Tunes spun on The World between our reports for December 21, 2012. Artists featured are: Dr. John, Tim Maia and Ebo Taylor
As the US marks one week since the Newtown tragedy, India is gripped by its own horror, a brutal gang rape that has shaken the nation’s conscience. Going home for the holidays can be a perilous journey if you are crossing the border into Mexico. And out Global Hit desk shares its top music picks of 2012.
The National Rifle Association has been extremely influential in shaping gun policy in the United States over the years. And it’s reaching out internationally as well. The World’s Arun Rath has been looking into the NRA’s international interests and he speaks with anchor Marco Werman.
One week after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school, The World’s Alex Gallafent looks at the structures of grief and–in particular–Gustav Mahler’s song cycle, Kindertotenlieder.
A brutal gang rape and beating of a young woman on a public bus in India has the nation clamoring for justice. Marco Werman speaks with Rupa Jha who hosts a Hindi language program for the BBC about why this case has transfixed India.
We look back on the life and death of Lia Lee, the daughter of Hmong refugees immortalized in the best-selling book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.” Host Marco Werman talks with author Anne Fadiman.
This time of year, thousands travel from the US to Mexico to visit family, often by car. It can be a dangerous trip, given widespread drug war violence and high levels of crime on the highways of northern Mexico.
Friday is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Thousands of people have flocked to a pre-Colombian Mayan pyramid in the Mexican state of Yucatán to celebrate. Many believe an ancient Mayan calendar predicts this solstice marks end of an era or possibly even an apocalypse.
President Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry as his next Secretary of State. Kerry heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is expected to win easy confirmation from his colleagues in the chamber.