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."
Contrary to popular belief, the current recession has not been all that bad for many Americans. Unfortunately, the other 40 percent are unemployed long term, and their plight may not be over any time soon.
Committe to Protect Journalists' Carlos Lauria weighs in on the danger Mexican journalists face, while the New York Times' Elisabeth Malkin joins us from Mexico City with the latest news about the four missing journalists.
For many Americans, Christopher Columbus is a hero.
But in recent years, educators, politicians and scholars have argued that students should be made aware of the uglier truths that followed his arrival in the Americas.
A river runs through the Geo Quiz: The Central American river on our radar today has been a busy waterway for the past five centuries. Pirates and traders famously plied these waters including the famed Captain Henry Morgan.
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.
President Obama is attending the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Colombia. Anchor Marco Werman asks reporter John Otis in Colombia about the two topics that are likely to dominate the gathering: Cuba's absence and alternatives to the drug war.