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Al Jazeera Podcasts

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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Barbados is now the world’s newest republic, bucking the British queen for its first Barbadian president. Now that the festivities are over, we look back at the history of slavery England imposed on Barbados, and ask questions about reparations. And we speak to several Barbadians about what kind of republic Barbados hopes to be. In this episode:  Suleiman Bulbulia, a Barbadian Businessman David Denny, activist and General Secretary for the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration Ronnie Yearwood, lecturer in law at the University for the West Indies  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Dec 6

21 min 11 sec

For weeks after the military took over Sudan on October 25, an internet shutdown made it hard to speak with people inside the country. But even as a communications blackout meant news was only trickling out of Sudan, the situation on the ground was rapidly changing. After weeks of pressure from the streets of Sudan, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was removed from house arrest and reinstated on November 21. The internet is back, but protests have continued. Is the political crisis in Sudan over? In this episode:  Hiba Morgan (@hiba_morgan), Al Jazeera correspondent Samahir El Mubarak, spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Dec 3

19 min 27 sec

In 1981, the first case of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was diagnosed. The virus that causes AIDS, became a thing to be feared for people in the LGBTQ+ community, who also became a scapegoat for its existence. On World AIDS Day, we remember that even when things have changed since then in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS, activists around the world have learned that this epidemic is also a battle for access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, and it’s still a fight against stigma. In this episode:  Dázon Dixon Diallo (@DazonDiallo), Founder of SisterLove, Inc., a women's HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Justice organization in Atlanta and South Africa  Justin C. Smith, Director of the Campaign to End AIDS at Positive Impact Health Centers (@PIHC_Atlanta) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Dec 1

23 min 17 sec

Videos of the mysterious migrating herd of elephants in China became an internet sensation earlier this year, but their very existence points to a deeper environmental problem, one that we're seeing escalate wherever elephants roam.  In this episode: Dr. Josh Plotnik (@CCCAnimals), assistant professor of psychology at Hunter College of City University of New York (CUNY) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 29

20 min 48 sec

The tide of fast fashion pulls in a way that can feel difficult to escape, even as supply chain problems spread around the globe. Love it or hate it, many feel they can’t live without quick and cheap clothes from brands like H&M or Zara. We’re revisiting the work of activist Hoda Katebi and a collective of garment workers in the US city of Chicago who have a radical vision for a world without fast fashion, and they’re taking it on with their own worker-owned factory: Blue Tin Productions. In this episode: Hoda Katebi (@hodakatebi), activist Mercy, member of Blue Tin Production Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 26

20 min 34 sec

From 1904 to 1908, German colonizers waged a brutal extermination campaign against the Herero and Nama people in present-day Namibia. Now, more than a century later, the German government has officially recognized the genocide and has offered Namibia an aid package. But many Herero and Nama people say Germany’s announcement doesn’t come close to providing justice.  In this episode:  Nandiuasora "Nandi" Mazeingo, Chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (@OGF_Namibia)  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 24

20 min 19 sec

Venezuela has just held regional elections amid a deep economic and humanitarian crisis - and now an alleged international money-laundering scheme has emerged involving a close ally of President Nicolas Maduro. The elections are the first in 15 years to include international observers. However, general apathy towards politics from voters is making it hard for the opposition to bring people to the polls. In this episode:  Nelson Eduardo Bocaranda (@bocaranda20), Editor-in-chief of Phil Gunson (@philgunson), Senior analyst, The International Crisis Group (@CrisisGroup) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 22

20 min 36 sec

This week, Russia joined a small club of nations that have conducted anti-satellite missile tests, shooting down a Soviet-era satellite and creating a field of debris in space. The missile test brought attention to the issue of space waste — all of the old bits of machinery that humans have left in space. And as humans send more and more objects beyond the sky, the debris could make parts of Earth’s orbit unusable. In this episode:  Moriba Jah (@moribajah), Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Alice Gorman, Associate Professor at Flinders University Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 19

19 min 7 sec

People seeking to migrate through Belarus and Poland are stuck at the border, and neither country wants them. EU officials have called it “weaponization of migrants” by Belarus, but for the people at the border, the geopolitical dispute is about to get worse – winter is coming. Why has this group of migrants become the center of a standoff and what will happen as temperatures drop? In this episode:  Anna Alboth, Minority Rights Group International (@MinorityRights) Aryan, a migrant in Belarus Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova), journalist and non-resident fellow at Atlantic Council Joanna Hosa (@joannahosa), European Council on Foreign Relations  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 17

19 min 43 sec

In October, Haiti’s problem with gangs got international attention when 16 Americans and 1 Canadian were kidnapped. They are still captive, but Haitians have long faced kidnappings and gang violence. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds examines this chronic wave and talks to Jimmy 'Barbecue' Cherizier, one of the most notorious gang leaders in the country. In this episode:  Rob Reynolds (@RobReynoldsAJE), Senior Correspondent at Al Jazeera English Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 15

21 min 18 sec

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik is taking steps that international leaders warn are “tantamount to secession” and there are fears his threats could dismantle the delicate agreement holding the country together. The war in Bosnia from 1992-1995 was the bloodiest one in Europe since World War II, and for many Bosnians, the trauma still lingers. In this episode: Majda Ruge (@majda_ruge), Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (@ECFRBerlin) Mersiha Gadzo (@MersihaGadzo), Producer for Al Jazeera Digital (@AJEnglish) Riada Asimovic Akyol (@riadaaa), Contributing Editor, News Lines Magazine (@NewsLinesMag) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 12

21 min 16 sec

As world leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 climate talks, one of the biggest topics of conversation is money. There’s a lot to discuss: who has money versus who doesn’t, and what’s been promised compared to what’s actually been delivered. Rich nations pledged back in 2009 that they’d commit $100 billion a year by 2020 to help support climate initiatives in developing countries. But that deadline came and went, and the wealthy countries failed to deliver. So what will that mean for the countries on the front lines of the climate crisis? In this episode:  Anote Tong, former president of Kiribati Clémence Abbès, climate justice officer at Oxfam (@Oxfam) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 10

21 min 22 sec

Do you remember a world without climate crisis? The answer to that question may define a generation. The UN climate change conference, or COP, has been going on since 1995, well before some of today’s most vocal climate activists were born. Numbers show young people around the world are facing a wave of ‘climate anxiety’ – so today, we’re turning over the mic to four activists who were all born after emissions levels had passed the threshold for normal life on Earth. In this episode:  Blanche Verlie (@BlancheVerlie), Sydney Environment Institute  Evelyn Acham (@eve_chantel), Climate activist, Uganda  Atlas Sarrafoğlu (@AtlasSarrafoglu), Climate activist, Turkey  Line Niedeggen (@lineniedeggen), Climate justice activist based in Germany  Jennifer Uchendu (@Dzennypha), Founder of SustyVibes, Nigeria  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 8

20 min 29 sec

After six months, a Brazilian Senate investigative committee has recommended for President Jair Bolsonaro to be indicted for nine crimes related to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 people in the South American country. But who decides the president’s fate, and will he be impeached or even jailed like his predecessors? In this episode:  Monica Yanakiew (@MonikaKiev), reporter for Al Jazeera English in Brazil Claudio Couto (@claudio_couto), political scientist and professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 5

23 min 17 sec

Over 100 world leaders are gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 to plan a better future for the planet and one of the first decisions they made is to reduce deforestation by 2030. Scientists say that two-thirds of the biggest rainforest in Mexico, the Lancandon Jungle, has been lost and environmental groups and indigenous people are fighting to curb deforestation, illegal logging, and trade with protected species. We talk to Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Mexico, Manuel Rapalo, about his excursion to the jungle, deforestation and the protected species he met there. In this episode:  Manuel Rapalo (@Manuel_Rapalo), Al Jazeera correspondent in Mexico Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 3

21 min 57 sec

Thousands of employees across the US are on strikes demanding change, and they're hoping that a worker-friendly Congress and arguably the most pro-union president in decades will help them get it.  In this episode: Marlena Pellegrino, nurse striking from St. Vincent Hospital (@SaintVincentMA) and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (@MassNurses) Bargaining Unit Nafisah Ula, Organizing Director of Jobs With Justice National (@jwjnational) Thomas Kochan, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Nov 1

22 min 11 sec

In the early hours of October 25, reports started to emerge from Sudan that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had been arrested. As the hours passed, it became clear what had unfolded: a coup was taking place, two years after Sudan's revolution, and just weeks before a transitional government was to be handed over to civilians. We talk to people in Sudan and the diaspora about what the military takeover could mean for the country’s path to civilian governance.  In this episode:  Isma’il Kushkush (@ikushkush), journalist Marine Alneel (@MarineAlneel), protester  Nisrin Elamin (@minlayla77), Assistant Professor of international studies at Bryn Mawr  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 29

22 min 43 sec

All around the world, supplies of energy cannot keep up with soaring demand. That means higher energy prices. But more expensive natural gas, oil and other fossil fuels means staying warm this winter will cost consumers a lot more money. Today we explain what triggered this energy crisis, who will it hurt the most, and how the fossil fuel crunch  could impact the climate crisis? In this episode:  Henning Gloystein (@hgloystein), Director of Energy, Climate & Resources at Eurasia Group Justin Schott,Project Manager of Energy Equity Project, Urban Energy Justice Lab (@JustUrbanEnergy) at the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 27

18 min 31 sec

Many Afghans are still trying to escape their country after the Taliban took over in August but few are as threatened as women judges. In 2009 the Elimination of Violence Against women was signed by then President Hamid Karzai and in the years that followed, courts led by female judges opened in provinces around the country, enforcing laws protecting women from violence and abuse. Since the Taliban opened the prisons, many of those jailed are now free and threatening the lives of the women who locked them up. Now, the chaos that followed the Western exit from Afghanistan has made it that much more difficult for the women to escape.  Today on the Take we hear their stories and the plight of the international legal community trying to get them out.

Oct 25

18 min 36 sec

As fighting erupts across an old frontline in Beirut, Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent Lebanon Zeina Khodr shares her experiences reporting on a country mired in multiple crisis. In this episode: Zeina Khodr (@ZeinaKhodrAljaz), Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent in Lebanon Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 22

20 min 29 sec

Muammar Gaddafi’s death shocked the world – and 10 years later, the instability the former leader’s death unleashed in Libya has yet to end. Many thought the family’s hold over Libya was done, but one of Gaddafi’s sons is trying to overcome his past – and his ICC charges – to maneuver for power. He could even be a contender in December’s upcoming elections. So what are the chances that Libya could see the rise of another Gaddafi? In this episode:  Malik Traina (@libyanmind),  Al Jazeera producer in Libya  Tarek Megerisi (@tmegrisi), Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 20

19 min 42 sec

Increasingly, droughts, floods, and hurricanes are becoming a reason for people to leave their homes and even their countries. Last year, nearly half of the population in Honduras was affected by hurricanes. But the concept of climate refugees is not yet legally recognized by international law. So what’s left for migrants who are losing their jobs and homes to do in the face of climate change? Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 18

18 min 1 sec

With close to half a million deaths from Malaria in 2019 --most in Sub-Saharan Africa-- scientists have spent decades working toward a vaccine, and last week, the World Health Organization approved the first. But, with only 30 to 40 percent efficacy some are also asking, is it worth it? And, there are other questions about how quickly it can be deployed.  We talk to one Kenyan scientist who grew up in one of the world’s most malaria ridden regions and hear about how he’s helping to stop this dogged and deadly disease.

Oct 15

20 min 56 sec

For six hours on October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, all owned by the same parent company, were inaccessible to the 3.5 billion people who use them. The outage exposed just how extensive Facebook’s communications empire is, and left people wondering if it’s a monopoly that needs to be broken up.

Oct 13

19 min 54 sec

Tunisia has a new prime minister, the first woman in the Arab world to hold the job. She’s replacing the prime minister that President Kais Saied sacked in July, when he suspended parliament. Many Tunisians, fed up with political parties and an economic crisis, thought that was the right move – but others called it a coup, and the question has lingered. As Saied continues to consolidate power, are these steps off the road to democracy, or will they make Tunisia’s democracy stronger? In this episode:  Bernard Smith (@JazeeraBernard),  Al Jazeera correspondent  Rabeb Aloui (@rababalouii), Tunis-based journalist  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 11

17 min 42 sec

After dealing with an 11-year war and the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leoneans are now - like the rest of us - facing the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many, this can be particularly triggering. So what happens to people faced with generations of untreated collective trauma, and what can be done to help Sierra Leoneans heal? In this episode:  Rawya Rageh (@RawyaRageh), Senior Crisis Adviser for Amnesty International Yusuf Kabba, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)  

Oct 8

18 min 34 sec

China’s slowing birth rate has long been a concern for the government. It’s led to a slew of new policies meant to encourage a baby boom. But some new developments — like the mention of reducing abortions for "non-medical purposes" in new women’s health guidelines — have left some people worried about the role of the state in family planning. So what’s China doing to boost its population numbers, and how will it affect what happens in the bedroom? In this episode:  Katrina Yu (@Katmyu), Al Jazeera's China correspondent  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 6

19 min 30 sec

Iraqis are heading to the ballot box in less than a week, and it's a direct result of activists' efforts. But as the parliamentary election inches closer, a lot of Iraqis are wondering whether it can withstand influence from the US and Iran, and actually deliver on the changes they're asking for.  In this episode:  Imran Khan (@ajimran), Al Jazeera senior correspondent  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 4

22 min 32 sec

Sixteen years of Angela Merkel in Germany have ended in an election with a three-way split, and nothing yet is settled – including the legacy of Merkel, whose stability helped reshape a continent. The possible next chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is famously boring, but still has a scandal percolating around him. As the parties haggle it out, it’s left Germany and the world with one question – what’s next? In this episode: Ruairi Casey (@Ruairi_Casey), reports on Germany for Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Oct 1

19 min 48 sec

US officials are saying upwards of 4,000 Haitians were sent back from the Texas border over the past few weeks, but what happened next? Daniel left Haiti for Chile four years ago. Last week, he finally made it to Texas. He says he was shackled, beaten and sent back to Haiti again. Today on The Take, what Daniel was hoping for and what happened in the end. In this episode:  Santcha Etienne, Organizer for The Black Alliance for Just Immigration in Florida (@BAJItweet) John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera correspondent - Mexico City  Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK), President of RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights), lawyer and activist  Translation: Charles Jean-Pierre (@cjpgallery) and Roberto Massillon (@PAPCuisineDC) Voiceover: Bechir Slyvain (@bechirsylvain) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 29

25 min 24 sec

It was supposed to be an announcement of a pact, not the start of a foreign relations crisis between allies. But as Australia announced a new security partnership with the UK and the US, dubbed AUKUS, it also canceled a multi-billion dollar contract to buy submarines from France. So how did an abandoned deal for a dozen submarines turn into the diplomatic version of a lover's quarrel? In this episode:  Natacha Butler (@natachabut), Al Jazeera Paris correspondent  David Brophy (@Dave_Brophy), Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the University of Sydney Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 27

20 min 36 sec

A lot of Canadians are frustrated with the 600-million-dollar pandemic election that took place earlier this week and resulted in an almost identical parliament. But the five weeks of electioneering did raise a lot of issues and highlight some trends that could define Canada’s future. In this episode:  Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed), host of BackBench podcast (@backbenchcast) and reporter at The Narwhal (@thenarwhalca). Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 24

19 min 28 sec

Lebanon has had a few bright spots of news in its long running economic collapse. On Monday, a new government was confirmed for the first time in 13 months, and fuel is coming in to fill a dire need for electricity. But it was brought from Iran by Hezbollah, which could pose its own set of geopolitical problems. So could Lebanon finally be turning a corner? Or is optimism still out of sight? In this episode:  Kareem Chehayeb (@chehayebk), Lebanon-based reporter  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 22

17 min 27 sec

This September, El Salvador rolled out Bitcoin as official legal tender. Nayib Bukele, the youngest president in the history of the country, wanted to adopt cryptocurrency to improve the economy. But his critics say this might be a distraction from the measures Bukele has taken to dismantle democratic institutions and criticize the press. In this episode:  John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera Correspondent  Roman Olivier Gressier (@romangressier), Reporter for El Faro (@_elfaro_) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 20

20 min 38 sec

Forty million Afghans still in the country live under the fear of their hospitals and healthcare system falling apart. Without international aid, medical supplies are running short. Since the Taliban took control of the country, the United States has led the way for many other countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to stop necessary assistance from flowing into Afghanistan. As a result, doctors are left in the heartbreaking situation of doing their best to keep patients alive without proper resources. In this episode, we hear from those doctors who implore the international community to help heal Afghans rather than leaving them to die. In this episode:  Dr Najmussama Shefajo: Ob/Gyn specialist, founder of Shefajo Group of Laboratories, and president of the Afghanistan Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Dr Tankred Stoebe, MSF doctor Dr Ashuq Urrahman, physician in Kabul Dr Muhammad Mustafa Sahibzada, physician in Kabul Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 17

22 min 12 sec

This is the final episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’.  For an idea of the next phase of the US’s war on terror, we look to East Africa, where a different version of the war has been unfolding for the past 20 years. American soldiers may not patrolling the streets of Kenya, but the US’s counterterrorism presence is very much there. In this episode: Fauziya Hussein (@diamamyn4zi1), Sister of disappeared Kenyan man Samar Al-Bulushi (@samar42), Political Anthropologist at University of California Irvine Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 15

28 min 10 sec

This is the second episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’.  Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was once a front-page headline in the "war on terror". Today, public knowledge of the torture that made it infamous is starting to fade – but 17 years later, one US lawsuit for its victims is still going on. It centers on private contractors: companies that became an integral part of the US military efforts post-9/11 attacks, which changed the way war is fought – and accountability is sought. In this episode:  Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov), human rights activist  Katherine Gallagher (@katherga1), Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights  Majid, Abu Ghraib plaintiffs' legal team member in Iraq Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 13

27 min 49 sec

September 11, 2001, marked a milestone in a new chapter of warfare: after the 9/11 attacks, the US began not only the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a so-called “global war on terror". That meant building a new war infrastructure that is fully global in nature, massively profitable in scale, and now, after 20 years, part of the fabric of our lives. So how did we get here? In the first episode of our three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called 'war on terror'  - we look at the US political climate after 9/11 and walk through the sweeping policy changes that would come to define the forever wars. In this episode:  Kevin Harrington, former MTA train operator Hina Shamsi (@HinaShamsi), Director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (@ACLU) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 10

27 min 51 sec

For most people, climate change boils down to the simple fact that it’s just a lot hotter than it used to be. And for people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), those temperatures have been rising too fast. Today, the Levant allows us to take a look at what the future might look like with global warming. In the Jordan Valley, farmers struggle with water scarcity. While in other parts of MENA outdoor air conditioner is the new normal. In this episode:  Karim Elgendy (@NomadandSettler), Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Founder of Carboun Cities (@CarbounCities) Anwar AlAdwan, farmer in the Jordan Valley Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 8

20 min 13 sec

As the world tries to keep global temperatures from rising above 1.5 or even 2 degrees celsius, one of the biggest resources to slow global warming may be changing sides.  The Amazon rainforest has always been hailed for its ability to absorb the world’s carbon. Now, a new study is showing fires and deforestation are causing parts of the rainforest to expel more carbon than they absorb. This is changing the global warming equation and making it that much easier for the planet to heat up. In this episode: Dr John Miller, Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 6

21 min 6 sec

In August, the UN climate panel issued a “code red for humanity”. The latest IPCC report warned of a catastrophic planetary future if global emissions don’t reach net-zero within the next few decades. But in Bangladesh, there’s no code red needed. The country’s residents have been watching the seas rise and the glaciers melt, right in front of their eyes. And they have lessons - and warnings - for the rest of the world. In this episode:  Saleemul Huq (@SaleemulHuq), Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development (@ICCCAD) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 3

22 min 7 sec

Chicago community organiser and artist Rami Nashashibi started writing the song Mama Please in tribute to the memory of George Floyd. Over time, and with the help of musicians Drea d’Nur and Jecorey Arthur it evolved into a song about injustice in the United States and abroad. This song is dedicated to a former New York State police officer who was fired when she intervened to stop another officer’s chokehold. We're bringing you an update on that former officer, Cariol Horne, and her fight for justice. In this episode: Singer and music producer, Drea d’Nur; artist and executive director of Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Rami Nashashibi; and former police officer and current activist, Cariol Horne. Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Sep 1

20 min 26 sec

The number of cases from the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to rise, even in countries like Israel that vaccinated most of their populations. In the US, more children are coming down with the virus and the number of cases for adults under 50 is the highest it’s ever been. Now, the US is announcing it plans to offer booster shots, but the World Health Organization (WHO) is arguing the rest of the world needs those vaccines first. In this episode, we’re bringing you an update and a reminder of what the Delta variant is and why it’s so concerning, particularly for the unvaccinated. In this episode:  Dr Syra Madad (@syramadad), Epidemiologist, Senior Director for Special Pathogens with the New York City Health System and a member of the Federation of American Scientists COVID task force Dr Salam Gueye (@SalamGueye), Director of Regional Emergencies in Africa for the World Health Organization Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 30

21 min 31 sec

Chile is in the midst of rewriting its constitution, a process that will affect every aspect of Chilean life - even down to its water. The country has been battling a mega drought for over a decade, and rivers and reservoirs in Chile have dried to dust. This year could match 2019 for the driest year on record. With the current constitution, access to water goes to the highest bidder. But all that could be changing this year. In this episode, we’re updating a story from May 2020, about the man-made roots of Chile’s water crisis. In this episode: Lucia Newman (@lucianewman), Al Jazeera correspondent for Latin America Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 27

22 min 22 sec

For many of us, morning doesn’t begin until we’ve had that first cup of caffeine. But the spoonful of sugar some Americans are pouring into their coffee or tea could be making communities in Palm Beach County, Florida sick. In a lawsuit filed in 2019, the plaintiffs claim the smoke and ash that fills the air during harvest season may be linked to several serious health problems, including respiratory issues. A group of journalists and scientists teamed up for a one-year investigation into the consequences of sugar cane burning. In this episode we hear from one of them.  In this episode:  Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan), Investigative reporter at the Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) Robert Mitchell and Christine Louis-Jeune, Palm Beach County residents Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 25

21 min

Every August, in a small town called San Cibrao, in the northern region of Galicia, Spain, people gather to celebrate a local yearly festival: the A Maruxaina. Finding a bathroom during the event, which brings together thousands of people, can be challenging - forcing many to go to discreet alleys instead. In 2019, a group of women were secretly recorded while doing it. The videos were posted on porn websites. Now, the women are seeking justice. In this episode:  Sonia Visozo, El País’ correspondent in Galicia Paloma Maseda and Alba Álvarez, victims Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 23

19 min 30 sec

After two decades, Taliban rule is starting to look like the new normal in Afghanistan again. It’s a reality that has tens of thousands of Afghans running for their lives. But the new leadership is assuring Afghans that they are safe in Afghanistan. Will this be a softer, gentler version Taliban rule? Or are the end of women’s rights and public executions ahead? To find out, we talk to one of our correspondents who has followed the Taliban for twenty years and watched them enter the room where deals were signed. In this episode:  Ali Latifi (@alibomaye), Al Jazeera Digital's Kabul correspondent  Osama Bin Javaid (@osamabinjavaid), Al Jazeera correspondent  Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 20

21 min 48 sec

On August 15, the Taliban took over the Afghan capital of Kabul, entered the presidential palace, and declared an end to the 20-year war. But before that declaration, as the armed group rapidly advanced throughout the country, we spoke with Pashtana Durrani. She's an Afghan activist who was witnessing it all first-hand. In this episode of The Take, we hear her story. In this episode:  Pashtana Durrani (@BarakPashtana), founder and executive director of LEARN Afghanistan (@LEARNAfg) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 18

20 min 38 sec

Eswatini security forces have killed 70 protesters and arrested more than 600 in the past few months, but it’s likely you’ve heard little to nothing about it. The internet in the small, Southern African country has been regularly shut down over the past few weeks, and journalists intimidated, arrested, and beaten. In this episode, we talk to one of them. In this episode: Cebelihle Mbuyisa (@CebelihleM), reporter at New Frame Vito Laterza (@vitolaterza09), associate professor of development studies at the University of Agder Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 16

18 min 34 sec

In Mexico, American guns are a fact of life. The Mexican government estimates nearly 70 percent of guns trafficked into the country come from the United States. And in the US, gun trafficking is not a federal crime. Now, the Mexican government is taking an unusual tack to try to stop the flow of arms: it's 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 (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera correspondent Eugenio Weigend Vargas (@eugenioweigend), Center for American Progress (@amprog) Connect with The Take:  Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)

Aug 13

21 min