PRI's The World: 5/28/14
May 28, 2014
President Obama makes a big foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday and also speaks out about Nigeria and Boko Haram. Plus, a photographer helps put a face on those kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. She's been taking photos of the belongings they left behind. And, we remember poet Maya Angelou and sample her Calypso side.
Stories in this Edition
Lifestyle & Belief
Sancocho is a bowl of stew that you might eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or even if you’re nursing a hangover. Food writer Steve Dolinsky describes his first taste of what can rightly lay claim to being Panama's national dish.
President Obama defended his decision not to send American troops into Syria's civil war. But in a foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday, he might have been signaling a shift toward providing more lethal assistance to Syrian rebel groups.
Arts, Culture & Media
Poet and activist Maya Angelou died on Wednesday. She was 86-years-old. But before she was a famous author she had a career as a Calypso singer.
These are the tunes played between segments on The World for Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Speaking to the graduating class at West Point, President Barack Obama spoke at length on his foreign policy vision, and how the US can accomplish its missions without firing a shot.
Conflict & Justice
It's been a month an a half since hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. But despite the global attention, we still know very little about the missing girls themselves. Glenna Gordon realized that although she could not photograph the girls, she could photograph their personal possessions as a way to highlight who they are.
Health & Medicine
When you hear a catchy dance tune and find out it's called "Ebola's in Town," you might assume the song is about some cool person named Ebola. But no, it's about the deadly virus that's currently taking lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The song was recorded by three musicians from Liberia and the lyrics are about how to avoid contracting the Ebola virus but along the way it over-reaches and feeds into the stigma against the disease.
Edward Snowden is slowly starting to emerge from self-imposed isolation in Russia — including agreeing to an exclusive interview with NBC News, set to air Wednesday night. Snowden, according to a Guardian reporter, is trying to change the perception of him, back in the US.