When Paul Salopek began his 21,000-mile-long walk from Ethiopia, he sought to find stories that would only come from "slow journalism." In the Fertile Crescent near the border of Turkey and Georgia, he found one, told by a shepherd whose home was about to disappear.
For today's Geo Quiz, we were looking for the Afar Rift in northeastern Ethiopia. That's where scientists found a 4.4 million-year-old hominid skeleton. Anchor Werman speaks with Tim White and Owen Lovejoy about their findings.
Ethiopia has a small slice of the Caribbean in it. 60 years ago, Emperor Haile Selassie set aside 500 acres for western Blacks who wanted to return to Africa. Hundreds of Rastafarians have taken up the offer but they haven't always been welcome.
Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.
If you've ever wondered what the world sounds like, the Beat Making Lab wants to help you find out. Armed with a few laptops and a lifetime of music-making experience, the two men behind the project are bringing community music labs to communities all over the world.
Harris Wofford designed the Peace Corps under President John Kennedy and then led its programs in Africa. He told The World's Marco Werman a strange tale of one business trip across Africa that began in December of 1962, where political upheaval seemed to follow him wherever he went.
Two women named Lucy are in the news today. One is the schoolgirl who inspired the Beatles's song ï¿½Lucy in the Sky with Diamondsï¿½ï¿½the other a multi-million year-old skeleton. Anchor Marco Werman makes the connection.
About two years ago, the Maldives announced the nation would be carbon-neutral by 2020. That's a tall order for a country that spends 15 percent of GDP on diesel fuel, but work is progressing toward that goal.