Rape and sexual assault is being used as a weapon of war in Syria. We'll hear how it is changing the way men and women feel about the conflict. We also talk to a doctor who has seen, first hand, the effect of barrel bombs on civilians and Mandana Hendessi from Women and Women International tells us about her organization's mission to support women refugees.
Entering it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has left over 200,000 deaths in its wake. The former interim prime minister of the opposition coalition, Ghassan Hitto joined us on the show today to talk about a possible resolution to the fighting. We also hosted one of the founders of the Peace on Earth Film Festival, who brought along two filmmakers sharing their passion.
Volunteers are reading the names of the estimated 200,000 Syrian casualties of the bloody civil war in front of the White House. We talk to one of the lead organizers of the movement. Also, we discuss why the metric system just can't seem to be implemented in the States and a flamenco group performs on Weekend Passport.
Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society believes that Bashar al-Assad is lying about his denial in the use of barrel bombs. Louisa Chu joins us to talk about a banned French dish which is making a comeback, and ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat plays live from Studio 10.
Although some in Liberia are now referring to Ebola in the past-tense, the epidemic looks likely to continue past its ninth month. Laurie Garrett just returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia. She'll give us an update on what the epidemic looks like now.
Although Turkey's role in the fight against ISIS remains complicated, this week the country offered more assistance in training moderate Syrian rebels. We'll discuss Turkey's place in the actions against ISIS with political science professor Michael M. Gunter.