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Oct 29, 2017

The Spanish government is starting a crackdown in Catalonia, arresting political opponents while pro-Spain protestors take to the street. Catalonia's government officially declared independence from Spain earlier this week and the Spanish government answered by arresting political opponents. Catalan leaders called the Spanish response an attack on "the institutions and the people of Cataloniaā€¯ and compared it to the Franco-era dictatorship. We speak to our voice in Spain and find out if Spain will be able to keep itself together. Then we're off to Saudi Arabia where Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the future Saudi king, says he wants his country to turn to "moderate Islam." What is moderate Islam? Why is Saudi royalty proclaiming a change in a country that currently has police enforce religious ideals? We'll speak to voices in the Middle East about what a secular shift will do to Saudi Arabia and the region. Finally, in our Change is Hard segment, what happened to the gray area? If you agree with one view, do you have to be diametrically opposed to every other opinion? We'll listen to a great example of how the elusive gray area threw a journalist for a loop. And you'd better agree with Tony or else he'll play the stinger again.

Oct 22, 2017
ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa, Syria and the US government is claiming to have defeated ISIS yet again. Is the caliphate destroyed or is the terrorist organization going to regroup someplace else? What does the victory in Raqqa mean for the rest of the region? We'll travel to Syria and speak to our voice about what actually occurred in the battle for Raqqa and if the US was responsible for flushing out ISIS. Then, a man calling himself the Czech Trump is now the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. What does his victory mean for the Czechs and the rest of Europe? We'll speak to our European voice and learn if the anti-establishment fervor in the Czech Republic could become contagious. Finally, we're headed to Niger where four American soldiers were killed during an ambush by Boko Haram, an Islamic terror group. What were soldiers doing in Niger? We speak to our African voice about the American mission in Africa and why it's important.
Oct 15, 2017

He's been talking about it since before the 2016 election and this week President Trump decertified the Iran Nuclear Deal. What does it mean for the future of Iran's nuclear program? Last week, Iran's foreign minister told Al Jazeera that sanctions don't work, so how does the US plan on keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran? We speak to another Iranian voice and ask him what Iran's response will be. Then we're headed to Spain where a divide has turned into a chasm over Catalonia. The Catalan leader made statements claiming Catalonia's independence, then took the statements back shortly after. What would a divided Spain mean for the future of the EU? We reached out to our Spanish voice and find out if the Spanish government has any recourse after Catalonia's historic election. Finally, the Pakistani government worked with the US to return an Americans held hostage in rural Pakistan. Even President Trump was impressed with the collaboration. Our Pakistani voice says they will always help the United States as long as they're asked, but has that always been the case?

Oct 8, 2017

In the wake of last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the world weighs in on America's firearm policies. Tony speaks to our European voices about the attack and aftermath. Europe considers the US to be the wild wild West. Why? Because Europe has some of the strictest firearm laws in the Western world. Do they think their rigid gun laws are having any effect on the terrorist attacks they're seeing on a weekly basis? Does Europe have anything to teach us when it comes to gun control?
Finally, we're off to Iran to discuss the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal. What happens if President Trump pulls out of what many consider to be the Obama Administration's greatest achievement in foreign policy? We'll speak to voices in the region about how the Iranian government will handle the possible termination of the deal. What will Iran do if the treaty is cut, will it make any difference? What options do they have? Did the Iranians even stick to the agreement to begin with?

Oct 1, 2017

Today in Catalonia, the small area on the southern coast of Spain, erupted in violence. Police took to the street in a last ditch effort to prevent people in the region from heading to the polls. We'll speak to our Spanish voice about what's really going on in the streets and what a vote for independence really means for the future of Spain and the EU. Will the Spanish government really honor a vote to secede? Then, another terror attack in Marseille, France only hours ago claimed the lives of two women in a train station before police shot the suspect. Also, in Edmonton another terror attack with a vehicle put one police officer and four others in the hospital. We'll check in with our voices and find out how the media in those regions are covering the story. Finally, President Trump is opening up communications with The Kid Dictator. Is the president slipping backward into the old "don't cross this line please" mentality or is he planning something entirely different?

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