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A federal judge in Texas has halted President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. So what happens now for undocumented people who would’ve started sending in applications for one of the president’s programs tomorrow? Then, a look at the police shooting of an unarmed 35-year-old man in Pasco, Washington; it’s being called the “Latino Ferguson.” Next, we take a trip across the country to the Westminster Dog Show, which culminates tonight with the crowning of one canine as the “best in show.” What are the politics of a dog show? Continuing our weeklong series of interviews with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries, Madeleine speaks with Rory Kennedy, director of Last Days in Vietnam. The film chronicles the fall of Saigon in 1975. Finally, we fast-forward to contemporary Vietnam: How has it changed in the last 40 years?

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Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Immigration Ruling Explainer 8 MIN, 57 SEC

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration just hit a big snag. A federal judge in Texas temporarily halted two programs that make up the heart of of the president’s actions. The programs would’ve protected millions of undocumented people from deportation, and one was set to start taking applications tomorrow. So, what happens now?

Guests:
Dara Lind, Vox (@DLind)

The “Latino Ferguson” 8 MIN, 12 SEC

Last week, Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed by police in the small city of Pasco, in Washington State. A cell phone video of the shooting has outraged the local Latino community. Zambrano-Montes had been throwing rocks at cars and police. The video shows police officers firing at someone out of frame, then pans to show Zambrano-Montes walking, then running empty-handed across the street with three officers in pursuit. He finally turns and raises his hands in front of him and the police open fire. It’s been reported that this is the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco since July. While more than half of Pasco is Hispanic, the police and city government are mostly white -- just like in Ferguson, Missouri.

Guests:
Felix Vargas, Consejo Latino

Best in Show 7 MIN, 24 SEC

Across the country, in snowy New York City, things are heating up at Madison Square Garden. More than 2,800 dogs are competing in this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Tonight, one of them will be crowned “Best In Show,” the event’s highest honor. We catch up on the spectacle of it all.

Guests:
Billy Wheeler, Dog Show Poop

“Last Days in Vietnam” 14 MIN, 35 SEC

There’s an iconic picture that symbolizes the end of the Vietnam War: A helicopter sits on the roof of what most people believe is the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. A long line of people stand on a ladder leading to the roof and a man reaches out to help the first of them aboard. In fact, the image is of an apartment building that housed senior CIA employees. The confusion is a good metaphor for the war, and the chaos as the North Vietnamese rolled towards Saigon after the war officially ended. The new documentary Last Days in Vietnam tries to clarify some of what happened as America scrambled to evacuate the country. We speak to director Rory Kennedy as part of a weeklong series of interviews with the filmmakers behind this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Guests:
Rory Kennedy, Director, 'Last Days of Vietnam'

Nowadays in Vietnam 8 MIN, 20 SEC

From the capture of Saigon, which marked the end of the Vietnam War, we fast forward 40 years to the present day. Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, is virtually unrecognizable from how it looked in 1975. It’s a thriving, modern metropolis of nearly 8 million people. And the rest of the country has changed too, from a very traditional communist society where food was rationed, to one that’s more open and westernized. So, how did it get from there to here?

Guests:
Edmund Malesky, Duke University

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