Alex Gallafent

Lifestyle & Belief

Letting Your Computer Buy You Gifts

Game developer Darius Kazemi has written a program that randomly purchases items from an online retailer and sends them to his home. His first surprise shipment included a recording of avant-garde European music. And he liked it.


Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

Anchor Marco Werman finds that one commercial during the Olympic broadcast on NBC is introducing Americans to a cool chapter in Brazilian musical history.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

A painful medical condition allegedly suffered by cello players has been revealed as a hoax after more than 30 years. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from The World's Alex Gallafent.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer and Global Hit

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is central Java, in Indonesia. That's the location of the city that locals call Solo, officially known as Surakarta. In New York, the Indonesian consulate is holding classes in gamelan music. Alex Gallafent paid a visit.

Global Politics

Decorum in Congress

The World's Alex Gallafent looks at questions of political decorum sparked by Republican Congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech to Congress last night.

World in Words - poet Sergei Mikhalkov

He was best known for writing lyrics for this tune. It's the national anthem of Russia. It was also the anthem of the old Soviet Union. Mikhalkov wrote different lyrics for each. The World's Alex Gallafent has more.