PRI's The World: 7/21/14

July 21, 2014

PRI's The World: 7/21/14

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July 21, 2014

We look at the unfolding investigation into the Malaysian Airlines tragedy, the accusations against Russia, and the uncertainty faced by the victims' families as they try to get answers. Also, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won the British Open golf tournament in commanding fashion over the weekend, but the one of the bigger stories is the rise of Chinese players. And, what ocean tides have to do with millions of Legos washing up on the beaches of Cornwall, England?

Stories in this Edition

Arts, Culture & Media

A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.

Global Politics

Russians react to the Malaysia airplane tragedy with denials, conspiracy theories — and tears

As evidence mounts that a Russian anti-aircraft missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the government and ordinary Russians distrust the facts and deny that Russia had any responsibility. Moscow-based reporter Natalia Antonova shared the reactions she heard, including real sadness at the tragedy, with PRI's The World.

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