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Updated 2019-03-21 19:23
Brazil's Maya Gabeira conquers 68-foot wave and Guinness World Record
This week, Maya Gabeira was awarded the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed by a woman.
What author would you pick for a Nobel Prize in literature this year?
The Swedish Academy will not award a Nobel Prize in literature this year, but that doesn't mean there haven't been excellent books. So, we asked for your nominations.
Brazil fights online misinformation during election season
This election, the work of fact-checking organizations is being amplified by a new partner: Facebook. It is part of the social media giant’s push to assure users it is taking misinformation campaigns in elections seriously. In September, Facebook announced it was dedicating its own “War Room” in Menlo Park to preventing election interference in Brazil — one of its five biggest markets.
A 'Third Way' to save the Amazon: make the standing forest itself more valuable
Brazil’s leading climatologist wants to change the way businesses view the Amazon. If standing trees become more valuable than cleared land, the forest can recover and continue to absorb greenhouse gases.
Busting open the generation gap
In the darkly satirical new book “Boomer1,” desperate millennials threaten baby boomers to retire … or else.
Guilty Pleasure: learning to love Lawrence Welk
How someone who grew up thinking Lawrence Welk was square grew to find him oddly progressive ... and even subversive.
Juana Molina: live on Studio 360
Buenos Aires-based experimental musician Juana Molina performs songs from her album “Halo.”
Japan could ease tensions with North Korea — if North Korea comes clean on its abduction of Japanese citizens
Last year at the UN General Assembly, Donald Trump brought up the issue of the Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. This year, he praised North Korea's leader for his courage.
'Our wealth is the forest': Indigenous tribes are the last best hope for the Amazon
Indigenous people are engaged in a fierce battle to defend the Amazon forest from illegal logging, and it’s working. Deforestation in indigenous territories is much lower than in other areas. But those efforts are fraught with danger.
US and Chinese warships came perilously close to collision, and it’s probably going to keep happening
There’s a high stakes game of chicken going on in the South China Sea, and neither the US nor China is showing any sign of backing down.
US debt is eclipsing the rest of the world. So, where have the deficit hawks gone?
Just a few years ago, Republican Party leaders couldn’t stop warning us about the perils of the debt. But once in power, their voices have gone silent. The US is now one of the most indebted nations on earth.
This Philadelphia museum hired Iraqi and Syrian refugees as tour guides for its Middle East gallery
Refugees from Syria and Iraq help visitors at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology make connections between history and the present day.
The Amazon used to be a hedge against climate change. Those days may be over.
The world's greatest forest used to absorb greenhouse gases, but it may now be emitting them. And that could spell disaster for all of us.
Physics Nobel for laser pioneers includes first woman in 55 years
Canada's Donna Strickland, of the University of Waterloo, becomes only the third woman to win a Nobel for physics, after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.
This Canadian TV show wants to address racism. Some Indigenous people say it's doing more harm than good.
The show, "First Contact," which airs on the Aboriginal People's Television Network, has sparked controversy and dialogue over the way in which it handles racism.
Charles Aznavour, beloved French crooner, dies aged 94
French singer Charles Aznavour, who rose to stardom under the wing of Edith Piaf and went on to steal the hearts of millions with decades of haunting love songs, has died at the age of 94.
A new book tells the stories of people coping with a changing American shoreline
Across the United States, it doesn’t take a devastating storm for scientists and citizens to see the unwelcome transformations that climate change is causing right now.
Puerto Rico's tropical forests are showing resilience after Hurricane Maria
The intense winds and rains of Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico’s natural environment. But nature is all about recovery.
Ethan Hawke, the middle years
The posterboy for Gen X on playing a grandfather, directing musicians and a career spent swimming against the tide.
American Icons: Nighthawks
The birth and ongoing life of a very American painting.
The indie-tropical beat of Balún
Creating music you can sleep to while dancing.
In Canada, some doctors are prescribing heroin to treat heroin addiction
Like the US, Canada has been wrestling with a growing drug crisis. Deaths from overdoses have reached unprecedented levels, up to nearly 4,000 last year. In response, the government has pledged more resources for addiction services — including the use of prescription heroin.
Is acupuncture a viable alternative to opioids for patients in pain?
Despite the inconclusive evidence, the practice of alternative medicine, including acupuncture, is becoming more accepted in the US as a way to address pain. This is in part driven by the opioid epidemic that left 49,000 dead last year alone.
'Transgender women are women,' organizers say after controversy over women-only pond in London
The Hampstead Heath Ladies’ Pond has been a place where women having been taking a dip for over a century. But earlier this year, there were complaints when transgender women used the pond
One winner from the Inter-Korean summits? Cold noodle soup.
North and South Korean leaders dined on a bowl of buckwheat noodles submerged in a chilly, savory broth during their meeting in Pyongyang. Korean restaurant owners say there's been a resurgence of interest in the soup.
Violence drives increasing numbers of Nicaraguans to the US
With political violence a daily threat at home, Nicaraguans are fleeing to Costa Rica and, increasingly, the US.
Iowans get a giant ad from China in their Sunday newspaper
The Chinese government took out a four-page advertisement in the Des Moines Register on Sunday. The ad was designed like a four-page newspaper section with various "articles" commenting on the trade war between the US and China.
In Vancouver, people who use drugs are supervising injections and reversing overdoses
After years of heated debates, rising overdose and HIV infection rates, and mounting pressure from people who use drugs themselves, the Canadian government opened Insite in 2003, making it the first publicly sanctioned injection facility in all of North America.
Study: Climate change will bring more pests, crop losses
A recent study examines how rising temperatures could lead to increased insect activity and dramatic crop loss.
'Beaver Believers' say dam-building creatures can make the American West lush again
For hundreds of years, beavers "kept North America hydrated," says environmental author Ben Goldfarb. Now, some farmers, ranchers and land managers are advocating that we let them do their job again.
Documentaries capture the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Ricans' health
Andrea Patiño Contreras went to Puerto Rico to catalogue the impact Hurricane Maria is having on people's mental and physical health. The people she met are living with heartbreaking situations.
Russia-Turkey agreement provides inkling of hope to Syrians in Idlib
The Russian-Turkish agreement to designate a demilitarized zone may have averted an imminent attack on Idlib but many of the Syrians who live there, like Mohammad Hmeidan and his family, are still waiting for a more permanent solution to their displacement.
This Kyrgyz singer is getting death threats after releasing a music video and a song about women's rights
Zere Asylbek's feminist song asks for respect for women — but she's now facing threats and criticism over the clothing she wore in the music video for her song.
Fatoumata Diawara’s latest single ‘Bonya’ will inspire you to jump around the room
Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara has a new video out for her latest single, “Bonya.” The lively track, from her recently released second solo album, asks listeners to show respect to others.
Abandoned and in decay, one of Detroit's iconic ruins is slowly being revived
Detroit is a city filled with ruins. Among the city’s most iconic ones is the Packard Plant. A Spanish developer in Peru has plans to revive it.
Carrie Brownstein on the rise and fall of the best band ever
The “Portlandia” star and rocker discusses her artistic trajectory with Sleater-Kinney.
Swingin’ on the flippity flop: the grunge speak hoax
How Sub Pop’s Megan Jasper punked The New York Times.
American Icons: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’
This is the last great invention of rock and roll.
The real Twin Peaks
What it’s like to live where “Twin Peaks” was filmed.
An ad targeting world leaders, delivered on a big red bus
World leaders in New York City for the UN General Assembly will have a hard time avoiding a message calling for an end to the war in Yemen. It's on billboards and kiosks, and it's rolling around the city on buses.
A year after quake shattered their home and lives, this family rebuilds
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City and surrounding areas killed 369 people. Seven people died in the collapse of Wesley’s apartment building, including his wife, Elizabeth.
Puerto Rico’s eroding beaches spell trouble for coastal dwellers
Hurricane Maria’s waves clawed away at the sand, reducing the width of the broad beach by approximately 90 percent. But it wasn’t just that the familiar landscape disappeared — it left La Boca defenseless.
Detroit welcomes immigrants to spur the city’s revival
In today's Detroit, there are many signs of a comeback: new businesses, stores, less urban blight and more entrepreneurs. And immigrants are bringing new energy to the city.
Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party looks to make inroads in the country's villages
Her district, Teltow-Flaeming, is home to 165,00 people including about 2,500 refugees and asylum-seekers. The area has been recognized by the American NGO Cultural Vistas for its success in integrating newcomers. Yet, some people here are uneasy with their new neighbors. They say migrants bring crime and have harassed women on the street.
Hong Kong, southern China clean up after super typhoon Mangkhut
The category 5 storm hit Southeast Asia over the weekend.
With government sidelined, citizen scientists test water quality in Puerto Rico
After the catastrophic Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico in 2017, finding safe drinking water became one of the most difficult issues facing residents of the island. A team of volunteers stepped in to help.
The fake doctor who saved thousands of babies
It sounds weird to put babies on display at a fair. But Martin Couney did, and he saved thousands of lives in the process.
California emerges as a leader at climate summit
The biggest test of how much a state governor can really lead on a global problem like climate change came this week as Gov. Jerry Brown convened the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. California has provided leadership amid the vacuum left when the US federal government reversed course on climate policy. But there are things a state just can’t do.
Kathy Kriger transformed an old, Moroccan 'riad' into a destination
Kathy Kriger was a commercial attaché for the American Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco. She was also a passionate entrepreneur who managed to create one of the most successful tourist attractions in Casablanca — Rick’s Café, an upscale restaurant and jazz club inspired by the famous nightclub in the 1942 classic "Casablanca."
Canada says the Sinixt tribe is extinct. The tribe's American descendants disagree.
What do you do when a country has officially declared your people extinct? One descendant of the Sinixt tribe went on an illegal elk hunt.
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