PRI's The World: 06/18/2015

June 18, 2015

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The man suspected in the church shootings in Charleston wore a jacket bearing the flags of two former white supremacist regimes in southern Africa. In other news, Pope Francis finally issued his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in which he urges sweeping action to combat climate change. Plus, we're talking about women in sports today in our series Teach Her, about girl's and women's education.

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In Iran, where the women school the men on surfing

People were welcoming, but they were surprised, when a team of modestly dressed women surfers showed up in a remote corner of Iran. They had never seen surfing before. "Because we were only women in the water, they thought it was a sport for women," says French director Marion Poizeau. "So the men asked us if they could also do it."


Why Israel declared 18 dairy cows a national security risk


A new film explores a real life incident from the first Intifada, when a West Bank town bought some cows and started a dairy farm. "The Wanted 18" is about what happens when Israel declared the cows a security risk and the Palestinians hid them so they could keep the dairy going.