West Africa

Global Politics

Burkina Faso's protests broke 27 years of fear and silence

Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, started his journalism career in Ouagadougou in 1987 just weeks before a bloody coup. The man who took power, Blaise Compaoré, ruled for 27 years before protests forced him out of office last week. Marco remembers the fear and silence that gripped the country then too.


We still don't know for sure how Ebola reached humans

Scientists are still trying to figure out when and how the Ebola virus first emerged in humans. Many believe that fruit bats are the so-called “reservoir hosts,” but that remains to be definitively proven. Science writer David Quammen ventured deep into the forest of central Africa to try to find out for his latest book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.”