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Updated 2018-10-16 22:22
Michael Brun delivers a message from Haiti — one summer block party at a time
Michael Brun’s Bayo Block Party takes a celebration of Haiti’s spirit on the road, and he is bringing his friends with him too.
Trump, Kim make pledge on denuclearization
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.
Antarctica needs humans to protect it. It also needs humans to stay away. What's a potential visitor to do?
Every trip to Antarctica inspires awe and concern for the fragile frozen continent. But every trip also contributes to the global warming that's eating away at the place. So is it better to visit Antarctica, or stay away?
This Ramadan tradition is under threat in Jerusalem
Musahar, a holiday ritual practiced around the Islamic world, harkens back to days before alarm clocks and smartphones. This year in Jerusalem, it has become entangled in the city’s often contentious religious and political divides.
Puerto Rico's public university system is in disarray. But it's not just because of Hurricane Maria.
When college students from Puerto Rico return to the island months after the disaster, they’ll face budget cutbacks and higher tuition.
A new book chronicles efforts to desegregate Connecticut's beaches in the 1960s
The US civil rights movement to end racial segregation may have been most intense in the South, but there were also battles in the North, including in affluent beach communities in the state of Connecticut.
Can Alaska rely on oil and address climate change? State officials are about to find out.
In Alaska, climate change is melting permafrost and bringing stronger storms and rising seas that are eroding coastlines. But Alaska faces a dilemma: 90 percent of state revenues come from fossil fuel, but burning oil and gas add to global warming. What’s to be done?
The most toxic town in America
In 2017, the EPA listed Kotzebue, Alaska, the most industrially polluted community in the United States — a result of millions of pounds of poisonous dust laden with heavy metals released annually from zinc and lead mining at nearby Red Dog Mine.
No refuge for wildlife in some US wildlife refuges
The Center for Biological Diversity reports that roughly half a million pounds of chemical pesticides are sprayed yearly inside some of the nation's wildlife refuges to support commercial agriculture — a practice that seems to defeat the purpose of a wildlife refuge.
The 'menstrual awakening': Shattering the period stigma
For millions of women around the world, monthly periods are something that comes with real hazards, such as missing school and work or being subjected to potentially harmful sanitary conditions. But there's a global menstrual movement taking place.
Chef, traveler and storyteller Anthony Bourdain found dead
Anthony Bourdain, who dined with world leaders, wrote books, ran restaurants and inspired a generation, killed himself in a French hotel room.
For some in Singapore, the Trump-Kim summit isn't a big deal
The city-state of Singapore is preparing to host a much-hyped summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in just a few days. If you imagined there’d be a buzz in the air leading up to the on-again, off-again meeting that’s dominated global headlines for weeks, some people aren't feeling it.
G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade
Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations are set to clash with a combative US President Donald Trump on Friday when they pressure him to lift sanctions on steel and aluminum they fear could lead to a trade war.
Sexism and the #MeToo movement inspired this 'sassy' singer
Canadian-born, New Zealand-based musician Tami Neilson spoke to us recently about her latest album, "Sassafrass!" and the three key moments that inspired it.
Will the US deny asylum to domestic violence survivors?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to try and limit who qualifies for asylum in the US.
‘American Animals’: Bart Layton’s new breed of true crime
Making an audacious movie about an audacious art heist.
Ch-ch-changes: making the Bowie mashup
How Tony Visconti, David Bowie's longtime producer, captured the artist's career in a 15-minute remix.
American Icons: ‘Fahrenheit 451’
The classic work of science fiction that responded to McCarthyism in the 1950s — still smolders.
For this mother and daughter, separated a year ago at the southern border, Trump's ‘zero-tolerance’ policy isn’t new
The Trump administration has recently implemented a policy of separating migrant children from their parents if they cross the southern border other than at a checkpoint. But they began testing a similar policy a year ago.
Oregon senator is denied access to a migrant children's center in Texas
Over the weekend, Senator Jeff Merkley paid a visit to the Southwest Key Casa Padre migrant children's shelter in Brownsville, Texas. He was refused entry.
What's Ramadan like for those who have to cook and serve food all day?
What's it like to be a Muslim food truck owner during the month of Ramadan?
Residents of Yemeni port city prepare for an invasion
A battle for the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah could be a humanitarian disaster. It could also bring a speedy end to the Yemen war. We hear what residents are thinking as the front lines draw closer to their city.
A bill to allow divorce in the Philippines could mean freedom for some women in New York
The Philippines is the last country in the world that does not allow divorce.
A Korean American singer is defying stereotypes to make it in K-pop
Marshall Bang was born in the US, which was only the first barrier he faced if he was going to make a living as a K-pop singer.
Could lava one day be used to store excess CO2?
Lava that has cooled into black, bubbly basalt might one day jump into action to help fight one of humanity’s biggest challenges: rising levels of carbon dioxide.
An FDA scientist finds traces of weed killer in many common foods
Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, has been classified as a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization, yet the US FDA routinely skips testing agricultural products to measure its levels. When one scientist took matters into his own hands, he found traces of it in virtually everything.
On the 150th anniversary of the Navajo Treaty, young Navajo grapple with their traumatic history
On June 1, 1868, the Navajo Nation treaty was signed and almost immediately, the Navajo at Fort Sumner began the long journey home.
One day, there won't be any more Holocaust survivors. This museum is racing to preserve their stories.
Eyewitness perspectives, like those of survivor Halina Litman Yasharoff Peabody, have served as invaluable educational resources for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since the institution opened 25 years ago. But as the number of survivors dwindle, the museum must prepare for a future without them.
Colleges and universities are pushing to expand Asian American studies
Students at Williams College in Massachusetts are joining other institutions to demand Asian American Studies programs. It is a push, some scholars say, that is about advancing other programs, too, including African American and Latino academic programs.
Attu descendants visit their ancestral home for the first time
In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.
How the Basque language has survived
This week on the podcast we talk about Basque. How did this language survive the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco when speaking and writing and reading were illegal? With more than six dialects, how did Basque develop a language standard? And how has this minority language thrived and even grown in the years since Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended?
In Germany, there are growing fears of a rise in anti-Semitism
In Germany, some right-wing groups blame the recent arrival of Muslim asylum-seekers for an apparent rise in anti-Jewish incidents. But others say that's only part of the story. They point out that anti-Semitism in 21st century Germany has been around for a while.
US announces steel and aluminum tariffs; German cars could be next
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters on a telephone briefing that a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico would go into effect at midnight.
Russian journalist stages his own death in order to thwart an attempt on his life
Arkady Babchenko didn't even tell his wife about the scheme.
Seventy-five years after the Battle of Attu, veterans reflect on the cost of reclaiming US soil
Seventy-five years ago, Japan and the United States were locked in one of the bloodiest battles fought on American soil: the Battle of Attu.
Delivering food is now a dangerous job in Venezuela
Venezuela has been wracked by a severe economic crisis and food shortages for several years. It's become so bad that truck drivers who deliver food fear for their lives.
High-ranking North Korean official will come to US to nail down on-again, off-again summit
Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee and formerly head of a top North Korean military intelligence agency, will meet with Mike Pompeo later this week, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Ireland votes to repeal abortion restrictions, but there’s still a lot to talk about
Right up until the day of the referendum, pretty much everyone thought Ireland’s vote on abortion this past Friday was going to be close. It wasn’t. Two-thirds of voters said "yes" to repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.
France offers citizenship for bystander who climbed a building to rescue a toddler clinging to a balcony
Video shows Mamoudou Gassama, 22, risking his life on Sunday as he climbed up the balconies to rescue the 4-year-old who is clinging to a railing.
How '90s Bollywood movies became cool again for two desis in the US
The Bollywood Boys used to watch movies on bootleg VCDs with their parents. Now, they’re watching them on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — and rediscovering what they once loved about them.
Sweden's new law on affirmative consent is hailed, but questions remain
Sweden joins 10 other western European countries with a new affirmative consent law.
Democratic senators probe the extent of Koch brothers' influence on Trump administration policy
As the close ties between fossil fuel billionaires Charles and David Koch and the Trump administration come to light, Democratic senators are demanding answers about how much influence the Koch brothers have had in shaping key federal policies, including the decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement and the shrinking of national monuments.
Ethical and legal questions surround Scott Pruitt's time at the EPA
Democrats in Congress are pushing for his resignation, but so far most GOP members have remained quiet.
Saudi Arabia loosened some of its strict social rules, but intimidation of activists continues
In the past few months, Saudi Arabia has seen some of the most drastic social changes in its history. But the rejoicing has been short-lived. A number of recent arrests has raised alarms for many Saudis.
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders on sex assault charges
Film producer Harvey Weinstein surrendered on Friday to authorities at a New York City police station on sex crime charges, months after he was toppled from Hollywood's most powerful ranks by scores of women accusing him of misconduct.
'I can't control my gender'
Stephanie Labbé is one of Canada's best women soccer players. Two years ago, she was the goalkeeper for Canada's bronze-medal winning Olympic soccer team in Rio. After the games, Labbé wanted to keep playing professionally in Canada, but there are no professional women's teams.
With cancellation, Trump-Kim summit gets a dose of reality
The cancellation has eased the anxiety of foreign policy and nuclear nonproliferation experts who said that President Donald Trump had rushed headlong into a meeting unprepared. Ever since Trump accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in March, experts warned such a high-level dialogue would go south without a specific and careful diplomatic strategy.
This is your brain on improv
Ever wondered about people who can improvise on stage? Neuroscientist Charles Limb and comedian Anthony Veneziale did. First came the bromance, then Veneziale found himself improvising inside an fMRI machine.
This Irish podcaster dives into the abortion debate
Ireland votes on abortion this week. Ciara O’Connor Walsh, who's a supporter of abortion rights, knows where she stands on the issue. But she wondered, what do folks on the other side have to say? She's produced a podcast series called, The Eighth.
Once (again) in a lifetime
Singer Angélique Kidjo on her new Talking Heads cover album.
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