The “Great Dying” of Indigenous populations in the Americas after the arrival of Europeans is the largest human mortality event in proportion to the global population, putting it second in absolute terms only to World War II. The devastation of the population also caused a drop in atmospheric CO₂. During this period, severe winters and cold summers caused famines and rebellions from Europe to Japan.
While residents of North America held the greatest share of personal wealth at almost 43 percent, the fastest growth came in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Most super-rich individuals lived in the United States, China and Japan.
The Darién Gap is a small stretch of rugged, swampy terrain between Panama and Colombia. It's the only point in the 48,000 mile long Pan-American highway where the highway literally stops — because it can't go forward.
Disney has released the hit song from Frozen, "Let it Go," which includes 25 different languages — most of them European and none from Africa. This follows criticism that Disney has again depicted its female lead as blue-eyed and blonde-haired.
The hostility between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro's Cuba is legendary. But newly-released documents show that Kennedy had plans to reconcile with Cuba — plans scuttled when he was assassinated. PRI's The World takes this look back at "The World that Was."
Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.
The answer to our Geo Quiz is Bristol, England, home to the music style known as "trip-hop." Anchor Katy Clark tells us about British nostalgia for a couple of bands that made "trip-hop" so popular a decade ago.
Development agencies have long promoted corn as a crop that can modernize African agriculture. Yet some food experts say Africa has now become over-reliant on corn, and the result has been increased malnutrition and vulnerability to famine.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Mt. Darwin in Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. As The World's David Leveille reports, the mountain was named in honor of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1834 -- his 25th birthday.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Petty Island, a small island in the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It's been owned for years by the oil company CITGO, which is owned by the Venezuelan government. Now Venezuela wants to hand ownership of the island over to New Jersey. Anchor Katy Clark gets details from the BBC's Carlos Chirino.
Here's a crazy hypothetical for you: what would have happened if slaves from Africa had been taken to the Balkans? This is the Romanian band Nightlosers. Blues is popular everywhere. But Nightlosers pull off a more nuanced trick.
Jewelry, helicopters and wines are all up for grabs in the Geo Quiz. The luxury goods are being auctioned off in the city that we want you to name. The auction features some of what Mexico's police force has seized from drug traffickers over the years.
A new Princeton University study reveals that Americans with less education and lower income spend more of their time in pain. Those in pain are less likely to work or socialize with others and are more inclined to watch television than the pain-free.
28 million people in the United States have NO bank account while another 40 million households are 'underbanked.' To help us understand the situation, The Takeaway talks with Jennifer Tescher, the Director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation.