PRI's The World: 11/20/2013
November 20, 2013
Afghanistan reaches an agreement in principle with the US to allow troops to stay beyond 2014. A Google ad raises emotions for people on both sides of the India/Pakistan divide. And people in Minsk remember Lee Harvey Oswald — with fondness.
Stories in this Edition
Google is the most popular search engine in the world, but can it solve one of history's most intractable problems? A new ad from the company's India branch shows how two friends, divided by the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, were reunited... with a little help from Google Search.
A new book throws out the conventional wisdom about the Bush White House. To give you an example, it quotes one source who calls Bush the "undisputed alpha male." The book: Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.
Arts, Culture & Media
Writer and musician Alina Simone loved the comforting anonymity of her adopted name — until she met another woman with the same name.
Development & Education
The Vergera family had 10 people before the storm. Now, there are three. They live on one meal a day amidst the debris, barricaded from thieves at night. But leaving is out of the question, at least for now.
Many Kabul residents aren't ready for a complete pullout of US troops next year. They're pinning their hopes on an Afghan-US security deal that Afghan elders will consider this week.
Lifestyle & Belief
Conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen — especially if you spend much time on the internet. And they are not unique to Americans. Researchers now have some clues about why conspiracy theories are so popular, and persistent.
Arts, Culture & Media
Vieux Farka Touré of Mali helped produce the music that accompanied the World Cup in 2010. His latest album, 'Mon Pays' (My Country), dropped earlier this year and he stopped by The World recently to perform 'Ay Bakoy,' the last track.
Conflict & Justice
A Brazilian Greenpeace activist walked out of a courtroom in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday, free until her trial on charges of hooliganism. She was holding a sign that said "Save the Arctic." Most of the 29 others picked up in the Arctic while protesting offshore drilling there, have been granted bail and should be released this weekend.
The man who shot JFK in Dallas — Lee Harvey Oswald — first defected to the former Soviet Union and worked in a factory in Minsk. He married there and was under the watchful eye of Soviet intelligence, before he decided to return to the US. His former co-workers remember him fondly and refuse to believe he shot President Kennedy.