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. Krieger recently co-authored an analysis confirming the extent of such disparities.

Reporter Zachary Slobig took a long road trip along the Pan-American Highway, which stretches all the way from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to the tip of Argentina. But along the way, he had to ditch his car in favor of a boat and a plane. That's because the 30,000 mile road has a 50 mile gap, between Panama and Colombia.
Turkish media took a conspiratorial turn recently after a bird was found in a field, dead, with a metal band around its leg. The band said "Israel Tel Aviv," which immediately raised suspicions that the bird was on an espionage mission. Of course it wasn't, but it's not the first time banded animals aroused suspicion of nefarious intentions.
Scientists in the United Kingdom wanted to see how consumers and evolution influence music. So they took random bits of noise and asked people to rate them one to five, bad to good. The best were then mixed with each other and sent back out to be rated. After just a few generations, those random bits of noise had become actual music.
A group of high school students in Boston, immigrants, will become published authors this month. Their essays, reflections on what the American Dream means to them, will be published. The students come from all corners of the world.
Egypt is once more facing a political crisis. Its parliament was dissolved and its military rulers have assumed more power for themselves. But a democratically elected president should be named by Thursday. It's expected to be Mohamed Morsi, but how much power he'll have remains to be seen.
In Islam, men and women are expected to pray separately. For a long time, in Turkey at least, that meant men prayed at the mosques and women, well, didn't. But as Turkey becomes more affluent and Islam plays an important role in the government, there's an effort underway to change that and welcome them at the mosques.
In Egypt, sexual harassment has become a common problem. And it's a problem that officials aren't doing anything about. It's even infected the heart of the revolution, Tahrir Square, where even a protest rally against sexual harassment ended in a number of women being attacked.
No one has given the Neanderthals much credit for being intelligent and creative. In fact, they've always been thought of as humans' younger, dumber cousins. But new evidence suggests they may have been more creative than once thought.
Radio Jarocho is giving a distinctly New York style to the son jarocho style of music that has emerged from the Mexican state of Veracruz. While the original son jarocho music is more emotional, emphasizing birds and rivers and flowers, the New York style takes those ideas and puts a big city spin on things.
In just three years time, Toronto will play host to the Pan Am Games -- a sort of mini Olympics. Putting the thing on will cost more than C$1 billion in new facilities and infrastructure, but it's only projected to bring in a few hundred million in revenue. Proponents say the facilities will get a life-time of use. Critics say these specific facilities won't.

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