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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?

Jan 21, 2018

We know change was hard for politicians and corporate media in the US and abroad, but what about the regular people around the world? We kick off the celebration by checking in on some of the foreign voices you've come to know and love and get their perspective after one year of a Donald Trump presidency.
Then we're headed to the Middle East where Turkey has invaded Kurdish towns in Syria. These are the same Kurds that the United States supports. What will the US' next move be? Other countries in the region have condemned Erdogan's invasion and France is calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. We speak to our Turkish voice Oguz and find out what's actually happening on the ground in Syria.
Well, it's been a whole year. 365 days of witnessing governments, citizens and corporate media outlets lose their collective minds over President Donald Trump. Today we're counting down some of the best freakouts and lapses of judgement from the past year. So tune in as we revisit a few clips that have made it readily apparent that change is indeed hard.

Jan 14, 2018

Corporate media around the globe reacts to President Trump's alleged comments. The story has been repeated ad nauseam but we're taking a different approach: We're asking voices in Africa and Europe how they're taking the statement and if it's true. And of course, we'll be giving you an audio montage of reality journalists using the potty word because change is hard. Then, a government employee in Hawaii pushes the wrong button and sends out a ballistic missile warning. How is this possible? How did this easily avoidable problem happen? Are we truly so helpless that all Hawaii could do is duck and cover? We speak to resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the lack of explanation behind the United States' defense system. Finally, the Iran deal is on the table again. President Trump has extended the deadline on fixing the plan to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran. The Iranian government has says they will not develop weapons as long as the deal remains in place. Will Trump keep the nuclear deal or will this be the final rescheduled deadline?

Jan 7, 2018

The French president is attempting to impose regulations on news disseminated through Facebook and Twitter. This week President Macron said that he will introduce legislation to help prevent the influence of "fake news" during elections by blocking access to sites deemed to contain false information. Who makes the decision of what is and is not real? Is this the first battle on the war of technology? We speak to a new voice in Europe about the crackdown on social media and what tech giants like Facebook are doing with your data. Then, President Trump cuts aid to Pakistan until Islamabad takes action against the Taliban and Haqqani terror groups. Trump says this may only be a first step in gaining compliance from the Pakistani leaders in the War on Terror. We'll speak to our voice in Pakistan and find out if pulling aid will light a fire under the rear ends of officials. Finally, we're going back to Anderson Cooper's Smokin' New Year's Eve celebration. Last year we had drunk Don Lemon, this year we have Randi Kaye ripping a joint live on television. If she did it on Ellen, Voice to America would have nothing to say; but it was a segment on CNN, the most trusted name in news. Grab your ganja and attach your gas mask bong because Change is Hard.

Dec 31, 2017

As reality journalists focused on Trump's 2017, massive protests broke out in Iran. As the protests grew in strength, foreign media outlets reported two deaths. What exactly are they protesting? Some say it's over unemployment and the lack of economic activity while others claim it's a reaction to the government's funding of terrorist groups in the region. President Trump has already tweeted that the world is watching. We'll speak to multiple voices in Iran about what they're witnessing in the Iranian media. What do they think will change as a result of these protests? Are Trump's tweets helping or hurting the protestors? The end of the year is here and Voice to America will tell you what to expect in the coming twelve months. What will happen with North Korea? What effect will Trump's tweets have on foreign relations? Will the recent protests in Iran shape the future of the Middle East? Are world governments going to regulate social media and cryptocurrencies? Will the reality journalists stop reporting why Trump won the election? And finally, the question we all want answered: Will Don Lemon get wasted and have his other ear pierced on New Year's Eve?

Dec 31, 2017

This week President Trump decided to sell anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian Army. It's something Obama promised but Trump delivered. If you're watching american corporate media, the only thing you hear about Trump is that he's in Putin's pocket. This move puts tremendous strain on US-Russia relations. Putin came out and said Trump crossed the line and will only make the conflict worse. We speak to voices in the Ukraine and find out what the people think about the controversial move. Will the American weapons help to ease a war that's been going on since 2014.
Then we head to Catalonia where they've voted again on secession, this time, backed by the Spanish government. Much to the Spanish government's dismay, they got the same result. We'll speak to Mar in Spain and find out if she thinks the Spanish government will honor the election results.

Dec 17, 2017

Why did President Trump make good on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Also, the media says the Palestinians are angry and unruly but is that the truth? We speak to our voice in the region about what, if anything, Trump gets from his proclamation. We also find out what life has been like in Israel since Trump's declaration. Then, we're headed into Europe where government officials are reluctantly moving toward Brexit. Is the British government slowing down the process on purpose? We speak to Mark in Europe about the slow-moving Brexit and what the future holds for the relationship between Britain and the US. Finally, another social media social media company executive says the business he helped build is destroying society. That is, until he walked back his comments on Facebook shortly thereafter. All of these executives are going public just as world governments consider regulating tech giants like Facebook and Twitter. They're confessing to a bank robbery as the cops close in.

Dec 10, 2017

Just as we reported last Sunday, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the reality journalists went wild. But is the sky really falling? Erdogan is not happy with the decision, nor are most of the countries in the Middle East. We speak to voices in the region about the president's declaration and what the blowback may actually be. Then, is ISIS really done? This week, the Iraqi government declared ISIS defeated. Russian government followed suit, reporting the terrorist group had be eradicated from Syria. Is this true or wishful thinking? We speak to our voices on the ground and find out the validity of their claims and discuss if there's a way they could come back. Finally, this week's Change is Hard segment is all about retractions. We'll use our anonymous sources to show you the latest round of news blunders and talk about why the corrections seem so disingenuous.

Dec 3, 2017

This week, President Trump may recognize the Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What's wrong with that? Well, the Palestinians also claim the biblical city as their capital. When the American popular media spend the twenty seconds-per-hour on the story, the facts get lost, but what do the Israelis think? What dangers would this pose to the Israeli people? We speak to a voice on the ground in Israel and find out what, if anything, will happen if Trump decides to recognize the capital of the Jewish state. Then we're headed to the Pacific Rim where the Kid Dictator has launched a very serious missile capable of reaching most of the globe. We speak to our voice in Japan about what Kim Jong Un is expecting to accomplish and what the US response must be. Is it time for more diplomacy or military intervention? Regardless of what the pint-sized protagonist does next, there must be an overall strategy. And on Change is Hard, we ask the toughest question in modern reality journalism: Where in the world is Matt Lauer? This week, all the news actors and Today Show viewers lamented the fall of a trusted member of the family. All we can say for sure is, if you still won't admit Matt Lauer was playing the part of Matt Lauer, then change may be impossible for you.

Nov 26, 2017

Angela Merkel, the press-dubbed "new leader of the free world" may be in her last days as the leader of Germany. After being reelected this summer, her position as the leader of the minority party may force her resignation or a new election altogether. We call on Mark in Europe to discuss how Angela Merkel went from the leader of the free world to a political minority in Germany and what her possible departure could mean for the future of the EU. Then, Iraq and Iran declared the end of ISIS this week. So how did a mosque attack in Egypt by militants flying the ISIS flag leave over 300 dead? What will Egypt's response be? Will America get involved? We speak to Kareem in Egypt about the deadliest terror attack in Egypt's history. And finally, we say goodbye to the leader of Zimbabwe. That's right, after 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe has been forced to resign in tears this week. We'll take an in-depth look at how foreign media is covering the departure of the despotic leader in our Global Media Spotlight.

Nov 19, 2017

This week we're headed to Zimbabwe where Robert Mugabe has been ousted from power in a military coup. The 93-year-old leader was forced out and given until Monday to resign on his own. We speak to an African voice and find out what lasting effects Mugabe's departure will have on the region. Will this be the beginning of revolutions in other African countries?
Then, we're back in the Middle East covering the big story American corporate media has overlooked, the growing tension between the Saudis and the Iranians. The Saudis, with the backing of Trump and the United States is attempting to change the power structure in the region. We'll speak to our Iranian voice and get his perspective on the quickly escalating conflict and how Iran will react.
Finally, in Change is Hard, we'll talk about Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski's change of heart on the Bill Clinton accusers and she isn't alone. If the reality journalists were so wrong about Clinton, how can anyone still trust them? 

Nov 12, 2017

The cold war between the Saudis and Iranians heats up as each nation struggles for power in Lebanon following the resignation of the Lebanese prime minister. The Saudis have been very busy over the pas two weeks but our voice in Yemen says the rhetoric from the US and Saudi Arabia is wrong. In our Global Media Spotlight, President Trump wraps up his Asia trip where he addressed the North Korea problem. What did he say and will it have any effect on relations between the Kid Dictator and countries in the region? Finally, as we've been saying for months, the final showdown between social media giants and government leaders is in full swing. Is it time for governments around the world to step in and regulate cat photos? What would government intervention mean for the future of your Facebook page or even worse, the VTA Facebook page?

Nov 5, 2017

Big news out of Asia as Trump visited Japan to give a speech on North Korea. We'll speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the message Trump delivered during his visit to the region. Did he outline anything new? Are we any closer to a resolution with the Kid Dictator? Then, an incredibly important story American reality journalists don't find sexy enough to cover, the prime minister of Lebanon has resigned. Former Prime Minster Hariri cited Iran's influence as one of the reasons for his departure. Already, two of the most powerful countries in the region have already started positioning themselves to influence Lebanon. We'll speak to our Lebanese voice and discover what the Hariri's departure means for the US and the Middle East. Finally, in our Global Media Spotlight, French TV weighs in on the Halloween truck attack in New York. Is foreign media taking initiative to be different or are they treating the story the same way as the American corporate media?

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