Global Scan

Free hugs? You'll go to jail for that

You'd think no one could possibly object to something as simple as free hugs. But that's not the case in Saudi Arabia. Plus, a boy who died 24,000 years ago has given clues to the origin of Native Americans in the US, and the Israeli government is struggling with the mafia. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Strands of Evidence: Hair Forensics

What you eat ends up in your hair. Scientists in the US and Europe have used this basic idea to devise a sort of hair-based GPS tracking system. Law enforcement agencies are now using this technique to solve crimes. NOVA's Ari Daniel Shapiro reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Hey Rosetta! taps into Canadian ethos

Canada held parliamentary elections yesterday and Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a majority. The World's Marco Werman has been listening to the music of Hey Rosetta! from Newfoundland, a band that seems to have tapped into a national Canadian ethos.


Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Quiz and Answer

We're looking for a part of the North American continental shelf that sits under water, just off the coast of Newfoundland.The answer is the Grand Banks. Marine archaeologist Dwight Coleman tells anchor Marco Werman about an ongoing project to explore the shipwrecks and underwater landscape of the Grand Banks.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer-Global Hit

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Corner Brook in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Celtic music producer Brian O'Donovan samples some of the music being showcased there at the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA). It's a festival devoted to Atlantic Canada's diverse musical styles.

Arts, Culture & Media

A glimmer of hope for Atlantic cod?

The World's Jeb Sharp reports on the status of the once-famous Atlantic cod fishery off eastern Canada. Fishing for cod there was banned nearly 20 years ago after stocks collapsed. Now there are glimmers of evidence that the fish may be returning.

Life After Cod

It's been twelve years since the cod industry collapsed in Newfoundland, and the towns that once counted on the fish for their livelihood are trying to recover their losses.