PRI's The World: 02/18/2014
February 18, 2014
Sports and music mix in the Women's Giant Slalom event in Sochi. One skier is a pop singer in Slovenia; another is a classically trained violinist competing for Thailand. Plus, why China is starting to say no to some recyclables from the US. And, what's it like to get into Robert Mugabe's head?
Stories in this Edition
Lifestyle & Belief
We hear a lot about the greying of America, but much less about the rising number of aging immigrants in the US. That is a major demographic trend, particularly in places like New York City. For many elderly immigrants, especially Koreans, it can be a challenge to find — and maintain — a community.
Business, Finance & Economics
The US complains constantly of China and other nations stealing US technology. But it seems in the early days of the republic, the shoe was on the other foot.
China has embraced the sport of curling and both the men's and women's teams have performed well in Sochi. It's not surprising considering both teams are being coached by a Canadian curling legend.
Arts, Culture & Media
Robert Mugabe turns 90 this week and he has been ruling Zimbabwe for 34 years. To his critics, Mugabe is a revolutionary-turned-tyrant, but to his psychiatrist, Dr. Peric, he's just another patient. Or at least that's the premise of the off-Broadway play "Breakfast with Mugabe."
Development & Education
When a Chinese economics professor at Peking University complained about being blackballed for political reasons, faculty at his partner institution, Wellesley College, tried to offer their support in an open letter. What happened is a lesson on the limits of US influence in China.
Here's some of the music played between segments on The World for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Spaniard Jonathan Rodriquez Vega has become a near-champion in Chessboxing. It's a sport growing in popularity, that yes, combines boxing and chess.
The worries about unfinished hotels and possible terrorism at the Olympics have receded as people the world over have become enthralled with the athletes and the competition. But when the games wrap up, Sochi residents are wondering if their city's big projects will get completed.
Slovenia's Tina Maze comes from a hardscrabble mining town that has turned out a half-dozen Olympians. Tuesday Maze managed to capture her second gold at Sochi, in giant slalom. Last in the race: a virtuoso violinist competing for Thailand.
Science, Tech & Environment
We’ve all gotten used to recycling our bottles, cans and newspapers over the past few decades. But once we toss them in the recycling bin, there’s actually no guarantee that all that stuff actually does get recycled. In fact, a lot of it doesn’t.