PRI's The World: 04/08/2016
April 08, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad this week and vowed the US would do more in the fight against ISIS in northern Iraq. We speak with the Kurdistan Regional Government's representative to the United States about how that fight is going. Also, Pope Francis calls for the Catholic Church to be more compassionate toward "imperfect" Catholics, such as those who have divorced and remarried. Plus, Venezuela tries out Furlough Fridays.
Stories in this Edition
Researchers figure that roughly a third of all the food we produce is never eaten. In Paris, a new restaurant is taking a small slice out of all that waste by salvaging discarded food from a local market, cooking it up into fine cuisine, and serving it on a "pay-what-you-can" basis to a clientele that includes some of the city's neediest residents.
On Friday, Pope Francis released Amoris Laetitia, a 256-page apostolic exhortation in which he writes about the matters of the family covering things from divorce to gay and lesbian members of the church.
Old world maps and atlases are chock full of history, uncharted territories and, if you look carefully, sea monsters.
The Antarctic krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans, are a key part of the ocean’s food chain for whales, penguins and seals. Increasingly, krill have also become part of the human food chain — krill oil, with omega-3 fatty acids, is advertised as a wonder drug that may help combat heart health, high cholesterol and even improve our moods.
An Israeli soldier's shooting of a suspected Palestinian attacker has become a national issue — because of a video of the incident.
Venezuela's economy is deep in recession; drought is causing crippling shortages of energy and food. And to cap it all, the government can't respond effectively because of a crippling political rivalry between a socialist president and an opposition-controlled congress.
When Australian singer-songwriter Kelly Dance moved to Hong Kong, she visited her local library and became immersed in Chinese science fiction. The strange, outlandish tales influenced her to write songs now appearing in her debut EP, "All That's Gained."
The 160-mile race goes over some of the worst roads in France. Trains don't stop for it. And the winners get their name in a shower stall.
Back in 2004 a suicide attack in Iraqi Kurdistan took away Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman's father and older brother. It was a painful and grim reminder of the challenges the region faced. But it was also a moment that pushed her to become a voice for her homeland.