US foreign aid, Immigration update, Comedy and culture wars

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Lviv: Internally displaced persons coming from the east to escape fighting. Military personnel help the elderly and people with disabilities. Credit: Iva Sidash

A foreign affairs writer discusses how much the U.S. distributes in foreign military aid and how it’s affecting the war in Ukraine. Plus, we get an update on what’s driving immigration across the southern border. And we talk with the author of a new book about the history of comedy, censorship, and culture wars.

Featured in this Episode

  • What to know about US aid to foreign countries

    Our guest argues political leaders could do a better job of explaining American foreign aid. We talk about what we should know, as House Republicans are holding up a package of foreign aid that includes funding for Ukraine.

  • A look at border crisis after a record number of crossings

    The U.S. has called for Mexico to take stronger action to address the border crisis after a record 300 thousand migrants were processed in December. An expert explains the state of the crisis and what both countries may do moving forward.

  • The history of outrage and culture was in comedy

    We think of cancel culture and the culture wars as a modern machination, but these issues have existed in the entertainment industry for decades. We talk to a comedy historian about his new book on the history of outrage and moral panic in show business.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tom Nichols Guest
  • Vanda Felbab-Brown Guest
  • Kliph Nesteroff Guest
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director

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