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Geo answer interview

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the name of an area described as the ?land of flowers? on a Chinese map from 1602. The answer is Florida. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian at the Library of Congress.

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Nguyen Le

Our Global Hit today references another cultural icon from China. It's from around the same time period as the Ricci map; an epic novel, Journey to the West. The World's Marco Werman met a musician who found inspiration in that epic volume.

Global Politics

Geo answer

Today's answer is the city of Kano in northern Nigeria. It's the country's third largest city, by area, and motorcycle drivers there are unhappy about a new law that requires them to wear helmets. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with the BBC's Andrew Walter in Nigeria.

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Global Hit

In today's Global Hit, we hear from Russian trumpet player Alexei Sipiagin. He describes his journey from growing up in the Soviet Union to playing at the pinnacle of American jazz.

Israeli reservist awaits call-up

Thousands of Israeli soldiers are being recalled to military service as the fighting in Gaza continues. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Michael Normantovich, a reservist with the Israeli Defense Force who expects to be called at any moment.

Lifestyle & Belief

Atheist campaign in Spain

The World's Gerry Hadden reports on a campaign to promote atheism in Spain. As part of the campaign, advertising posters on buses in Barcelona have been displaying messages like "There's probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy life."

Global Politics

Obama and immigration reform

Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Doris Meissner, former head of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, about the current state of relations between the US and Mexico on immigration issues. President-elect Obama is schedule to meet with Mexican president Felipe Calderon on Monday.

Global Politics

Obama on the economy

President-elect Barack Obama today warned about the need for proper action in addressing the nation's economic troubles. Obama says that swift, bold, government action is the nation's best short-term hope to reverse the economic downturn. The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Global Politics

Europe reacts

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with BBC business correspondent Andrew Walker and Mauro Guillen, of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, about international reaction to President-elect Obama's speech on the economy today.

Global Politics

European gas woes

The World's Gerry Hadden reports on the continuing natural gas crisis in Europe. Several nations are facing heating problems because Russia's natural gas supplies to the continent have been shut down over a dispute with Ukraine.

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Elvis' 74th birthday

The World's Lisa Mullins marks what would be Elvis Presley's 74th birthday with a look at how the King of Rock and Roll found inspiration...and an expanded vocal style...from listening to some well-known Italian ballads.