August 26, 2016
The World's Global Nation team has been investigating conditions at facilities where the government holds migrants — most of them from Central America — who are awaiting court dates or deportation. We've been looking specifically at what it's like for women and children. We've found instances of mothers and their very young children locked up for up to a year. Then, as we mark the centennial of the US National Parks System, we'll hear how China is building its own park system. Plus, we'll hear from the French consul general in New Orleans about the support that his country is giving to Louisiana in its efforts to recover from recent flooding.
August 25, 2016
Several French cities have outlawed full body swimsuits, known as burkinis, for being un-French. Now, those bans are being challenged in the French courts. Also, an Asian American journalist writes about being attacked — and then spared — because of his race at a Black Lives Matter protest. He joins us on the program to give his very personal perspective on that experience. Plus, there's a debate raging in Thailand right now about whether it's better to squat or sit when using the toilet.
August 24, 2016
We begin in Italy, where an overnight earthquake struck several towns and killed at least 120 people. We'll take you to one of the places devastated by the quake to bring you an eye witness account. We also hear why the tire company Michelin has decided to refuse to purchase rubber from suppliers who have engaged in deforestation. Plus, we take a trip to the Arctic for a journey through the Northwest Passage on a cruise ship. Climate change means that's now possible — but it's still a risky proposition.
August 23, 2016
Today, we explore the topic of race in the US with Nigerian American writer Teju Cole. His new collection of essays is called "Known and Strange Things." We also hear about a tech entrepreneur who thought he had a great idea to help improve living conditions in India and Africa. Things didn't go as planned, and now he's teaching his lessons of failure at MIT. Plus, there's a new craze for ramen noodles as currency in prisons.
August 22, 2016
Goodbye Brazil. The Rio Olympics are now done and dusted. Japan, we'll see you in four years. Plus, we'll bring you the story of a Cameroonian musician named Moken. His life completely changed when he won American citizenship through the green card lottery. Also, the London Underground starts running 24/7... and it's kind of a grim scene.
August 19, 2016
Haiti had never had a case of cholera until a group of UN peacekeepers arrived from Nepal and introduced the disease. Six years later, the UN is finally accepting responsibility. Also, the Clinton Foundation says it will stop taking foreign donations if Hillary Clinton wins in November. But is there still a conflict of interest? Plus, one of London's oldest gay bars is closing.
August 18, 2016
The photo of a dazed and wounded Syrian boy goes viral, leading many around the globe to demand that more be done for the victims in Syria. We hear from a member of the Syrian opposition who says that's not enough. Also, the latest on four US Olympians who said they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio. Plus, how to stay safe while playing Pokemon GO on the streets of Caracas, Venezuela.
August 17, 2016
Wednesday on The World, we explore America’s new war in Iraq. Some US forces are still there, helping fight ISIS. We talk with a reporter just back from the frontlines. Also, we’ll talk to the leader of the Muslims for Peace group on Donald Trump’s stated need to get vicious on Muslim extremists. And, we learn about a program that gives food from the Olympics to the poor in Rio.
August 16, 2016
Tuesday on The World, reporter Arun Rath is just back from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and he tells us what's behind the Obama administration's decision to release 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates. President Barack Obama has pledged to close the Guantanamo facility, but has so far come up short on delivering. Plus, we speak with writer Shireen Ahmed about the Muslim women who are competing at the Olympics in hijabs. And, we hear how refugees living in a United Nations camp in Iraq are dealing with the soaring temperatures, way above 100 degrees most days.
August 15, 2016
A Muslim community in Queens, New York, is reacting to the shooting death this weekend of a local imam and an aide. Also on Monday, we learn about the expansion of California's so-called maker movement to China. And, we'll have reaction from Puerto Rico to the island's first Olympic gold medal.