The coronavirus pandemic has exposed entrenched health inequities for communities of color in the US and around the globe. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Nancy Krieger from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Krieger recently co-authored an analysis confirming the extent of such disparities.

Full episode - August 05, 2020
A view of the site of an explosion in the port of Beirut with buildings turned to rubble and shown from inside a facility with it's window blown out.
After Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut, Lebanon's government has declared a two-week state of emergency. Emergency crews are still on the scene after nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate produced the blast that killed more than 100 people with several thousand more wounded. And, what would President Trump’s foreign policy look like in a second term? Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton offers his thoughts. Plus, high-resolution images of poop stains via satellites show that there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies than previously thought on the icy continent of Antarctica.
Full story - August 05, 2020
A view of Beirut's port is shown, flattened from an explosion and smoke rising from the rubble
Rescue workers remain on the scene of a massive explosion at Beirut’s port yesterday that killed at least 100 people. And, security authorities are enforcing restrictions in much of Kashmir today, a year after India revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a controversial move. Also, can artificial crowd noise match the thrill of packed stadiums?
Full story - August 04, 2020
Women hold protest signs and also wear face masks and plastic shields as they protest.
Leaders of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were expected to announce a decision on the matter after a meeting on Aug. 5, but Turkish newspapers reported Tuesday that the gathering has been postponed indefinitely. Turkish women, however, say they will continue to protest. 
Full episode - August 04, 2020
The dark plume of an explosion rises in the distance with a khaki-colored building in the nearground.
A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. And UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday that school closures as a result of COVID-19 “could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities." Plus, the French Chilean singer Ana Tijoux has managed to draw inspiration from at least one aspect of these trying times and has just released a new single, “Pa Qué?”
Full story - August 04, 2020
Ana Tijoux performs during a concert by female artists on the eve of International Women's Day, in the Zocalo in Mexico City, March 7, 2020.
Ana Tijoux's new song “Pa Qué?” drew inspiration from statements early into the pandemic from politicians like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Full story - August 04, 2020
A baseball player watches a foul ball go into stands filled with photos of fans.
With spectators unable to watch live sports in person due to the coronavirus, the cheers and jeers must come from somewhere. Teams, leagues and broadcasters around the world are taking different approaches to provide artificial crowd noise for games.
Full story - August 04, 2020
A young girl is shown sitting at a classroom desk wearing a protective face mask and plastic face guard while holding a pen.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday the world faces a "generational catastrophe" in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the largest disruption of education in history. Also, Iraq faces record heat levels that reached temperatures of 125 Fahrenheit in Baghdad. And, Belarus' president, Alexander Lukashenko, has pledged his allegiance to Russia.
Full story - August 03, 2020
Oaxaca's landmark Santo Domingo church and the former convent that houses the state's largest museum have been cordoned off as part of pandemic mitigation measures.
The country's economy is in a downward spiral as the coronavirus continues to spread.
Full episode - August 03, 2020
A man is shown kneeling next to a memorial that has stars and an American flag pinned on it.
Monday marks the one-year anniversary of a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, resulting in the deaths of 23 people, with dozens more wounded. The World looks at how the local community is remembering those who died. And, ISIS carried out a brazen attack on a prison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Sunday night. The attack, which went on for about 20 hours, raises questions about security and peace talks. Plus, there's a debate in Canada over outdoor drinking. It's mostly banned because of the coronavirus pandemic — but some cities are now allowing alcoholic beverages to be consumed outdoors to encourage socially distant drinking.
Full story - August 03, 2020
A man stands in front of many motorcyles and drivers wearing helmets outside in front of an overpass.
Thousands of boda boda drivers have been out of work since March when the Ugandan government suspended most forms of public transportation in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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