Bottom of the Hour Newscast with Ali Swenson

  From Columbia Radio News, I’m Ali Swenson. President Donald Trump is in Southern California today. He’s touring a section of border fence that was recently replaced. DONALD TRUMP Our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, we can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry, it can’t happen. So turn around, that’s […]

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As Brexit Tensions Boil Over Abroad, a Separatist Movement Brews at Home

    HOST INTRO: Yet another Brexit deadline was missed today. British lawmakers had to negotiate a plan to leave the European Union. But with tensions high and no resolution in sight, they got a two-week extension to decide for good whether the UK wants in or out. Meanwhile, as Ali Swenson reports, there’s another separatist […]

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Bottom of the Hour Newscast with Andrea Salcedo

  From Columbia Radio News  in New York, I’m Andrea Salcedo. Venezuelan troops have killed at least one person and wounded several others today in an indigenous village near Brazil’s border. This is the first act of violence in the midst of efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the South American country. Venezuelan President Nicolas […]

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Undocumented students hope NY Dream Act will help with tuition

Only six states in the country have legislation that gives undocumented students financial aid and scholarships to attend college. New York could soon become the latest one. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the NY State Dream Act. The bill  would allow the 4,500 undocumented students who graduate every year to get state tuition and scholarships for college. Reporter Andrea Salcedo met a local student whose future college choice could be heavily influenced by this bill.

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Making America Home: one unaccompanied minor’s journey from San Salvador to Queens.

HOST INTRO: During the 2014 migration crisis, thousands of Central-American children streamed across the border alone. Now President Donald Trump says he’s attempting to crack down on these children’s path to legality. One young man, who crossed border when he was 14 years old, had few options. That is, until someone reached out to help. […]

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2-Way: The Mother of All Bombs


Afghanistan confirmed that maybe as many as 36 ISIS fighters were killed in yesterday’s attack. The United States dropped the largest conventional weapon—nicknamed the MOAB, or “mother of all bombs.” Tyler Rogoway is the editor of The War Zone, an online military column. He says using a bomb of this magnitude indicates a more aggressive stance.

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In the Aftermath of Trump’s Immigration Ban, African Immigrants Fear What Comes Next

A new report from the Pew Research Center says the African immigrant population of legal and undocumented people has more than doubled in the last 15 years up to just under 5 percent of the total immigrant population. But immigrants from African countries also have a disproportionate rate of deportation compared to other immigrant groups. […]

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Muslim Women Reclaiming Hijabs Post-Inauguration


In New York City, Muslim women have become front-and-center of the anti-Trump resistance. They’re organizing protests. Speaking at rallies. And doing work behind-the-scenes. For many of them, it’s become a moment to break down stereotypes–both in their public and private lives. And one way they’re doing this is by reclaiming a symbol that’s often misunderstood in this country: the hijab. Meg Dalton reports.

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New York City Cubans Reflect on Castro’s Death

More than a week ago, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90. While the island’s inhabitants tearfully mourned their leader, exiled Cuban communities in the US celebrated the death of a dictator. In Miami, residents took to Little Havana’s streets crying tears of joy, singing, banging pans and waving their flags. But New York, where more than seventy thousand residents are Cuban, saw mixed reactions. Danya Hajjaji has the story.

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