Full episode - May 26, 2020
A researcher's hands are shown working with a medical tool with a red liquid inside and through a piece of glass.
The race is on to create a vaccine to protect people from the coronavirus. It’s a global emergency which means nearly the entire globe’s population of more than 7 billion needs a vaccine. That could mean lots of money for the company that creates it — or maybe not. And, for the past few weeks, the world has been getting a rare glimpse into a heated feud between Bashar al-Assad and his billionaire maternal cousin Rami Makhlouf. Also, Joanna Hausmann and Joe Wong are two immigrant comedians trying to figure out what’s funny, or not, in a US lockdown.
Full story - May 26, 2020
Jacob Cuenca, 18, is a registered Republican with misgivings about voting for US President Donald Trump in November.
Jacob Cuenca, an 18-year-old registered Republican, planned to cast his first-ever vote for President Donald Trump in this November's election. But the president's missteps during the coronavirus pandemic are driving Cuenca to consider former Vice President Joe Biden instead.
Full story - May 26, 2020
A scientist is seen in the Themis Bioscience laboratory in Vienna, Austria, in this undated handout photo.
The world will need billions of doses of a vaccine to eradicate the novel coronavirus pandemic, and that means public and private sector partners will have to find new models of partnership to meet the challenge, Mark Feinberg, CEO of research nonprofit IAVI tells The World's Marco Werman.
Full story - May 26, 2020
Venezuelan American Joanna Hausmann is pictured with her mom, Ana Julia Jatar. In quarantine, Hausmann has turned to her family for material.
A public health crisis. An economic crisis. And no live shows. It's these challenges and more that stand-up comedians Joanna Hausmann and Joe Wong are navigating during the pandemic.
Full story - May 26, 2020
People walk past the looted premises of cellphone company Syriatel, which is owned by Rami Makhlouf, the cousin of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Deraa March 21, 2011.
For the past few weeks, the world has been getting a rare glimpse into a heated feud between Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and his maternal cousin, Rami Makhlouf. 
Full story - May 26, 2020
Niagra Falls waterfall with a few tourists in the distance
Usually, tens of thousands of Americans take advantage of the fact that Canada is an easy border crossing away. But things are not normal this year. The city of Niagara is deserted and hotel owners wonder if they'll be able to pay their bills this summer.
Full episode - May 26, 2020
Several construction workers are show wearing hard hats and working on the framing of a building.
From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 1918. The 1918 influenza pandemic had a profound influence on how homes — and in particular, bathrooms — were designed. The coronavirus could have the same impact. Lloyd Alter, a design historian and professor at Ryerson University School of Interior Design in Toronto, explains what changes may be coming. Sinks in hallways, anyone?
Full story - May 26, 2020
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is shown standing at a wooden podium with two small microphones and wearing a protective face mask.
Protesters in Hong Kong are planning to demonstrate against another law that could limit their autonomy. And, the novel coronavirus is hitting Brazil hard. Also, in Qatar, the government is requiring use of a contact-tracing app. Meanwhile in South Korea, youth are embracing old school tunes.
Full story - May 26, 2020
A large crowd of people are shown walking and wearing protective face masks in a train station.
Amplified by social media, misinformation can undermine critical public health efforts and fuel conspiracy theories — particularly dangerous amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who addressed the pitfalls of COVID-19 misinformation, as well as ways to find trustworthy information about the pandemic.
Full story - May 25, 2020
Two people eat with chopsticks at a restaurant
COVID-19 has changed habits around the world. As China recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, the government is urging diners to use serving chopsticks at family meals — changing a centuries-old tradition.

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