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.
August 12, 2016
On Donald Trump's repeated claim that President Obama is the "founder of ISIS": Trump walked the statement back on Twitter this morning, saying he was being sarcastic. But it gives our history guy, Chris Woolf, a chance to remind us all of the real origins of ISIS. Plus, US fans aren't the only ones celebrating Simone Biles' epic Olympic gymnastics performances. They're also celebrating in Belize, where Biles is a dual citizen. And, New York City plays host this weekend to a rice-off, specifically a "Jollof Rice-Off!" Many countries in West Africa lay claim to the spicy, glistening grain dish Jollof. Chefs will gather at the African Food Festival to prove who makes it best.
August 11, 2016
Today we go into the heart of Rio's most famous favela, called the City of God. The neighborhood was the subject of a 2002 Hollywood movie of the same name, and ever since, it's been synonymous with violence and street crime. However, some young local filmmakers are trying to dispel this clichéd vision of their home. We also hear about a photographer and social scientist who has spent the better part of three decades traveling to Iran and documenting life inside the country. Plus, in Tanzania, women are getting married to other women — but not for the reasons you might think.