PRI's The World: 5/06/14

May 06, 2014

PRI's The World: 5/06/14

Player utilities

May 06, 2014

The White House has released the results of a four-year survey on the impact of climate change across the country, including extreme weather and rising seas. Climate change is a global problem, but the impact of it will be very local and will leave no one untouched. Plus, a Scottish researcher is voting "yes" for Scottish independence in the fall, but her alter-ego is a performance artist who croons songs about voting "no" on independence. Also, the global world of circus performers who routinely cross borders to train and perform.

Stories in this Edition

Arts, Culture & Media

There are risks, and rewards for a life in the circus

Eight acrobats who were injured in a circus accident over the weekend remain hospitalized in Rhode Island. The acrobats were suspended, hanging by their hair, when something went wrong and they fell to the ground. The accident reminds us about just how dangerous circus work is, and just how international the circus world is. The women hurt in that fall were from Brazil, Bulgaria and Ukraine as well as the USA. Australian performer "Marawa the Amazing" gives us a peak at the life of a performer.

Conflict & Justice

Nigeria is embarrassed by more kidnappings on the eve of hosting the World Economic Forum

Armed gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped eight more school girls overnight. This comes after the leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram warned in a video released Monday, that more girls would be taken. Boko Haram has already admitted to abducting more than 200 schools girls three weeks ago. This all takes place on the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting in the capital, Abuja.