Lincoln Paine's new book "The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World." looks at the importance of the world's seas and oceans through history for the exchange of goods, people, ideas and religion.
Mary Kay Magistad spent a quarter of a century living in Asia, reporting on that region's explosive growth. Now that she's come home, she finds herself breathing a little easier — but straining her ears at the silence.
Baseball fans in Japan have a new home run king. He's Wladimir Balentien, who hit his 56th and 57th home runs of the season Sunday. The 29-year-old Belentien currently plays for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. But here's what we want to know: where is he from?
The world's 5th seeded tennis player, China's Li Na, will be playing Serena Williams at the women's Semi-finals of the US Open. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Phoebe Lee from the Chinese American Tennis Society of New York.
A popular Japanese sushi restaurant in New York is raising eyebrows with its policy forbidding tips. Sure enough, Merry White, professor of Japanese history and culture at Boston University says tips are nowhere to be found in contemporary Japan.
Nothing translates as badly as humor and the more different the foreign language the less funny the joke it seems. So how can we in the US understand Chinese humor? The World's Nina Porzucki recently went to China to figure it out.
Host Marco Werman speaks with Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan about the status of the cleanup, what's at stake for the government, and the government's delicate relationship with TEPCO, the company that owns the plant.
A recent study found high levels of multiple-antibiotic-resistant bacteria on Chinese pig farms. It's setting off new alarm bells about the heavy use of antibiotics in livestock. There's a high likelihood the bacteria could jump from pigs to humans.
Day two of the trial of fomer Communist leader Bo Xilai ended today. Details describing Bo's graft are juicy, but his image on social media might actually be improving. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rachel Lu, co-editor of the news site Tea Leaf Nation.