PRI's The World: 01/09/2014
January 09, 2014
The US is hardly the only place in the world where politicians and traffic intersect -- we'll hear how road politics play out in other places around the globe. Also, a doctor in Nigeria is going to great lengths to make sure his patients get treatment by making a medical device out of spare bicycle parts. And, a former US diplomat and basketball fan, weighs in on Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea.
Stories in this Edition
Arts, Culture & Media
Baloji was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived there until he turned seven. The country isn't particularly safe, and Baloji wants that to change. So he uses his music to promote that change.
Health & Medicine
At rural hospitals in Africa, you'll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running.
Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official and US ambassador, says Dennis Rodman's so-called "basketball diplomacy" in North Korea is disgraceful, and probably hurting the US.
Development & Education
Mexico built tens of thousands of suburban houses to support a home-owning boom, with the hope that cities would expand around these communities. But it's not working out that way. Now the country has 600,000 abandoned homes.
The Sochi Winter Games will feature some newcomers: team figure skating, slopestyle, and women's ski jumping. They all feature spectacular lifts, spins, jumps and occasionally crashes.
Conflict & Justice
Venezuela's capital, Caracas, has a murder rate 30 times higher than in New York City. And this week's murder of a former Miss Venezuela has Venezuelans outraged and demanding government action.
Arts, Culture & Media
Not many people go to North Korea on a whim. But two young rappers from the DC area boarded a plane bound for Pyongyang. They traveled to the Hermit Kingdom to make a music video.
There are few openly-gay male players in professional sports leagues around the world. German star Thomas Hitzlsperger retired a few months ago and decided to come out.
Here is the music heard on The World for Thursday, January 9, 2014
Lifestyle & Belief
"Uncle Miso" was a much-beloved shoeshiner in Sarajevo. He died on Monday at age 83 and now, city residents want to erect a monument in his memory.
New Jersey is not the only place where roads and traffic are manipulated for political reasons. Journalists from around the globe talk about the politics of traffic where they live.