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Updated 2020-01-19 03:25
How will Brexit impact scientific research in the UK?
One small piece of the Brexit puzzle will be how the UK funds scientific research, and how easy or hard it will be for scientists — who traditionally are part of an international, mobile workforce — to work outside their home country.
Alyona Alyona breathes new life into Ukrainian rap scene
When Alyona Savranenko turned 12, hip-hop found her in a small rural village. Now Savranenko, a former kindergarten teacher, is one of the top artists in Ukraine.
How Wikipedia’s volunteer army combats misinformation in the 'post-truth' era
They're unvetted, unpaid and underappreciated. But Wikipedia’s band of volunteers is changing the internet.
Benin negotiates with France to return precious objects taken during colonial war
France announced a deadline to return 26 objects taken from Benin in the 1890s amid a growing call for the restitution of African art taken during colonial periods.
US-China trade war truce is 'broad and vague,' economist says
The US and China signed a deal Wednesday that is essentially a timeout in the two countries' trade war. Experts say that it's a step in the right direction — but there's still a lot of work left to do.
After Soleimani's death, Persian Israelis are caught between two homelands
After the United States killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the move. Israel’s security forces went on alert. Meanwhile, Iranian Jews in Israel say they hope for a day when they can go back to visit Iran.
Haitian American musician Nathalie Joachim pays tribute to underrepresented women of Haiti
Haitian American flutist, composer and vocalist Nathalie Joachim pays tribute to female artists in her new album, "Fanm d'Ayiti," or "Women of Haiti." Joachim tells The World about the women who inspired the songs and the album that's been nominated for a Grammy.
Unsettled: Seeking asylum is tough in Trump's America —and even tougher in Japan
The following series of audio reports introduces listeners to both asylum-seekers desperate to make a home in Japan and the Japanese citizens who don’t think refugees can ever become Japanese.
As impeachment trial looms, what's the view from Ukraine?
Ukraine has been on the minds of many Americans during the impeachment saga, but is the reverse true for Ukrainians?
Iranians react as government admits it shot down UIA flight
Protesters denouncing Iran's clerical rulers took to the streets after the Iranian government admitted it had mistakenly shot down a passenger jet Jan. 8. But others said that the crash should not be politicized.
Can UK communities go 'plastic free' with cultural shift?
Canary Wharf was labeled the first plastic-free commercial district in the world. But this shopping center and other communities with this designation actually aren’t plastic-free — yet.
2020: The year of the nurse and midwife
The World Health Organization designation signifies a concerted push to boost the global nursing workforce in the face of growing health care shortages and ambitious efforts to reach a UN goal of universal health coverage around the world by 2030.
10 years later, Haiti earthquake survivor reflects on broken promises and resilience
Haiti's calamitous earthquake a decade ago leveled much of the capital, killed tens of thousands and left some 1.5 million people homeless. Velina Charlier was 29 years old at the time. In the years since, Charlier has become an anti-corruption activist and petrochallenger. She spoke with The World's Carol Hills about the decade since the devastating earthquake.
Teju Cole on Malian Music: 'It is ancient, majestic, but it is also utterly contemporary'
Author and photographer Teju Cole speaks to host Marco Werman about Malian musical tradition.
This land and water preservationist is a 'force of nature' in northern Mexico
Valer Clark has dedicated herself to finding ways to restore and maintain lands that have dried up in northern Mexico and the southwestern US since the 1970s when she purchased properties in the region.
Guilty Pleasure: Tig Notaro defends ‘Photograph’ by Nickelback
Comedian Tig Notaro makes a case for why the song “Photograph” by Canadian rock band Nickelback is actually great.
Trump wants NATO more involved in the Middle East. What does Europe want?
US President Donald Trump said he wants NATO to be more involved in the Middle East and made appeals to Europe in his Wednesday address on Iranian strikes against US troops in Iraq, carried out in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The World's Marco Werman spoke with Fabrice Pothier, a French diplomat who served as head of policy planning for two NATO secretary generals.
What happens to the American children of asylum-seekers in Canada?
Since the 2016 election, Canada has seen a rise in requests for asylum from mixed-nationality families with US-citizen children. For those rejected, deportation threatens to separate them.
‘Neither the United States nor Iran wants to go to war,’ says former ambassador
US President Donald Trump made a statement Wednesday regarding tensions between the US and Iran. Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the president's remarks and the future of the US-Iran relationship.
This app is disrupting motorbike taxis in Bangkok. Some are disrupting right back.
On every major corner in Bangkok, there’s a motorbike taxi crew that will zip you to your destination by any means necessary. But their dominance is now threatened by an app called Grab.
In 2020, the courts will continue to be a player in climate change
Storms and other disasters are expected to grow more intense as the climate warms.
Killing Soleimani was a ‘hasty’ decision, says former defense undersecretary
In the wake of the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, host Marco Werman speaks with the former undersecretary of defense for policy, Michèle Flournoy, on President Donald Trump's decision-making and the military decision-making process.
How to solve the plastic waste problem: Build a better plastic
Here’s the problem with plastic: It’s super useful. But it can take centuries to degrade. What if there was a better plastic that was easier to recycle?
1 billion animals have died in Australian bushfires, ecologist estimates
The University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman stunned people recently with his estimate that 480 million animals have been injured or killed in Australia's bushfires. A few weeks later, the fires have spread even farther, and he's updated the impact to include 1 billion animals.
Air pollution is a silent killer, even when it meets EPA standards
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that supposedly safe levels of air pollution can actually be deadly.
New York Icons: 'Central Park Zoo' by Garry Winogrand
The philosophies of a master street photographer, and the story of how he took his most controversial picture.
Iraqi MP calls for peace 'without using Iraq against Iran'
Sarkawt Shams, an Iraqi MP, told The World he boycotted the vote in parliament to pull out US troops. "We want to have a peaceful relationship with both United States and Iran," Shams said.
Fearing detention, undocumented immigrants seek ways to appoint guardians for their children
Personal connections allowed activists in Rhode Island to come up with a legal way for immigrants to appoint guardians for their children in case they’re detained.
Gen. Petraeus on Qasem Soleimani’s killing: 'It's impossible to overstate the significance'
As former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus is familiar with Qasem Soleimani. Petraeus spoke to The World about what's next after Friday's airstrikes on Iran's most prominent military commander.
Kataib Hezbollah attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad. Who are they?
This week’s attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad was orchestrated and carried out by a Shiite militia group that is known to have close ties to Iraq’s neighbor, Iran. So, what do we know about this group and its relations with Iran?
10 US immigration issues to watch in 2020
Last year, the Trump administration rolled out several policies that restricted access to asylum, as well as employment-based and family-based immigration pathways. With a presidential election on the horizon, 2020 could bring even more restrictions. Here's what we're watching.
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
“My distrust of technology comes entirely from that movie.”
Is Turkey seeking a neo-Ottoman Empire?
Turkey is flexing its muscle as a regional power. On Thursday, the Turkish parliament approved a plan to send troops across the Mediterranean to Libya, which is in the midst of a complex civil war. The World's Marco Werman speaks with former Ambassador David Shinn on what this move means.
The islands of Bougainville may become the world's newest country
After a historic referendum with 98% of votes in favor of independence, the islands of Bougainville are looking to leave Papua New Guinea and form a nation of their own.
Slovenian NBA player Luka Dončić rises to global stardom
The young Slovenian player already has some people speculating about how far he will go.
Iraq lacks 'national leadership, a clear vision and hope,' says Iraqi businessman
Tensions may be easing around the US Embassy in Baghdad, but the underlying concerns about an escalation of the violent rivalry between Iran and the United States have not gone away.
An LGBTQ rights advocate looks back on the 2010s and ahead to a new decade
Lucas Mendes, a Senior Research Officer at ILGA World, discusses with Marco Werman the wins and losses of the last decade for the worldwide LGBTQ community.
US responds to deadly attack at Iraq base
On Friday, an Iranian-backed militia group attacked a US base, known as K1, in Iraq, killing an American contractor. Shortly after, the US struck the bases of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia in retaliation. Carol Hills spoke with a former veteran who served at K1 to discuss the role that contractors play in US war zones.
Activists in Tanzania spend the holidays behind bars amid crackdown on free expression
Tito Magoti’s arrest and detention signals a growing crackdown on free expression in Tanzania.
The Kremlin forcibly conscripted an opposition ally. It's illegal, investigator says.
Nikita Kulachenkov works with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the Anti-Corruption Foundation's investigations unit. Kulachenkov spoke to The World's host Marco Werman from Berlin.
This children's book author explores themes of immigration and identity
"Alma and How She Got Her Name" explores themes of immigration and identity. Author Juana Martinez-Neal explains the story behind the book and talks about what inspired her.
The 7 global music trends from the past decade
The World has given some thought to the musical trends that have stood out over the past decade. From K-pop to viral videos to a resurgence in vinyl, host Marco Werman highlights some of these trends, and more.
Ukraine is 'sending a very clear message to corrupt elites'
The instances of corruption coming to light in Ukraine these days aren’t necessarily warning signs of a country moving backward. They’re signs of progress.
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One
It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.
What can the US learn from the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan?
Michèle Flournoy was the undersecretary of defense for policy under Barack Obama and now runs a strategic consulting firm, WestExec Advisors, in Washington, DC. She spoke to The World's host Marco Werman about the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.
'More amusing than disgusting': Why Trump is so popular in Nigeria
Results of a Pew Research poll show that US President Donald Trump is largely disliked around the world. But he is popular in some unexpected places — like Nigeria.
The new Cosmic Crisp apple hits stores — after years of development
Creating a new breed of apple and bringing it successfully to market is much more complicated than you might think. The Cosmic Crisp is now in stores and growers hope it will live up to the hype.
Is there a ‘Nazi emergency’ in the German city of Dresden?
The number of far-right extremists in Germany is up by a third in 2019. “Everyday there are police reports about swastikas and Hitler salutes; it has become a part of everyday life," said Max Aschenbach, who proposed the "Nazi emergency" motion in Dresden.
Idlib in northwest Syria is under attack from Russian and Syrian jets. Here’s what one resident told us.
Russian and Syrian forces have intensified aerial attacks on villages in southern Idlib, a province in northwest Syria. One local English teacher shares his experience of the attacks with The World.
In Houston, Pancho Claus is coming to town
Pancho Claus is a treasured holiday tradition in cities like Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio. Known for his low-rider and zoot suit, Houston’s iteration of Pancho Claus brings a Chicano flair to the role of St. Nick.