Today we were looking for a desert lake in Africa where scientists recently discovered a set of footprints that's one-point-five million years old. The answer is Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Anchor Lisa Mullins gets details from anthropologist John Harris, a member of the team that uncovered the prints.
The World's Laura Lynch profiles pop singer Henry Olonga. He's a former cricket star from Zimbabwe, but a single act of defiance against the government there ended his career and sent him into exile in London. Now he's fighting back with music.
During and after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a blogger, who called himself Salam Pax, became known around the world for his depictions of daily life in a city under siege. The escalating violence forced him into exile in 2007, but now he's back in Baghdad. In a series of first-person narratives on Outlook on the BBC World Service, Salam Pax describes life in the Iraqi capital.
Today on The World: President Obama lays out a long-awaited plan today for withdrawing troops from Iraq; An American journalist recounts his journey following the footsteps of a British explorer who got lost in the Amazon; and tensions between rival tribes in Kenya continue, a year after the country's leaders signed a power-sharing deal.
WTP 233: Photo Tech and War Dead, Iran Goes Nuclear, Facebook About Face, and Twittering Taco Trucks in LA February 27, 2009permalink
Great show this week. We hear how the technology to capture and distribute images of those who have died in war has changed over the years. Also, inside Iran's nuclear program. Is it for energy purposes only? Then, Facebook opens its terms-of-service up to community comment and voting. Meanwhile, is social networking bad for your brain? Duh...And finally, how Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools are helping reshape the fusion cuisine scene in Los Angeles.
For two years during his campaign, Barack Obama spoke about having a plan to end the war in Iraq. Today, Mr Obama announced the withdrawal of most American troops from in Iraq by the end of August 2010. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
The semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan risks being a flashpoint for the government in Baghdad when American troops withdraw. Anchor Marco Werman learns why from The World's Middle East correspondent Quil Lawrence.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is threatening legal action against the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Fred Goodwin, to get back part of a multi-million dollar pension payout he gained despite nearly running the bank into the ground. Goodwin's recently bailed-out bank reported losses of nearly 35 billion dollars -- the largest loss in British corporate history. The World's Laura Lynch has the latest.