Iran isn't putting all its eggs in one basket. Will President Trump sign the deal within the three week deadline or will he let it expire? We speak to an official in Iran about their future prospect: Europe. And what show would be complete without Change Is Hard? This week we've got a selfie at 30,000 feet, Sean Hannity exemplifies journalistic integrity and James Comey goes on a book tour to tell the same story we've already heard.

Apr 15, 2018

An air strike in Syria by the US, France and Britain left three structures in smoldering heaps Saturday morning. The buildings were allegedly used in the production of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. But is that the whole story or just a version of the truth? Our voice in Syria says there may have been more than the three targets and our Russian voice says they were given ample notice of the strikes by the US and its allies. Today we go in-depth with voices in Syria and Russia and find out what the US government left out of their press releases. Then, the Zuck was stuck in front of congress this week. Aside from Zuckerberg appearing to be a human-robot hybrid, what does the days-long grilling mean for the future of social media? Was this televised event an opportunity for congress to seem like they're doing something or will they attempt to take action against Facebook?

Apr 8, 2018

Reports of an alleged gas attack in Syria that left 48 people dead last night forces President Trump to respond. Trump called out Iran and Putin on Twitter for backing the "animal" Assad. What exactly happened? Could this be Trump's red line? We speak to a new voice from Syria and get his take on what happened and his thoughts on the president's response. Then, Trump sends troops to the Mexican border. In response to a group of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico last week, President Trump ordered the National Guard to reinforce the southern border. What do Mexicans think of the president's positioning of troops at the border? We speak to our Mexican voice about the White House's latest moves on NAFTA and the border. Finally, we delve into the journalistic practice of prospective pants wetting. Yes, that's journalism in 2018. Think we're kidding? Tune in for Change is Hard.

Apr 1, 2018

The leader of China Xi Jinping met with Kim Jong Un this week in China and the world is left to speculate on what the two discussed. We'll delve into South Korean media and find out what North Korea's neighbor is speculating about the meeting between the Chinese president for life and our favorite kid dictator. Then, a violent confrontation between Israeli troops and Palestinians on the Gaza strip have left 15 Palestinians dead. Israel says the protesters they engaged were members of Hamas and therefore a terrorist group. Is this the beginning of something more or just another skirmish over the disputed territory? We speak to Margot in Israel and find out what Israelis are saying about the incident. And what would a week be without Trump? This week, President Trump said he would stop funding Syria and pull US troops from the region. With the US leaving, who will deter Iran from clutching power in the region? We speak to our Syrian voice and find out who he thinks will fill the power vacuum.

Mar 25, 2018

This week, the world stood still at the revelation that social media giants like Facebook are incredibly lax with the data we "trusted" them with. Zuckerberg sat down for an interview with CNN as the battle between government and tech heats up. We speak to a social media expert from London about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and find out why data mining is nothing new. Then, the millennial leader from Saudi Arabia tightened his grip on Iran after meeting with Trump. The Saudi crown prince has been using harsh language publicly when talking about Iran, likening the Iranian leadership to Hitler and threatening the development of nuclear weapons. We'll head into Iran and find out from our voice there what Iran has to say about the crown prince's Trump trip. And finally, it's election week in Egypt. As we said last week after Putin's nail-bitingly close election win, we can assume that the voting process in Egypt is just as not corrupted as Russia. We speak to our voice in Egypt and find out who will win and what effect it will have on the US.

Mar 18, 2018

It's election day in Russia and as always, Vladimir Putin is the winner. That's hardly news. What is news is the brewing crisis involving two spies that were discovered poisoned in the UK. This isn't the first time a Russian spy has been found dead in the UK. We'll go into Europe and Russia and find out how each country is handling the delicate diplomatic crisis. Then, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia visits the US this week to meet with Trump. Will the self-proclaimed moderate leader be ready to deal with the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal? We speak to Kareem in Egypt about the millennial prince and if he will be willing to put pressure Iran.

Mar 11, 2018

The Kid Dictator agrees to a meeting with The Donald. The US' goal has always been to disarm nuclear North Korea. Will the meeting happen? And how does Trump plan to do disarm the Kim regime while not giving away the farm? We speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the planned meeting between the pint-sized despot and President Trump. Then in Italy, it's all about populism! Italy voted anti-establishment by supporting two populist parties, the League and Five Star. Like with Brexit, it seems more countries are headed away from the EU. The We speak to our Italian voice Alberto and find out what regular people in Italy are saying about the election and if the winners will be able to form a government.
Finally, on Change is Hard, we learn some new-age terms from Oprah that will help you live in the moment with gratitude.

Mar 4, 2018

This week we learned that the Kid Dictator isn't the only leader boasting about his nuclear capabilities. This week, Putin jumped into the fray and announced he has missiles that the US would be powerless to stop. What's the truth and what is propaganda? We speak to missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the Kremlin's claims and what NATO and Trump will have to do to keep Putin The Powerful at bay. Then, it's tariff time! This week President Trump announced a tariff on imported steel and aluminum that aims to get American industry working again. He says he's willing to start a trade war he can win. What do US allies think about the proposed plan? We sample news from around the world and get their perspective on Trump's proposed plan. And finally, in the midst of scandal, the future of Israel's prime minister is uncertain but what do Israeli's think about the accusations? What parallels can we draw between Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump? We speak to Uri in Israel about Netanyahu's visit to the US.

Feb 25, 2018

This morning we're headed into Syria where the latest UN ceasefire is already failing. Even Angela Merkel called Putin to ask for his help in convincing the Syrian government to implement a temporary ceasefire. We speak to a new voice in Syria about why a ceasefire won't work and what President Trump can do to ease tensions. Then, we're going global on guns. For the last week, the talking heads in corporate media have bombarded viewers with gun control. We'll find out what it's like to be a gun owner in Europe and find what solutions foreigners have for America's gun problem. Finally, in Change is Hard, we're taking a trip to India in full Bollywood attire where Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will wish us all a namaste. Will the leader of Canada decry cultural appropriation for the betterment of peoplekind?

Feb 18, 2018

This week, another school shooting in the United States left 17 dead. We go beyond thoughts and prayers and a global perspective from our European voices to find out why they think this is a uniquely American problem. Mark in Switzerland checks in and explains the similarities between the Swiss and US gun laws. But if they're so similar, why is it only happening in America and what could American regulation mean for the rest of the globe? Then, the FBI indicts 13 Russians for tampering in the 2016 US election by using social media. The same social media governments around the globe are hyped on regulating. We hear from Russian media what the Russian people think of the story. And we check in on social media business and find out what the indictments could mean for the future of sites like Facebook and Twitter. Last, but not least, Phillip Mudd is back on the Change is Hard stage. We're not going to ruin the surprise for you, but this one may have gone above and beyond his previous appearances. Tune in to Change is Hard to hear the latest from the former intelligence agent and we promise, you won't be disappointed.

Feb 11, 2018

While everyone is home enjoying the excitement of curling, we've been slaving away to bring you information you're not going to hear anyplace else.
An Israeli F-16 jet was shot down after a bombing run on Iranian targets in Syria. An Iranian-built drone launched from Syria entered Israeli airspace prompting a swift retaliation from the Jewish state. We're speaking to voices in both Iran and Israel this morning about the expansion of Iranian activity in the Syrian civil war and if Israel's entanglement could escalate the conflict.
Then it's Olympics time! Which athlete is the media infatuated with this year? We'll give you a hint: she isn't an ice dancer. That's correct, the Kid Dictator's little sister Kim Yo Jong. Voice to America doesn't expect anything but temporary diplomacy during the Olympics, but predictably, the media is swooning over Kim. We speak to resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the future of North and South Korean relations after the Olympics and how the United States will be involved.
Finally, in Change is Hard, we know what a medical specialist is, but what is an Asia specialist? Apparently you don't have to be Asian to be an Asia specialist. Then our old friend Ana Navarro stops by Don Lemon's show and is accused of being shrill. We'll let you decide

Feb 4, 2018

This week President Trump gave his first State Of The Union address. Many Americans on both sides of the political isle thought it was a good (albeit long) speech, but what about the rest of the world? We're headed into Mexico to speak with Jorge about how Mexicans interpreted President Trump's rhetoric when it came to immigration reform. With the resurgence of the American economy, where will we find the labor to tackle the president's proposed infrastructure investment? Then, we're headed into Syria, where Erdogan is doubling down in his fight with the Kurdish militia on the Turkey-Syria border. According to our Syrian voice Radwan, the US may be changing alliances from the Kurdish fighters to Turkey. We'll find out why and what the endgame might be.

Jan 28, 2018

President Trump is in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. What does the rest of the world think of The Donald's America First, not America alone agenda? Do the world leaders like what he said or are they dismissing him because he's Donald Trump? We speak to Mark in Switzerland and get his reaction from Trump's visit to the Swiss Alps. Then, the Taliban keeps on executing large-scale attacks in Afghanistan. How is the "defeated" Taliban still functioning? This latest suicide car bomb has left 103 people dead. Last week, the Taliban was behind a hotel attack that left 22 people killed, four of which were Americans. Are they trying to increase the US presence in the region? What will these attacks mean for the future of America's longest war? We head into Afghanistan and get an insider's perspective into the possible resurgence of the Taliban. Finally, we check in on the Syrian border, where Erdogan's troops are still fighting the US-backed Kurds. With Erdogan's goal being the removal of who he calls terrorists from Turkey's border with Syria all the way to Iraq. Is he serious?

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