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Updated 2018-08-19 11:21
Fracking is on the rise in Pennsylvania. So are radon levels. Are the two connected?
Pennsylvania homes have high levels of radon, a substantial risk factor for lung cancer. Is the fracking boom makings matters worse? Scientists aren't quite sure.
'There is real suffering': How the travel ban is tearing some families apart
Families in the Yemeni American community are in limbo as the travel ban limits who gets to enter the US.
Steve Bannon's 'The Movement' is an umbrella group of anti-establishment, populist parties in Europe
Bannon is in the process of setting up an umbrella group with a headquarters in Brussels to help support and coordinate these different nationalist parties. One of the people helping him is his friend, Benjamin Harnwell.
‘Sorry, Wrong Number’
The groundbreaking radio drama about crossed signals, and a phone call you weren’t supposed to hear.
Readymade soundtracks for imaginary films
How library music composers anonymously churned out some of the strangest, funkiest music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Movie nights at the White House
One man’s quest to find every movie ever seen by a US president.
A high school project reunites twin brothers 74 years after they died on a ship in Normandy
The Pieper twins grew up together, enlisted together, served together and died together. But they couldn't be buried together because Julius "Henry" Pieper was missing in action.
When it comes to family separation, healing can take decades
Glady Lee was 2 years old when her parents left the Philippines for the US, unable to take their children with them. The pain from that time can still feel raw.
More people are dying from gun violence in Canada. Is America to blame?
A string of shooting deaths have sparked a passionate debate about gun control across Canada. People are worried the country’s changing into one more like the US.
How to get beyond a tourist fantasy of Singapore
Watching ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ this week? Here are some other perspectives on the island — that go beyond the uber-rich narrative.
What happens when you let everyone in the world audition for a Hollywood studio film
Three people who participated in the viral #CrazyRichAsiansCasting campaign earned their first ever parts in a big motion picture. Here’s why director Jon M. Chu thought it was necessary to scour the globe for Asian actors for “Crazy Rich Asians.”
What Munich's coffee houses learned about waste from beer culture
Take-out coffee cups are a popular American import that are filling up the country's trash bins. Now there's an effort in Munich to replace throwaway cups with cups you borrow and return, inspired by the longstanding practice at the city's famous beer gardens.
Italy motorway bridge collapses in heavy rains, killing at least 35
At least 35 people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rains on Tuesday morning over buildings in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, Italy.
‘We’ve been there’: Native Americans remember their own family separations
It was the mid-1920s when Connie Reitman’s mother heard a knock on the door. A US official was there to inform her family that she would need to go to school hundreds of miles away.
Why Argentinian activists aren’t stepping down after the Senate voted against legalizing abortion
Senators narrowly voted against a bill to legalize abortion last week, but activists, who have built strong public support for the procedure, say it's just a "temporary setback."
This woman bodybuilder in Myanmar is using Facebook to advocate for harsher penalties for rape
A recent Myanmar government report says the number of rape cases in Myanmar increased by nearly 30 percent from 2016-2017.
Starbucks tries to save 6 billion cups a year from the trash ... with help from McDonald's
Starbucks consumers go through 6 billion to-go cups a year. Those cups basically can't be recycled. So Starbucks, along with McDonald's, are trying to engineer a better cup.
Erdoğan says he expects attacks on Turkish economy to continue
Turkey's lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity and cut reserve requirements for Turkish banks, but its meltdown continued to rattle global markets.
Why did the US try to block a UN resolution encouraging breastfeeding?
Science has proven that breastmilk is far better for human health than infant formula. Nevertheless, the US tried to stop a WHO resolution which aimed to limit the marketing of infant formula in developing countries.
Civilians say 'time to say no for war' after dozens of Yemeni children die in school bus attack
Yemenis mourned the deaths of about 30 children following a Thursday air strike on a busload of school boys.
Does a new GOP proposal to create a carbon tax have a chance?
Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo represents the city of Miami, where sea level rise is already a difficult reality. He has put forth a bold proposal to address greenhouse gas emissions, but his party is unlikely to support it.
Scientists are learning more about the adverse health effects of LEDs
Artificial lighting of all kinds can have adverse effects on wildlife and humans. As the use of LED lights increases, researchers are examining how best to limit their impact.
Listen to some of the songs that topped the charts around the world in 1968
1968 was a year of political upheaval and the music reflected the restless times. The World's host Marco Werman went back and checked out the 1968 chart-toppers from the US, Japan, France and Brazil.
CIA Director Gina Haspel's memos detailing torture declassified
Haspel oversaw a CIA "black site" in Thailand in 2002.
Ukrainian folk punk band DakhaBrakha sings a decidedly feminist message
People describe DakhaBrakha's music as "ethno chaos." It's a mix of Ukrainian traditional music with contemporary political and social messages.
How people are keeping cool amid record-breaking temperatures
If it's summer where you are right now, odds are you've become intimately familiar with your air conditioner as the US, Europe and other parts of the world hit near-record temperatures.
It's so hot in Berlin that people are cooling down in an old WWII bunker
Berlin doesn't have many buildings with air-conditioning so people are looking for ways to cool off. One of the best is visiting an underground ruin from World War II.
The youngest person to travel to 196 countries is giving away his airline miles
James Asquith is the founder of the holiday home exchange, Holiday Swap. He's also the Guinness World Record holder for the youngest person to travel 196 countries and is always encouraging others to get out and travel.
American Icons: ‘Walden’
Why do we still read a book about a cranky guy who lived in the woods?
‘I Will Survive’ at 40
When Gloria Gaynor recorded the B-side to her 1978 single, she knew it was a hidden hit.
American Icons: Leonard Bernstein's ‘Young People's Concerts’
How Leonard Bernstein introduced classical music to kids.
Move over gummy bears. Soon, you can drink weed in Canada.
Molson Coors has teamed up with a marijuana producer to create non-alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages, which could be for sale in Canada as early as September 2019.
Will blind people use Braille in the future?
Some people believe technology will render Braille obsolete and that blind people will choose talking apps and audiobooks over embossed dots. But Braille has been written off many times before and each time, it has come back stronger.
Why taking a sunflower selfie this year might cost you
The sunflower selfie has become so popular that Instagrammers have been trampling farmer's flowers to get the perfect pic. And that has farmers annoyed.
Economists to Trump: You’re dead wrong on tariff revenues
President Donald Trump said tariffs will reduce "large amounts" of the US's $21 trillion debt and reduce American taxes. Can tariffs do that?
Why this Hiroshima survivor dedicated his life to searching for the families of 12 American POWs
Shigeaki Mori was 8 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He survived and committed himself to uncovering the names of all those who died — including 12 American POWs.
A genetic tool could help scientists identify the most resilient types of corals
Rising ocean temperatures are causing massive coral reef die-offs, and since the death of a third of the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, a worldwide call to arms has led to creative solutions.
Report: FEMA wasn't ready for Hurricane Maria, destruction in Puerto Rico
It is said that practice makes perfect. As the events surrounding Hurricane Maria showed, a lack of practice can make a tough situation even worse.
Boston faces a daunting future of rising seas
As sea level rises, scientists say storm surges combined with high tide will put more and more of downtown Boston at risk of flooding.
Can Toastmasters Ramallah stay politics-free?
Speakers are asked to avoid controversial subjects like politics, religion and race, and so far Toastmasters Ramallah has followed the custom. But it's getting harder to do that, members say.
The time of day when I used to think a dog could turn into a wolf
As the days get shorter, dusk is coming earlier and earlier. And it reminds me of a French expression that describes that ephemeral time of day.
Roomful of Teeth: Around the world in eight voices
Experimental vocal group Roomful of Teeth performs live in our studio.
Girl before ‘Girl Before a Mirror’
Author Mira T. Lee reads from her debut novel, “Everything Here is Beautiful.”
Ken Jennings on the past, present and future of comedy
Are we approaching the comedy singularity?
Ukraine's first female police officers won't be posing for selfies anymore. They're too busy doing their jobs.
Once prohibited from active duty, Ukraine's female officers are done being a novelty and are hoping to change the public perception of the police force in Kiev.
From gun kits to 3D printable guns, a short history of rogue gun-makers
Gun rights activist Cody Wilson’s harnessing of computer technology and his self-proclaimed radical ideology have added a new, unpredictable dimension to America’s struggle to reduce gun violence.
This is a remix? Childish Gambino's 'This is America' has started a global wave of remix videos
More than 15 artists from other countries have produced their own country-specific versions of Childish Gambino's 'This is America.'
As tariffs send soy and corn prices plummeting, Trump says farmers will act like 'patriots'
China is slapping retaliatory tariffs on American crops, like soy and corn, and prices have fallen sharply. President Donald Trump has called on farmers to be patient and patriotic. How far are farmers in Illinois, America's No. 1 soy state, willing to go?
Young Nigerian women migrating to Europe are prime targets for sex traffickers
Joy, whose name has been changed for this story, already tried leaving Nigeria once. It was 2005, when she was 22. A friend of the family offered her a job working as a nanny in Italy. Joy was thrilled to get the offer — she already had two children, and her young family needed the money.
Here's the next smooth step in Tash Sultana's flow state
Australian musician Tash Sultana's forthcoming LP, "Flow State," is the next musical step for the former busker. Sultana describes what it's like being in a flow state and why she's greedy when it comes to genres.
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