PRI's The World: 8/05/2014
August 05, 2014
A Russian-American writer tells us how Russians view the conflict in Ukraine and the language being used to describe it. Also, we speak to the daughter of a US aid worker kidnapped three years ago in Pakistan. Plus, the global roots and outreach of AC/DC.
Stories in this Edition
Arts, Culture & Media
Tired of all the homogenized, pseudo-intellectual music you hear on most public radio? Yeah, The World's Clark Boyd is too. He argues it's time to go back to basics. And he says a good place to start is with Aussie rock greats AC/DC.
Health & Medicine
A nurse working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders describes the illness and recovery of Sasobas Temé Sadnou from Ebola, and how he's now helping to dispel myths and fears about how the disease is being treated.
Edward Snowden is back in the news. While the former NSA contractor has asked to prolong his stay in Russia, the country is taking steps to expand online surveillance of its own citizens.
Just under a year ago US and Russian signed an accord that would facilitate continued collaboration of US and Russian scientists on nuclear energy and safety. That accord has been put on ice in light of recent events in the Ukraine.
These are the tunes played between segments on The World for Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Conflict & Justice
Warren Weinstein worked for USAID in Pakistan before he was abducted by unknown men. He has been held since 2011 by men thought to be members of al-Qaeda. As the third anniversary of his kidnapping approaches, his daughter wants to see him back home.
Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea was one of four African leaders left off the invite list for the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week. The snub sparked debate among Washington's Eritrean expat community about whether or not the gesture had any real meaning.
Author Masha Gessen left Russia seven months ago, leaving behind a burning shame over her former country's "continuing slide into darkness."
Business, Finance & Economics
An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.