In the years around World War II, exclusion and racial prejudice led Japanese American girls to form hundreds of social clubs to get through the tough times — and have fun. And almost 70 years later, their bonds are just as strong as ever.
International students continue to pour into American universities, many of them from China. But those Chinese students are running into challenges in adapting to U.S. culture. So at some universities, including the University of Southern California, the universities are stepping in to try and help.
Over the summer, university students will pour into the US. And the number of Chinese students flocking here is growing. Yet many of these students can lack know-how of life in America; some colleges are aggressively trying to help them integrate.
A gang of robbers was chased through the narrow streets of Zedelgem recently by a motorcycle policeman. The thieves tossed a stolen safe out the car window and it burst open spilling a million euros into the street. What would you do?
Deep beneath the frozen Arctic are deposits of methane. Lots of methane. And there's even more on the sea floor. As the environment warms, these deposits are being released into the atmosphere, presenting grave risks of runaway warming.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California monitors various spacecrafts across the solar system. The Takeaway gets a tour. Guest, Dr. Charles Alatchi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about the 'seven minutes of terror,' the time it takes to land a spacecraft.
This year marks the Los Angeles Dodgers' 50th anniversary in the City of Angels. The architect of the team's move from Brooklyn, Walter O'Malley, will be inducted, posthumously, into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. New York writer Pete Hamill said O'Malley was the only man Brooklynites hated more than Hitler.
Polls are just opening in California, a state which has 17.3 million registered voters. Voters there are weighing in on a controversial ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban same sex marriage, known as Proposition 8.
September begins the official fire season in California, and already, eight fires are burning across the state. Bill Davis, CEO of KPCC public radio in Southern California, gives The Takeaway an update from his front porch, where he's watching the fires.
The U.S. Forest Service said that arson started the wildfires still burning north of Los Angeles. The Takeaway talks to Steve Julian, Morning Edition host for KPCC in Pasadena, California, with the latest report.