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Updated 2018-08-16 21:22
What would a Justice Kavanaugh mean for the environment?
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has consistently ruled against the EPA's authority to regulate pollutants and toxic chemicals.
Denuclearization is not going to happen, says this North Korea expert
Watching the historic summit in June with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea expert Andrei Lankov says he was not very hopeful about Kim giving up his country's nuclear weapons. But he says there are still opportunities for success.
Japan’s youngest female mayor takes on its oldest all-male sport
Women are barred from entering sumo rings because they're considered sacred spaces. A female mayor who can't open a sumo competition in her city is now working with other female mayors to change the practice.
Imaginary friends forever
Are kids with imaginary friends more creative?
American Icons: Barbie
How did a German streetwalker become the All-American Girl?
Design for the Real World: Frisbee
The Frisbee wasn’t invented by a toy company. It came from a baker in the 1870s.
Putting the play back in playground
The history — and future — of playgrounds.
Separated from their kids by deportation, these parents raise their family long-distance
Post-deportation, two parents now back in Mexico parent long-distance, checking in with their children daily on everything from what's for breakfast to schoolwork to paying the mortgage.
One Iraqi’s struggle to get refugee status in Finland might hinge on his religion
An Iraqi refugee tries to stay in Finland, but faces unexpected obstacles.
A Pennsylvania steel town reinvents itself with a future beyond steel
Many one-industry towns have shriveled up and died in recent decades. But not Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
A former refugee leads families back to an Indonesian island so they can find graves
As a teenager, Carina Hoang and her siblings were left on a desert island in Indonesia when they fled Vietnam. Dozens died and were buried in shallow graves marked with stones. She has helped more than 15 families find their loved ones — but this will be her last trip.
Young Syrian men don’t just fear the war, they fear being forced to join it
Men between 18 and 42 are forced to serve in Syria’s army. After years of living in exile, some are willing to return to be home again.
With new album, this Swedish-Senegalese couple shows their family is ‘made of music’
Sousou is from Sweden. Maher Cissoko, her husband, is from Senegal. It was the kora that brought them together. And now, 10 years and two kids later, they've released a new album called "Made of Music."
German soccer star's departure puts focus on German relations with Turkish community
The former president of the German football league called the resignation "a major setback for integration efforts beyond football in our country."
Book tells story 'most famous man most of us have never heard of'
Many New Yorkers may not know David Hosack's name, but they wouldn't recognize their city without the public institutions he founded or influenced.
New carbon offset program may have the bipartisan support it needs on Capitol Hill
After years of having difficulty passing legislation relating to greenhouse gas emissions, a group consisting of both Democrats and Republicans believe they have a plan that can make their constituents happy.
Scientists detected a spike in ozone-depleting chemicals. They'll use the Montreal Protocol to stop the pollution.
Those who have watched over the Montreal Protocol since its formation have never had to take significant measures to enforce it — until now.
New report forecasts a troubling picture of rising tides, frequent flooding on coasts
Some Americans think major flooding will not affect the country until decades from now. A recent report says major implications may be arriving much sooner.
There’s a fight going on in schools over when history begins
Across America, millions of high school kids take Advanced Placement classes every year to prep for an exam that could get them college credit. In May, the nonprofit company that runs AP decided to change its world history class, to skip pre-colonial history. In this political climate, that was especially controversial.
With an iPhone and the internet, this Syrian satirist is having conversations his countrymen can't
An anonymous satirist has created four characters who speak to the tragedy of Syria.
US risks fallout from UAE's prisoner abuse scandal in Yemen
A new report confirming prisoner abuses in southern Yemen is amping up concern in Washington, DC. "It's just going to further radicalize the Yemeni people," Senator Chris Murphy says.
Concrete production uses a ton of sand and emits a lot of carbon. Here are some greener alternatives.
Byproducts from coal-fired power plants and metal production can help lower the carbon footprint of concrete production.
A global sand grab is wrecking ecosystems and communities around the world
Sand can seem like the most abundant and inexhaustible thing on Earth. But a global building boom is gobbling up sand — and destroying vital ecosystems around the world — for concrete and landfill.
After the Egyptian military took away a political satirist's show, he podcasts about his new life in LA
Bassem Youssef was once called the "Jon Stewart of Egypt." Now the comedian is looking for American fans.
Joan Baez reflects on these 'ghastly' times
The iconic 1960s protest singer says she feels it's time to "stop whining about it."
Beyoncé and the Bible
What Queen Bey’s music can teach us about scripture — and vice versa.
Day Job: Mastering Quality Control Technician
Casey Trela watches movies for a living.
Cleveland’s move to the front lines of contemporary art
Cleveland welcomes more than 100 global artists into 28 venues for an ambitious city-wide art takeover.
This Indian composer's first hit was a song about Boroline. Now she's an internet sensation.
Sawan Dutta has done music for television and stage shows, but the world knows her as Bengali Aunty.
Did Trump commit treason in Helsinki?
There's a serious word that's been thrown around a lot since Donald Trump held a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. It's the word "treason." The thing is, Trump is not guilty of treason as the US Constitution defines the term.
Immigrant kids held in second Phoenix office seen bathing in sinks
A defense contractor that held immigrant children overnight in a Phoenix office building operates a second office nearby where a neighbor has seen immigrant children bathing themselves in bathroom sinks.
After four years of conflict in eastern Ukraine 'women do better' than men when it comes to rebuilding their lives
In eastern Ukraine, it's often women who lead families to new homes for safety while their husbands stay behind.
Precision engineering creates modern perfection
Precision engineering makes the modern world go round. Author Simon Winchester explains why that wasn’t always the case.
Bigger can be better when it comes to business
Big business is good for employees and good for the environment. That’s not a marketing ploy— it’s what the data say.
Nicaragua students freed from church after violent night; one killed
Catholic bishops on Saturday secured the release of dozens of Nicaraguan student protesters trapped overnight inside in a church under a hail of gunfire from armed pro-government supporters, who killed at least one person inside, a human rights group said.
Trump sees no reason to believe Russia behind election meddling
At the news conference Trump was invited by reporters to offer even a single criticism of Russia, but repeatedly declined.
Chided in the West, cave-rescued coach is seen as saintly in Thailand
He is beloved for relinquishing his meager rations, going hungry so the kids could nourish themselves — and for hugging them close to ward off hypothermia.
The global corn crop is vulnerable to the effects of climate change
A global crop failure could have catastrophic consequences. Right now, such an event seems unlikely. But if the world continues to warm at its current pace, it becomes ever more possible.
Climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees
Migration isn't caused just by violence and failing governments: Climate-related problems such as drought, extreme storms and excessive heat have pushed many small farmers in Central America to leave their land and head north.
The 2018 farm bill stirs conflict and controversy
The House and the Senate could have trouble reconciling their two very different versions of the 2018 farm bill.
The humpback whale population is recovering
Melting Antarctic ice has led to an abundance of krill and with all that food, humpback whales are thriving, with high rates of pregnancy. The question is: How long can this last?
As Trump-Putin summit looms, Russia eyes its return to global power status
How is the Kremlin viewing the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin? It's Russia’s symbolic return from international isolation to a global powerbroker and America needs to negotiate once more.
President Trump goes to Europe — and satirists have a field day
Satirists love US President Donald Trump and his journey to Europe and Britain has provided a non-stop supply of comments, gestures and tweets for satirists to lampoon.
In Paraguay, fighting for women’s rights means fighting the past
Thirty years after a US-backed dictator was overthrown, Paraguayan women still struggle under the oppression he imposed.
Will dumping plastic straws lead to more environmental progress, or complacency?
Starbucks announced plans to discontinue using plastic straws at its 28,000 locations worldwide. It's a positive development for the environment. But is it worthy of celebration?
Behind the Harlem sound of ‘Luke Cage’
The music that makes Marvel’s hip-hop superhero.
Wilson Pickett’s ‘In the Midnight Hour’
How the 1965 R&B classic made Wilson Pickett a star.
Twisted sister
The outrageous, pioneering comics of autobiographical cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
‘They like me a lot in the UK,’ says Trump. He’s not entirely wrong.
Donald Trump’s first visit to Britain as US president is expected to coincide with large anti-Trump protests in London. But Trump does have his fans in the UK.
French national soccer players of immigrant ancestry face harsher critics at the World Cup
The synergy that has propelled the French national team to the title game in the most recent World Cup in Russia has been colorblind — but French citizens and fans have not.
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