July 9, 2020
The US Supreme Court weighed in Thursday on the question of presidential power. The justices decided 7-2 that President Donald Trump cannot block the release of his financial records to prosecutors in New York. And, Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics is under fire for polluting waters near its factory in Louisiana. Also, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan has released a video telling people not to scream out loud to help prevent the spread coronavirus-carrying droplets. Instead, park officials are asking patrons to “please scream inside your heart.”
July 9, 2020
Are we in the middle of a new Cold War — or have we rewritten the game? With old nuclear arms treaties expiring and no new ones being signed, are we adapting to the times — or playing with fire?
In episode four of the third season of "Things That Go Boom," our partner podcast from PRX, host Laicie Heeley looks at the past and present of civil defense and nuclear arms control and asks what we can do — as individuals and as a nation — to prevent the existential threat of nuclear war.
Guests: Alex Wellerstein, professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and historian of nuclear weapons; Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation.
Trump Will Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty, The New York Times
Will Donald Trump Resume Nuclear Testing?, The Economist
July 8, 2020
US colleges are bracing to lose many foreign students this fall after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new guidelines that require international students in online-only courses to transfer schools or leave the country altogether. And the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate a scam selling supposedly valuable statues in Mali and Cameroon. Also, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced Wednesday a plan called "Eat Out to Help Out." During the month of August, people who dine-in at restaurants in the UK will receive 50% off their meal, excluding alcohol, with about a $13 limit per person.
July 7, 2020
After months of flouting the threat of the pandemic, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on live television that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is planning his first international diplomatic mission to Washington to celebrate the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. But his visit is generating tough questions back home. Plus, to celebrate his 85th birthday, the Dalai Lama has released an 11-track album called "Inner World" featuring mantras and teachings all set to a relaxing bed of music.
July 7, 2020
The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated existing crises of food insecurity and health disparities. And mass protests around the world continue to spotlight deep-seated inequities faced by communities of color. As part of our weekly discussion series on the global pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation exploring the global food supply and inequities, presented with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
July 6, 2020
Facebook and other tech giants will temporarily stop processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities after China imposed a security law on the city that calls for greater supervision and regulation of Hong Kong’s internet. And, many sex workers continued to work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, putting them at risk from abusive clients as well as the coronavirus. Now, brothels across the content are reopening, and authorities have issued a long list of hygiene rules. Also, most Pride activities around the world were canceled or moved online this year, but Shanghai Pride events continued as usual. But “as usual” means something very different in China compared to other places.
July 3, 2020
If one thing is clear about this teeny tiny new coronavirus, it’s that it has changed the world. Scientists around the world are trying to understand how immunity to the coronavirus works — but, as The World's Elana Gordon reports, it's a maddening puzzle. English pubs are reopening this weekend. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is encouraging the British public to enjoy, but also to use good judgment. Also, how the pandemic is getting people to rethink the ways they work. One municipality in Nova Scotia experiments with a four-day work week. Plus, a new album from the Djibouti national radio band is the first global album release in the country's 43-year-history. The World's host Marco Werman speaks to one of the co-producers of the album, called "The Dancing Devils of Djibouti."
July 2, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sees COVID-19 as a formidable, global foe. But he tells The World's host Marco Werman he's cautiously optimistic there will be more than one safe and effective vaccine available. Also, could pulling CO2 directly out of the air be an effective way to fight climate change? Plus, in Brazil, wildfires in the Amazon are threatening a region already hit hard by the novel coronavirus. And, the next Women's World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The 2019 soccer FIFA World Cup was a smashing success, with well over a billion viewers. Expectations are high for 2023.
July 1, 2020
In Hong Kong, a restrictive new security law enacted by Beijing is being used to arrest protesters on its first day in effect. we hear from pro-democracy activist Isaac Cheng. Plus, in Russia, it’s the last day for citizens to vote on a large bundle of constitutional amendments that include a measure that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. And, we look at how the coronavirus has impacted migrants in the seafood industry in the US.
June 30, 2020
Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei talks about what's at stake in Hong Kong for the pro-democracy movement. Plus, vaccine testing in South Africa, which this week became the first African country with a vaccine trial. And, a change to a refugee program in Europe could leave thousands of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers who pass through Greek refugee camps homeless.