May 1, 2015
Tesla debuts a battery system for the home that would be powered by renewable energy and hopefully help people get off the grid altogether, but will the price be right for consumers? And what happens when the battery runs out? Plus, staying on the tech front, we hear how drones are being used to help recovery and relief efforts in Nepal. Also, a Vietnamese refugee tells us his story, and remembers coming to terms with such American things as Scooby Doo cartoons and Halloween.
April 30, 2015
Ten men in Pakistan received 25-year prison sentences for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. Also, from Nigeria, more than 100 children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram have been rescued by authorities, but the kidnapped girls who sparked the #BringBackOurGirls campaign over a year ago remain missing. Plus, a daughter goes in search of her mother, who was North Vietnam's first female war correspondent.
April 29, 2015
We continue to follow developments in Nepal following Saturday's earthquake, where in many cases, basic needs such as shelter, food and water are still not being met. We also continue to follow developments in Baltimore. Today, the Orioles game is being played in an empty stadium. Major League Baseball says it's a first for them, but it's happened plenty of times in the world of soccer. Plus, in Ecuador, residents love the two dollar bill. In fact, they can't get enough of them.
April 28, 2015
We'll hear the latest on the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts following Saturday's devastating earthquake in Nepal, including students at UMass Boston who are trying to organize help for their families back home. Plus, a reporter from London is in Baltimore reporting on the riots following the death of Freddie Gray and seeing parallels between the racial tensions in Baltimore and what he witnessed during the Tottenham riots in 2011. We'll also hear the amazing story of one Vietnamese family's escape as Saigon fell 40 years ago.
April 27, 2015
The tiny nation of Nepal is struggling to recover from a major earthquake that hit the region over the weekend. More than 4,000 are dead, and thousands are without housing, water and power. We'll talk to people on the ground. Also, we begin a week of coverage about the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. Today, Valerie Hamilton tells us about the first Vietnamese language newspaper in the United States. Plus, we hear about efforts to use zoo animal waste as bio-fuel.
April 24, 2015
The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: What's driving people to flee, and how could a European Union plan stem the flow of would-be refugees? Also, it's been two years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. We find out how some of the survivors are faring. There's also another anniversary today, though a much lighter one. Forty years ago "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" hit the silver screen.
April 23, 2015
The White House says two aid workers — one American, one Italian — were accidentally killed in a drone strike against al-Qaeda in January. We'll hear more about the American aid worker, Warren Weinstein, from a friend and former colleague. Plus, a Syrian filmmaker tells us about his cousin, a farmer who was forced to join President Bashar al-Assad's army. We'll also visit the University of Texas, El Paso where the student body is 80 percent Latino, but its buildings are 100 percent Bhutanese.
April 22, 2015
Saudi Arabia has resumed air strikes on Yemen, just hours after saying its bombing campaign was over. We'll get the reaction from a Yemeni human rights worker who's currently stuck in London. Also, why are scientists using hockey to track climate change? Plus, Norway is getting rid of FM radio. What are they thinking? Don't touch that dial...
April 21, 2015
European nations react to migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. Just this week, an estimated 800 people died when a boat they were crammed into capsized off Libya. We'll hear a first-hand account from one Eritrean man who undertook a similar, terrifying trip. Plus, in a preview of a documentary on PBS Frontline, it's an investigation into the life of an American who played a key role in planning of the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai. Later we'll hear about the passion behind the creators of the hashtag "#100sareepact." Their commitment to wearing traditional saris twice a week has become a social media phenomenon in India.
April 20, 2015
In the two years since the Boston marathon bombings, towns and cities across the US have been reassessing what it takes to keep their citizens safe. We'll find out about security measures we see and CAN'T see. We'll also drop in on the marathon finish line to find out what spectators make of enhanced security measures. Plus, a young Pakistani man gave up his job in corporate law to dedicate his life to leading a citizen's movement against terrorism. He has received death threats from the Taliban and has to keep on the move for this own safety. He'll tell us why he's touring US colleges and universities. We'll also hear from Jason Motlagh about the tasty treats from Cuba's Coppelia ice cream shop in Havana.