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Updated 2021-11-28 14:16
Different cultures understand "thank you" in different ways, says professor of language
"Thank you" can be perceived as an expression of gratitude, or as transactional or even as distancing, depending on where you are in the world. Elaine Hsieh — a professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she studies language and culture — explained the various nuances to The World's host Marco Werman.
Apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving? In East Africa, these fried treats are a hit.
Aleya Kassam, one of the founders of Wau Eats in Nairobi, said her family has enjoyed making samosas for generations. As they experiment with different fillings, Americans living in Kenya are even ordering apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving.
An underground network of locals in Poland self-organize to help migrants who face 'pushbacks' by the govt
Humanitarian groups and media have been banned from entering the area near the border with Belarus.
How governments finance the ruin of our oceans
The World’s Southeast Asia correspondent Patrick Winn spoke with marine bioloigst Dr. Daniel Pauly, asking him what can be done to reverse the crisis around overfishing and creating "dead zones" in the oceans.
How the Beatles inspired a rock revolution in Argentina
The birth of Argentine rock coincided with a turbulent time in Latin American history when many countries fell under military dictatorships.
Sudan’s civilian prime minister is reinstated weeks after military takeover
After signing a 14-point deal with the country's military chief, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok returned to office, promising to adopt a 2019 constitutional agreement.
‘It is up to us Haitians to find a solution’ Haiti crisis adviser says
Monique Clesca works with the Commission for a Haitian Solution to the Crisis. As Haiti tries to rebuild from successive catastrophes, Clesca talks with The World's host Marco Werman about what Haitians need to rebuild.
Lebanon’s electricity crisis means life under candlelight for some, profits for others
Lebanon is facing a critical electricity shortage. The state’s electric company is only able to provide power to residents for a few hours a day. For the rest, people have no choice but to rely on private generator businesses, which in turn, has created its own set of problems.
North Atlantic right whales are shrinking in size as they struggle to survive environmental havoc
North Atlantic right whales face a number of threats from climate change, vessel strikes, and entanglements in fishing gear, and scientists estimate that fewer than 400 remain. Now researchers have discovered that because of these stresses, the whales are smaller than they should be, which could be leading to fewer successful births.
‘I’m still not free’: Aid workers who helped refugees in Greece face months of legal limbo
This week, Irishman Seán Binder and 23 other aid workers stood trial in Greece, accused of espionage, forgery and supporting a criminal organization. The judge ultimately ruled to refer the case to a higher court.
‘A Bermuda triangle for people’: Claims that the Greek govt pushes back migrants are mounting
Migrant support organizations have been accusing the Greek government of intercepting migrants arriving on islands by boat and sending them back to the sea.
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict stifles critical transport development in the region, analyst says
As tensions flare up again between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Thomas de Wall, a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe with a specialty in Eastern Europe, speaks to The World's host Marco Werman about the regional players invested in the fight and how their interests are influencing the conflict.
This UK activist is pushing to end single-use plastics in menstrual products
This past week, UK environmental activist Ella Daish traveled to Switzerland and marched a giant tampon — which is a striped, blue and green tampon sculpture that stands more than 6 feet tall — to Procter & Gamble’s European headquarters in Geneva. She said she wanted to “return” the plastic applicators to the company.
Getting a COVID booster shot is a 'difficult choice' for many people, health tech advocate says
As Americans make plans for upcoming holiday gatherings, many are conflicted about getting a booster shot while others around the world haven't had a chance to get their first jab. Professor and health technologies advocate Nicole Hassoun discusses the dilemma with The World's host Marco Werman.
Only 1 in 7 households in Ghana has a toilet. Communities are fighting to ensure sanitation for all.
Thousands of Ghanaians resort to open defecation due to a lack of access to clean toilets. Some young people in Ghana are leading the movement to change the narrative around this dangerous practice.
Brazil’s COVID vaccination campaign picks up thanks to a 1980s public health mascot
After a slow start, more than 73% of Brazilians have gotten the jab. Many Brazilians credit the unexpectedly successful campaign in part, to Zé Gotinha, a beloved cartoon character.
Meet the 11-year-old on a mission to clean up the Seine
Raphael has dedicated his free time to fishing waste out of the Seine in Paris using a magnetic rod. He's already managed to pull out 7 tons of waste including electric bikes, scooters, scrap metal and cellphones.
Migrants restricted from entering the US due to Title 42 see double standard
The US has reopened its land borders to vaccinated travelers, but not to many asylum-seekers, even if they are vaccinated. This reality is leaving migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, increasingly desperate for their chance to seek asylum in the US.
Twin suicide bombings kill at least 3 people in Uganda
The suicide bombings are the latest in a string of explosions that have plagued Uganda in recent weeks.
Cuban govt supporters resorted to tactics they haven't used in decades to suppress political dissidents, professor says
Lillian Guerra, a professor of Cuban history and the director of the Cuba Program at the University of Florida, described the culture of repudiation in the country to The World's host Marco Werman.
'If you can avoid a crash, you can avoid an ambush,' tactical driving expert says
Race car driver and instructor Bob Bondurant died at the age of 88 on Sunday. In addition to teaching Hollywood celebrities, he also taught tactical driving to security teams. Anthony Ricci, who runs Advanced Driving and Security, Inc., took The World's host Marco Werman into the world of tactical driving and how it's used to protect important people.
COP26 made incremental progress but failed to deliver on ‘transformational’ change, negotiators say
Nearly every climate envoy or minister at the meeting left Glasgow saying more still needs to be done, and fast.
Musician Weedie Braimah lets the djembe speak for itself
In “The Hands of Time,” Weedie Braimah and his band fuse hip-hop, folkloric music and jazz. The new album tells two stories: that of the djembe and Braimah’s journey to it.
Jazz musician Weedie Braimah lets the djembe speak for itself
In “The Hands of Time,” Weedie Braimah and his band fuse hip-hop, folkloric music and jazz. The new album tells two stories: that of the djembe and Braimah’s journey to it.
Will big oil finally be held accountable for decades of climate misinformation?
The US House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating the role of industry in the spread of disinformation about fossil fuel and its role in the climate crisis.
'Millions March' protests planned across Sudan as military doubles down on power grab
Attempts to mediate between the military and civilian leaders have been unsuccessful so far.
Elections in Libya should be part of a larger process toward peace, analyst says
A summit in Paris on Libya's future is focused on ensuring that the country stays on track for planned elections in December. Emadeddin Badi, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, tells The World's host Marco Werman that pushing for these elections at any cost is problematic.
'Born in Blackness': A new book centers Africa in the expansive history of slavery
Major aspects of the trans-Atlantic slave trade from an African perspective have gotten erased throughout time. Howard French set out to illuminate a more expansive understanding in a new book called, "Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War."
‘A heavy load to carry’: A day in the life of a negotiator at COP26
Xavier Matsutaro, a negotiator from Palau, is focused on how to get the strongest environmental regulations for carbon markets.
Cyprus takes a hard line against immigration, trapping migrants in limbo
The government says it is trying to crack down on human trafficking, but Corina Drousiotou, from the Cyprus Refugee Council, said it's having the opposite effect.
Who will pay for ‘losses and damages’ caused by climate change? Developing countries make their case at COP26.
Talking about compensation for damages from climate change has been taboo at climate talks. That’s starting to change.
Remembering the life and legacy of the late FW de Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid president
Former South African President FW De Klerk has died at the age of 85. Dave Steward, chairman of the FW de Klerk Foundation, spoke with The World's host Marco Werman about the late president's life and legacy in South Africa.
'Everything I am would not be the same without being a veteran,' says soldier who served in Afghanistan
Matt Farwell, who served in Afghanistan War, says he's glad that US troops are no longer there, but that he's horrified at how the withdrawal took place. He discussed his reflections on Veterans Day with The World's host Marco Werman.
‘I had to burn a lot of my stuff’: Two Afghan women on what they left behind when they fled the Taliban
Thousands of Afghans rushed to leave Afghanistan when the Taliban retook control of the country. Many had to make split-second decisions about what to pack in a small bag or backpack.
There's still time for canning, preserving and freezing excess fruits and veggies
The harvest season is a time when many gardeners and farmers markets still have summer produce like tomatoes and cucumbers and fall pumpkins and apples are also abundant. Options for storing and preserving them are also abundant.
Dearborn's first Arab American mayor-elect: 'You need not change who you are' to run for public office
"You're seeing minority populations and residents begin to really get involved in the political process," says Abdullah Hammoud, the mayor-elect of Dearborn, Michigan. He spoke to The World's Marco Werman about the issues facing his constituents.
At COP26, island nations push hard for countries to meet goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
The speaker of parliament of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, spoke to The World's environment editor Carolyn Beeler in Glasgow, Scotland, about what's at stake.
Multilingual liaisons are ‘cultural brokers’ for refugee students in this Vermont school district
English language learning programs in US schools have seen tidal changes in recent years, but perhaps nowhere as much as Burlington, Vermont.
US sales of missiles to Saudis signal business as usual —almost
The recent $650 million sale involves 280 air-to-air missiles known as AMRAAMs (advanced medium range air-to-air missiles) and their launch systems, to be used on Saudi fighter jets. It has raised a stir in foreign policy circles.
Canada promised to resettle 40,000 Afghans. Many are still waiting for answers.
Earlier this year, the Canadian government pledged to resettle 40,000 Afghans, but advocates and those with loved ones in Afghanistan say the process must become faster and more transparent.
Canada promised to resettled 40,000 Afghans. Many are still waiting for answers.
Earlier this year, the Canadian government pledged to resettle 40,000 Afghans, but advocates and those with loved ones in Afghanistan say the process must become faster and more transparent.
Ongoing drought devastates parts of Kenya
A monthslong drought in parts of Kenya is endangering the livelihoods of millions of people who rely on livestock. Humanitarian organizations are warning that countless people could be at risk of hunger if the rains don't come soon.
Drone attack on Iraq’s prime minister raises concerns of more violence
On Sunday, three drones laden with explosives targeted the home of Iraq’s prime minister. He survived unscathed, but the brazen attack has raised concerns about an escalation in violence.
Bosnia faces the most serious crisis since the Balkans War, analyst says
Jasmin Mujanović, a Bosnian political analyst and author, says leaders of Republika Srpska, a territory within Bosnia and Herzegovina, has intended to unravel peace established under the Dayton Accords for over 15 years.
The spotlight has faded on Afghanistan, but not the urgency for Afghans seeking safety
There are still thousands of Afghans trying to flee Afghanistan, or who are somewhere en route to a new home, and the US has struggled to meet the needs of this group.
Haitians deported from the US face a stark reality back home. Some are making plans to migrate again.
Many Haitian migrants are having to start all over again, without anything back at home, while others are still trying to figure out how to reach the US.
Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate: 'We want climate action and our voices will not be silenced'
Vanessa Nakate, a young activist from Uganda, is an advocate for climate justice in neglected communities across the "global south," countries that are among the least responsible for causing climate change yet suffering the most from its effects.
Professional tree planting: 'It's a combination between industrial labor and high-intensity sport'
Filmmaker and photographer Rita Leistner, who started planting trees professionally over 20 years ago, says the work is "brutal." Her new film, "Forest for the Trees," documents the hard labor and sense of community fostered among Canada's professional tree planters.
This teen climate activist is blazing a new path to raise environmental awareness in China
Teen climate activist Howey Ou is considered China’s Greta Thunberg, taking to the streets to speak out about climate change. But in a country where speaking up comes with big risks, Ou’s path is often a lonely one.
Oil giant Saudi Arabia says it wants to get to net-zero emissions by 2060. But critics question its roadmap.
Saudi Arabia’s economy was built on oil. Now, faced with growing global pressure to replace fossil fuel with cleaner energy, the kingdom has announced plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2060.