Maybe you're among the lucky soccer fans travelling to Brazil to experience World Cup 2014 — or more likely you're watching as many of the the beautiful games as you can on cable. In any case there are 32 teams representing 32 countries that have earned the right to compete in Brazil. So how do you pick a World Cup team to cheer for?
Sancocho may originally have come from the Canary Islands, the cluster of Spanish islands off the coast of West Africa. But now there are variations of sancocho throughout Latin America in Puerto Rico and Colombia for instance.
An amateur poet won $1.3 million on a TV talent show called "Million's Poet" in the United Arab Emirates last week. The show, compared to "American Idol" for poetry, ended its sixth season. As literary prizes go, the only thing that comes close to this amount of money is the Nobel Prize for Literature with $1.2 million.
Piscine Molitor was a stylish, art deco swimming pool in Paris. After riding the high life for decades, it closed in 1989. But it reopened this week with new management and amenities. This is exciting news for Claude Weill, who has lived across from the pool all his life.
Can you name the West African country that borders the Central African Republic and is home to a 200-acre chimpanzee rescue center? It's located near the Sanaga River and home to 72 chimpanzees, many orphaned by illegal traders in bush meat.
Here's a Geo Quiz that comes straight from a listener and someone who loves geography and Africa in just about equal measure. Bill Moseley is a former Peace Corp volunteer and now a professor of geography at Macalester College.
Despite all the warnings about tobacco and lung cancer, it's not easy to stop teenagers from smoking. And in one large American city that's home to a large Arab American community, health officials say teen smoking is on the rise. But it's not cigarettes luring young smokers there. It's the hookah or shisha--the kind of waterpipe popular throughout the Middle East.