Anchor Marco Werman takes an armchair trip to Nigeria, with author Chinelo Okparanta. The Nigerian-American writer recommends three books – ‘Things Fall Apart,’ ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Love is Power, Or Something Like That’ — which take readers through episodes of Nigeria’s history, from colonialism to present day.
The Taliban and the United States agreed Tuesday to hold peace talks, starting later this week. The aim is to negotiate an end to the fighting in Afghanistan.
Brazil is commonly referred to as an “emerging economy,” along with countries like China and India. But has Brazil’s economy already emerged? As Brazil’s economy has steadily grown for a decade, life has gotten better for the lower classes. More and more Brazilians, have refrigerators, washers and cars. But other gauges of a middle class life are harder to acquire, like access to higher education.
Today’s Geo Quiz features an Irish city that has hosted a summer horse racing festival going back as far as the 1860′s. The races and festive atmosphere will again attract visitors this July from all over the world including loyal Geo Quiz listener Eamonn Burke who’s introducing the tradition to his daughter this summer.
Sports betting is huge is Australia. It’s so big that it’s become part of televised prime-time sports. You even see bookies giving odds during the play-by-plays. Australia’s prime minister says it’s got to stop, and she’s given the gambling industry an ultimatum.
Guest DJ Tom Schnabel recommends two new releases for us Tuesday. First, there’s the new album by Chinese singer Sa Dingding. Then, we play a track from Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah.
A French Polynesian island is home to a soccer team playing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil this week. This team of underdogs are facing some of the world’s best in an international soccer tournament. Can you name it?
The northern city of Tripoli has seen clashes that echo what’s going on in Syria. In some cases, the fighting in Tripoli pits one neighborhood that supports the Syrian government against one that backs the Syrian rebels.
In Friday’s Geo Quiz, we’re looking for a Canadian city, where Mike Hallatt has opened up a store dedicated to reselling Trader Joe’s popular products.
Bradley Manning’s court-martial was already in weekend recess as of midday Tuesday, marking the third consecutive week the court has finished far ahead of schedule.
This summer we invite you to travel with us. All summer long we’ll be reaching out to authors, journalists, and thinkers to take us on a trip through books.
Kabul-based businesswoman Hassina Syed thinks talks with the Taliban are critical for the Afghan economy. She heads The Syed Group of Companies, which includes restaurants, hotels and an export-import business. Syed tells anchor Marco Werman that as US military forces leave her country, she’s already lost the majority of her business.
Sarah Chayes, a former special advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pessimistic about the prospects for US talks with the Taliban.
Protests continue in Brazil over the rising cost of public transportation and over the government’s massive spending to prepare venues for upcoming sporting events.
President Obama will be in Berlin on Wednesday. Last time he was there, as a candidate in 2008, he was embraced by a crowd of 200,000 enthusiastic Germans. Five years later, the German welcome will not be as warm.
Iran’s new president Monday held his first press conference since his election victory. It wasn’t filled with ominous messages aimed at the United States which was the hallmark of outgoing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hassan Rouhani was more diplomatic in his statements.
There’s been a record number of home runs in Japanese baseball this season: 60 percent more homers than this time last year in fact. So many that Japanese players started to wonder, is there something different with the ball? Turns out, there is.