April 17, 2015
We head first to the Mediterranean to get the latest on a series of incidents this week involving migrants from the Middle East and North Africa trying to reach Europe. We also go to South Africa, where migrants from other sub-Saharan African countries have faced increased violence in recent days. Plus, there's plenty of great music in the show, including Tal National, an ensemble from Niger, and we play some wake-up music for astronauts.
April 16, 2015
Today marks a self-imposed deadline for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to be Ebola-free. New cases are still cropping up, but the number of new infections has been dramatically reduced. Also, what questions did Russian President Vladimir Putin avoid answering during his marathon call-in program today? Plus, a Minnesota town called "America's Little Sweden" was recently forced to drop the umlaut from its name on the highway sign into town, but the governor ordered the umlaut be restored.
April 15, 2015
We take a global look at pay equity for female managers and CEOs, and also see how Finland manages its prison population — without locks and bars. Plus, survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing still hear the explosions ringing in their ears two years later — literally.
April 14, 2015
Today, we head to Nigeria where rallies are being held in major cities, marking the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram. We'll speak with one of the organizers of the original Bring Back Our Girls campaign. Plus, there's a long history of fusion cuisine along a part of the US-Mexican border — but it's not what you think: Lisa Morehouse brings us a story on Chinese food with Mexican flavors. Plus, the famous US Navy flying team, the Blue Angels, have a new pilot. We have HER story.
April 13, 2015
In China, the detention of five women's rights activists has become something of a cause célèbre for American politicians, including Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Today, all five were released. Also, the pope made news over the weekend when he marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks — "the first genocide of the 20th century." And Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made a splash in Armenia too; and we speak with a reporter who is following them around the country.
April 10, 2015
Are body cameras on police officers the answer? Police forces in the UK have been using body cameras for several years now. We find out how that's working. Also, we check in on a London revival of the play, "Our American Cousin." You might have heard of it; it was the play that President Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated 150 years ago. Plus, we recall the days when the US and the Soviet Union were racing to outdo each other in space. A British group called Public Service Broadcasting has a new album that sets archival footage from the space race to music.
April 9, 2015
Why is Cuba on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism? We answer that question as the Obama Administration weighs taking Havana off the list. Also, we hear about a "little red app" launched to extol the virtues of China's leader Xi Jinping. Plus, we meet a Yemeni American who managed to flee the violence in Yemen. It wasn't easy — he did it by boarding a small boat and crossing the Red Sea.
April 8, 2015
The verdict is guilty on all 30 counts for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Also, we get the intimate details of the deal reached between the US and Iran from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who was involved in the talks. Also, California isn't the only place ordering its citizens to cut down on water use; the Taiwanese are facing a severe water shortage too.
April 7, 2015
Protective suits have obscured the faces of those working with Ebola patients. Now, a Los Angeles-based artist has come up with a solution that's already making a difference and putting a face on Ebola health workers in West Africa. Plus, we explore a new way to solve a common problem regarding the future of renewable energy in Germany: How to store the excess renewable energy and pave the way for more wind and solar energy projects. Also, we check in with "El Maestro," the Los Angeles tailor who makes the suits worn by mariachi musicians.
April 6, 2015
Why isn't the US government evacuating US citizens from Yemen? That's the question we're asking today on The World. Also, from our environment desk, Peter Thomson discusses with us the future of renewable energy, and we also hear from a German inventor who has come up with a new way to store electricity generated by solar panels. Plus we hear the story about a legal battle over a Jay Z song that sampled from a 1960 tune by an Egyptian singer.