Before the French came in and pushed the Islamic militants out of the towns in northern Mali, many of the country's historic artifacts and cultural history were threatened. But because of the forethought of some Malians, including calligrapher Boubacar Sadek, the country's manuscripts were saved. For now.
When four Mormons went on their mission trips to China, they unlocked a passion for Chinese music. They learned new instruments that have allowed them to present a completely different type of music from anything heard in the United States.
Hungary's not a country you associate with coast lines. And for good reason. It's land-locked. But a new surf rock band is bringing a new type of sound to the country's culture -- and it's decidedly less dreary than usual.
The multi-ethnic and multilingual Idan Raichel Project has set out to change how the world views the Middle East. But the project's creator sees potential for expanding the project's impact far beyond music.
British punk rocker Joe Strummer made Granada, Spain, a regular stop on his travels and with his band, The Clash. Since inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Granada officials are considering naming a square after the musician.
When the media began following the heartbreaking love story of a star football player from Notre Dame and his ailing girlfriend, it created a network of support. But, the ailing girlfriend never existed. And now many want answers about whether Te'o was in on it all along.
Gambling is illegal in Japan, much to the consternation of American casino companies. Gaming, however, isn't. Enter pachinko. Determined to be a game, people spend a great deal of money in the hopes of winning rewards.
Among the most popular videos on YouTube in 2012 there was music, an angry dad and even a guy jumping out of a space capsule. But among the hits, was an 11-minute, animated depiction of what it was like for the Mars Curiosity rover to land on Mars.
In the United States, 70 percent of people, 700 of every 1000, have a car. As the rest of the world joins the car classes, Americans, however, are thinking less of buying cars and more of sharing them. And, experts say, car sharing may be critical if we hope to keep emissions down and ensure enough supply of fossil fuels.
Leo Sarkisian was going to be an artist. Then his life took a major turn when he headed overseas, to remote corners of the world, to record previously unknown tribal music. He turned that into a decades-long run of hosting an African music show on Voice of America.