Anchor Aaron Schachter talks to The Guardian newspaper’s Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who has just been to the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour.
In the days of Louis XIV, there was a royal orchestra that played for France’s Sun King. It was made up of five different kinds of violins. Three of those violins have since vanished. But now some musical sleuths have recreated the missing violins.
A small German town wants Berlin to pay up on a loan made to the what is now the German capital some 450 years ago. But Berlin says the promissory note is invalid, because it doesn’t have the correct stamp.
Bouncy, electro-swing from France caught the ear of KCRW’s Tom Schnabel recently. The band is Caravan Palace and their new album is called Panic.
The other day we took our 4-year-old to the local sports center because we’d heard that some national Olympic teams were based there, ahead of their move to the main Olympic site in east London. Our little one wanted his photo taken with an Olympic competitor. When we got to the local sports center, we immediately ran into Singapore’s national table-tennis team [...]
Ice sheet in Greenland is melting at an unprecedented rate and it has got NASA scientists worried. Also, presidential candidate Mitt Romney heads to London for Olympics and to raise some cash. And Spain’s economic woes dampen the indie music scene.
NASA researchers are expressing concern about something they’ve never seen before: the melting of ice across nearly the entire surface of Greenland earlier this month.
An estimated 3 billion people in the developing world cook and heat their homes by burning wood, charcoal, or dung. Their simple stoves cause trendous amounts of air pollution. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Uganda on the introduction of more efficient stoves that also help protect women from sexual violence.
Journalist Elizabeth Ohene explains how the country has managed to stay on an even keel throughout the transition.
The US table tennis team is made up of players who are American-born, but all of Chinese descent.
North Korea’s Supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, is married. The announcement came today on official media. His bride is a lady named Ri Sol-ju. The World’s Chris Woolf comments.
Mitt Romney is scheduled to attend the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics Friday night. He’s also visiting London to raise some cash.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for July 25, 2012. Artists featured are: The Toure-Raichel Collective, Alison Brown, Ali Farka Toure, Ry Cooder, Chicha Libre.
The Olympic torch arrived in London this week, ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday. One man who carried the torch part of the way was BBC producer Stuart Hughes who lost his lower leg in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq.