PRI's The World: 05/19/2015

May 19, 2015

Voters in Ireland are about to vote on whether to approve same-sex marriage, and the polls are predicting a "yes" victory. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, it's the case of a cake with a pro-gay marriage design that's making headlines. Plus, a sitar player remembers how David Letterman gave him his big break.

PRI's The World: 05/19/2015

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May 19, 2015

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Astronauts could soon be blasting space junk with lasers

A recent proposal by Japanese researchers would equip the International Space Station with a laser beam that could blast pieces of orbiting debris away. The reason? Hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk are circling the Earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour, posing a danger to the ISS and other space projects.


FAO, I hardly knew you


FAO Schwarz is closing its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in July. Toys R Us, which owns the iconic brand, cites the cost of retail space on New York City's pricey Fifth Avenue. The iconic business was initially just a twinkle in a German immigrant's eye.