In a school where students wear matching school uniforms, unique messages on backpacks are one of the few opportunities for self-expression. Anders Kelto talks to students about their personal messages.
We're looking for the name of a historic neighborhood in Istanbul for our Geo Quiz. It's a place where one resident decided to freshen up a drab-looking set of stairs by painting them with bright colors.
The iconic hippy home accessory, the lava lamp turns 50 this week. It was the invention of Edward Craven-Walker. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Cressida Granger, Managing Director of Mathmos, the lighting company behind that psychedelic lamp.
Irish poet Seamus Heaney passed away today. He was 74-years-old. The poet won numerous writing awards including the Nobel Prize. But another Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, says few in US understand what an extraordinary role the poet had in Irish life.
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.
Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar has been taking photos of young girls in their rooms. In her photos she explores the private space of these young girls on the cusp of adulthood. Rania Matar stops by the studio to speak with Marco Werman.
What happens when Peace Corps volunteers fall in love, either with each other or with citizens of the country hosting them? Nina Porzucki, a Peace Corps alum, reports from the frontlines of love in the developing world.
Today, many urban Indians ignore caste, except when it comes to choosing a marriage partner. But abroad, some upper caste Indians have a nostalgic affection for a system that favored their forefathers.
A British court today fined five corporations ? including BP ? a total of $14.6 million for a 2005 explosion at an oil depot in southern England. Forty three people were injured in the accident. Anchor Marco Werman has more.
Leslie Noyes Moss thought her 1960s Peace Corps experience in a small Pakistan village was largely a failure. But when she returned 50 years later, she found she'd made more of an impact than she'd realized.
China's scorching economic growth has given people something they didn't have before: leisure time. That's fueled interest in new hobbies, including outdoor adventure. Youth hostels are filling up with backpackers. Hiking gear is flying off the shelves.
Marco Werman talks with author Andrea Stuart, about her complicated family history. Stuart is descended from British settlers who went to Barbados in the 17th century, and from the slaves who worked on their sugar plantations.
Pachinko, a Japanese game that resembles a cross between pinball and a slot machine, is huge business. Sam Harnett reports on how the industry's success depends on straddling the line between gaming and gambling.
In the US, the push is on to recognize gay marriage across the country. It's an especially crucial issue for gay US citizen spouses who cannot get a green card for their partner. WHYY reporter Emma Jacobs met one couple in Philadelphia.
Southern Sudanese refugees in Anchorage, Alaska have started language classes for their Americanized children. The classes in the Nuer language help the children connect to their families. Annie Feidt of Alaska Public Radio Network reports.