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Updated 2018-02-24 23:36
More states join the fight to reduce global warming
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, may be growing. New Jersey’s new Democratic Governor has vowed to bring his state back into the compact and Virginia is the first coal-producing state to take steps to join.
How foreign correspondents in the US cover mass shootings for their overseas audiences
The mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, is still grabbing headlines more than a week after the tragedy, and many of those headlines are overseas. We spoke with two foreign correspondents based in the US about what it's like to cover mass shootings and gun rights for audiences overseas.
A Ugandan in Canada learns to skate
When Ugandan rapper Keko moved to Canada, she became a hockey fan. But she was less excited about learning how to skate.
Venezuela hopes new cryptocurrency is a 'silver bullet' for economic woes
President Nicolás Maduro hopes it will help fix the country’s dire financial situation by sidestepping US sanctions and providing an alternative to cash, which is nearly worthless in Venezuela due to the soaring inflation rate.
Mexico's women's team is making world rugby history
The sport’s growth in Mexico corresponds with a broader push to develop the game internationally and expand its popularity beyond traditional strongholds like England and former British colonies.
Bering Sea loses half its sea ice over two weeks
Temperatures in Alaska on Tuesday were as high as 45 degrees above average.
Unaccompanied minors in Paris face X-ray tests and other Kafkaesque hurdles to proving their age
When teenage migrants reach France and apply for asylum as unaccompanied minors, they often find that proving they're under 18 is yet another challenge on their journey. Some end up living on the streets while trying to confirm their age.
Subsistence hunters adapt to a warming Alaska with new tools
Alaska is warming up roughly twice as fast as the rest of the US and that means big new challenges for Native communities that rely on hunting for survival. Hunters are trying to adapt by changing both how and what they hunt.
Will automated convenience stores put South Koreans out of work?
South Korea has one of the world’s highest human-to-convenience-store ratios, but increasingly, those stores are operating without staff, instead relying on machines to allow customers to purchase goods.
How the Vietnam War's Napalm Girl found hope after tragedy
For many years, Kim Phuc was known as the Napalm Girl. She was in an iconic photograph that pictured her running naked down a road, screaming after a napalm attack on her village. That photo won a Pulitzer Prize and changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War. For many years, Kim was angry and in pain. But, she found a way to forgive and find peace.
'America's pastor' Billy Graham leaves global legacy
The Rev. Billy Graham was known as "America's pastor." But his legacy as a Christian leader is very global.
Whatever became of National Brotherhood Week?
In the mid-20th century, National Brotherhood Week was a huge public relations campaign in the US aimed at promoting tolerance and brotherhood as American virtues. Most people don't remember it anymore.
How Koreans put the 'K' in K-pop
A deep dive into the 'K' in K-pop and traditional Korean music.
American coach of Afghan women's soccer team has one goal: Hope
The team practices all over Asia and the Middle East. "Our goal is to find safe places outside of Afghanistan," she says, "so everyone who comes to camp can feel safe and can train and feel good about the environment, and focus on football."
In autocratic China, leakers beware
"China's ultimate goal is to use democracy to undermine democracy," says one expert on Chinese dissent.
Where does language come from?
Humans are the only creatures on Earth that can choke on their own food. Yes, that’s right. Why would humans have evolved such potentially fatal architecture? Some experts say the reason is speech. This week on the podcast, we explore several theories about where language comes from.
Russian bots seize on Parkland shooting to amplify messages
These days, the online debates about gun control come with a steroid boost from Twitter bots seeking to divide Americans even further. Host Marco Werman speaks with Erin Griffith, a senior writer at Wired, who wrote about the surge in bot traffic.
Wrong beach? Two British towns may not actually be where Caesar landed in 55 B.C.
New research suggests Caesar's forces may have landed further north — and locals don't want to believe it.
I worked at the CDC and if it really wanted to, it could study gun violence
The tragic shooting death of 17 people at a Florida high school is renewing calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violence. The CDC used to study what triggers mass shootings and how to end gun violence until Congress threatened to cut off funding if research continued. Is it time to revisit?
Rapper Ruby Ibarra says Waray and Tagalog are 'perfect for hip-hop'
"I’m not here to say that my experience ... is the definitive Filipino American experience," said Ruby Ibarra, who is out with her first album. "It’s just one lens, one glimpse of the story.”
A comic book hero offers a fresh vision of Africa
Marvel Comics reimagines the sub-Saharan.
More details but no answers in brain trauma cases of US diplomats in Cuba
Doctors call it “a concussion without concussion.” But what’s causing it? The medical mystery continues.
Hundreds of British KFC stores have to close — after they run out of chicken
Most of the chain's 900-some UK stores are closed after a new supplier couldn't deliver chicken to stores
They lived in limbo in Australian offshore camps for years. Now they call the US home.
The United States and Australia struck a deal back in 2016. The US agreed to accept about 1,200 refugees from Australia's offshore detention centers. In return, Australia would resettle refugees from Central America.
Seawater is infiltrating a nuclear waste dump on a remote Pacific atoll
The US military conducted nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and '50s, leaving a legacy of radioactive waste that could be washed into rising seas.
Climate change will accelerate extreme weather events in the coming years
Hurricanes, floods, heat, drought, wildfires — climate change is creating the conditions for an increased risk of catastrophic weather events in the coming years, according to climate researchers.
You can help celebrate the Year of the Bird by finding ways, large and small, to protect them
2018 may be the National Audubon Society's Year of the Bird, but birds face a variety of threats from human activity. Novelist and avid birder Jonathan Franzen makes the case that birds matter greatly and deserve our respect and protection.
No immigration bill as feds ink contract to monitor license plates
A new contract could give the federal government a way to track license plates. But it’s with a private company that is collecting a lot of data, which concerns the mayor of Alameda, California.
Native playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle resurrects her past to tell a story in the present
Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle's new play, "Sovereignty," at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, puts her Cherokee ancestors center stage along with American history to tell a bold tale of justice.
What can AI learn from non-Western philosophies?
Much of the work being done in the budding field of artificial intelligence ethics has been approached with Western ethical traditions in mind. One group of researchers is trying to change that, and recently released a report on what artificial intelligence developers — and the technologies themselves — can learn from Buddhism, Confucianism, Ubuntu and other non-Western ethical traditions.
Will the Year of the Dog mean more babies in South Korea?
South Korean media speculate that the country’s birthrate, one of the world’s lowest, could rise thanks to the perceived enhanced fortune during this year of the "golden dog."
How Chinese media covers US gun violence
COMMENTARY: Chinese state media often hypes American problems and foibles to redirect attention away from China’s poor human rights records. And yet, when it comes to American gun violence, it takes a measured tone.
Chloe Kim’s family’s immigrant success story is everywhere — but it’s a ‘double-edge sword’ for immigrants
She is just one out of 1.7 million Korean Americans living in the US. Do they all have to be exceptional to deserve to immigrate?
The 'most popular rifle in America' was used in the country's latest shooting
The National Rifle Association has called the AR-15 the "most popular rifle in America" and estimates Americans own more than 8 million of them. The NRA says the gun is popular because it's "customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate." Those features may also explain why it's also become a weapon of choice for mass shootings.
The Oxfam scandal shows that reform is needed in the humanitarian aid sector
COMMENTARY: Reporter Amy Costello writes that speaking plainly about sexual abuse and harassment in the humanitarian aid sector is long overdue.
The UK's offshore wind boom is great for the climate. But what about the fish?
A big push into offshore wind power in the UK is pushing down the cost of the low-carbon energy source, but fishermen say it's also harming fish populations. Scientists say they're not so sure.
Instagramming a mentally ill mom
Understanding a mother’s mental illness through photography.
Guilty Pleasure: Christian rock, for a nonbeliever
Listener Sam Cook left the church — but he can’t leave Christian rock behind.
Making fun of the Kennedys
“The First Family” broke new ground for comedy by openly mocking — and impersonating — a sitting president.
Denise Gough finally breaks through
How actress Denise Gough gets into character for “Angels in America.”
What's good for democracy can be bad for stability
The Panama Papers revealed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's offshore accounts. Mass protests demanded his ouster... and then the military took matters into their own hands.
Europeans are embracing American craft beer. So, why are exports trailing off?
In recent years, more and more overseas beer drinkers were trying out the bold, often hoppy experiments coming from America's craft brewers. Exports of US craft beers boomed. But now, exports are cooling off. We visit the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, the nation’s fourth-largest craft brewer, to learn about the challenges becoming a global player.
'Black Panther' premiers in Lupita Nyong'o's hometown
Marvel's new superhero movie, "Black Panther," had a premier Tuesday night in Kisumu, Kenya, the hometown of Lupita Nyong'o, one of the film's stars.
Europe’s investment in offshore wind is paying off — for the US
Europe's investments in offshore wind have fueled better technology, more competition and cheaper capital for new projects. That's driven down the cost of offshore power and now the US is capitalizing on the savings.
An immigrant mother's plea: 'Send me back. But don't take my kids.'
A family holds its breath, wondering if a young son will be deported back to El Salvador — and the dangers of gang life.
Offshore wind projects breathe life into struggling UK ports
The UK's big push into offshore wind power is bringing down the cost of the low-carbon energy sources, and bringing new life to some down-on-their-luck English ports.
South Koreans have mixed feelings about North Korean presence at winter games
The joint hockey team was popular, but the North Korean cheer squad was called "a little robotic." Either way, it's unlikely to make a huge difference in North-South relations.
Activist ousted from French advisory council says race talk is still taboo
Discussing race, religion and gender in France has long been the third rail. And activists who thought things would be different under Emmanuel Macron are sorely disappointed.
What's fueling Britain's offshore wind revolution? Technology, subsidies and an old fishing hub.
Offshore wind has gotten way cheaper in the UK, thanks to technological innovations and government subsidies. That's always been the plan.
The correspondence of Jean Sibelius and his wife Aino is a bilingual love story
He wrote to her mainly in Swedish, and she replied in Finnish. A linguist in Texas says the letters are a goldmine for the study of code-switching.
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