UPDATE: Norwegian Havard Rugland’s goal of one day playing in the NFL will come true. Rugland became a YouTube phenomenon with his trick kicks video. Friday it was announced Rugland has signed with the Detroit Lions who were looking for a new kicker following the retirement of 21-season veteran Jason Hanson.
Even in death, Britain’s former Prime Minister seems to hold sway over Britain. Over the last week, the country has seen everything from plans for a quasi-state funeral to booming sales of the song ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.”
Anne Smedinghoff, the 25-year-old American diplomat killed by a bomb while delivering textbooks to children in Afghanistan, was also involved in promoting a recent Afghan youth orchestra trip to the United States.
Stephen Fry wears many hats. He’s a screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet and comedian. He is also an actor and this week he stars in the TV film ‘Doors Open’ airing on the Ovation channel. It’s an adaptation of a novel by Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin.
When Spain was booming 15 years ago a lot of people bought horses. They were a symbol of status and wealth. Now, with unemployment at a record high and the economy sinking further, people can’t get rid of their horses fast enough. Too often they’re abandoned to die. A few sanctuaries are trying to rescue as many as they can, but they’re overwhelmed.
In Australia’s Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear. One entomologist offers some theories.
The Mexican-American car subculture of lowriding with roots in Los Angeles has spread around the world from Japan to Brazil. There is even a Japanese lowriding magazine about L.A. Chicano and Chicana studies professor Denise Sandoval grew up near the mecca of lowriding in East L.A. and has been studying the global spread of the lowriding.
A visit to Cuba by pop singer Beyoncé and her husband rapper Jay-Z is coming under scrutiny in connection with the US economic embargo.
Anchor, Marco Werman interviews author Andrea Pitzer about her new biography, “The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.”
Marco Werman speaks with The World’s cartoon editor Carol Hills about how political cartoonists around the globe are remembering Margaret Thatcher. Hint: Feelings are divided.
Gorgui Dieng, the 6 ft 11 center of the University of Louisville Cardinals hails from West Africa. Can you name the country he was born in?
A traditional wood carver on the Indonesian island of Bali has started a new career – making high-end guitars, even though he knows little about Western music.
Olly Lambert of our partner program Frontline decided to spend an extended period reporting from both sides of Syria’s war. For five weeks last fall, Lambert criss-crossed the Orontes river which has now become a dividing line in the civil war.
Anyone who lived through Britain’s Thatcher years won’t forget them in a hurry. Politically, there were no fence-sitters: you were either with her or against her, George W. Bush-style. (Thatcher is sometimes referred to as Britain’s version of Ronald Reagan, but she had little of Reagan’s charm or likeability.) She was adored and reviled– and not much in between.
A Sudan-born reporter saw the need for a modern, intelligent, female heroine and has come out with a new super heroine, Rayann Lawsonia.