Full story - May 28, 2020
A US flag flutters in the breeze. In the background, a rocket launchpad
It's been nearly a decade since an astronaut was launched into space from American soil. Wednesday, at Cape Canaveral Florida, the company SpaceX and NASA tried to end that streak on board the Falcon 9 until weather scrapped the launch. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Margaret Weitekamp, head of the space history department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, about the future of US space flight. 
Full episode - May 28, 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 — which are 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 the 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 28, 2020
The World's Orla Barry is seen stepping through a thermal scanner at the BBC.
As the world continues to try to find ways to reopen and cope with the coronavirus in the aftermath of lockdowns, many in workplaces will shortly have to go through thermal imaging cameras to enter public buildings and offices. 
Full story - May 28, 2020
People walk past a TV screen showing news of Beijing's approval of a controversial Hong Kong security bill, in Hong Kong, May 28, 2020.
China's parliament voted to move forward with a controversial security law that would erode Hong Kong's autonomy. Indigenous groups fight to stay closed as restrictions ease. And, under quarantine, the first talkie made by a woman in Spain resurfaces.
Full story - May 27, 2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening ceremony of Iran's 11th parliament in Tehran, Iran, May 27, 2020.
Facing an outbreak of the coronavirus, Iran has been sending signals that it's willing to release foreigners in detention. But the wife of an imprisoned British Iranian says a window of opportunity for Western nations to reach a deal with Iran on a prisoner swap "seems to have been wasted completely."
Full episode - May 27, 2020
A man wears a blue jacket and a protective face mask while speaking on a mobile phone in front of a green and red stocks sign.
Governments everywhere are trying to figure out how to put together a recovery plan to get past the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic. The European Union on Wednesday moved forward on its plan. And, US officials signaled that they’re preparing to remove Hong Kong’s special trade status, declaring that it is no longer autonomous from China. Also, the world is living through stressful times and putting on a soothing song at the end of a long day can provide some relief. This is where acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami stepped in and took to Tokyo radio waves to host a special show called "Music for a Brighter Tomorrow."
Full story - May 27, 2020
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, tour in a canoe during a visit to Haida Gwaii in Skidegate, British Columbia, Canada, Sept. 30, 2016.
The Haida are one of many Indigenous groups across the world trying to stay closed as surrounding areas reopen following restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 
Full story - May 27, 2020
A man in fatigues and a face mask holds a phone with an app to the camera
Countries around the world are developing contact-tracing apps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Part of that effort is balancing privacy with data collection. MIT is tracking how some of those worldwide apps compare.
Full story - May 27, 2020
A seaside image of boats in Mallorca in black and white
With time on their hands under quarantine, Spanish film researchers from the national film archive, Filmoteca Española, came across a film that had been ignored for decades. “Mallorca," likely made between 1932 and 1934, by María Forteza, appears to be the first talking film directed by a woman in Spain.
Full story - May 27, 2020
Two NASA astronauts in spacesuits in front of a rocket launch pad
Two American astronauts are set to make history on a SpaceX rocket launching from the Kennedy Space Center today. The European Union and Japan have unveiled huge stimulus packages to help economies rebound in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Also, Twitter slaps a fact-check label on US President Donald Trump's tweets for the first time. In China, officials are urging a change to a long-standing chopstick tradition. And, bilingual comedians are working to reach their audiences through the pandemic.