Ashley Westerman

Ashley Westerman appears in the following:

Poll: Americans Want NASA To Focus More On Asteroid Impacts, Less On Getting To Mars

Thursday, June 20, 2019

American attitudes toward space exploration and NASA's priorities have changed ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.


Nearly 71 Million People Forcibly Displaced Worldwide As Of 2018, U.N. Report Says

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The record number headlined the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' annual "Global Trends" report published Wednesday, just a day before World Refugee Day.


U.S. Resident Imprisoned In Iran On Spying Charges Returns To America

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen, was recently released from Iran's notorious Evin Prison, where he served nearly four years.


'Patron Saints Of Nothing' Is A Book For 'The Hyphenated'

Monday, June 17, 2019

Young adult author Randy Ribay says it's tough having "a dual identity" in a world "where people want you to be one thing." His new novel explores the Philippine government's deadly war on drugs.


What It's Like To Live With A Foot In China, Another In The U.S.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

In a special series, Morning Edition discovers the experiences of people affected by the deepening tensions between the world's two largest economies.


'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Laos government and conservationists estimate there are only about 800 elephants left in all of Laos, just half of them living in the wild.


Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

Monday, April 29, 2019

China has taken dramatic steps to fight climate change, including shutting major coal power plants. But now it plans to build hundreds of coal plants abroad.


In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt

Friday, April 26, 2019

The more than 250-mile, $6 billion railway is set to cut through the northern part of Laos and is primarily financed and built by the Chinese. So far, the project has mostly employed Chinese workers.


What China's Belt And Road Means For Elephants In Laos

Friday, April 26, 2019

Laos is known as the "Land of a Million Elephants." But after decades of loss of habitat, there are fewer than 1,000 left. Now those remaining may be endangered by a Chinese-backed rail line.


A Key To Peace In Afghanistan? Consider Conservation, Says One Scientist

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Alex Dehgan, a former State Department official who ran the Wildlife Conservation Society's Afghanistan program, argues science diplomacy can play a key role in rebuilding the country.


Journalist's Arrest In Philippines Sparks Demonstrations, Fears Of Wider Crackdown

Friday, February 15, 2019

Maria Ressa, the CEO of the news outlet Rappler, which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested earlier this week and charged with violating the country's cybercrime law.


Amid Renewed Violence In Myanmar's Rakhine State, Arakan Army Returns To Spotlight

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Since December, clashes between Myanmar security forces and the insurgency group have been on the rise. At least 30 have died and thousands have been displaced.


Native American Leader: 'A Wall Is Not The Answer'

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, says President Trump's proposed border wall would cut through the reservation, with negative impacts.


'Kim's Convenience' Is A Sitcom About Asian Immigrants — With Depth

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Canadian television show, which centers on a Korean immigrant family in Toronto, is the country's first to have an all-Asian lead cast. Season 3 debuted Tuesday on the CBC.


Insurgents Kill 7 Myanmar Security Forces In Independence Day Attack

Friday, January 04, 2019

Buddhist militants attacked four police posts in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state on the day the country celebrates its 1948 independence from Britain.


Xi Urges Peaceful Unification Of China And Taiwan, But Won't Rule Out Using Force

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Independence of Taiwan is "a dead end," China President Xi Jinping said Wednesday during a speech marking the 40th anniversary of when Beijing sent a message to Taiwan calling for unification.


To The Dismay Of Free Speech Advocates, Vietnam Rolls Out Controversial Cyber Law

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The law requires Internet companies to store locals' data in Vietnam and hand over user information if the government asks for it, among other contentious provisions.


N.Y. Swears In New Attorney General After A Tumultuous Year For The Office

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Letitia James says "it is the highest honor" to begin her time as the state's top legal officer. She is the state's first black attorney general and the first woman to be elected to that post.


Bangladesh PM Wins 3rd Term After Violent Election, Accusations Of Rigging

Monday, December 31, 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling alliance handily won Sunday's general election, and at least 17 people were killed during voting. The main opposition party rejects the results.


A Policy Knot Leaves Oklahomans From Marshall Islands Struggling To Get Health Care

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Their former homeland was a U.S. testing site for nuclear bombs, but they can't get Medicare or Medicaid in Oklahoma. A resident of Enid, Okla., who was born in the islands is trying to change that.