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Updated 2018-10-16 22:22
Live, from New York, it’s Cue Card Wally
Growing up, Wally Feresten never dreamed of being a cue card holder. Now, 28 years later, he can't imagine doing anything else.
The early impact of solar tariffs: Fewer American projects, fewer American jobs
Back in January, the Trump administration imposed tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panels and modules. It was aimed at Chinese and Asian imports.
American Icons: The Muppets
The story behind Jim Henson’s beloved creature creations.
In Miami's Little Haiti, one of the largest waves of evictions is currently underway
Little Haiti, a once predominantly Haitian enclave, has seen a burst of new development and interest from real estate investors and developers because of its central location in Miami. New projects are underway in the neighborhood, rent prices are soaring and Haitian business owners say that they are being pushed out.
European lawmakers had tough questions for Mark Zuckerberg. For the most part, he ducked them.
Several MEPs blamed the meeting's format for the lack of answers. After nearly an hour of questioning, Zuckerberg was left with about 25 minutes to selectively answer them. He gave away little and promised to provide more details in writing.
In Kerala, a push for organic food turns professionals into gardeners
Kerala, India, hosts a highly literate workforce and many people choose to work abroad, so the state used to rely on imported food. When doctors and the public started to blame rising cancer rates on chemical pesticides from this imported food, it kickstarted an urgency to go organic.
For one woman with an eating disorder, Ramadan was a chance to blend in
Adeline Hocine saw the holy month — when everyone would abstain from food and water — as an opportunity to hide her illness.
Objects from Palestine are now enshrined at a makeshift museum in this Beirut refugee camp
In the Shatila camp in Beirut, there's a tiny museum crammed with hundreds of items that Palestinians brought with them when they fled what is now Israel.
Negotiating with the North Koreans was never going to be easy
After lots of initial fanfare, the lead-up to a planned Trump-Kim summit has hit some serious bumps in the road. But one former US adviser on North Korean affairs says President Trump should stick with his game plan.
International criticism is widespread after Venezuela announces Maduro won re-election
Venezuela's mainstream opposition boycotted Sunday's vote, given two of its most popular leaders were barred, authorities had banned the coalition and various of its parties, and the election board is run by Maduro loyalists.
Goldman Environmental Prize winners fight for the health of children and deep sea life
This year’s Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe and the Island Nations went to a Filipino who took on the neurotoxin lead in paint and a French safe fishing activist who launched a campaign to end deep-sea bottom trawling in the EU.
Spring's uncertain arrival poses problems for migrating birds
Migrating songbirds have finally found the springtime weather in North America that they need to survive and thrive. Only a couple of weeks ago, they had to fight unusual cold and deep snows in the Northern states.
Two friends from South Africa share the Goldman Environmental Prize
Two winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize were a team of grassroots activists from South Africa. Their efforts quashed a secret deal between Russia and the South African government to build expensive and wasteful nuclear power plants.
This is what the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on the border means for people fleeing violence
A pregnant woman from Honduras and her young daughter broke away from a caravan and crossed the Rio Grande to get to the US. Had she done so just a few weeks later, she would have been arrested and separated from her child under a new DHS policy.
Putin’s media strategy? 'A free jazz orchestra.'
"What’s funny is that they are using the language of diversity of opinion and freedom of speech. 'What’s wrong with alternative opinions? More free speech? What’s wrong with free speech?' That’s kind of the language they’ve adopted, which is our language,” said Russia expert Peter Pomerantsev.
Animal artists
From dog painters to elephant orchestras, can creatures really be creative?
Charles Mingus toilet trained his cat. We put his method to the test.
Crazy or brilliant? Jazz legend Charles Mingus came up with a method for toilet training his cat, so we tried it out on a kitty named Dizzy.
How do you take the perfect dog portrait? The Dogist has you covered.
Trust the man. He’s photographed 15,000 dogs.
From trailer park pups to Hollywood: How to train a four-legged star
Here's what it took to get a cute, slobbery dog to play the tough guy in the Hungarian film "White God."
Laika's dream
The celebrated Soviet dog launched into space in 1957 … and never came home.
Who’s a good audience? You are! Yes, you are!
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson performs concerts for the most loyal fans of all — dogs.
Why some South Koreans feel more positive about Kim Jong-un
“My parents told me that he killed his brother, so I was scared of him,” says 11-year-old Chung Ye-in. “I thought he was a bad person, but after seeing him, I think he looks friendly.”
The hardest question for a third culture kid: Where is home?
Karolina lives in Boston but grew up in several countries and speaks a bunch of languages. Her English is perfect but she doesn’t feel completely at home in it, or in American culture. Welcome to the world of third culture kids, a fast-growing group of people who fit in everywhere and nowhere.
An activist, an election and LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica
When an anti-LGBTQ candidate won the first round of presidential elections in Costa Rica, Vincenzo Bruno took to Facebook to denounce him.
An online campaign is rewriting Egyptian beauty standards
For years, Egyptian women of all ages have felt pressure to straighten their naturally curly hair. But now, a group of women have said enough is enough. Through an online campaign, they're trying to get Egyptian women to embrace their curls.
After bloodshed and US embassy protests, Israelis and Palestinians alike wonder what's next
Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, and injured more than 2,200 by gunfire or tear gas. The violence continued Tuesday as Israeli forces killed one man, while thousands of Palestinians turned out for funerals.
Cape Cod restaurants brace for (another) tough summer without enough foreign workers
It's Groundhog Day on Cape Cod again. There's a shortage of summer workers, due at least in part to changes in the H-2B visa program, which allows American businesses to hire temporary, seasonal workers from overseas.
In Canada, a pipeline environmental engineer protests her former company's tar sands plan
Romilly Cavanaugh once worked as an environmental pipeline engineer for Trans Mountain, a unit of Kinder Morgan that’s now trying to expand a Canadian tar sands oil pipeline. But in March she joined 200 protestors trying to block pipeline construction. She now awaits trial for criminal contempt of court.
The 'valve turners': Activists faced jail time to briefly stop the flow of Canadian crude oil
Many environmental activists join rallies or marches, sign petitions and lobby legislators. But some feel the need for more drastic steps. In October 2016, five activists known as the “valve turners” halted the flow of crude oil through four different pipelines along the US-Canada border, knowing they would be arrested and possibly convicted.
A Mother's Day to end all wars
If you haven’t heard, Mother’s Day is this weekend.
Russia's RT is contesting the very meaning of 'truth'
RT wants "to create chaos by suggesting there is no such thing as objective truth, rather there are simply dozens of competing narratives.”
Trump, Kim summit in Singapore presents logistical challenges for North Korea
The choice of Singapore as the site of the first-ever meeting of a sitting US president and a North Korean leader was as much because it was within reasonable flight time and distance from Pyongyang as because of the island state’s political neutrality.
Isabella Rossellini's ‘Mammas’
An unsentimental look at motherhood in the animal kingdom.
How I learned to stop worrying and love the mom
When it comes to the intricacies of pregnancy, sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction.
Aha Moment: Mary Karr's 'Entering the Kingdom'
Finding inspiration in a poem.
Mother knows best
“One Day at a Time” showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett shares some of her favorite TV moms from classic sitcoms.
End of Iran nuclear deal cuts major diplomatic channel for Americans imprisoned in Iran
When Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement, it cut a major diplomatic channel to Iran: Diplomats from Europe, China, Russia, the US and Iran would meet every three months. Family members of American citizens imprisoned in Iran viewed these quarterly meetings as a chance for their loved ones to be discussed and possibly freed.
Yemen's war hasn't yet reached this remote island paradise. But conflict is brewing.
Arab governments are fighting over an island paradise in the Indian Ocean that few people have seen. Socotra, the size and shape of Long Island, New York, is home to 60,000 people and some of the strangest-looking plants on Earth.
One doctor's experience on a 'medical mission' to treat Rohingya refugees
Dr. Baseer Qazi talks about trying to diagnose and treat refugees who have been through traumatic experiences.
The arrest of an Egyptian satirist shines a light on the government's system of intimidation
Vlogger Shadi Abu Zeid was neither taken to a local police department nor charged in a civilian court. His whereabouts remained unknown for more than a day, until Monday evening, when his sister posted online that he had appeared at a state security prosecutor’s hearing in Cairo.
Want to see where immigration policy changes put workers at risk? Go to Harvard.
The end of Temporary Protected Status for many immigrants threatens the university’s support staff — and many of the campus’s more active union members.
Russian-speaking New Yorker would rather her daughter learn Chinese
Alina Simone was born in the Soviet Union to Russian-speaking parents. She has given up on passing the language on to her daughter.
The Mexican government says it will help people who are deported, but they often are left to make it on their own
The president of Mexico told people deported from the US, “You’re not alone.” But Omar Blas Olvera felt alone trying to restart his life and put his family back together in Mexico.
'A soldier cut off her breast:' Rohingya survivors recount atrocities
Since 2012, a small network of citizen activists have been risking their lives to secretly film the impact of Myanmar's military campaign against the Rohingyas. Their harrowing footage, and the first-ever on-camera interview with a member of the network, are featured in the new FRONTLINE documentary, "Myanmar’s Killing Fields."
Trump expected to leave Iran nuclear deal; Tehran defiant
US President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in and work with European allies.
Putin's fourth inauguration was a Russia-first extravaganza
Russian President Vladimir Putin was sworn in to a fourth term in office on Monday, extending his 18-year rule amid promises of continuity in foreign policy and renewed efforts toward building prosperity at home.
Kerala’s making an ambitious pledge to go organic
With cancer rates increasing more than 10 percent faster in Keralta, India, than in the rest of the country, the urgency to become agriculturally self-sufficient and chemical-free has started to grow.
Bhutan, known for its Gross National Happiness Index, comes to terms with mental health crisis
The country’s tourism council paints an image of a real-life Shangri-La. But Bhutanese identity has been undergoing a seismic shift as it is thrust into a modern age, prompting a mental health crisis in a country that is struggling to keep up.
The man who taught the Kremlin how to win the internet
Konstantin Rykov started his career creating sites like idiot.ru and spreading sexualized photos of women on the internet. He ended up teaching the Kremlin how to move the internet in its favor.
The radical populist party that shook Italy's establishment
The Italian establishment has failed from the start to understand the appeal of Five Star. First, it ignored the movement’s mass rallies, then dismissed its electoral aspirations, branding it by turns fascist and communist. Instead of trying to understand Five Star’s growing popularity, the main parties labeled its candidates dilettantes lacking the experience and competence to govern.