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Updated 2018-08-16 21:22
Henry Alford composes a radiator symphony
Can the clanks, bangs and hisses of a radiator become music?
Cosmo Pyke and Frank Ulwenya capture the sound of travel with soul and surf rock
What does it sound like to travel? In this A-side B-side, we find it in two tracks.
Over 100 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram return home
Students from the town of Dapchi spent a month in captivity.
How France uses 'le testing' to combat hiring discrimination
France doesn't collect comprehensive statistics based on race, ethnicity or religion. And that has something to do with its experience in World War II.
Manhunt ends after Texas serial bombing suspect dies in blast
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters early Wednesday morning that the motive for the bombings was still unclear.
In Turkey, scientific progress isn't perfect
Turkey is making advances in its scientific infrastructure — like its brand new astronomical observatory. But the new science curriculum for high schoolers leaves out the theory of evolution.
Undocumented workers fight for wages under the threat of deportation
Advocates say that these immigration enforcement threats keep workers from telling their stories of wage theft to law enforcement. Wage theft costs Los Angeles workers $26 million a week, according to the University of California, Los Angeles.
Here's an album for 'third culture kids'
A singer raised in Thailand and Sweden is trying to create a virtual space in music for kids raised in multiple cultures who often feel like they don't belong anywhere.
Putin wins, surprising no one, but voter turnout rose
The election was never about whether Putin would win. But high voter turnout has been marred by reports of ballot stuffing and other unethical means of getting support for the incumbent president.
Kurdish troops fight for freedom — and women's equality — on battlegrounds across Middle East
In a region surrounded by threats — from Turkey’s attacks and Islamic State terrorism and patriarchy at home — the women of Kurdistan are fighting for their life and liberty. And the cost is hard, dangerous labor.
Engineers compete to detect methane leaks, a powerful climate pollutant
Leaks of methane from gas and oil wells are a major source of climate pollution but it's tough to detect the odorless and colorless gas. Now, a new competition is spurring inventors to come up with cheaper and more effective methane detectors. The World's Jason Margolis profiles two of the inventors.
A British 'Mx.' tape
Mx. is a gender-neutral title that's gaining popularity in the UK. Though the road to acceptance for this prefix has not been without a struggle. On The World in Words podcast, we delve into the fight over this two-letter word.
For this city in Northern Ireland, Brexit is a big headache
Londonderry, or Derry, Northern Ireland's second-biggest city, borders the Republic of Ireland. Residents worry Brexit will bring changes at the border - and a return to the days of "the Troubles."
Nantucket's bluffs and beaches are crumbling in the face of storms and rising seas
On Nantucket, homeowners are funding an extensive engineering project to save their houses from sliding into the sea. But no one knows how long the homes and the entire island can resist the forces of the sea and climate change.
A new book recounts the amazing history of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory
IceCube’s ability to spot where neutrinos come from provides a powerful new tool for understanding many mysteries of the universe.
Thinning ice and new tankers are opening up sea routes through the Arctic
Newer, tougher ship hulls and shrinking Arctic ice are now opening up the Northern Sea route for business.
Jobs in solar energy fall for the first time in seven years
Until last year, solar energy experienced huge growth in job creation. But 2017 saw about a 4 percent decline in solar jobs, with installers taking the biggest hit.
There are no surprises in Russia's upcoming elections. Putin will win.
Vladimir Putin will win his fourth term after 18 years in power. But behind the scenes of an election with a foregone conclusion — an event that should be drama-free — a more complicated picture emerges.
Beset by school violence, US and Nigeria consider each other's experience
In the wake of another attack on girls at a Nigerian school, parents in Nigeria are looking at how the US responds to the latest American school shooting.
How immigration raids have — and haven't — changed under the Trump administration
A spokesperson for the federal immigration agency has quit over what he says are lies from the Trump administration. So what’s the truth about immigration raids?
A mole among trolls: Inside Russia's online propaganda machine
Russian journalist Vitaly Bespalov worked in the now-infamous Internet Research Agency, which employed internet trolls to reinforce state-sanctioned messages.
Remembering art collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz
She amassed one of the most important collections of work by black artists. When it was lost in a fire, she did it all over again.
Kevin Hall stars in his own unreality show
An Olympic sailor struggles with delusions that his life is a reality show, and he’s the star.
The Brothers Weisberg on ‘The Americans’ and ‘Trumpcast’
How “The Americans” and “Trumpcast” are related—in more ways than one.
Guilty pleasure: Defending Styx’s ‘Babe’
A writer comes clean about his secret favorite song.
Investigation finds ICE detention center cut corners and skirted federal detention rules
The missteps and errors of ICE and its contractors have led to concerns about the safety of immigrant detainees with mental health issues.
Trump's new pick for CIA director has a murky past with torture programs
President Donald Trump has tapped Gina Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. But Sen. John McCain said that Haspel oversaw a "black site" prison where detainees were tortured with methods such as waterboarding.
How a soldier gets ready for deployment
The US is going to increase its military presence in Afghanistan over the next few months. The US Army plans to increase the total force by as many as 1,000. So, what is it like for an Army officer getting ready to deploy? We followed one of them.
How Jordan's particle accelerator is bringing together Middle East enemies
“Of course we have echoes of what’s happening in the region, but when you put scientists together, they tend to talk about science.”
Muslim women are speaking out against abuse with #MosqueMeToo
Muslim women are using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to speak out against sexual abuse that takes place during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
So, what does Pompeo have that Tillerson doesn't?
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump replaced US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo. In his new pick for secretary, Trump someone who agrees with him on major foreign policy issues.
Fifteen years after the US entered Iraq, Baghdad breathes new life
According to UN statistics, about 40 percent of Iraq's population was born after the US invasion. Now, youth are investing in a new Baghdad.
In Russia, a ‘ghost empire’ rises
Behind the country’s new military prowess and greater international power is a sleight of hand. This series looks at the “ghost empire” behind the illusions.
A Korean Paralympic skier says other skiers cheer him on now. It didn't used to be that way.
Yoo In-sik remembers when other skiers used to shy away from him on the chairlift because of his missing leg. “When I ski now, people cheer me on and clap for me,” he says.
On a Texas college campus, conservative Latinos explain their opposition to DACA
Most Latinos in the US, about 90 percent, support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But in Texas and especially in cities that are the closest to the US-Mexico Border, about 24 percent say they would want to end the Obama-era program that provides work permits and deportation protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought the US illegally as children.
It’s Trump versus California, but immigrants and employers already feel the fallout
Calls to hotlines to assist immigrants are skyrocketing, while employers brace themselves for more inspections.
The world remains unprepared to handle a major epidemic, a new book warns
In a new book, "The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It", global health expert Dr. Jonathan Quick focuses on the need for a universal flu vaccine and ways to prevent and contain the next pandemic.
The secretive language of professional wrestling
In 1984 professional wrestler Dr. "D" David Schultz smacked the TV journalist John Stoessel to the ground backstage at Madison Square Garden. Why? One word: kayfabe. This week on The World in Words we throw on some tights and get into the ring to explore this word you were never supposed to hear.
The life and myths of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Soviet Russia's deadliest sniper
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, history’s deadliest female sniper, is considered to be a Soviet propaganda myth by some, including some people in Russia. The divorced teenage mother from the tiny Ukrainian town of Bila Tserkva is credited with killing at least 309 Nazis — she simply sounds too good to be true.
It's raining viruses, but don't panic
Untold numbers of viruses are swept up into the atmosphere along with dust and water vapor, and they can travel for thousands of miles. No need to worry, though: The vast majority of viruses infect only microbes, not humans.
After sexual assault, this former aid worker found little help from UN
Shannon Mouillesseaux was violently assaulted a decade ago in Sri Lanka while working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Of course, the attack itself was deeply traumatic, but Mouillesseaux says the way she was treated by UNHCR in the aftermath was even more damaging.
Why Philip Glass was still driving a cab in his 30s
Philip Glass went from taxi driver to star composer overnight.
Aha Moment: ‘The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax'
A spy novel made Maureen Sestito realize it wasn’t too late to achieve her dream.
‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase finally makes a movie
David Chase launched a golden age in television drama when he created “The Sopranos.” But what he really wanted to make was movies.
Why Toni Morrison writes early: ‘I’m really smart in the morning.’
A winner of the Nobel Prize, Toni Morrison started writing because she couldn’t find the novels she wanted to read.
'They are trying to to kill us all.' Desperate Syrians plead for help in Eastern Ghouta.
As bombing and shelling by the Syrian regime intensifies, families living underground turn to social media in hopes that international attention will save them.
UN Women head: The time is now for gender equality
The agency also hopes to build alliances between urban and rural women, since many can face similar challenges no matter where they are in the world.
Six months after Maria, Puerto Rico is burdened with challenges
Watch a Facebook Live or a panel discussion Friday, March 9 at Harvard about the public health and infrastructure problems in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Sudan Archives makes a new jig with the help of West African fiddling
Exploring Sudan Archives through the Smithsonian Archives.
Behind the scenes of a protest, young undocumented immigrants display tactical skills
Behind the scenes, ahead of a day of action, young undocumented immigrants assign roles and prepare to risk arrest to remind Congress they are still active.
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