China by far is bearing the biggest burden of the new coronavirus outbreak — only about 100 cases have been reported outside the country. But on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern, while at the same time recommending countries not limit trade and travel to China. Michael Mina, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard, explains what's known at this point about this disease and the best ways to respond.

Full story - February 11, 2020
Polyglot Susanna Zaraysky holds a printout of her brain scan from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology polyglot test. 
Susanna Zaraysky, speaker of nine languages, seems to be able to pick up French or Portuguese almost overnight. In reality, it’s not so effortless — but is she cognitively predisposed to attaining fluency in so many languages? We follow her to an MIT lab where researchers put her through a series of tests.
Full story - February 11, 2020
Vendors and civil society tents set up in Martyrs' Square under the photo of man who was killed during a roadblock in a suburb of Beirut.
Since October, anti-government protesters have been in the streets demanding the fall of Lebanon’s sectarian-based government system. That hasn’t happened, but protesters say they’ve succeeded in creating and reclaiming public space.
Full story - February 10, 2020
An older white man in a long black coat walks
The White House put out its annual spending blueprint Monday, and once again, the Trump administration proposes dramatically slashing funding for foreign aid.
Full episode - February 10, 2020
A group of people are shown walking and wearing face masks.
World Health Organization experts are now on the ground in China, helping to track the spread of the coronavirus and assisting Chinese officials who are designing strategies for treatment. And, dozens of people who have been deported from the US and returned to El Salvador have been murdered there. The Best Picture Oscar nod to "Parasite" is a big deal. It's the first time the award has gone to a film that isn't in English.
Full story - February 07, 2020
Illustration photo shows various medicine pills in their original packaging in Brussels, Belgium, Aug. 9, 2019.
Drug companies often focus on finding cures for rare diseases, rather than common ones.
Full episode - February 07, 2020
A group of people are shown holding flowers and wearing face masks with skyscrapers in the distance.
The Chinese doctor who tried to sound the alarm of an outbreak, but was silenced by Chinese police, has died after contracting the virus. Li Wenliang, 34, became a hero to many for standing up to authorities and word of his death has unleashed a surge of new emotion in China. And, the number of migrants in US detention facilities under the Trump administration peaked last summer, with more than 50,000 people in the system. Now, California and other states are taking steps that could reduce the number of detention centers. Plus, many Irish are feeling left out of the spoils of globalization: high rents, shaky social services and rampant inequality are taking a toll in Ireland. The Irish go to the polls this weekend, and after years on the political fringes, the left-wing Sinn Fein party could see major gains.
Full story - February 07, 2020
Venezuela's disputed President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks during a special session of the National Constituent Assembly to deliver his annual state of the nation speech, in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 14, 2020.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump welcomed Juan Guaidó at the State of the Union speech, while other members of Venezuela’s National Assembly lobbied at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, with the support of Washington’s mission.
Full story - February 07, 2020
Women wear masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak, in Bangkok, Feb. 7, 2020.
Thailand — reliant on Chinese trade and tourism, reluctant to injure Beijing’s feelings — has yet to suspend flights from China, where the virus continues to spread. Only flights from Wuhan and other high-risk cities are on pause. This policy mirrors that of China’s own government, which has quarantined Wuhan.
Full story - February 06, 2020
A monarch butterfly is seen at El Rosario sanctuary for monarch butterflies in the western state of Michoacan, near Ocampo, Mexico, Feb. 3, 2020.
The deaths have alarmed environmental activists and human rights defenders in the country. 
Full episode - February 06, 2020
A woman is shown with a face mask on and holding a device up to the face of a young man opposite her.
The World Health Organization has identified more than a dozen countries in Africa that are at high risk of being affected by the potential spread of the coronavirus. And, US President Donald Trump is touting that more than 100 miles of new border wall have been built during his presidency. But the Trump administration has only built a barrier on one mile where none previously existed. Also, if the Iowa caucus this week taught us anything, it’s that elections and smartphone apps don’t always mix so well. And yet, a lot of online voting will happen in the primaries and presidential election this year.

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