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Updated 2018-02-24 23:36
A quick spin around the globe via 1950s LP covers
This week is one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. Authors of a new book about midcentury album covers take us on a trip around the globe (Europe, Cuba and Egypt) by way of music and albums from the 1950s.
This family is already being hurt by climate change. They might also be hurt by a solution.
Sámi reindeer-herding families in northern Scandinavia are being hit hard by the impacts of climate change. But some may also suffer from an effort to help address climate change — a big wind farm, being built right through their herding grounds.
UN climate talks wrap with 'modest' progress and a subdued American presence
“This was one of the first really big testing points for how the US is going to be engaging with other countries on climate issues,” Politico reporter Emily Holden said.
New book brings 'explosive' allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma
South African President Jacob Zuma has been accused of corruption before, but "The President's Keepers" is generating a different level of buzz.
The fight to belong in Hollywood
Hollywood’s gotten a lot of flack for its practice of white-washing. Now, the voice acting world, is also facing questions.
Hip-hop met Rio de Janeiro and never stepped back
America’s 1990s hip-hop scene is reincarnated every Saturday night in what may seem like an unlikely location — beneath a highway overpass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Germany faces paralysis as coalition talks fail
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was ready to lead her party into snap elections after the collapse of high-stakes coalition talks plunged the EU's top economy into a political crisis.
In a first, scientists spotted an ‘interstellar visitor’ in our solar system
The quarter-mile-wide hunk of space rock is affectionately being called "A/2017 U1."
The deadline for a defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe's crisis deepens
President Robert Mugabe faced the prospect of impeachment on Monday after going on Zimbabwe TV to assert his control despite the military takeover and his party's vow to force him out.
Not just gut bugs: Our microbiomes can even affect cancer treatments
Scientists are figuring out that our microbiomes — those multitudes of bacteria, viruses and fungi in our guts — affect far more than just digestion.
What’s the best way to test for partisan gerrymandering?
The topic was hot in the Supreme Court last month as justices heard oral arguments in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.
A scientist who finds pharmaceutical promise in the venom of cone snails
Mandë Holford collects the snails with salad tongs and scuba gloves. Back in her lab, she studies their venom for compounds that could treat everything from cancer to chronic pain.
Melting polar ice poses a serious global risk
The fast retreat of glaciers and polar ice is sobering, if not terrifying, in what it implies for the future of life here on Earth.
Two Greek immigrant sisters, two takes on American gun culture
They went to a shooting range together to better understand each other's point of view.
The origins of the Second Amendment
The Founding Fathers clearly thought the Second Amendment protected a critical freedom. But why?
If Europe can't do business with the US, it may turn to China
The US and European economies are so interconnected that if trade relationships falter, the effects could be catastrophic.
After a mass shooting, thoughts and prayers. But then what?
No place in America feels safe from gun violence these days — not even the pews in a small-town Texas church. So, how are people of faith thinking about the problem?
Lessons for Hollywood's women from tomato pickers in Florida
Sexual assault in the tomato fields in Florida was rampant. Now, it's not. And farmworkers believe other women can learn from them about how to stop the abusive behavior in the workplace.
CAPTCHAs are supposed to separate humans from robots online, but now AI can crack them
Artificial intelligence can now crack CAPTCHAs, and the implications go far beyond our Internet surfing.
How other countries can help us understand America's mass shooting crisis
Researchers say America's gun culture doesn't compare to anywhere else in the world. We went to Yemen, El Salvador and Norway for answers.
When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters
Why does the US have so many mass shootings. A criminologist turned to data science for an answer, comparing the US with 170 other countries.
Taika Waititi: from “Eagle vs. Shark” to Thor vs. Hulk
How campy 80s sci-fi and a surrealist Mexican film inspired “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Eve Ewing, creative queen of Chicago
Poet/Sociologist/Educator/Tweeter Eve Ewing talks about poetry, Afrofuturism, hip hop, and social media.
The Trump administration lifts ban on elephant trophies. This film shows how complex that can get.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service says the trophy imports "will enhance the survival of the species in the wild."
The bottled water Trump drank during his press conference came from Fiji. And here's why that matters.
A clip of President Donald Trump sipping bottled Fiji Water went viral this week. Just as it’s branding suggests, the water actually comes from Fiji, and that has some economic and environmental implications.
How gun laws let domestic violence offenders slip through the cracks
Research shows that domestic abuse is a clear risk factor for patterns of escalating violence. So, how can domestic abusers get firearms?
'For My Ayeeyo': Two young women learn Somali poetry from a distance
Somalia is known as a land of poets. But what happens when Somalis are forced to flee their homeland, and settle here in the US — can the poetry live on in their new homes?
An American scientist stands up for the Pacific Islands at UN climate talks
Elisabeth Holland says countries like Fiji are facing a "truly existential crisis."
How Robert Mugabe became Zimbabwe’s leader and clung on till now
Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, after 37 years as leader of Zimbabwe. We take a quick look back at how he got to power and how he stayed there, until now.
Germany talks a good game on climate, but it's still stuck on coal
Even as it makes a big push into green energy and hosts big climate conferences, Germany has remained stubbornly reliant on coal for a big share of its energy. That might finally be starting to change.
Donald Trump says his Asia trip was a win for US global influence. This journalist says it's the opposite.
President Donald Trump just returned from a 12-day, five-country tour of Asia. He's calling it a "highly successful trip." But the Economist's David Rennie has a different interpretation.
Poll: For women at work, harassment complaints fall on deaf ears
According to a recent Takeaway-Harris poll, more and more people (62 percent) say they feel comfortable speaking out and challenging their abusers. But when digging into those numbers, a different story unfolds.
Robert Mugabe is under house arrest as military takes control in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup.
Italy's soccer apocalypse is served
Italy has failed to qualify for a men's World Cup soccer tournament for the first time in 60 years. And Italy fans are taking it pretty hard.
There's a deep divide over Trump climate policy on display at UN talks
“Without question, fossil fuels will continue to be used, and we would argue it’s in the best global interest to make sure that when fossil fuels are used, it’s as clean and efficient as possible,” Banks said.
Paul Manafort's indictment made headlines in Ukraine too
Ukrainian investigators hope that the news will help them with investigations into a former leader.
The environment is in crisis. We're launching a new Livable Planet desk to cover it.
The environment coverage from PRI's The World and PRI.org is rebranding itself as Livable Planet.
At this year's climate summit, some Americans declare, 'We're still in' the Paris Agreement
The government-sponsored US delegation to climate talks in Bonn, Germany, aren't the only ones from the US there.
The new mayor of Helena, Montana, has made history — and now just wants to get to work
Wilmont Collins came the US as a refugee. Now he will be the first black mayor of his hometown.
This Mumbai lawyer inspired a massive beach cleanup
He couldn't stand by while his beloved childhood landscape piled up with trash.
Sanctions on Iran make it difficult to donate after the devastating earthquake. Here's how you can help.
As a result of US sanctions on Iran, you can't donate to Iranian relief organizations directly, unless you have a special license.
The global population of flying insects is crashing dangerously fast
Insects work very hard to feed the world’s people. They are also food for birds, bats and frogs, and they pollinate many plants, including food crops central to human civilization. But now civilization is destroying them.
Nick Mulvey's latest album is a 'response to these crazy times' we're living in
"Wake Up Now" is the latest album from UK singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey. It was written and inspired by both personal and political events from 2016.
Families of Paris attack victims find creative ways to honor their memories
A family used part of their compensation funds to restore an old bandstand where their son used to hang out.
It's not just territory. ISIS is losing ground online too.
“As the Islamic State loses more territory, it needs some way to legitimize itself,” says Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization.
Fijians speak from the front lines of climate change
This year's global climate summit is taking place in Germany, but it's being led by the Pacific island nation of Fiji. Here's what half a dozen Fijians think about hosting the conference and life in the cross-hairs of climate change.
How the Russian Revolution changed the lives of Jewish artists
Designing propaganda porcelain was a way for artists to make a living after years of struggling to survive and express themselves as Jewish artists in the Russian Empire.
Miss Peru contestants say their viral anti-violence protest was only the beginning
At this year's Miss Peru pageant, contestants delivered statistics about violence against women, instead of statistics about their body.
Lebanon wants to know: Is our prime minister a prisoner?
Saad Hariri, who became Lebanon's prime minister less than a year ago, sparked a national crisis when he resigned on Nov. 4 in a televised address from Saudi Arabia. Then he was not heard from for days.
Two arachnid experts share their four favorite spider facts
“For me, the process of turning fear to fascination was relatively [quick], and it was just all about spending time with spiders, watching their behavior, and learning more about them,” Catherine Scott says.