Cassava is a vital staple in Africa and one of the most climate-resilient crops anywhere. It’s also highly susceptible to viral diseases. In Uganda, scientists are testing a virus-resistant transgenic variety, which they hope to introduce for free. But it’s run into a buzzsaw of hostility to genetically modified foods. Can this—or any—GMO succeed in the face of such determined opposition? Should it?
A family’s hope that immigration reform will allow them to reunite in the US.
For today’s Geo Quiz, we’re following the path of a famous stringed instrument, from its normal home in Austria to, well, just down the hallway from our studios here at WGBH.
Nelson Mandela, a hero to all, is ailing. The 94-year-old global icon is struggling with a recurring lung infection. And that has many South Africans reflecting on his long and illustrious life. South African cartoonist John Curtis wants to honor Mandela through political cartoons. But telling Mandela’s story by featuring cartoons by South Africans proved difficult. A ban in place during the Apartheid era made it illegal to show Mandela’s image. But Curtis persevered, deciding that Mandela’s absence from political cartoons in South Africa was a key part of the story.
The World’s Matthew Bell has the story of a school in Ramallah that’s a refuge from the stress of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s believed to be the West Bank’s only ballet school.
You may have heard about couch-surfing your way around the world. It’s a way to meet people in their homes. Now there’s an online service that helps you get a home cooked meal when you’re traveling.
Sporadic clashes between Turkish police and protesters continued throughout Tuesday in Taksim Square in central Istanbul, as Prime Minister Erdogan warned that he will not show “any more tolerance” for protests.
At a fine arts high school in southeast Turkey, students are learning western classical music. But this type of music has often struggled to catch here. Matthew Brunnwasser pays a visit to a fine arts school where western classical music is taught.
Agriculture is the third-largest emitter of global greenhouse gas pollution. Yet roughly one-third of what we grow is never eaten. Cutting down on waste is a challenge in China, where ordering more than you can eat is seen as a status symbol among the newly wealthy. But a new grassroots “Clean Your Plate” campaign is gaining steam, and starting to change the way people think about leftovers.
The war in Syria has been devastating in many ways: An estimated 80,000 people killed, innumerable families and businesses destroyed. But life has to go on. That’s the sense you get speaking to Sandro Saadé. Despite the war in Syria, he’s managed to keep the Bargylus vineyard and winery up and running in northwest Syria.
Who hasn’t seen it? Or, stepped in it. Officials all over the world combat this problem. With fines, with signs. But in tiny Brunete, a village outside Madrid, nothing worked. So they took drastic measures.
The Colombian government and the FARC rebels are in peace talks in Cuba. Both sides are trying to do a little PR for the negotiations — via dueling music videos. John Otis has the story from Bogota.
Apple computers and iPhones may be just about everywhere in the world but we’re searching for Apple’s European headquarters. The flashy corporate building is located just north of Blarney Road in Ireland. Can you name the city? It rhymes with fork.
The protests that have spread across Turkey started out small but the Turkish government’s heavy-handed response to them has spurred thousands into the streets. Turkish political cartoonists have been busy commenting and chronicling the protests. Here is a selection of those images whose sentiments lie firmly with the protesters.