Full story - July 28, 2020
Medical students walk past a Cuban flag as they check door to door for people with symptoms amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in downtown Havana, Cuba, May 12, 2020.
Cuba stands out as a success story as it battles COVID-19. At the same time, it has seen renewed public attention around police brutality. Despite top-down efforts to silence dissent, activists say they are making some headway.
Full story - July 28, 2020
Two people stand outside a window peering inside a facility.
Canada's nursing homes were hit especially hard by the coronavirus. To protect residents, provincial governments issued lockdown measures and shut out families. But some experts argue that confinement and isolation can do more harm than good.
Full story - July 28, 2020
US Attorney General William Barr is shown wearing a dark suit and red tie with his hands outstretched.
US Attorney General William Barr heads to Capitol Hill today and will face questioning on what critics argue is a politicization of the Justice Department. And, in a case seen by many as a test of Malaysia’s resolve to stamp out corruption, the country’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, was found guilty of corruption Tuesday. Also, a new study has found that almost 3 billion animals were killed or displaced in the recent devastating bush fires in Australia.
Full story - July 28, 2020
Siblings Erika and Dwayne Bermudez comfort one another during a short viewing of their mother, Eudiana Smith, at The Family Funeral Home, May 2, 2020, in Newark, New Jersey.
The nature of the coronavirus has interrupted many rituals of mourning, from visiting the bedsides of the dying to holding funerals. That could lead to mental health impacts down the line, says psychiatry professor Dr. Harvey Chochinov.
Full story - July 27, 2020
A Black African woman wears a blue face mask and holds a brown sign that reads "enough is enough."
South Africa had one of the strictest coronavirus lockdown measures. But as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the nation returns to a strict lockdown. Host Marco Werman speaks to Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about his outlook for the pandemic in Africa.
Full episode - July 27, 2020
A woman is shown with a face mask and wearing a blue top and looking through glass where several people are shown wearing full medical protective gowns.
In the US, it's largely been up to individuals to figure out how to get tested for the coronavirus. The situation is very different in other countries. Meanwhile, South Africa had in place some of the world's strictest coronavirus lockdown measures. But now, COVID-19 cases are accelerating, and the country poses a threat to the entire African continent. Also, 30 years ago this week, US President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, barring discrimination against people with disabilities. South Korea took much longer to pass similar legislation, and advocates are pushing the country to do more.
Full story - July 27, 2020
Hong Seo-yoon says travel is a great way to bring down barriers between people with disabilities and the nondisabled.
A South Korean globe-trotter and wheelchair user advocates for more accessible tourism.
Full episode - July 27, 2020
A large crowd of people are shown with a women featured in the center of the photograph holding a sign that reads, racism kills, mentally. physically. globally.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed entrenched health inequities for communities of color in the US and around the globe. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Nancy Krieger from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Full story - July 27, 2020
A woman is shown wearing a tank top and sitting while receiving an injection from a medical professional.
The world’s biggest vaccine study for the coronavirus got underway today in the US. And, Vietnam is back on high alert after the first locally transmitted case in three months was detected in the central city of Da Nang, forcing the evacuation of 80,000 tourists. Also, UK health authorities said all travelers to the UK from Spain will now have to quarantine themselves for 14 days, blindsiding many travelers from Britain who are on vacation in Spain
Full episode - July 24, 2020
Federal law enforcement officers are seen during a demonstration against the presence of federal law enforcement officers and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, July 21, 2020.
The Trump administration announced the expansion of a program this week to quell violent crime that involves sending in federal agents to several cities that have seen recent racial justice protests. The World speaks to Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, on the president’s plan. Also, in the latest tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington, authorities in China are demanding the closure of the American consulate in Chengdu. It's retaliation for the Trump administration closing the Chinese consulate in Houston earlier this week. Plus, The World explores the controversy surrounding a new Netflix reality show about an Indian matchmaker.