July 7, 2015
Today we offer two perspectives on the Greek crisis. First, is it the beginning of the end of modern Europe, or should we remain bullish on a united Europe? We also check in with a German man who gave up his job in finance to move to Greece. Eventually, he started a wine exporting business, and now, with the latest crisis, he's making contingency plans in case there's a return to the drachma. Plus we have the amazing story of Árstíðir, a singing group from Iceland that got its big break when a video of them performing in a German train station went viral.
July 6, 2015
By a wide margin, the Greeks have said "No" to the latest austerity deal offered by its European counterparts, but the big unanswered question remains: Now what? Also, Pope Francis begins a visit to South America. He's in Ecuador today, where he may square off with the country's conservative president, Rafael Correa. Plus, we'll have a wrap-up of the Women's World Cup, which ended in dramatic fashion Sunday with America's 5-2 victory over Japan.
July 3, 2015
We're firing up the grill, and setting off some fireworks — without even leaving the studio. Plus, Human Rights Watch got access to the city of Sadda in Yemen. They found evidence of war violations committed there. Also, two bomb blasts in Bogotá, Colombia have residents rattled. Authorities are blaming a gang with links to a guerrilla group.
July 2, 2015
Business leaders hate it; organized labor loves it. We're talking about President Obama's plan to make more workers eligible for overtime pay. So what do you think they would make of a plan by the Dutch city of Utrecht to guarantee everyone a minimum salary of $1,000 per month — whether they work or not? Then, we revisit a Tunisian breakdancing troupe whose goal is to keep kids from being radicalized. The alleged shooter in last week's tourist resort attack in Tunisia had once belonged to a similar troupe — so does this kind of thing work? Plus, we have to talk about last night's Women's World Cup match. The deciding goal that stopped England from proceeding to the final, was scored by an England player elegantly kicking the ball into the back of her own net. Ouch!
July 1, 2015
We start today with a look at how Greeks in America are responding to the financial meltdown back in Athens. Then, in the Sinai Peninsula, ISIS militants attack Egyptian troops. Plus, the holy month of Ramadan means fasting, prayer, and a lot of TV. We channel surf with the BBC's Ramadan TV correspondent.
June 30, 2015
A Greek comedian tells us why she thinks it's a great time to visit Greece, not despite her country's economic crisis but because of it! Plus, The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is just back from their Middle East Tour. The choir's music director speaks about their sell-out performance in Istanbul, where they also witnessed police break up a gay pride march with water cannons and rubber bullets. Also, a Louisiana public school attracts rich and poor, white and black, for its language immersion program. That's foreign language learning as equalizer.
June 29, 2015
Today we hear the latest on the debt crisis in Greece, how it's affecting day-to-day life for Greeks and how it could affect the US. We also bring you the background of the gunman who killed 38 people — many of them tourists — at a beach resort in Tunisia last week. Plus, our language desk has been finding out how sailors' slang from the era of galleons and pirates is still alive in contemporary English.
June 26, 2015
Today is a landmark day for LGBT individuals in the US. We get global reaction to the US Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, a string of terrorist attacks grabbed the world's attention. We hear the latest on the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. Plus, we bring you a story of some very brave graffiti artists in Honduras.
June 25, 2015
Muslims the world over are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. For Muslims in one Texas town, they can partake in a little BBQ when they break the fast. Also, we turn to Iraq where a special Kurdish army team is responsible for defusing Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs. Plus, we have a strange tale of the Israeli Army's pursuit of 18 cows.
June 24, 2015
It was a dramatic day in a Boston courtroom, as Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to his victims and their families. Then, in the aftermath of the attack on a South Carolina black church, we ask what exactly constitutes a "terrorist" and a "threat." Also, we hear tales from Napoleon's battle at Waterloo.