Almost 100 million years ago in what is today Australia’s Outback, a herd of dinosaurs left behind thousands of footprints in what scientists say was a frantic attempt to escape a predator. The fossils are said to be unique in the world. But now some researchers suggest a different interpretation of those ancient footprints. NOVA’s Ari Daniel Shapiro reports.
Madonna has announced plans to auction off a masterpiece painting “Three Women at the Red Table” that she’s owned for over 20 years. She says she’s doing it to raise money to support girls’ education in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The intrigue of magicians stealing each other’s secrets is as old as the art of magic itself. But today, the hyper-connectivity of the world has made ripping off tricks a hundred times easier and a million times faster. It’s a huge intl business, and once again the prime violator of intellectual property rights is China. Frontline and The World’s Arun Rath reports.
Marco Werman speaks with The World’s Carol Hills about an incident that’s showing up in a lot of South African political cartoons. Thirteen South African soldiers died on March 23rd in Central African Republic as they engaged rebels there who were advancing on the capital, Bangui, to oust the president. Many South Africans are wondering what their soldiers were doing in Central African Republic in the first place and are demanding answers from President Jacob Zuma.
“To find a singer like Channthy,” said Poulsen, “is like discovering a young Etta James or Nina Simone. She’s really the barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields.”
Among the more than one million Syrians who’ve fled the war are Syrians of Armenian descent. About 10,000 have made their way to Armenia. Unlike most Syrian refugees, they’re Christian. And many of them fear that if Syrian Bashar al-Assad leaves, they can never go home again.
The Turkish government is loosening restrictions on teaching Kurdish in public schools. The question is whether it’s a political ploy, or a real attempt at making peace with Turkey’s Kurds.
Tattoos are symbols of identity and self-expression: they can represent attachment to another person or a place. These are trying times at the US-Mexican border, and many of the tattoo designs there reflect that life, as The World’s Jason Margolis found out in the Rio Grande Valley, in corner of southeast Texas.
Today’s Geo Quiz takes us to a famous fish market in central Tokyo. Each morning well before the sun comes up, tons and tons of frozen tuna are unloaded, packed in ice and and spread out for auction. Steve Dolinksy sent us a postcard from the biggest wholesale fish market in the world.
A documentary tells the story of National Wake, a South African punk band that challenged the country’s apartheid divisions in the 1970′s. Unfortunately, the group didn’t last very long, as reporter Mirissa Neff tells us.
Remember “Kony 2012″? That film went viral last year and put Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the cross-hairs of millions of outraged citizens. The World’s Carol Hills reports on a new graphic novel by war correspondent David Axe that’s using a different medium — comics journalism — to shine a light light on the still at-large Joseph Kony.
A hunger strike among prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility has been growing in Camp 6, where cooperative detainees are being held.
Soccer is like a religion for many Mexicans, but for many in the Yucatán Maya community, baseball is also a top sport. And some Mayas have brought that passion with them to California. There’s even a mostly Maya baseball league there.
Samir Khullar aka Sugar Sammy is the son of Indian immigrants who at home spoke Punjabi and Hindi, at school studied in French, and learned to tell jokes in English. He’s now taking his native Quebec by storm with stand-up comedy delivered in four languages.