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Updated 2018-02-24 23:36
Family ties and a presidential pardon — it's a 'Greek tragedy' playing out in Peru
On Sunday, the president of Peru pardoned the former leader Alberto Fujimori. Critics are calling it a quid pro quo.
Finland's change in alcohol policy puts it out of step with other Nordic countries
Have you ever heard the Finnish word for “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear with no intention of going out”?
Is that Manischewitz? The Kosher wine is a hit in some Caribbean communities.
The reason why some people of Caribbean descent enjoy a Jewish staple over the holidays.
The best science books of 2017
Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova and Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum join Ira Flatow to run down the year’s best science books.
In a hungry little insect, a big threat to Louisiana’s coast
A tiny invasive bug loves the cane that grows along the mouth of the Mississippi River. Can it be stopped?
The year's best science books for kids have something for everyone
Science Friday’s Xochitl Garcia rounded up the coolest books for young scientists ages 0 to 11.
The Justice Department moves to dismiss youth climate lawsuit
The Trump administration's Justice Department is trying to halt a lawsuit brought by a group of young people alleging the US government violates their constitutional rights by not acting on climate change.
Flying abroad? You may have to go through a facial scan at the airport.
If you're traveling abroad from a US airport this holiday season, you may have to go through a new type of security check: a facial scan.
How Eaten Fish survived four years in refugee detention with his cartoons, social media, and a network of activist friends
It took pressure, and lots of it, to get Iranian cartoonist known as "Eaten Fish" out of the Australian-run detention camp and it was social media that started the domino of pressure and activism that finally freed him.
Are Christmas trees religious? Well, yes … and no.
Many people look at a Christmas tree and don’t see much religious meaning. But the history of the Tannenbaum, as they call it in Germany, says otherwise.
What I learned by getting my very first Christmas tree
For the past 13 years, every Christmas I have looked in confusion as my non-Christian friends head to Christmas tree lots in search of a Christmas tree to bring home. This year, for the first time, I wanted to find out what it was like.
Scholar Calestous Juma leaves behind a legacy of 'leapfrog' technology
The Kenya-born Harvard scholar Calestous Juma saw innovations and opportunities bubbling up in African economies where others saw only poverty and despair.
In Florence, they're bringing the works of women artists out of the basement
The Old Masters in Italian museums pull in the crowds. And those waiting in long lines to see them rattle off their names: Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian. But if you ask them to name women artists from the Renaissance, most have trouble even coming up with one name.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
Cuba leans on cheaper home visits and health surveys to catch health problems early on. Could this approach help parts of Chicago, where nearly 15 babies per 1,000 do not reach their first birthday?
As hurricane recovery continues, Puerto Rico prepares for Christmas
Most Puerto Ricans don't have a Christmas tree or ingredients for their favorite holiday dishes this year. But many are determined to mark the holiday in high spirits.
How Britain's cinemas are becoming dementia friendly
Britain's movie theaters are becoming more and more popular with both those who suffer from dementia and their caregivers.
How will the GOP tax bill affect Puerto Rico?
US President Donald Trump says the GOP tax bill will be a "big, beautiful Christmas present" to Americans. But some worry about the effects it could have on Puerto Rico's economy.
No 'shame' in Polish punk band's prophetic songs from the past
Adam Sobolewski is the drummer for Polish punk band Hańba! The band sets music to lyrics by anti-fascist poets of the 1920s and '30s. The content is eerily prophetic. For example, there's a tune about radio-controlled empty planes.
Trump’s threats to pull out of NAFTA concern many in Arizona
Arizona needs Mexico. Unlike the United States as a whole, Arizona actually has a trade surplus with its southern neighbor and tens of thousands of Arizona jobs rely on cross-border trade.
Alexander Payne sizes up the world in 'Downsizing'
“Sideways” director Alexander Payne shrinks the world’s problems in “Downsizing.”
Ode to an Enigma: How Bobbie Gentry ghosted us all
The mysterious story of Bobbie Gentry and her famous song “Ode to Billie Joe.”
After Charlottesville, some are asking what to do about 'Gone With the Wind'
It may be the most popular American film of all time, but, like other Confederate monuments, "Gone With the Wind" is undergoing some reappraisal in light of heightened racial tensions and awareness in the US.
After 1,000 days of civil war in Yemen, violence has become 'normalized'
On March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia entered the Yemen civil war with support from the US and the UK. A Western reporter and Yemenis from the north to the south tell how warring sides are dug in and civilians are becoming accustomed to the fighting.
Young South Africans once worshipped the ANC. Now 'the party of Mandela' is tarnished.
This week Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the new president of South Africa's African National Congress. It was seen as a modest victory for reformers. But will it be enough to restore young South Africans' faith in the party and country?
The art made by Guantánamo Bay detainees
The artwork of war detainees in Guantánamo Bay is now on part of an art exhibit in New York City.
Bitcoin's sky-rocketing energy use is a viral story. We checked the math.
Bitcoin's energy draw is probably somewhere between Google's and Bulgaria's.
The late Cardinal Law will be remembered as the face of the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis
Cardinal Bernard Law has been described as "a titan of 20th century American Catholicism." But he will be remembered for one thing: covering up child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
A Venezuelan couple found refuge in Puerto Rico. Then the hurricane hit.
Venezuela used to have a thriving Jewish population. But many of them fled violence and economic collapse. One couple was settling into their new life in San Juan when Hurricane Maria hit.
China hires former British prime minister to help make One Belt, One Road a reality
A spokesperson for former British Prime Minister David Cameron said the fund will “invest in innovative and sustainable growth opportunities in both the UK and China to create jobs and further boost trade links.”
British singer Petula Clark hits the road — maybe to a 'Downtown' near you
Despite a career that goes back more than six decades, British singer Petula Clark still has it. With such a long career, one would think that hopping on a bus, traveling across the US, would be old hat by now. But Petula Clark is in the midst of her first tour of the US.
Algodón Egipcio’s 'La Estrella Irregular' is another way to understand the ongoing crisis in Venezuela
Algodón Egipcio’s “La Estrella Irregular” is an electronic-pop lullaby that explores a medley of dreamy, bright and chopping tropical sounds. But the song also gives a poetic and experienced perspective on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
Words to live by in 2017
What are the words and images that best describe this past year? And why do some people think "whom" is obsolete?
Miami residents fear 'climate gentrification' as investors seek higher ground
As water levels rise, residents of Miami's Little Haiti fear rising rents. Will people fleeing the beach push them out?
The FCC voted to scrap net neutrality rules. Smaller, independent websites could take a big hit.
Net neutrality advocates say the FCC's vote to scrap Open Internet rules passed by the Obama administration in 2015 will have a disproportionate effect on small and independent content providers and websites catering to communities that are underrepresented in the media.
How a few notations by a school resource officer caused a teen to wind up in a high-security detention facility
Henry Lemus Calderón, 19, is incarcerated in a high-security unit, and he can’t figure out why. Though in the country illegally, he was never arrested for any crime and never ordered removed, and he bristles at the notion of being considered in need of high security.
Trump can't seem to agree with his own national security strategy
On Monday, President Donald Trump named Russia and China as top rivals. But Laicie Heeley, host of PRI's new podcast "Things that go boom" says the speech was sometimes inconsistent with the written National Security Strategy document submitted to Congress by his advisors.
Iceland's most trusted politician is a feminist environmentalist who is the 'antiTrump'
Iceland's new prime minister is an environmental feminist, anti-war, crime-novel expert who wants to make Iceland carbon-neutral by the year 2040. At 41, she is one of the youngest world leaders today and is the most trusted political leader in her country, in poll after poll.
Russia thanks CIA for tip that thwarted terror attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank the CIA for a tip, which he says thwarted a terrorist attack in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. How unusual is this kind of intelligence-sharing between rivals?
KOKOKO! makes experimental afropop with found objects
The Congolese collective KOKOKO! repurposes typewriters, coffee cans, CPUs and more to create afropop-infused experimental music.
On Nantucket, a teenage migrant gets swept up in a crackdown on Salvadoran gangs
The teen and his advocates insist that he's being swept up and threatened with deportation because of teenage bravado, rather than actual evidence.
Britain's strange addiction to a medieval Christmas treat
Christmas in Britain has many similarities to other European and North American countries: Santa Claus, Christmas trees, turkeys and awkward family gatherings. But there is one extra element: mince pies
How journalists corroborate sexual harassment and assault claims
Reporting on sexual harassment claims can be difficult. Here's how some journalists are taking that challenge on.
Dog owners live longer, a new study says
While even good human relationships can be complicated, a family dog will unfailingly greet its members with simple joy. Now, a new study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that, along with the blessing of uncritical friendship, household dogs can actually help people live longer.
In DNA testing, ‘Yeti’ samples come up bears, bears, bears
Scientists recently revealed that nine rumored Yeti samples from the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau region were — not quite.
Hampshire College goes 100 percent solar
Hampshire is the first residential college in the US to source its electricity entirely from renewable energy.
How Can Math Make Your Holidays Merrier?
The High Energy Cost Of Bitcoin’s Rise
Preventing A ‘Digital Dark Age’
Steering Toward Greener Transportation
Searching For Answers To An Age-Old Question