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Updated 2018-12-18 14:22
In Japan, sexual harassment isn’t a crime. Women who say #MeToo are targets.
Women who have told their stories publically in Japan have been shamed. The face of #MeToo in Japan is a journalist named Shiori Ito, who says she was raped by an older journalist, the biographer of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She came forward publicly in May 2017.
After an ugly campaign for immigrants, some midterm wins spark a glimmer of hope
For those who want to change how immigration works in the US, the midterm elections were a call to action.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired over Russia probe
Sessions is out after unrelenting criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race.
After midterms, women fill a new-look Congress
The 116th Congress is set to look a lot different than any previous one.
PHOTOS: In Georgia, voters head to the polls after contentious governor campaign
Georgia's governor's race has been marked with intense rhetoric and accusations of voter suppression. We followed international election inspectors on the ground in Atlanta.
Two recent EPA decisions threaten children's health, experts say
For years, the coal industry has lobbied to shut down the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection and weaken emissions regulations for coal-fired power plants. They might have just scored a twofer.
Social divisions linger after Brazil's elections
In addition to sparking public violence, political divisions have cut deeply into the private lives of Brazilian families. One week after Brazil voted in the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as their next president, reporter Catherine Osborn met up with a 35-year-old banker from Rio de Janeiro named Raquel to speak about how the election had affected her relationships.
Filipino fast-food Jollibee creates a buzz with its first store in Manhattan
Jollibee trades in Pinoy pride and nostalgia. Can it also capture the curiosity — and taste buds — of non-Filipino Americans?
Georgia at a crossroads: 'A black woman as governor in a southern state? That speaks powers.'
With midterm elections underway, there’s an international spotlight on a few key races that seem to exemplify divisions between Americans, and across the world. One of those races is for governor of Georgia. There’s a lot the world can learn from the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was born.
The Arctic's Sámi people push for a sustainable Norway
After centuries on the margins, the Indigenous Sámi of the Arctic regions of Scandinavia are starting to reassert their cultural identity. And they say the world can't solve the climate crisis without perspectives like theirs.
Warming ocean waters turned Hurricane Michael into a superstorm
Hurricane Michael intensified from Category 1 to Category 4 in just 24 hours. Furious winds and an 8- to 12-foot storm surge were fueled by warming sea surface temperatures.
Are you a first-time voter in the US? What does this midterm election mean to you?
The midterm elections are just four days away. We hear from a variety of listeners who are new US citizens and who will be voting for the first time during these midterm elections.
What Secretary Mattis didn't say about Yemen peace talks
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has set a countdown to peace talks in Yemen. But Yemen watchers say negotiations, if they happen, will only begin to address the problems brought on by war.
Florida's 'red tide' could help turn the state blue
In Florida, a surge of toxic red and green algae blooms has fueled frustration with Republican Governor Rick Scott.
How do you finish after your collaborator is gone?
Sometimes fate gets in the way when you’re trying to finish a creative project.
The neuroscience of creative flow
What exactly is going on inside our brains when we’re being creative? We ask a neuroscientist.
Maria Schneider: in progress
The jazz composer and songwriter lets us inside her writing process.
All’s well that Welles ends
Morgan Neville’s new documentary “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” examines why Orson Welles’ final film remained unfinished ... until now.
‘In love with democracy,’ Ilhan Omar draws diverse supporters in bid for Congress
Congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is poised to become the first Somali American woman to hold national office.
This Boston Holocaust survivor offers a warning: It starts slowly
A photo exhibit with the portraits of some 70 Holocaust survivors have been on display at the Boston Common for two weeks, but have become especially relevant in the wake of the deadly synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh.
John Kerry wants us to respect US democracy — by voting for a cleaner planet
In his new book, "Every Day Is Extra," former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry writes about his formative childhood years, his legislative and diplomatic work on climate change, and more.
Klaus Voormann's long history with The Beatles
Klaus Voormann first met The Beatles when they were a bunch of unknowns playing in Hamburg, Germany. Post-Beatles Voormann played bass with John Lennon and George Harrison. Now, Klaus has an art exhibit in Los Angeles that will include art designs through the years, including the cover art he did for The Beatles 1966 album, "Revolver."
After Pittsburgh, Jose Antonio Vargas asks, 'Who is an American?'
In a new book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer talks about how his story of being undocumented was 'too complicated' for activists.
Fado Bicha is forcing traditional Portuguese fado 'out of the closet'
The world of fado, with its rules and deep traditions, was considered off-limits, until now.
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei asks: Does America still have 'the big heart?'
"I always protect the basic rights of freedom of speech and human rights. I don't see that only as a Chinese problem, it’s a universal problem," says the Chinese artist.
Arctic permafrost is starting to thaw. Here’s why we should all care.
Just how quickly will billions of tons of carbon locked up in the Arctic's melting permafrost be released into the atmosphere? Scientists in the Arctic say finding out could be a matter of survival.
As Eastern hemlock trees die off, an art installation creates space for reflection and mourning
Climate change is spurring the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive insect, to move further north, and it’s bringing down many hemlock trees.
Brazil’s version of Trump makes Trump look like Mr. Rogers
Jair Bolsonaro's rise from fringe candidate to Brazil’s next president has, of course, been likened to Trump’s rise from reality TV star to the White House. But Bolsonaro makes Trump look like Mr. Rogers.
Most Palestinians living in Jerusalem boycott elections. But one Palestinian is running anyway.
There are municipal elections in Jerusalem at the end of the month. One man hopes to be the first Palestinian voted onto the city council. To win, he’ll need Palestinians to break a five-decade boycott against voting in Israeli city elections.
This former refugee could win a seat in one of the whitest statehouses in America
Eleven years after arriving in New Hampshire, Safiya Wazir — a former refugee from Afghanistan — is showing other new Americans they can run for office, too.
Japanese TV program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment
A Japanese "cop reality show" chasing foreigners who have overstayed their visas is not a welcome sign for the 500,000 new foreign workers who will arrive to help ease a chronic labor shortage.
For this nurse trained abroad, working at a US hospital is years away
Only 40 percent of nurses trained abroad pass the US licensing exam the first time. But educators say it’s not because they aren’t qualified.
Nose in a book (and vice-versa)
What would a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved” smell like?
Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’
The song where everyone knows the words, but few know what those words mean.
Many immigrants have years of work experience. ‘Upskilling’ programs are helping them use that knowledge.
Jorge Balcazar already has 10 years of welding experience. A six-month certification course will help him get ahead.
Officials investigating bombs sent to top Democrats and CNN as election looms
A suspicious package sent to Clinton was found late Tuesday while another package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday. The Time Warner Center in New York City was evacuated after an explosive device was found in the CNN mail room Wednesday morning.
In a California elementary school, parents have a classroom of their own
Adult education is often thought of as completely separate from children’s education. But some school districts are trying to integrate them by creating family literacy programs.
The greatest movie never made
Sandi Tan revisits a decades-old personal mystery in her new documentary, “Shirkers.”
When war keeps students from starting high school on time, should they be allowed an extra year?
Advocates say too many schools aren’t giving older teens the chance to get a good high school experience.
Kavanaugh’s track record on environmental law favors business over climate change protections
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's strict interpretations in previous rulings on environmental law indicate he will not support strong government action on climate change.
Even a slight increase in global warming could be catastrophic, experts warn
A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report details dire climate damage could occur if global average surface temperatures rise to 2 degrees C from the 1.5 degrees C maximum set by the Paris Climate Agreement. Is it too late to clean up our human-made climate change mess?
The Violence Against Women Act is unlikely to deter domestic violence — here's why
VAWA disproportionately funds the criminal legal system but it has not deterred domestic violence. Lawyer Leah Goodmark argues that criminalizing domestic violence actually makes the problem worse and that it's time for alternative forms of justice and support.
Tariffs are hurting Tennessee, but voters seem to be shrugging them off
The Tennessee Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country. Farmers, whiskey distillers and small businesses are feeling the sting from President Donald Trump's tariffs. But is it enough to turn deep red Tennessee blue?
An Alaskan village is falling into the sea. Washington is looking the other way.
Shishmaref, Alaska, home to a tightly knit Iñpuiat community of 600 people, is ground zero for climate change in the Arctic. What happens here could foreshadow the fates of other US coastal communities. Why won't Washington pay attention?
Charles Darwin's 'tree of life' gets a new look
The Tree of Life proposed by Charles Darwin in the 19th century depicts different forms of life diverging from one another as they evolve down through successive generations. But discoveries of new life forms and the phenomenon of horizontal gene transfer indicate life can also evolve through convergence.
Why the military isn’t tracking climate change costs
A watchdog agency told the military last year it should track repair costs related to extreme weather and climate change. It said no.
'Leaf peeping' is huge in New England. Will climate change alter tourism?
Each fall, millions of tourists come to New England to see the changing leaves. It's big business. But climate change is moving the calendar.
Orthodox Christianity faced with a political divide
Bitter political divisions in Ukraine have created a split in Orthodox Christianity.
This Google engineer was asked to create a censored version of Google News for China. He refused.
Vijay Boyapati says he 'immediately felt very uncomfortable' when he say censorship requirements for the project.
Space is the place
How musicians like Sun Ra and George Clinton imagined a better world through Afrofuturism.