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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Revisiting Mexico’s lawsuit against US gun trafficking

    Revisiting Mexico’s lawsuit against US gun trafficking

    In Mexico, American guns are a fact of life. The Mexican government estimates nearly 70% of guns trafficked into the country come from the US. Meanwhile, in the US, the same patchwork of weak gun laws affects Mexico: gun trafficking is not a federal crime. The Mexican government is taking an unusual tack to try to stop the flow of arms: they’ve filed a lawsuit. With no sign of the cartel violence slowing, can a lawsuit stem the flow of guns to Mexico?

    In this episode: 

    John Holman, Al Jazeera correspondent(@johnholman100) 

    Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Center for American Progress (@eugenioweigend) 

    This episode was updated by Ney Alvarez. The original production team was Alexandra Locke, Ney Alvarez, Negin Owliaei, Dina Kesbeh, Amy Walters, Priyanka Tilve, Tom Fenton, Stacey Samuel, and Malika Bilal. Alex Roldan is our sound designer. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. 

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    • 21 min
    Northern Ireland at a crossroads

    Northern Ireland at a crossroads

    In Northern Ireland, it's gotten very complicated very quickly, after a historic election. The top party was Sinn Fein, a party that wants Northern Ireland out of the UK. Brexit has left the territory on a knife edge for years, and it all comes down to the Irish border. The election brought those issues to the forefront, and then paralyzed the Northern Irish government. As the UK tries to break the deadlock, it risks unraveling two decades of peace.

    In this episode:

    Leona O’Neill, Journalism Lecturer at Ulster University (@LeonaONeill1)

    Damian McGenity, Border Communities Against Brexit (@damian_mcgenity)

    This episode was produced by Alexandra Locke with Ney Alvarez, Ruby Zaman, Negin Owliaei, Amy Walters and Malika Bilal. Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our engagement producers are Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad. 

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    • 20 min
    The life and legacy of Shireen Abu Akleh

    The life and legacy of Shireen Abu Akleh

    For decades, the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was a mainstay on the TV screens of Arabic-speaking households around the world. Shireen worked for Al Jazeera for 26 years, as one of the network’s first field reporters. And she was a pioneer – she set a path for women journalists in Arab media. She was killed by Israeli forces on May 11, and in the days since, there’s been an outpouring of grief. In this episode, we hear from people who loved Shireen about her life and legacy.

    In this episode: 

    Dalia Hatuqa, independent journalist specializing in Palestinian-Israeli affairs (@DaliaHatuqa)

    This episode was produced by Negin Owliaei, Ney Alvarez, Amy Walters, Alexandra Locke, Ruby Zaman, and Malika Bilal. Alex Roldan is our sound designer. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

     

    • 18 min
    Degrees of Abuse: The Impact

    Degrees of Abuse: The Impact

    When Al Jazeera's I-Unit released its investigation into sexual misconduct against women at British Universities in late 2021, it created a storm on social media. But after the revelations, has anything changed?

    In the last episode of the series, we find out what’s happened to the four male academics accused of abuse. We also hear from women in each case about how it felt to finally hear the names made public and what kind of response they've received.

    *Please note some listeners may find these accounts upsetting. 

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    • 33 min
    Rolling back Roe v Wade

    Rolling back Roe v Wade

    Last week, the world got a glimpse of what is likely the end of Roe v Wade, the United States Supreme Court decision that's protected women's right to an abortion across the country for almost half a century.

    What will it all mean for women and democracy in the US? That’s this episode of The Take.

    In this episode: 

    Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker), Washington Correspondent for @The19thNews

    Amber Gavin, VP of Advocacy and Operations at A Woman's Choice, Inc. (@womanschoiceinc)

    This episode was produced by Amy Walters with Negin Owliaei, Ruby Zaman, Ney Alvarez, Alexandra Locke, and Halla Mohieddeen. Alex Roldan is our sound designer. Ben Swire helped with this episode. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    • 19 min
    Mass testing and lockdowns: Inside China’s ‘zero COVID’ policy

    Mass testing and lockdowns: Inside China’s ‘zero COVID’ policy

    While the rest of the world is trying to manage how to live with the coronavirus, China continues with its ‘zero COVID’ policy, forcing people into strict lockdowns. But why is the country keeping itself isolated from the world, and how are people there reacting to the measures?

    In this episode: 
    Katrina YU, Al Jazeera’s China correspondent (@Katmyu)
    Christian Petersen-Clausen, documentary filmmaker in Shanghai (@chris__pc)

    This episode was produced by Ney Alvarez, with Amy Walters, Negin Owliaei, Ruby Zaman, Alexandra Locke, and Halla Mohiedden. Alex Roldan is our sound designer, this episode was mixed by Seth Samuel. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

    Connect with us at @AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    • 22 min

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