PRI's The World: 7/01/14
July 01, 2014
Journalist Mark Hertsgaard has been parsing President Obama's big moves on climate policy recently, but he says it's a small statement the president made in a TV show this spring that could make the biggest difference. Plus, Nobel laureate Jody Williams joins us to discuss new progress on banning landmines around the world. And we meet a professional comedian who has just completed his term as Mayor of Reykjavik or as Lady Gaga calls him - the Mayor of Iceland.
Stories in this Edition
Cricket is king in Pakistan, but one downtrodden neighborhood is mad for soccer — and the Brazilian national team. Lyari has produced some of Pakistan's biggest soccer stars, and its residents feel a special kinship with the World Cup host country.
Science, Tech & Environment
President Barack Obama's climate policies fall far short of what's needed to prevent serious climate change, but journalist Mark Hertsgaard says the president has made it clear what needs to be done, and that still matters a lot.
Conflict & Justice
The 40-year-old murder of journalist Charles Horman inspired the Oscar-winning film "Missing." Now, a court in Chile has ruled American intelligence services aided in his execution.
Conflict & Justice
The Obama Administration recently announced a ban on land mine production, but still will not sign the Ottawa Agreement, an international agreement banning the use of land mines. One of the treaty architects, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, says pressure is rising for the US to join the 161 nations that have signed the treaty.
Abu bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the militant group ISIS — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‚— has called on Muslims to immigrate to Iraq and Syria to help build an Islamic state. ISIS hopes to create an Islamic state in the Middle East.
Arts, Culture & Media
The man Lady Gaga called the "mayor of Iceland" is obsessed with language: the language of professional politicians, the language of satire and the restrictive rules in Iceland that prevent him from officially changing his name.
Business, Finance & Economics
Thousands of kids from Central America are being intercepted every month trying to enter the United States. Most are traveling alone. What forces a parent to send their child on such a dangerous trip? And what are countries like El Salvador doing to stop them?
These are the tunes played between segments on The World for Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Lifestyle & Belief
It's Canada Day. For Canadians living abroad, it's a reminder of trips to the cottage and drinking Caesars. What's a Caesar, you may ask? Let us tell you.
Soccer announcers the world over cry out an elongated form of 'gooooooooooooal!' when a team scores. But that cry originated in Brazil in the 1940s. Reporter Fernanda Santos dug into the origins of the cry.