Poland’s declining democracy [program]

Poland was once a model democracy in eastern Europe. Yet since 2015 when the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidency and lower house of parliament, there have been big changes. Law and...

C.A.R. crisis stirred by diamonds, Russia [program]

The Central African Republic is one of the toughest places to live in the world. Since the start of a civil war in 2013, a total of 14 different warring militias now control parts of the country. The central...

Eritrea’s opportunity [program]

The young nation of Eritrea is often referred to as the North Korea of Africa. The country has jailed thousands of political prisoners, eliminated the independent press and forces much of the population...

Halting India’s witch hunts [rebroadcast]

For many, witch trials may seem like a relic of early colonial America. But in fact witch-hunting is still a feature of rural life today in many parts of the world. One place where it's prevalent is India....

The market in human organs

The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering. There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other...

Militarization of space

In early August, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.” The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China,...

Saudi Arabia’s turbulent prince

Just over a year ago, Saudi Arabia’s 82-year-old King Salman replaced his nephew as heir to the throne with his 32-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman. M.B.S., as he’s known, was already the country’s...

Nicaragua’s standoff

The situation in Nicaragua has taken a dark turn in recent months. President Daniel Ortega's growing authoritarian streak has led to months of protests against his rule - and a violent response from...

Press freedom in Macedonia and Mexico

On this edition, part two of our look at press freedom and how journalists do their jobs in countries where just reporting the news can be a big challenge. For this, we'll talk to a reporter working in...