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The Gangs and Corruption Fueling the Border Crisis

Here’s what one organization is doing to try to restore the rule of law in Honduras.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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The demographics of migrants crossing the Southern border of the United States have changed over the past several decades. What used to be young Mexican men seeking economic opportunity have turned into families seeking refuge from broken Central American governments. Sonia Nazario has spent decades reporting from Honduras, a country where corruption runs rampant and gangs have become the de facto government. She says that the foreign aid that the Trump administration has cut off to Central America is the very aid that could help solve the crisis at the Southern border.

Guest: Sonia Nazario, journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite With His Mother.