Our Geo Quiz today takes us to North Korea’s capital where construction of the Ryugyong skyscraper hotel has been underway for 25 years. Rumor has it the spaceship-like, pyramid-shaped, and, according to some, “hideously ugly” hotel won’t be ready for a few more years. Hannah Barraclough leads tour groups to North Korea and recently had the chance to take a tour herself of the Ryugyong Hotel.
Canadian singer Nelly Furtado has a new album out called “The Spirit Indestructible.” Furtado tells anchor Lisa Mullins that the songs on the album were inspired by a trip to Africa, the Arab Spring and more.
India struggles to cope with the flooding and destruction caused by its own powerful cyclone. Also, we get a global perspective on the US presidential election from The World’s Marco Werman in London. Plus, fighting and political turmoil in Mali silence a vibrant music scene there.
Support for Israel has been a key part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. But Romney’s Mormon church has not had it easy in Israel, as reporter Daniel Estrin explains.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for November 1, 2012. Artists featured are: Charanga Cakewalk, Anouar Barhem, Mundo Livre S/A, Vieux Farka Toure, King Sunny Ade.
As residents of the northeastern United States struggle to recover from this week’s huge storm, people in southern India are still being battered by a cylcone that’s caused 100,000 people to be evacuated.
Parts of Venice, Italy, including the famous San Marco Square, were flooded this week. A high tide forced tourists to wade through the city in knee-high waters. Water levels are about 55 inches above normal. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Rafael Bras, Provost at Georgia Tech and an expert on Venice flooding and efforts to protect the city.
Major Brad Boudreaux is an Air Force Reserve pilot with the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He tells anchor Lisa Mullins what it’s like to fly into the eye of storms like Rafael and Sandy. His missions’ goal is to evaluate winds speed and the direction of the storm, feeding data to weather centers, and ultimately to help determine whether evacuations on the ground are necessary.
What if the Red Sox decided to fork out for a group crypt or Lady Gaga got to build her own grave the size of a small pyramid guarded by two huge sphinxes? In the General Cemetery of Santiago, Chile, such things are possible, as Olivia Crellin reports.
Mali has been split into two for the past few months, ever since rebels took over the northern part of the country. One casualty has been Mali’s previously vibrant music scene. Reporter Mirissa Neff spoke about the situation with members of Terakaft, a music group that hails from Mali’s north.