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Zimbabwe's currency

A new government in Zimbabwe has brought some stability: it phased out the worthless national currency, but that move has spawned new problems. Ish Mafundikwa reports from Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Lifestyle & Belief

Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asked for the Pacific island nation where someone set a new world record today for 'longest distance to spit a champagne cork.' Marco Werman speaks with Justine Bourdariat of Guinness World Records.

Arts, Culture & Media

Hafez Nazeri

We're going to hear about a brand new musical instrument. It's called the 'Hafez.' It was created by Iranian musician Hafez Nazeri. He says it's in the setar family. Hafez Nazeri says it was time to update it.

Global Politics

Trade with China

Zachary Karabell, author of 'Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends On It,' explains just how intertwined the American and Chinese economies have become. From PRI's The World.

Global Politics

Russia's plans for the future

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev wants to transform Russia into a modern, democratic country. That was his message in today's state-of-the-nation speech. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the BBC's Richard Galpin.

Global Politics


Stop motion animation has been around a long time, but it goes in and out of fashion. But we want go back to the very earliest days of this animation technique. Marco Werman has the story of George Pal, a Hungarian-born pioneer of stop-motion animation.

Arts, Culture & Media

The underwear economy

Economists and analysts track just about everything to gauge how the economy is doing. Some analysts just focus on one product- can we really learn how the economy is doing by looking in our underwear drawers? The World's Jason Margolis reports.

Conflict & Justice

Danish climate minister speaks out

The Copenhagen conference is supposed to produce a new treaty to address the rising threats from global climate change. Marco Werman speaks with Connie Hedegaard, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, who will be chairing the conference next month.

Global Politics

Rich Germans want more taxes

Germany's new conservative ruling coalition is proposing steep tax cuts to help end the economic crisis. That's sending the deficit soaring. A group of very rich citizens says it wants to help bridge the growing gap. The World's Gerry Hadden reports.

Global Politics

US and Japan tense over Okinawa

Correspondent Akiko Fujita reports from Japan on the latest tensions over US military installations on the island of Okinawa. The country's new government campaigned on a promise to close a key US base. But that appears unlikely.

Global Politics

Rescuing a lost battalion

US veterans Ito Susumu and Erwin Blonder recall how Japanese-American soldiers rescued the 'Lost Battalion' of the Texas National Guardsman from behind German lines in the Vosges Mountains during World War II.