This past week Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina published an essay that has sent his Twitter feed into overdrive. In the essay he shares that he is gay. Coming out as a gay man in a country where being gay is illegal could be dangerous but that, according to writer Wainaina, is precisely the point.
Rwanda's exiled former spy chief has turned up dead in a South African hotel room with signs of strangulation. New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch says political feuds within the Rwandan government have a long history of spilling across the country's borders.
It's often the small signals that matter in diplomacy. And today had a doozy. President Obama greeted Cuba's President Raul Castro, as Obama was making his way to the podium to speak at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Did it mean something?
Jiyar Gol was a young boy in Iran when he watched the promise of the Iranian Revolution turn sour. As an adult and a BBC reporter covering the Middle East, he traveled to South Africa and found a model for compromise and reconciliation that he believes could help Middle Eastern countries now stuck in their transitions to democracy.
France is sending 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic on a peacekeeping mission to help avoid a genocide. New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch says it's part of a broad effort to re-establish its sphere of influence and reputation in Africa.
Mark Cousins is obsessed with the movies. The Belfast-born filmmaker spent six years traveling the globe to explore what filmmakers from Asia to Africa to Latin America have contributed to the history of innovation in cinema. The result is a 15-hour global road movie.
Across Africa, many HIV-positive women would like to have children, but they face a dilemma: How can they become pregnant without putting their partners at risk? Dr. Okeoma Mmeje, an ob/gyn at the University of Michigan, offers an inexpensive solution.
South African cartoonist John Curtis is honoring Nelson Mandela by collecting political cartoons that tell his story. But telling Mandela's story in cartoons is difficult — since South Africa banned any quotes or images of him, including cartoons, for many years, and few knew what he looked like during his 27 years in prison.
Details emerged Tuesday about the defense athlete Oscar Pistorius is using in the shooting death of his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp. Host Aaron Schachter talks with The Worlds Anders Kelto in Cape Town.
In Africa's child-centered cultures, women who cannot give birth often endure stigma, scorn, and social isolation. A rare clinic in South Africa offers high-tech fertility treatment to those of low-income.
A journalist in Liberia has gone into hiding after receiving threats related to a story she wrote on female circumcision. Female genital mutilation has received a lot of attention in the Western media; in Liberia remains extremely sensitive.
Dr. Jackson Orem heads the Uganda Cancer Institute. Until recently, he was the only oncologist in a country of more than 30 million people. He argues that cancer deserves the same attention given to other afflictions in the developing world, such as AIDS and malaria.
For the Geo Quiz, we're looking for a place in lower Egypt where one man has visions of expanding a town to accommodate a crowded population. It's in the eastern part of the Nile Delta and is a rich and fertile area.
Anchor Marco Werman introduces us to Rango, an ensemble from Cairo that performs ancient Nubian music from Sudan, including a song that deals with the subject of the Egyptian military's loss of sardine rations.
Mali has been split into two for the past few months, ever since rebels took over the northern part of the country. One casualty has been Mali's previously vibrant music scene. Reporter Mirissa Neff spoke about the situation with members of Terakaft, a music group that hails from Mali's north.