In the United States, we speak easily of different ethnic and religious communities. But the reality is far different in France, where the Charlie Hebdo attacks have brought religion and its place in French society back to the top of the agenda.
You never know what’s going to wash up on the beaches of Cornwall, England. In recent years, among the seaweed and driftwood, mysterious 100-year-old blocks of rubber have appeared. But an amateur historian from England might have cracked the case.
New kebab houses have been opening up around France for some time and the far-right National Front Party says it's a problem. They say they represent a threat to French cuisine — but it's really about immigrants influencing "French" culture.
Something's blooming on Long Island: lavender. Serge Rosenbaum's family farm, Lavender by the Bay, boasts some 60,000 plants, and they are in full flower right now. And that's drawing a lot of visitors, especially from Asia.
Belgian Adolphe Sax invented a number of musical instruments, though none has had quite the impact of the saxophone. When a listener to PRI's The World asked us to dive into Sax's story, Clark Boyd took the challenge.
Public pool rules in France say your swimsuit can't be something you could be found wearing outside the pool. That means no trunks, Bermuda shorts, T-shirts or anything that is not strictly meant for swimming. But bust out all the Speedos you want.