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.
Stories in this Edition
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.
Polls say Ireland will become the first country on Earth to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. But while dissenters, including the Catholic Church, haven't spoken out loudly, the vote on Friday might still be closer than expected.
When Ashers Bakery Company refused to make a "pro-gay marriage" cake, it sparked a legal battle of the kind now familiar in the United States. Now a court has ruled in favor of the customer who brought the suit, but many people are unhappy with the ruling.
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.
An illustrator takes on the North Korean re-imagination of English words.
North Koreans may speak Korean, but not the kind they have to learn if they defect to the South. And even with a new smartphone app to guide them through South Korea's unfamiliar dialect, it's a tough and unnerving challenge.
Six months ago, two young girls made headlines in India when a video of them fighting off three men on a bus went viral. But now, even in their own village, some people think the sisters shouldn't have fought back — and they harbor some of the same doubts themselves.
Chinese authorities are tightening the screws on writers and activists who criticize Beijing’s policies. And that includes a Tibetan blogger who's been detained for two months now.
The 2012 blockbuster about the hunt for Osama bin Laden reflected the CIA's narrative that torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques," was key in finding the terrorist leader. But was that version of history true? A new documentary from PBS Frontline shows it wasn't.