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Haiti was promised a lot of aid after a massive earthquake six years ago today, so what happened to the money? We get a reality check. Also, Turkey is reeling today from an explosion in the heart of Istanbul; a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 10 people, including foreign tourists. We'll have the latest. Plus, we hear from a Syrian American social media activist who will be in the audience when President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union speech tonight.
Today we discuss El Chapo's possible extradition, and the legacy of David Bowie. Mexican authorities have begun the process of extraditing the re-captured drug lord Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman to the US. We focus on the controversy over actor Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo, published by Rolling Stone this weekend. Also, Marco speaks with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, who says Penn's actions and Rolling Stone's decision to allow El Chapo to approve the text represent an "epic insult" to Mexican journalists. The other big story today is, of course, David Bowie's passing. His death is being mourned all over the globe, including in Iran, where journalist Maziar Bahari says he is Bowie's number one Iranian fan. Plus, we hear one of the many international versions of David Bowie's songs: Changes — sung in Portuguese by Brazilian artist Seu Jorge. It is definitely worth a listen.
All week we've been seeing pictures and videos from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, near the border with Lebanon. We speak with a doctor who has family trapped there. We also hear the story of Jennifer Peace, an openly transgender US Army captain who is waiting for military rules to catch up with her reality. Plus, a man from Montreal brings us a novel way of making snow shoveling a less onerous task — combining it with an African dance routine.
A year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, it was an uneasy day in Paris. We mark the anniversary. Plus, two more Guantanamo Bay detainees are released — to Ghana — but more than 100 remain. We get details from longtime Gitmo reporter Carol Rosenberg. We also hear advice for the families of undocumented immigrants — what to do if your family is facing deportation.
North Korea says it's tested a hydrogen bomb, and while many in the intelligence community are questioning the validity of the claim, there's no doubt that it's raising new nuclear fears on an already tense Korean peninsula. Plus, author and playwright Wajahat Ali has an interesting take on the militia stand-off in Oregon. Ali says if those involved in the stand-off were Muslim, or black, this would've played out much differently. We also hear Marco's profile of a Kenyan musician named Muthoni, the Drummer Queen.
Reaction to President Obama's gun-control initiative is the story of the day here in the US, but gun-related violence is also a huge problem in Mexico. We follow the story of a mayor in the central state of Morelos who was gunned down just one day after taking office. Also, what's happening to Hong Kong's booksellers? Five of the city's bookstore owners have gone missing recently. All of them are associated with a publisher who specializes in books that are critical of the leadership in Beijing. Plus, The World's Jason Margolis reports from Texas on efforts to get more young Latino voters to the polls in 2016.