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NASA, SpaceX to launch rocket; EU, Japan plan huge stimulus efforts; Twitter marks Trump tweets with fact-check label

Two American astronauts are set to make history on a SpaceX rocket launching from the Kennedy Space Center today. The European Union and Japan have unveiled huge stimulus packages to help economies rebound in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Also, Twitter slaps a fact-check label on US President Donald Trump's tweets for the first time. In China, officials are urging a change to a long-standing chopstick tradition. And, bilingual comedians are working to reach their audiences through the pandemic.

What effect is the novel coronavirus having on children?; Palestinians mark Nakba, as Netanyahu looks to annex West Bank; Pachinko parlors defy Japan’s shutdown

A lethal inflammatory syndrome, possibly linked to the novel coronavirus, is beginning to appear in children around the world. Brexit? Yeah, that's still happening. But with seven months before negotiations are set to be completed, the pandemic is complicating things. And, women's pro soccer was making strides toward parity with men. Will coronavirus change that? Also, why are some men still flocking to pachinko parlors in Japan?

COVID-19: The latest from The World

Japan declares emergency; Coronavirus impacts democratic participation; Hezbollah's latest front line?

Japan has issued emergency declarations for several prefectures, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care. And, in Lebanon, Hezbollah's latest front line is the fight against coronavirus. And in Iran many are wondering if they can survive the disease and the financial crisis accelerated by US sanctions. Also, these monkeys at the Tulane National Primate Research Center are helping humans fight the coronavirus.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Japanese ensemble KODO

Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us about the latest CD from Japanese ensemble, KODO. The group is known for Japanese rhythms and beats, but their new CD experiments with global rhythms as well.

Environment

Robot marathon in Japan

The World's Lisa Mullins tells us about a first-of-its-kind marathon. In Osaka, Japan, two-legged robots are racing 26.2 miles on an indoor track. The event will take several days.

Sports

The Zen of Bobby V

Faith talks to the Andrew Jenks and Andrew Muscato, co-directors of "The Zen of Bobby V," a new documentary about baseball manager Bobby Valentine and his turn managing a ball club in Japan.

Environment

Electric dreams could come true

Nissan pledges to build a zero emissions electric car by 2010. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with John O'Dell, senior editor of the website Green Car Advisor, about what the car will look like and how and when we might see a fleet of electric automobiles.

Environment

Damming the developing world

While interest in building hydro-electric dams is waning in the U.S., developing nations are increasingly turning to rivers to power their growing economies. Guest: International Rivers Director Patrick McCully about dams in the developing world.

Constraints on growth of nuclear power

The rising price of oil and the growing demand for energy has prompted a new look at nuclear power -- even in the oil-rich Middle East, but there are limits to how fast nuclear energy can grow to meet that demand

Geo answer

Today's answer is the Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean. That's where the Greenpeace ship "Esperanza" is tailing a Japanese whaling ship. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Jonah Fisher who is aboard the Greenpeace ship.

Environment

Insurance report

The World's Jason Margolis reports that some insurance companies are starting to make global warming a factor in their policies, in some cases encouraging positive action to deal with climate change.