Current Event May 21, 2018
President Trump recently announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Under this agreement, Iran promised to reduce its mining and stockpiling of uranium and plutonium, key ingredients in nuclear weapons. In exchange, the U.S. and a variety of European countries agreed to begin trading with Iran again. With the U.S. no longer participating in the deal, it will re-impose financial penalties and trade restrictions. Experts are concerned that these sanctions will accelerate Iran’s dangerous nuclear program. Listen to hear President Trump’s reasoning for this decision.
Current Event May 27, 2015
During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union were in an espionage and arms race. From spying to building weapons and planes, the military and diplomatic corps were always working. Captain Roger Moseley was part of one of the most secret programs during the period, the development of the Stealth F-117 airplane. This airplane could avoid Soviet detection, allowing the planes to spy. Moseley wasn’t an obvious choice for such an important project, but an inflammatory speech made him attractive to the U.S. government spying program.
Current Event January 4, 2015
December 17, 2014 marked a dramatic shift in United States relations with Cuba. After over 50 years of a complete embargo, President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with the nearby island. Miami, Florida is the hub of the Cuban American community. From those who fled the revolution five decades years ago to those who have come recently - reaction to the president’s decision has been split. Listen to learn more about these reactions.
Current Event September 15, 2014
Russian military intervention in Ukraine, one of Russia's former republics, has the international community on guard. At a summit last week, NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, reinforced its commitment to protect member states from Russian aggression and prepared for this possibility. Improve your listening skills with this public radio story that gives an overview of the NATO summit and its response to international threats.