Alissa Johannsen Rubin

New York Times

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Alissa Rubin is Paris Bureau Chief and former Baghdad and Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

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French president Emmanuel Macron is in Washington for three days of meetings with President Trump.

What does the French president want from Trump?

French president Emmanuel Macron is in Washington for three days of meetings with President Trump.

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On Sunday -- just days since the murder of a policeman on the iconic Champs-Élysées stirred fears of terrorism -- voters in France will choose between 11 candidates in the first round…

France votes in crucial presidential election

On Sunday -- just days since the murder of a policeman on the iconic Champs-Élysées stirred fears of terrorism -- voters in France will choose between 11 candidates in the first round…

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As of today, a ban on body-covering burkinis for Muslim women has been overturned in one beach town on the French Riviera.

Vive le burkini?

As of today, a ban on body-covering burkinis for Muslim women has been overturned in one beach town on the French Riviera.

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KCRW speaks with members of LA's Jewish community, plus Israeli and Palestinian expats about Tuesday's Israeli election.

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Two of the most urgent crises facing Americans---mental health and homelessness---are inextricably linked. The failure to see this has only made things worse.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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