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.
Full episode - May 25, 2020
Physiotherapist, Ana Carolina Xavier applies a Brazilian physiotherapy method while attending to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient Marcia Guimaraes, 40, in Rio de Janeiro's outskirts, Brazil, on May 23, 2020.
The World checks in with a leading epidemiologist, Caroline Buckee from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, on the latest coronavirus news: where the virus is now spreading across the globe, the timeline on a vaccine, and how we are doing to slow the spread of disease. And, is the United States entering a new Cold War, this time with China? The two nations were already sparring over trade, technology, and territory in the Pacific, before a war of words and accusations erupted over the response to the pandemic. The World's Patrick Winn has more on the tense situation. Also, for the past few months, office workers across the globe have been working from home, upending the way meetings are conducted and employee interactions occur. Host Marco Werman speaks with Hayden Brown, president and CEO of Upwork, an online hiring platform for remote and independent professionals, about the future of working from home. Finally, the canals of Venice are clear for the first time in decades, but those legendary waterways that typically draw up to 30 million people a year to Venice may also be the city's downfall. Marco Werman speaks with Sara Moraca of InsideClimate News, about the future of the city that could be inundated by the end of the century.
Full story - May 22, 2020
Agnès Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hold a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, on Dec. 3, 2019.
The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi released a statement on Twitter on Friday saying they forgive their father’s killers. But his fiancée says she doesn't support it. Agnès Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, tells The World's host Marco Werman that the entire situation is a "parody" and "travesty" of justice.
Full episode - May 22, 2020
US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House for travel to Michigan during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2020.
US President Donald Trump has decided to pull the US out of the Open Skies arms control treaty that allows nations to fly over one another's territory with surveillance equipment. Former State Department official Alex Bell tells host Marco Werman that the move is more evidence that the White House plans to exit the START Treaty, which limits deployed nuclear missiles. And that could herald a new arms race. Also, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s sons announced on Twitter that the family will forgive and pardon the killers of their father. Meanwhile, Khashoggi’s fiance, Hatice Cengiz, says she is not accepting any pardon. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Agnes Callamard, the UN official who led the investigation of Khashoggi's murder. Meanwhile, the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress, considered the most important political event of the year, kicked off today. Dominating the meeting so far were the country's economic plans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and a controversial new Hong Kong national security law. And, usually, the center of life during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan is the mosque — but the coronavirus pandemic has changed how it's being celebrated. From Casablanca, Morocco, reporter Lauren Schenkman reports on how Ramadan this year is very different.