Oct. 11, 2019: Former U.S.-Ukraine Ambassador Testifies; Cloud Appreciation
Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is testifying on Capitol Hill Friday as part of the impeachment inquiry after the White House blocked another official from testifying earlier this week. We get the latest from NPR's Susan Davis. And, host Peter O'Dowd takes a tour of the sky with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciate Society.
Oct. 11, 2019: Mashrou Leila; 'South Park' Provokes China
Lebanese indie-pop band Mashrou Leila challenges the status quo in the Middle East. We speak with lead singer and lyricist Hamed Sinno and drummer Carl Gerges about their music and why they're banned in parts of the Arab world. Also, "South Park" marked its 300th episode on Thursday. NPR's Eric Deggans joins host Jeremy Hobson to discuss the show's criticism of Chinese censorship and political prisoner camps in the country.
Oct. 10, 2019: Giuliani Associates Arrested; Surge In STD Cases
Two associates of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges. The associates reportedly aided Giuliani's efforts to have Ukraine launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. We get the latest from NPR's Ryan Lucas. Also, a new CDC report reveals a rise in the number of STD cases in the U.S. in 2018 compared to the year before. We speak with an epidemiologist at the CDC who worked on the report.
Oct 10, 2019: Turkey's Offensive In Syria; Jimmy Fallon On Kids And Comedy
Turkish ground troops are continuing their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with former ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Jane Harman about the invasion that has been condemned around the world. Also, on top of a 20-year career in comedy as late-night television host and cast member on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon is also an author. We speak with Fallon about comedy, having kids and his new children's book, "This is Baby."
Oct 9, 2019: California Power Outages; Psychedelic Substances Research
In California, the utility PG&E has begun shutting off electricity because of concerns of high winds and the potential for wildfires. Host Peter O'Dowd speaks with KQED's Brian Watt about power outages that are expected to impact hundreds of thousands of people across the state. Also, Johns Hopkins University has launched a center for psychedelic research with $17 million in donations from private donors. We talk with William Richards, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins, about his decades-long research into how psychedelic substances can treat mental illnesses.