The Trump administration recently declared its interest in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. What’s this all about? In the first segment, we talk to Claus Elholm Andersen, professor of Scandinavian studies in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW–Madison, to get some insight on Greenland’s history and resources—and why it’s strategically important to global powers like the US and China.
For the remainder of the hour, we focus our attention on the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. First, we hear about the fires’ effects on biodiversity and the climate with Lisa Naughton, professor of geography at UW–Madison.
Then, independent journalist Zoe Sullivan and Maria Luisa Mendonça, co-director of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil, offer insight into the social and political effects of the Amazon fires on indigenous communities in Brazil and the surrounding region.