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North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warhead 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Washington Post reports that North Korea has crossed “a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.” It's miniaturized a nuclear warhead so it can fit inside a guided missile. Robert Litwak, who was director of nonproliferation on President Clinton's National Security Council staff, is currently at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Guests:
Robert Litwak, Wilson Center (@TheWilsonCenter)

What should America look like? 5 MIN

President Trump is supporting a new Senate bill on legal immigration, called the RAISE Act, standing for "Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment."  Trump wants legal immigration based on high skills and earning potential — not on family ties — and he'd reduce it by half.

But high-skilled workers may not show up if they can't bring their families, and the economy may need more low-wage workers than it can produce. Beyond economics, this "nation of immigrants" has welcomed newcomers from all over the world, with the goal of "diversity."  Will that be replaced by "assimilation" — as America's existential question heats up again?

Guests:
Dara Lind, Vox (@DLind)
Vivek Wadhwa, Carnegie Mellon University Engineering at Silicon Valley (@wadhwa)
Edward Alden, Council on Foreign Relations (@edwardalden)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)

More:
Lind on Trump administration's war on diversity
Wadhwa on how Trump's immigration proposal could be good for the country
Alden on the RAISE Act and wage stagnation
Rubin on Trump's immigration proposal, xenophobic populism and its economic ambitions

Failure to Adjust

Edward Alden

Who's afraid of the Americanization of English? 8 MIN, 35 SEC


The evolution of the English language in books: Yankees one, Brits 0
Illustration by Mona Chalabi / Data: Gonçalves et al. 2017

There's a new book creating a stir in the United Kingdom, That's the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English. As the vote for Brexit suggests, there's a nationalist trend in that country — and an argument that British and American English are two separate languages that ought to stay that way.  Rebecca Rideal disagrees, based on her studies as a historian of 17th Century England, when English settlers started coming here to the New World.

Guests:
Rebecca Rideal, historian and author (@RebeccaRideal)

More:
Rideal's '1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire'

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