May 22, 2015
The Irish vote today on a referendum that would legalize gay marriage. We'll find out where Ireland sits in the global push for gay rights. We also hear the story of a young American who lost his passport on a visit to Turkey — and found out it ended up in the hands of refugee smugglers. Plus, The World's Marco Werman is riding the rails right now as part of a writing fellowship with Amtrak. He just happens to be in New Orleans, where he tells us about the funeral of Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill, a NOLA musician who died recently while on tour in Japan.
May 21, 2015
Iraqi forces are reportedly preparing to try and retake the city of Ramadi after it was seized by ISIS fighters a few days ago, while ISIS has already taken the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as well. We also have a conversation with a popular Mexican-American cartoonist who's now moving into TV. Finally, we'll tell you about a project to protect butterflies and honeybees by forming a 1,500 mile protective "butterfly corridor" across the country.
May 20, 2015
Migrants in Asia, migrants in Europe; sometimes it seems the whole world is on the move, and some smugglers have gone so far as to advertise on Facebook. We'll find out about that, plus how the the LGBT community in Jamaica is standing up for their rights. We also have a conversation with a French graphic artist whose new book has been described as "wicked dressed up as cute."
May 19, 2015
Voters in Ireland are about to vote on whether to approve same-sex marriage, and the polls are predicting a "yes" victory. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, it's the case of a cake with a pro-gay marriage design that's making headlines. Plus, a sitar player remembers how David Letterman gave him his big break.
May 18, 2015
We hear about ISIS's capture of Ramadi in western Iraq, and what it means in the battle against the Islamist group. We also take a look at actor John Cho, who last fall became the first Asian American man to star in a romantic comedy on TV. Plus, we tell you about a group of female bikers in Dubai who belong to a stereotype-defying club of motorcycle enthusiasts.
May 15, 2015
Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. Plus, Brazilians, fed up with lenient penalties for juvenile offenders, seriously consider lowering the prison sentencing age from 18 to 16. Also, legendary blues musician BB King died Thursday, age 89. We find out how King's global influence reached every music corner of the world.
May 14, 2015
Today we focus on surveillance, particularly the bulk collection of phone records that Congress just voted to end. Then, we look at how the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore put the spotlight on how African Americans there fear the police. In some ways, Baltimore's immigrants feel that way too. Finally, a massive NATO military training exercise is currently under way in the North Sea — they're pretending to hunt Russian subs.
May 13, 2015
It's now up to a jury, whether to sentence Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or life in prison. And it may come down to a matter of conscience or a matter of faith. Also, there's another migrant crisis brewing, but it's not in the Mediterranean. It's off the coast of Thailand, where thousands of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are stranded at sea. Plus, a secret election took place in Germany this week that has left classical musical lovers scratching their heads.
May 12, 2015
Another earthquake hits Nepal causing more fear and destruction. We hear from Kathmandu on what it's been like today, where people are still recovering from last month's devastating quake. Plus, Cuban researchers have been working on a vaccine for lung cancer for some time, and it looks like researchers in the US will join in. Also, we'll do a taste test of Canadian butter tarts. They're supposed to be the answer to the chocolate chip cookie.
May 11, 2015
The King of Saudi Arabia won't be coming to the US this week to attend a meeting of Arab countries. Whether it's a snub depends on who you ask. Also, what's causing mummies in South America to liquefy? The answer may have something to do with climate change. Plus, a Russian DJ sings American standards with the likes of Melissa Manchester, the late Ben E. King and Gary U.S. Bonds.