Why today is the best time to live in human history

In researching death, a reporter finds a surprise: "Yes, it would have been great to hear Mozart playing live. Or maybe watch Shakespeare putting on a show. But until recently, life for most people was nasty, brutish and above all —short."


How small is small? Try looking at the nano-dimension

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists who developed a way to see the world at an even smaller scale. But even though our ability to see into the "nano-dimension" is new, the use of nanotechnology is older than you might think.


Conflict & Justice

Using Food to Tell the Story of War

Annia Ciezadlo explores the relationship between food and war in her new book, "Day of Honey: a Memoir of Food, Love, and War." A correspondent in Iraq and Lebanon for seven years, Annia Ciezadlo says that preparing meals helped her report.

Conflict & Justice

25 Years of Genocide Prevention

Sunday marks 25 years since the U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Adam Jones, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, joins us.

Arts, Culture & Media

Peace Corps memories

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. President Kennedy started the program March 1st, 1961. Since then, more than 200,000 Americans have served. The World's Marco Werman is a veteran. Were you a Peace Corps volunteer, too?

Arts, Culture & Media

Melting Permafrost

For today's Geo Quiz, we head to the frozen north. We have heard a lot about the problem of melting ice as climate change warms up the Arctic. But scientists are also worried about something else that is melting up there — permafrost.