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Conflict & Justice

Collecting data in the war zone

American soldiers in Iraq have collected fingerprints, iris scans, and DNA from ordinary people and suspected insurgents. Now, the collection of so much personal information has raised questions about how data should be used. Clark Boyd reports.

Conflict & Justice

Ohio bans foreign outsourcing

The governor of Ohio has signed an executive order banning the outsourcing of government IT projects to foreign countries, like India. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Kartikay Mehrotra, a business reporter with the Indian national daily Indian Express.

Arts, Culture & Media

Speaking in Tongues

A new PBS documentary profiles four kids who are attending dual immersion public schools in San Francisco. The filmmakers are husband and wife team Ken Schneider and Marcia Jarmel. Patrick Cox has part four of our �Learning in Two Languages' series.

Global Politics

Protests against Koran burning

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Ahmed Sheikh, former Editor-in-Chief of Al-Jazeera's Arabic service; now an advisor to the Al-Jazeera board, about demonstrations in Muslim countries sparked by the threats of a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran.

Arts, Culture & Media

Medal of Honor awarded

Anchor Marco Werman on news of the first award of a Medal of Honor to a living American since Vietnam. The medal will go to Army Sergeant Salvatore Giunta for saving his unit while under extremely heavy fire in Afghanistan back in October 2007.

Arts, Culture & Media

Ethiopian coffee

Saturday is New Year's Day in Ethiopia and most Ethiopians hold a traditional coffee ceremony. In our Geo Quiz, we want you to name the region in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia where the beans for Ethiopian New Year's coffee come from.

Global Politics

Canada's speed bump optical illusion

There are lots of kids crossing the streets near schools. A big challenge is how to get drivers to slow down when driving by. A city in British Columbia has come up with a solution; a speed bump that creates a 3-D version of a little girl chasing a ball.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is South Africa's province of KwaZulu-Natal. The most widely spoken language there is Zulu. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Megan Hall, of Oxford University Press in South Africa about a new Zulu-English dictionary.

Arts, Culture & Media

Chopin's piano maker

For the Global Hit, we visit Polish composer Frederick Chopin's piano maker. Not an actual person ? but a company, one that still makes pianos today. It's called Pleyel. The World's Gerry Hadden visited the company's workshop in the Paris.

Global Politics

Obama condemns Koran burning plan

President Barack Obama had previously said plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 are a 'recruitment bonanza' for al-Qaeda. Terry Jones, the pastor behind the plan, had said the burning would be a way to stand up to terrorism.

Conflict & Justice

Iran reaches out to Lebanon

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is planning to visit Lebanon. Iran has long supported the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah. But relations with Lebanon's government are not so smooth. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Rami Khouri.

Arts, Culture & Media

Muslim drummers silenced

In many Muslim towns and villages around the world, drummers march through the streets to wake up residents for a meal before sunrise. Matthew Brunwasser reports from a neighborhood in Turkey where the drummers are no longer welcome by all.

Arts, Culture & Media

Interview with Yiyun Li

Writer Yiyun Li was born in China. Her first book of stories, published just five years ago, inspired comparisons with Hemingway. Li talks with Marco Werman about her journey to America, and what she learned by returning to Beijing.

Global Politics

Haitian student in New York

Since the earthquake in Haiti, thousands of Haitians have arrived in the US. One grassroots organization in Brooklyn helps such students finds places at schools. The World's Alex Gallafent has this story in our series ?Learning in two languages'.

Science, Tech & Environment

Haiti update

There are still 1.2 million people living in tent camps in Haiti. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Imogen Wall, United Nations' Humanitarian spokeswoman, about some of the biggest challenges in the humanitarian effort in Haiti.