The World

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  • Hosted by Lisa Mullins, Marco Werman

PRI's "The World" brings one-of-a-kind international stories home to America. Each weekday, host Lisa Mullins guides listeners through major issues and stories, linking global events directly to the American agenda.

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Throughout its 100-year history, US National Parks have served as a model for other countries trying to set up their own networks of protected spaces.

Now China is quietly planning its own national parks system.

And, like Costa Rica and India before them, the Chinese are looking toward America.

“They've visited several locations in the US, and they're basically trying to get ideas on how US parks are managed,” said Beijing-based science journalist Kathleen McLaughlin.

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Sonia Rykiel, the influential French designer who helped shape the contemporary woman's wardrobe, died Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The pioneering Rykiel was a fixture in the industry for half a century, launching her own fashion house in 1968 buoyed by the Swinging Sixties craze in London and the emerging feminist movement across the globe.

Her sophisticated laid-back chic, iconic bright stripes, fluid fabrics and easy-to-wear yet feminine style came to typify a new generation of liberated women.

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If you’re going to celebrate anything while in Bogota, I think the only place to do it right is a restaurant called Andres Carne de Res.

The legendary restaurant has been around since 1982, in an area called Chia, about 45 minutes outside of town. While on assignment at a gastronomy conference, I opted for its newer but quite substantial location in the Zona Rosa section of town.

Did religion save this Guatemalan town?

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In seeking the evangelical vote, Donald Trump has been shunned by many a pastor put off by his behavior and values.

He has gotten support, though, among some evangelical adherents of the Prosperity Gospel, who believe that faith can bring material reward.

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The evening of August 13 started out as a reporting assignment for Aaron Mak, a Yale student and intern at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It turned into a lesson about policing, race and protest in today's America.

Milwaukee police had just shot and killed a black man named Sylville Smith, and when Mak arrived at the scene, hundreds of people had already gathered in protest.

BLM Politico piece

North Korea claims it’s now able to nuke the US mainland

Aug 25, 2016
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North Korea's in a good mood these days.

The nation is celebrating its first successful test of a submarine-launched missile.

The country's leader — Kim Jong Un — says the US mainland is now within striking range of his nuclear weapons.

That sounds like a threat.

Joel Wit, a former US nuclear negotiator with North Korea, says he's concerned, but not worried. "Because — despite this success — we’re not within striking range of their nuclear weapons."

Lisseth has been locked up in family immigration detention for close to 365 days with her 6-year-old and she wants it to be known.

That’s why she joined a hunger strike at Berks County Residential Center in Pennylvania. After 16 days of skipping the three meals offered, Lisseth says she began to feel weak and nauseated. She is from El Salvador and crossed the southern border in Texas to seek asylum in the US. She fears retaliation for speaking to the press, so she asked us not to use her real name.

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It is illegal for women to get an abortion in Ireland unless the pregnancy directly threatens her life.

With no other options, two women live-tweeted as they traveled to the United Kingdom for the procedure.

@TwoWomenTravel live-tweeted from Friday to Sunday. The description of the Twitter account states “Two Women, one procedure, 48 hours away from home.”

Rachel Waldholz

The largest commercial cruise ship ever to attempt the Northwest Passage starts sailing through its frigid waters this week.  

The sea route over the top of Canada has historically been impassable, but ice melting in the Arctic has in recent years cleared a path for shipping vessels. Now, a 1,600-person, 13-deck cruise ship is plying those waters, too.

The Crystal Serenity left Seward, Alaska last week on a 32-day cruise that will take it around Alaska, through the Canadian Arctic, past Greenland and finally to New York.   

Aaron Labaree

Trucks began hauling storm wreckage from the formerly flooded streets of Baton Rouge this week. They aren’t ordinary garbage trucks. They’re not even big dump trucks used to cart away construction waste.

They’re purpose-built “storm trucks” — sleek, black, 40 feet long, each carrying two huge bins that together can hold 15 tons of possessions and mementos — and each truck with its own mechanical claw that can lift more than a ton of memories at a time.

Scientists estimate that a forest the size of Indiana will be cut down to plant rubber trees over the next eight years. That’s creating biological deserts, driving some of our favorite exotic animals toward extinction.

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was not just about the sports, the doping, or the drama — it also featured a riot of Brazilian culture and music.

From the start, the organizers brought out stars as well as some of Brazil’s lesser-known cultural contributions, from 12-year-old MC Soffia’s empowering hip-hop to Ludmilla, Rio’s queen of Carioca funk.

Valentyn Ogirenko

There were tanks, missile carriers and hundreds of uniformed troops out in Independence Square in Kiev on Wednesday as Ukraine marked a quarter century of independence from Russia.

Back in 1991, Ukraine's parliament adopted a declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. And like that, Ukraine was no longer under Soviet rule.

Ukrainians carried their national flag and some were dressed in traditional embroidered shirts. They cheered “glory to Ukraine” and “death to enemies!”

President Petro Poroshenko spoke defiantly.

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Some mistakes are bigger than others. Like the ones that get you sent to prison. Should you find yourself in prison, it's important to learn the local currency.

For decades it was a pack of cigarettes around the globe. That's still true. But in the US it's something else: ramen.

Yes.

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When it comes to making Turkish sweets, the Altan family sticks to tradition.

Since 1865, Altan Sekerleme candy shop has served handmade Turkish delights and akide hard candies from the same store nestled in the cobblestone streets of Istanbul’s Kucukpazar neighborhood. Steeped in the centuries-old commercial life of the former Ottoman capital, the family trade has been passed down from father to son for four generations.

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You're sitting in a cafe in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighborhood. You can't quite hear what the pair next to you is talking about, but you can make out some things. Maybe something like, "You think I have nothing better to do than be in love with you."

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Put down the boba, Asian America. Those tapioca balls and sweetened drinks, when consumed too often, can cause major health problems.

One boba, milk tea with pearls, can have 36 grams of sugar — as much as a can of soda. It’s something public health advocates say too many people don’t realize. And that’s a problem because diabetes is on the rise, especially among Filipinos and Pacific Islanders.

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Teju Cole admits he doesn't feel at home anywhere. 

As a citizen of Nigeria and the US, he thinks about art, literature and politics from a point of view he calls "placelessness." 

That's one of the themes in his new essay collection, Known and Strange Things. The volume covers the globe, but it's rooted in the dynamism and energy of Lagos, a place the author misses so much he finds himself toggling over to Google Maps to establish a sort of contact. 

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The Washington Post reports that access to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have been influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state.

The Post's Rosalind Helderman got ahold of the emails after a lawsuit made them public. An excerpt from Helderman's story:

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Sorin Grama had a great idea. Like, a really terrific idea. It was so good, MIT awarded him one of its most prestigious entrepreneurship prizes: second place in the university’s annual 100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

Rolf Schoellkopf

When we think of Syria, we usually think of war, misery and desperate refugees. Classically trained bassist Raed Jazbeh is trying to change that image.

Jazbeh fled Syria three years ago for Europe and was granted asylum in Germany. His fellow musicians were also scattered all over Europe by their country’s civil war. This is the story of his effort to find his former colleagues and preserve a piece of Syria’s musical culture.

Raed Jazbeh is a hard guy to reach.

Djordje Kojadinovic

More than 1,500 years ago, during the Roman Empire, a young woman died and was buried in the city of Viminacium, in modern-day Serbia. Someone close to her thought she might need some help in the next life.

A particular kind of help. Help from a demon.

Ilija Dankovic from the Archaeological Institute in Belgrade is one of the archaeologists excavating the remains of Viminacium, including the grave of the unnamed woman. Alongside her remains, his team discovered a selection of spells inscribed on tiny gold and silver pages locked in a lead amulet.

The streets are always emptier in Paris in August. It’s when Parisians clear out of the city for their long French vacations.

But this year, certain neighborhoods popular with tourists are even emptier than usual.

“You almost feel like you’re in an episode of 'Walking Dead,'” said Emanuel Afonso, who sells hats, scarves and other accessories at a shop near Notre Dame.

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Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa marked his silver medal in the Olympic Games men's marathon on Sunday by staging a dramatic protest against his country's government, claiming his life could be in peril.

Lilesa, who was second to Kenyan favoutite Eliud Kipchoge, crossed his arms above his head as he finished the gruelling event as a protest against the Ethiopian government's crackdown on political dissent.

"I have relatives in prison back home," he said.

"If you talk about democracy they kill you. If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me, or put me in prison.

Gamers want video games at the Olympics already!

Aug 22, 2016
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The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020. The host city made quite an entrance during the closing ceremonies Sunday night. In a pre-recorded skit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe transformed into Super Mario and proceeded to travel to Rio via pipe. Like from the Super Mario video games.

Then, in Rio, emerging a pipe in the middle of the stadium, suddenly it's Super Mario live. He changes out of his costume and he's ... Prime Minister Abe.

 

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Let's turn back the clock 20 years to the Atlanta Games in 1996. There, mighty Great Britain took home just one gold medal.

This year, British athletes won 27 golds and 67 medals overall. Great Britain finished second in the gold medal count behind only the US, and third in the total medal count behind the US and China.

How female Olympians help some nations stand out from the crowd

Aug 22, 2016
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Team USA had an incredible medal haul at the 2016 Olympics — with women leading the way. Women competing in female-only events took home 61 medals, compared to 56 by men and another four medals in mixed competitions.

And for the second consecutive Summer Games, the US sent more women athletes than men. But on the whole, there were still more men competing than women at the Olympics.

Here at The World, both host Marco Werman and I listen to a lot of music. And we often have the honor to speak with the musicians who make it. 

Recently I had the pleasure to speak with one talented artist — Moken. Moken is the stage name for artist Kenneth Nunga.

He's originally from Cameroon and it's his music and voice that really pulled me in. 

Just listen to this:

What the London Tube looks like past midnight

Aug 22, 2016
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Something unusual happened on London on Friday night. The Tube — officially the London Underground — opened up two of its lines for 24-hour service.

Since its creation in the 19th century, the Tube has never been a 24-hour service. Most lines close around midnight.

That's left generations of Londoners ending their evenings in a mad dash — like Cinderella — to make it on to the last Tube heading home.

Documentary photographers Orlando Gili and Joseph Fox and spent Friday night riding the Tube, capturing the extended-hours mood. Here's what they saw.

One of London's oldest gay bars is pouring its last pint

Aug 22, 2016
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One of London’s oldest gay bars is closing next month, after the pub’s owners failed to come to an agreement with their landlord.

The Old Lady of Tryon Street — officially known as The Queen's Head — confirmed the rumor on its Facebook page. “We're bloody gutted,” the post reads.

The bar itself is almost two centuries old. Freddy Sipson, who has managed The Queen's Head for seven years, says it’s been known as a gay bar since about the 1920s.

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