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Anchor Marco Werman speaks with banjo player Bela Fleck about his musical collaborations with African musicians. Those collaborations yielded a new album called "Thrown Down Your Heart."

Protests escalate in Thailand

In Thailand, there were clashes today between government forces and protesters in Bangkok. The Thai government has vowed to use "every means necessary" to end the chaos. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Bangkok.

Corruption may endanger Khmer rouge trials

The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on how accusations of corruption is affecting the trial of former Khmer Rouge officials in Cambodia. Among other things, international monitors say Cambodian staff members on the tribunal are forced to give kickbacks to government officials.

Global Politics

Obama lifts restrictions for Cuban Americans

President Obama today announced an easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba. The new rules will also allow American telecommunications companies to apply for licenses in Cuba. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Professor Lisandro Perez, founder of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer and Global Hit

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Two of Zimbabwe's leading protest poets, Comrade Fatso and Outspoken, grew up on the streets of Harare. They speak with anchor Marco Werman about their hip-hop street poetry.

Conflict & Justice

A view from Somalia on the pirates

Yesterday's dramatic rescue of cargo ship captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates is making headlines around the world -- including in Somalia. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan, who's covering the story from Mogadishu.

Global Politics

US policy options for Somalia

President Obama made his first public remarks about the rescue of cargo ship captain Richard Phillips from pirates this weekend. But the president was quiet on the subject of broader U-S policy toward Somalia. The World's Jeb Sharp has more.

Health & Medicine

Clean Water Scarce in Pakistan

Political instability and violence make Pakistan a U.S. foreign policy priority. But there's another looming crisis there too. Pakistan is fast running out of water and much of what IS available is making people sick. On PRI's The World.

Arts, Culture & Media

Danger for Mexican journalists

Mexican lawmakers recently passed a bill that says it's a federal offense to threaten or murder a journalist. That says a lot about how dangerous it is for journalists to cover issues like corruption and drug-trafficking in Mexico. The World's Lorne Matalon reports.