Reality TV's new stars are Tanzanian farmers

They farm on a set, but the stakes are high. These are the stars of a reality show called "Female Food Heroes," a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.


Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.

Global Politics

Saving teen girls from early marriage — and mutilation


A practice that often goes along with child marriage is female genital mutilation — the tradition of cutting a girl's clitoris before she marries. It's estimated that 125 million women and girls have had that done to them. And advocates say you can’t address child marriage without addressing this practice.

Global Scan

This is where bitcoins are made

Bitcoins are big money these days. So bitcoin miners are setting up vast, secretive warehouses filled with computers to earn them. We explain how it works. Meanwhile, terrorist wannabes have a lot to learn, so they turn to "The Koran for Dummies" for a quick education. And superstitions about albinism have taken a cruel turn in Tanzania, all in today's Global Scan.



Moon over Kilimanjaro

Are the retreating glaciers of Mount Kilamanjaro really the iconic symbol of climate change? Joining us to explain this is Doug Hardy from the University of Massachusetts.


Can Yogurt Slow the Spread of HIV?

Scientist Gregor Reid joins The Takeaway to talk about his work with HIV patients in Africa. He has helped teach a group of 'yogurt mamas' in Tanzania how they might serve up disease protection one cup at a time.


Jane Goodall on the future of primatology

Fifty years ago, Jane Goodall first walked into Gombe National Park in Tanzania. She talks about the changing political, environmental and ecological landscape in which she has dedicated her life's work of studying the interactions of wild chimpanzees.