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Updated 2023-10-02 01:50
A modern take on an ancient Chinese folk tale
The new opera, Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable," had its world premiere in Boston over the weekend. The story is based on an ancient Chinese folk tale and uses modern and diverse cultural elements to create a unique rendition of the popular fable.
‘It’s all mixed’: Sasami makes music inspired by her multicultural heritage
Sasami's latest album, Squeeze," is a musical concoction of different genres and influences -including her family's multicultural heritage as zainichi Koreans. Meklit Hadero, host ofMovement," our series on music and migration, speaks with Sasami about her family history and upbringing.
A new underground gig economy is booming in New York City as migrants wait for work permits
The Biden administration announced it will grant work permits for nearly half a million Venezuelans. City officials in New York have been calling for it, as tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Venezuela, have arrived in the city in recent months. However, the process of applying for the legal right to work can take months.
Mexican American teen star sings on after heated controversy with Mexican audiences
Yahritza Martinez, 16, went from apple picking in rural Washington, to becoming a TikTok sensation and chart-topping musician. But her career nearly came to a halt after her comments about Mexico went viral. Despite the controversy, Martinez played at a major Mexican Independence Day concert in Mexico City -but some fans were not yet ready to embrace her.
Spain all-boys choir finds a new tune and admits girls
After more than 700 uninterrupted years of boys-only belting, Spain's La Escolania de Montserrat Choir is finally mixing things up. Beginning this September, a select group of girls will be allowed to join the boys at the altar, singing the liturgy at Saturday afternoon and Sunday masses. Choir organizers are calling it a revolution.
Reparations for Japanese Canadians imprisoned during World War II viewed by many as too little, too late
More than 20,000 Japanese Canadians were forced from their homes during World War II. They were incarcerated, while, back home, much of their property was forcibly sold by the government. Redress came 44 years later, but much of what was lost is gone forever.
A new book explores Taiwan's culinary identity
The culinary contributions of Taiwan are often overshadowed by other cuisine from the region, especially China. Now, a new cookbook highlights some of the ingredients and flavors that make Taiwanese cooking unique.
'Organizing chaos': Moroccans in Spain send aid convoys home after devastating earthquake
Moroccans continue digging out victims from this month's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Atlas Mountains. The death toll now stands at nearly 3,000 people. Many more have been left homeless. Morocco's government has so far only accepted aid from a handful of countries, but Moroccans overseas are stepping up. In Spain, they're collecting supplies to send to victims, but it isn't always easy.
Why corals in American Samoa are thriving despite warmer oceans
Despite prevailing narratives of coral bleaching and decline, the reefs of American Samoa have been particularly resilient to warming temperatures that have laid waste to other corals. Scientists there are finding out why, and looking for ways to use this knowledge to help reefs in other parts of the world.
Ukrainian Greek Catholics lament lack of support by Vatican amid war with Russia
Pope Francis recently praised Russian historical figures in a speech to Russian youth. To members of Ukraine's Greek Catholic community, these comments were deemed "painful" amid the ongoing war with Russia, and put a spotlight on their needs and concerns.
Tibetan monks on tour in US as China continues to restrict religion in Tibet
A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, living in exile in India, are doing a sacred arts tour" this month in the US. They're demonstrating an ancient artistic and spiritual practice, creating big, colorful sand mandalas. They say Buddhist traditions like this are under threat because of Chinese government policies in their historic homeland of Tibet.
War in Ukraine spurs 'rapid deployment' for renewables, energy chief says
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent energy costs surging, European leaders scrambling for alternative suppliers of gas, and redirected flows of Russian oil toward Asia. Some European countries also burned more coal in response to the energy shock. But the most transformational long-term change will be in increased investments in renewable energy, according to International Energy Agency chief energy economist Tim Gould.
Norway becomes top gas supplier to Europe after Russia invasion
Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine upended energy markets and sent prices through the roof. As Europe weaned itself off of Russian fuels, it turned to Norway. The country is now the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe.
Dominican Republic closes border with Haiti over water rights dispute
Tensions have escalated between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The neighboring countries are now in a serious dispute over water rights. The Dominican government sealed the border and stopped issuing visas to all Haitian citizens until the dispute is resolved.
Yemenis say their country is about more than war and humanitarian aid
Since the Yemen war began in 2014, Western journalists have been telling the world about the fighting, the human toll and the geopolitical underpinnings of the conflict. Many reports, even today, contain no Yemeni perspective. A new project is inviting Yemenis from across the country and in the diaspora to talk about their own experiences of war and daily lives. Host Marco Werman speaks with Nuha Al-Junaid, the Yemeni woman coordinating The Yemen Listening Project.
West Virginia University faces backlash after proposing to ax world language department
Faculty and students who are opposed argue that the move would put the state's flagship university at risk of offering a subpar education, especially in terms of producing graduates who can compete in the international workforce.
West Virginia University votes to ax foreign language degrees
Faculty and students who are opposed argue that the move puts the state's flagship university at risk of offering a subpar education, especially in terms of producing graduates who can compete in the international workforce.
Coalition of small island states makes a case that greenhouse gas emissions are covered by UN Law of the Sea
In Hamburg, Germany, an international tribunal makes rulings on the UN's Law of the Sea, which deals with marine territorial rights and navigation, and requires states to prevent and control marine pollution. This week, a coalition of small island states is asking the court to rule on an unusual case: that greenhouse gas pollution is covered under this law of the sea.
Formerly homeless American in Barcelona helps others get off the streets
Some years back, an American in Spain became homeless after a string of bad luck. Now, he's helping others who've hit a similar rough spot. Especially other foreigners with an entrepreneurial spirit.
What the 1973 coup means for Chileans today — 50 years later
Five decades after the 1973 coup in Chile that toppled the government of Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power with help from the US, people in Chile are deeply divided about what the coup anniversary means today.
Victims of Guatemalan military seek justice for war crimes
Supporters of newly elected Guatemalan President Bernardo Arevalo say that the nation's courts have long favored the elites including some former military members. But now under Arevalo, whose victory is under dispute, they say that they hope for change, including for the victims of war crimes committed during Guatemala's civil war.
Accreditors approve historic shortened bachelor’s degrees in the US
In much of Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand, three-year undergraduate degrees are standard. Now, a US college accrediting body is allowing Brigham Young University in Idaho and affiliated Ensign College to offer shorter programs that require fewer credits.
'She is the evolution of reggaeton': The rise of trans Puerto Rican artist Villano Antillano
Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano is a leading voice in a new generation of LGBTQ artists subverting traditional gender norms in reggaeton and reclaiming the political roots of the genre.
Delhi is rolling out the welcome mat as leaders arrive for the G20 summit in India
But critics say that India has turned the G20 into a marketing campaign for itself - and for Prime Minister Narendra Modi - ahead of general elections next year. The summit will also be a test for India as it seeks to establish itself as a rising power and as a voice for the global south.
‘This is not a peaceful country’: Violence and poverty soar in Costa Rica
Costa Rica sells its image as a green paradise," with ample nature reserves and no standing military. But many say this reputation is more myth than reality as violence, poverty and unemployment is on the rise.
Visa wait times for international students has many reconsidering US studies
Getting an acceptance letter from a US university is cause for celebration. However, getting a student visa in time to attend the first day of class can be a bigger achievement. That's because the wait can last months, even more than a year, for some countries. The World looks into the delays that are discouraging global talent from coming to the US.
Motherhood and motherland: One woman’s pregnancy experience in Russia
Amie Ferris-Rotman, a global news editor for New Lines Magazine, wrote a personal essay about her experience being pregnant in Russia, where many citizens believe it is a woman's patriotic duty to give birth and become a mother.She talked about it with The World's Marco Werman.
'I can get close to God': Millions from around the globe participate in religious Arbaeen walk in Iraq
The walk culminates in the city of Karbala to remember the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Husayn.
'Planet Hip Hop': The music will always be the voice of the people, Samy Alim says
As we wrap up Planet Hip Hop," our summer series celebrating 50 years of hip-hop music around the world, H. Samy Alim returns to talk with host Marco Werman about the next 50 years. Alim is an anthropology professor and the director of the Hip Hop Initiative at UCLA.
Student loans can be ‘simple’ and ‘automatic.’ Other countries offer lessons to the US.
In the US, interest on student loans started accruing again on Sept. 1. Soon, more than 40 million borrowers will have to resume their payments. The US is an outlier when it comes to high tuition and the debts that students take on.
Salmon are returning to Europe's Rhine River, but a key barrier remains
European countries that border the Rhine River are working together to restore an old migration route, but manmade structures present a major hurdle.
Despite lack of govt loans for college in Cambodia, these students are making it work
Most Cambodians live in rural areas, with many struggling to make a living on small farms. Even with low public school tuition fees, sending a child to college is nearly impossible. Those who want a higher education must be resourceful.
London's foxes: Pesky pests or celebrated survivors?
Foxes have played a role London's landscape for a century. But they're being increasingly seen as pests, who raid trash cans and cause fear and annoyance. Reporter Rebecca Rosman talks to a photographer and a historian who want to celebrate the foxes of London.
Denmark pays students to go to college. But free education does have a price.
Borrowers in the US and the UK rack up the highest debt in the world. In Denmark, tuition is free and students are given grants to pay for things like food and housing. Hardly anyone takes out loans, but free education comes with a price.
In Haiti, pastor leads followers into gunfire
At least seven people are dead after a protest led by a pastor marched through a gang-controlled suburb of the capital.
Barcelona gets bombarded by selfie-taking tourists
Spain's on the rebound with tourism after huge losses during the pandemic. Those in the tourism business are relieved. But visitors are back with a vengeance and they're not always well-behaved, irking locals who miss the quieter days.
This Crimean Tatar singer gives voice to her homeland with a new album
Jamala, an Indigenous Crimean Tatar, often talks about how her heritage shapes her music. Her new album, Qirim," or Crimea," is a sort of ode to her country, with 14 epic Crimean Tatar folk songs.
'You need to vote': Russian opposition encourages participation in next month's regional election
Russian President Vladimir Putin has consolidated power over the last two decades. Yet, as the country prepares for regional elections next month, opposition voices are encouraging a protest vote."
In Latin America, many single mothers struggle to get child support. Activists and public officials are trying to change that.
A combination of a patriarchal culture and weak laws allow for many fathers to skip parental obligations and get away with it.
Reported death of Wagner Group leader 'strengthens Putin's hold on power,' analyst says
Many questions remain a day after the reported death of Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash. The World's host Marco Werman speaks with Kimberly Marten, who has studied the Wagner Group and testified about it on Capitol Hill. She is also a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University.
In Kyrgyzstan, a fight to keep alive the memory of a century-old rebellion against Russia
In 1916, Russian announced a draft to enlist Native peoples in modern-day Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to support Russia in World War I. The Russians killed thousands of people who resisted, and some 100,000 more people died trying to flee to China. More than a century later the episode is still difficult to talk about because of efforts by Russia to erase it from the history books.
Nicaragua seizes Jesuit university in latest clash between president and Catholic Church
In Nicaragua, last week, a judge ordered the seizure of the country's most-important Jesuit university, the 63-year-old Central American University. It's the latest in an ongoing government crackdown on the Catholic Church and church-affiliated institutions inside Nicaragua.
Ecuadorian group creates political hip-hop with bunnies and clowns
Mugre Sur is known for their deeply political songs - and also their sense of humor. They're tackling Ecuador's political turmoil in their upcoming album, Sudamericamente."
Demise of ‘Crooked House’ pub is cautionary tale about loss of British heritage
The mysterious demolition of a lopsided 18th-century pub in England has infuriated the local community and raised questions about the loss of British heritage and the demise of the country's famous pub culture.
Spain made history with Women's World Cup victory — despite team tensions
Supporters are hoping their win leads to greater equality in professional soccer.
Report: Human rights abuses by US immigration officials are rampant at the southern border
Two human rights advocacy groups have listed hundreds of incidents of human rights violations by immigration officials that include physical violence, verbal abuse and sexual harassment - including some cases that have been fatal.
In its 75th year, Britain's National Health Service is in critical condition
Britain's National Health Service is known as a model of free health care for UK citizens. But as the public institution celebrates its 75th year, patients face long wait times at doctors' offices and hospitals. Some say the system needs more funding; others argue that either citizens need to pay for at least a part of their care or private companies should play a greater role.
World’s faith leaders convene to ‘fight against authoritarianism’
People of faith gathered in Chicago this week to talk about something that doesn't sound very religious. And that's authoritarianism. It wasn't a traditional political rally for a specific candidate. They're taking part in the Parliament of the World's Religions, an interfaith convening that first took place in the late 1800s. People from many different religious traditions took part.
Colombian activists try to shame city government into fixing broken sidewalks — by painting them pink
In Colombia's capital city Bogota, pedestrians need to watch out for loose slabs of pavement they can trip over, or wobbly tiles that get their feet wet or splash dirty water on their pants. But some activists have started trying to shame the city into making repairs more quickly by covering the broken spots with pink paint and black Xs.
Climate change is rapidly shifting Costa Rica’s sensitive ecosystems
The tiny Central American country of Costa Rica is known as a green paradise. But climate change is hitting the country in a multitude of ways, including increasing its risk from storms and natural disasters. Nowhere is the shifting planet being felt more than in some of the country's most iconic parks and reserves, where ecosystems are changing rapidly.