Full episode - May 21, 2020
Things That Go Boom Season 3 logo with an illustration that includes a magnifying glass, a rocket, a coin, and the US Capitol building.
The US spends more than $700 billion on defense every year, more than healthcare, education and all the rest of our discretionary spending combined. And yet the coronavirus slipped silently and invisibly across our borders, and even onto our aircraft carriers. You could say we were preparing for World War III, when we got hammered by World War C. The Things That Go Boom podcast is back with a new season exploring what kinds of security risks are building out there? A co-production of PRX and Inkstick Media and in partnership with The World, host Laicie Heeley looks at misinformation, shadow warfare and asks if democracy is even still in vogue.
Full story - May 21, 2020
A woman wearing a protective face mask runs in Madrid Rio park, during the hours allowed for individual exercise.
Madrid has kept its parks closed to stop large gatherings, but citizens are increasingly angry with the lack of green space in a city where most residents live in small apartments. One lawyer is even suing the city to "take back" the parks.
Full story - May 21, 2020
A woman is show sitting and wearing a medical safety mask and surrounded by health care workers wearing all blue protective gear.
After the worst day for infections on record, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed the 5 million. And as China prepares for its annual National People’s Congress on Friday, new laws cracking down on Hong Kong’s independence are expected to be proposed today. Also, the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the performing arts, and some people in London are wondering if it’s curtains for the city’s West End theater district.
Full episode - May 20, 2020
A young boy is shown wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and standing at a border patrol table.
The pandemic has not stopped children and teenage migrants from showing up alone at the US border hoping to apply for asylum. But how they’re being treated by US authorities has changed dramatically and critics say the Trump administration is using the pandemic as a way to halt any entries across the border. Also, the historic theater district in London has been quiet since the coronavirus outbreak hit. And, there are no signs that the curtains will be raised again soon. Plus, Polish musician Kazik's song, “Your Pain is Better Than Mine,” topped the charts in Poland. The song is widely seen as criticizing the head of Poland's ruling nationalist party. A few minutes after the song’s #1 slot was announced, Radio Three allegedly deleted the song from their website and is now accused of censorship.
Full story - May 20, 2020
A graduating Masters student from the Columbia University stands on campus the day before his graduation ceremony, which is to be held online due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York City, on May 19, 2020.
The White House is reportedly looking to restrict all US foreign worker programs, including a decades-old program called Optional Practical Training that allows international students to remain in the US and work for at least a year after graduating.
Full story - May 20, 2020
A younger woman looks at an older woman behind glass at The Glass Garden House at the Claris nursing home.
Many older adults grapple with loneliness, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom and WhatsApp just don't cut it. In the glass cabin, friends and family can visit safely and connect while separated by panes of glass. 
Full story - May 20, 2020
West End theaters stand on a sparsely populated street in London, March 13, 2020.
Theaters were ordered to close — and no one can predict when the curtains will rise again.
Full story - May 20, 2020
A man is shown wrapped in a blue tarp followed by several other people as heavy rains from Cylone Amphan fall.
The deadly Cyclone Amphan made landfall today in India and Bangladesh as millions evacuated amid the coronavirus crisis. And, Germany announced new rules that give the government the power to veto hostile takeovers of health care companies. Also, Canadian activists say they’re being targeted by China.
Full story - May 20, 2020
Latino leaders and immigration reform supporters gather at Farrand Field on the campus of the University of Colorado to launch "My Country, My Vote," a 12-month voter registration campaign to mobilize Colorado's Latino, immigrant and allied voters.
Nearly every 30 seconds, a young Latino in the US turns 18, or voting age. The challenge for candidates in the upcoming 2020 election this fall will be turning Latinos out to vote. The World's Daisy Contreras moderated a discussion with María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino and Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center.
Full story - May 19, 2020
A teacher gives an online class at school, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Seoul, South Korea, April 9, 2020. 
South Korean high school seniors will be the first students to return to the classroom after the coronavirus delayed the start of the academic year. For many, the pandemic didn’t just disrupt their education; it cast their entire futures into uncertainty.