Full episode - October 16, 2019
Black smoke is show rises from the Syrian town of Ras al Ain as night falls and streetlights glow.
Turkey continued its offensive in northern Syria on Wednesday. Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to negotiate a ceasefire, but the Turkish president says he will not agree to a ceasefire until the border area is cleared of Kurdish fighters. Plus, we speak to an entrepreneur in Damascus to get a view from the Syrian capital. And, a world-class player of the Theremin comes to our studio to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the instrument. Host Marco Werman tries to play a tune.
Full story - October 16, 2019
Sheep stand on rocks in front of mountains looking at the camera
Does your winter wear come with an animal who helped make it? If you're shopping at Sheep Inc., the answer is yes. But for co-founder Edzard van der Wyck it's not a gimmick — it's a reminder about how clothes are made, and what the fashion industry costs the environment.
Full story - October 15, 2019
Sweetened juices and sports drinks in bottles are lined up in a row
The problem of malnutrition has changed, a new report says. Now, children in both rich and poor countries may get plenty of food, but it's nutrient-deficient.
Full story - October 15, 2019
It’s been a week since President Donald Trump reversed US policy and moved troops out of the way in Syria. The withdrawal gave a green light to Turkey to attack the Kurds in northern Syria — allies that had deep relationships with many US veterans who fought alongside each other for years.
Full story - October 15, 2019
Syrian displaced families who fled violence after the Turkish offensive against Syria, sit in a bus on their way to camps on the outskirts of Dohuk, Iraq, on October 16, 2019.
'We desperately, desperately need a "no-fly" zone,' says a UK citizen volunteering in a hospital in northern Syria as Turkey continues its offensive into the Kurdish region.
Full episode - October 15, 2019
Two military trucks are show driving with Russian and Syrian flags flying on top.
With the US imposing economic sanctions on Turkey, what will NATO or the EU do? And, will Turkey's threat of releasing refugees into Europe stop the EU from acting? Also, a majority of Scottish citizens voted against independence from the UK a few years ago. Now, with Brexit on the horizon, many Scots are wondering if they really want to be tied to London anymore.
Full story - October 15, 2019
People crossing the street.
Northern Ireland has dominated the Brexit negotiations over the last few months. But even if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson manages to appease those on both sides of the Irish border, there’s another problem brewing — in Scotland.
Full story - October 15, 2019
Léon Theremin was a cellist and a physicist and found out that you can create a sound by moving your hand in electromagnetic fields.
Full story - October 15, 2019
People stand on the sand of a beach. Below them, the sand is covered in a dark, black substance.
Crude oil has been washing up on a 1,200-mile stretch of Brazil's coastline, coating more than 150 beaches in thick, black sludge.
Full episode - October 15, 2019
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Money in politics is a little bit like an iceberg — there’s the stuff you can see, like lobbying firms, and then there’s all the stuff below the waterline. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley wades into the swamp. Heeley focuses on one of the loudest groups that weighed in on the Iran nuclear deal to get a better sense of how the system works. The story that emerges includes a Greek shipping magnate, a gold trader, an investigative reporter and the world’s largest collections of Rembrandts. The question at the center of it all: Is our foreign policy for sale?