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Updated 2018-12-18 14:22
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.
This Afghan filmmaker got her start fighting street harassment with her camera
Sahar Fetrat was only 15 years old when she first picked up a camera. She used it to shoot a video for a school project. But soon she found it to be a powerful weapon against harassers.
Before hurricane season began, feds moved $10 million from FEMA to ICE
The Department of Homeland Security notified Congress earlier this summer that it was transferring $10 million from FEMA to ICE to pay for the detention and transfer of undocumented immigrants. The World speaks with Mary Small of the nonprofit group, Detention Watch Network.
Scientists say 25 years left to fight climate change
"We are not prepared" for the impacts of climate change that are only now beginning to appear, says one scientist.
Advocates worry about 'assembly-line justice' as video replaces some court hearings
Their day in court? That is less the case for some detained immigrants in the New York area, at least for those hoping for proceedings conducted in person.
Why Ann Dowd understands Aunt Lydia
How a breakout star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Leftovers” approaches playing scary characters.
The counterculture’s countdown to Armageddon
How pop culture taught the ‘70s hippie counterculture that the end of the world was coming.
Stephane Wrembel on Django Reinhardt
Some guitarists live in Django Reinhardt’s shadow. Stephane Wrembel chooses to live in his light.
Changing your face to disguise your ethnicity? Maybe, for these Afghan women.
Wars leave behind scars. Emotional ones. Physical ones. And for years, in Afghanistan, the physical ones were the ones surgeons fixed. But in the past couple of years, there’s been a boom in cosmetic surgery.
Today, women's clothing in Afghanistan includes far more than the blue burqa
Fashion is powerful. It can be used as a political tool. It can be a statement about identity. It can also be healing. In Afghanistan, it is all of that and more.
For these girls in Morocco, a tech camp presents a rare opportunity to pursue their career dreams
Running a program like this is a big deal for the girls, who come from the poor outskirts of Agadir, a sleepy Moroccan city facing the Atlantic Ocean.
China's crackdown on Xinjiang's Uighur Muslims draws international concern
The Chinese government has gone to great lengths to keep a lid on its policies in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, the historic home for the Uighur Muslim population. But the details of what human rights advocates say is a massive crackdown on an entire culture are becoming more widely known.
Ontario debates what kids should learn about sex in school
In 2015 the government of Ontario, Canada, introduced a landmark new sex ed curriculum, designed to be more inclusive of transgender and gay people. But the program became deeply entangled with politics, and was pulled back by conservatives this summer. As kids head back to school this week, teachers remain at odds with the government over what students will learn.
After surviving an attack on their school in Kabul, these students show that ‘education prevails’
In 2016, students at the American University in Kabul watched as gunmen opened fire on their school. More than a dozen people were killed and many more injured. But the attack didn't stop students from pursuing their dreams.
She saved a pregnant woman’s life. Now, she works to make childbirth safer for all Afghan women.
The Taliban forbids women to leave the house unless they are accompanied by a male relative. Feroza Mushtari, who was a teenager at the time of the Taliban takeover, defied that rule to save a pregnant woman's life.
A new book tries to help more Americans understand what it's really like at war in Iraq and Afghanistan
New York Times journalist and former Marine infantry officer C.J. Chivers shows the realities of war through the lens of six combatants.
Researchers explore a pesticide link to asthma in farmworkers' children
When Azul was five, doctors finally figured out the little girl had asthma. That’s become a big problem among children of farm workers, says Dr. Catherine Karr of the University of Washington.
A year after Maria, Puerto Rican college students find home – on the island and off
Rosamari Palerm transferred to a school in Miami last fall after her school shut down in the wake of Hurricane Maria. She’s returned home to San Juan, but some of her classmates have stayed, making new homes in Miami.