Global Politics

Checking for Word on Nelson Mandela

Ntshepeng Motema is a South African living in New York. In this radio essay, she talks about how she's been spending a lot of time online checking for news on the health of South Africa's ailing former president, Nelson Mandela.

Arts, Culture & Media

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is to step down at the end of February because of his frail health. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rome correspondent Megan Williams about reaction to the surprise announcement.

Business, Economics and Jobs

A Greek Island of Longevity

For today's Geo Quiz we explore the secret to longevity on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea where residents live, on average, longer than in Europe or the US. The BBC's Andrew Bomford travelled to island of old age to find out the secret.


Business, Economics and Jobs

India's elderly

The BBC's Tinku Ray reports on legislation in India to protect the elderly from abuse; many families in India are moving away from traditional family arrangements where many generations live under the same roof.

Conflict & Justice

Chinese American voters

One third of Chinese-American voters are still undecided about who to vote for, and many of them are older and live in New York and California, states Barack Obama is expected to win easily and where there is little outreach.

Conflict & Justice

Retire in Mexico

About a million Americans live in Mexico. Many are retirees looking for good weather and less expensive living. The State of Oaxaca is aiming to grab its share of American seniors. Shannon Young reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Social Security in Japan

The winner of Japan's national elections, the Democratic Party, is promising to revive the nation's economy. It also has challenges with an aging Japan. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Len Schoppa, professor of politics at the University of Virginia

Arts, Culture & Media

Recreating Nagasaki

Akiko Fujita reports that students at the University of Nagasaki are attempting to create a 3D digital image of the Japanese city BEFORE a US atomic bomb destroyed it during World War II.