Maya Angelou was the first African-American to write a poem for a presidential inauguration in 1993. On Monday it was the turn of Richard Blanco, the first openly gay poet and the first Cuban-American to receive the honor.
Each Christmas, dozens of Québécois make the trip south to New York City to sell Christmas trees. The World's Alex Gallafent met a young couple from Montréal who are selling trees to fund their continuing travels around the world.
Ibrahima Diallo moved from Senegal to New York in 2003. Since then he's made a career as New York City tour guide. But, like everyone, Diallo has a personal map of the city too, and he gave The World's Alex Gallafent a tour.
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.
President Obama is likely to make a raft of new appointments as he begins his second term. One prominent name being mentioned for an ambassadorship is the British-born editor of American Vogue, Anna Wintour.
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.
Just weeks after the 1929 Wall Street crash, German playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote a poem about the rise and fall New York. The World's Alex Gallafent looks at how Brecht's work hits the mark nearly 80 years later.
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.