Michael Rass left PRI's The World in 2014.
President Vladimir Putin is in a gracious mood this holiday season. And why not? He snubbed the US by taking in Edward Snowden, he kept the US and its allies out of Syria, and prevented Ukraine from drifting westward. Maybe that's why he's pardoning so many high-profile opponents.
India has ordered a series of reprisals against the United States after it accused the US of harshly arresting and strip-searching of one of its diplomats in New York.
Arts, Culture & Media
In China, Mandela's legacy is still often associated with a particular local pop song - 'Glorious Days' by the Hong Kong band Beyond.
Over the years, many people met with the late Nelson Mandela, who often sported a colorful African shirt for the occasion.
Lifestyle & Belief
Popular film director Zhang Yimou has confirmed he has three children with his wife, in violation of China's strict one-child policy.
The current protests against Ukraine's President Yanukovych could turn into a replay of the 2004 revolution which led to his downfall.
After Typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, coastal communities around the world are looking to restore natural barriers and ecosystems that once helped cushion the blow of storms. Dutch architect Henk Ovink is helping with the rebuilding effort after superstorm Sandy as a member of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce of the US government.
Conflict & Justice
Most people know blue crystal meth from the TV show, Breaking Bad. It's highly pure and costly... which may be why North Koreans have entered the game.
It's one thing to study, discuss and report on climate change. It's another thing to think hard about your own role in it and make choices. Meteorologist and journalist Eric Holthaus talks about his moment of truth.
The man who shot JFK in Dallas — Lee Harvey Oswald — first defected to the former Soviet Union and worked in a factory in Minsk. He married there and was under the watchful eye of Soviet intelligence, before he decided to return to the US. His former co-workers remember him fondly and refuse to believe he shot President Kennedy.