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Updated 2019-06-18 04:21
Portland, Maine turns ‘crisis’ to ‘opportunity’ for African migrants
Hundreds of migrants are sleeping in an emergency shelter at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Maine. Both Portland and the state of Maine have welcomed migrants.
The advantage of being a generalist
While specialists have accomplished great things, author David Epstein makes the argument for why generalists may be better suited to the modern world.
Thousands of women walk off jobs in Switzerland
Switzerland lags behind other Western countries in terms of equal pay for women. Thousands walked off jobs in a general strike on Friday to draw attention to pay to salaries and other issues.
A rhino warrior experiments with peace
In the battle to save a species in South Africa, questioning militancy is yielding results.
New companies want to deliver ugly produce to your door to help eliminate food waste
In the US, food is often thrown out simply because it doesn’t look good enough. Recently, a crop of companies has popped up with an entrepreneurial solution to food waste: they sell less-than-perfect produce straight to consumers.
Spellcheck beware: Ukraine’s capital is #KyivNotKiev
The United States Board on Geographic Names will officially list the capital of Ukraine as Kyiv, not Kiev. It's the result of years of advocacy by the Ukrainian government to popularize the Ukrainian spelling. But why does it matter?
Internet 'deepfakes' threaten truth and reality
"Deepfakes" are a recent technology that have raised concerns all over the internet. These digitally altered video and audio clips can be used to imitate the likeness and voice of whomever the creator chooses. Rana Ayyub is a victim of a deepfake video that was used to humiliate her.
Aha Moment: How ‘Finding Nemo’ changed my life
A kindergarten teacher with a comfortable job watched “Finding Nemo” on a whim. She didn’t realize how it would change her life.
And they will inherit it
The historic strike in New Mexico that inspired a classic film.
Regina Spektor heads to Broadway
How Regina Spektor prepared for an entirely new arena: Broadway.
Baby dolphins babble when they learn language, just like humans do
Every human language that’s been tested follows a similar pattern, called Zipf’s law. Now researchers are looking to see if non-human languages, like what dolphins and whales use, follow a similar structure.
Trump-Kim summit gave ‘master manipulator’ a global platform, says defector
Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of US President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Yeonmi Park, a North Korean defector who escaped with her mother at 13 years old, shares her insights on the current state of North Korea and the impact of Trump's summit with Kim.
America's grungy 'recycled' plastic is creating wastelands in Asia
Plastic junk from the US is often sent to Southeast Asia, where illegal "recycling" centers are causing an environmental emergency with the fumes from burning trash. And many people believe that America, above all, has the power to make this stop.
Mexico's goodwill wanes as more migrants arrive
Facing political and economic pressure from the US, Mexico has seen a shift in public attitude toward migrants: Rising resentment is replacing tolerance in a country that is both deeply religious and has a long history of sending its own citizens to the US.
Want to help the planet? Ditch your grocery cart for a meal kit.
Home-delivered meal kits are booming across the globe. They send us the raw ingredients and a recipe; we cook it up. But is our lust for convenience hurting or helping the planet?
Monkey see, monkey do: Islands in Panama offer glimpse into animal innovation
Scientists found the capuchin monkey using stone tools to crush food in 2018 in a wildlife preserve in Panama. Earlier this spring, researchers went back to learn more about the monkey's innovation.
Overtourism in Amsterdam's red-light district provokes local outrage
It’s estimated over 19 million tourists visited Amsterdam last year. Residents of the city of 850,000 say overtourism has made parts of the city unbearable.
These scientists used small explosions to 'see' under Antarctica and measure how fast a key glacier will melt
A team of four researchers spent 10 days in one of the remote places on earth to scout locations for sensors that will measure the warm water that is melting the Thwaites Glacier from below.
Things That Go Boom: Is America's foreign policy for sale?
Think tanks with nonprofit status aren't required to say much of anything when it comes to the source of their funding — whether it be billionaires or foreign governments. That can become a problem when such organizations significantly influence foreign policy — such as the Iran nuclear deal — without disclosing to whom they are financially beholden.
‘We are Ivan Golunov’: Russian journalist arrest sparks solidarity, awareness
Anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested on what many are saying is trumped up charges in retaliation for his investigative work. It has sparked an outpouring of support within Russia and internationally.
A new generation of ‘un-DACAmented’ high school graduates fights hurdles to higher ed
Undocumented immigrant teens are increasingly graduating from high school without legal protections such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Despite the uncertainty, these students are turning to their networks and one another to push ahead and pursue higher education.
Green wave in EU elections illustrates a desire for urgent action on climate
Every five years, citizens of the European Union elect new representatives for the EU Parliament. In the elections that wrapped up on May 26, voters gave a clear signal that the environment was high on their list of priorities.
The life and inspiration of Dr. Seuss
You've heard of his books — now hear the story of the man behind them: Dr. Seuss. Find out what influenced the books that have captivated children for decades.
A return to civil war could be brewing in Sudan
Sudan is in crisis. The crackdown on its pro-democracy movement has been brutal, but there may be worse to come, including civil war and a flood of asylum-seekers.
War or no war? Iranians in California try to make sense of US-Iran tensions
Today, about 180,000 Iranians live across California. Some say hearing calls for war between the US and Iran is like a "roller coaster ride" — and opinions vary on whether they would support US military strikes.
Crimes of compassion: US follows Europe's lead in prosecuting those who help migrants
Prosecutions in the US for those who help migrants with shelter, food, water or transportation are on the rise. It tracks a trend playing out in Europe since its 2015 refugee crisis.
An aid worker is on trial for helping migrants. But groups like his are still doing their work.
The desert around Ajo, Arizona, is one of the most deadly parts of the US border. Humanitarian aid groups there are continuing to provide food and water along known routes even as they await the verdict of a fellow volunteer who has been charged with helping two migrants.
Aha Moment: Ronald D. Moore on ‘Star Trek’
Killing your heroes.
How the stars of ‘Booksmart’ became best friends to portray best friends
BFFs Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever share their favorite on-screen friendships.
The injustice against ‘Ishtar’
Why Elaine May’s infamous cinematic turkey actually soars.
After decades in the shadows, Russia's feminists grab their spotlight
Russia's feminists are fighting to be heard in a country where most think there are bigger problems than gender inequality.
This Liberian lawyer risked his life to save West Africa's last remaining rainforest from palm oil developers
When a palm oil development project tried to cut down the last major swath of tropical rainforest in Liberia, lawyer Alfred Brownell jumped into action — and almost lost his life.
This immigrant student's detention serves as a cautionary tale for DACA recipients
In early 2018, Omar Helalat was a student at SUNY Albany about to graduate and start an internship in New York City. Today, Helalat has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention for over a year. It's all because of a strange quirk in US immigration law related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
Russia's youth flex their political power
Not everything revolves around politics for young Russians — life is more than being pro- or anti-Putin for the vast majority — but for some, politics dominates their lives and what they hope is their future.
Climate disruption is worsening global economic inequality
New research finds that since 1961, global warming has reduced the gross domestic product of poorer countries an average of 25%, while some richer countries have benefited.
I am from Hong Kong, not China
Frances Hui, a student in Emerson College from Hong Kong, is proud of her city's tradition of democratic rule and independent spirit. She penned a column for her college newspaper talking about her identity and received backlash from fellow students.
These high-tech seals are charting future sea level rise
Deep-diving seals equipped with satellite-enabled temperature probes are exploring uncharted waters, gathering data to help predict how fast West Antarctica’s glaciers may melt.
Russia’s volunteers take on the state — and its workload
A growing number of Russians are volunteering time to help solve issues facing the country — issues that the Russian state is not taking on itself.
America's polarized politics may be here to stay
The polarization between Republicans and Democrats in the United States has grown in recent years — especially since the election of Donald Trump. Analysis suggests that this trend may be here to stay.
From 'mein Mädchen' to 'leader of the free world,' Angela Merkel is winding down her political career
Since the election of Donald Trump, Germany's leader Angela Merkel has been seen as an important global voice for Western liberal values. Her legacy is mixed, and it's unclear who will fill her shoes on the global political stage.
Cashing in on the weed industry
Thousands of visitors converged on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week for the sixth annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo.
New York City gets nation's first congestion pricing plan
New York City just became the first city in the US to adopt a congestion pricing plan. The plan is expected to raise about $1.5 billion in revenue every year, mostly for its crumbling subway system.
Ayatollah Khamenei says nuclear weapons are 'forbidden under Islamic law'
During tensions with the United States over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Ayatollah Khamenei has come out and declared a fatwa over the use of nuclear weapons. But what does this really mean for Iran and the recent nuclear deal? The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Omid Safi, a professor of Iranian studies at Duke University and the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, to find out.
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
“My distrust of technology comes entirely from that movie.”
A Japanese American newspaper chronicles the ‘searing’ history of immigrant incarceration
As Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II die, one newspaper finds its community’s history carries new resonance in the current era of immigrant detention.
A conservationist helped protect the Cook Islands from overfishing, and won a Goldman Environmental Prize
Over 99% of the tiny Cook Islands territory in the South Pacific is ocean, and home to coral reefs and many threatened marine species. Now, thanks in part to activist Jacqueline Evans, the Cook Islands’ entire ocean territory is being managed for sustainability.
How an ICE contract divided a Rhode Island city along racial and generational lines
Holding detainees has become big business for private companies and some local governments. But there’s increasing pushback from protesters in places like California and Oregon. The issue has divided communities such as Central Falls, Rhode Island.
How do we forget what was once famous?
Researchers at MIT’s Collective Learning Group have investigated big questions behind fame. From new material to changing ethics, a variety of factors may impact what we ultimately remember as a society.
Hospitals are turning into 'cemeteries for migrants' on Colombia-Venezuela border
At first, Venezuelan migrants arriving at Hospital San José in Maicao, Colombia, were young, healthy and seeking basic health care services. But that changed in 2019, when country-wide blackouts all but devastated Venezuela’s failing health system.
Trump's override of Congress on weapons deals 'is exactly what Iran would want'
US President Donald Trump has overruled Congress in a decision to re-arm Saudi Arabia and the UAE. What may be intended as a warning to Iran could undermine efforts to halt civilian casualties in the Yemen war.