The US will resettle close to 85,000 refugees from across the globe here this year. Many have been ending up in Boise, Idaho. So many in fact, that the city now has a special police officer assigned to that community.
The next time you open your car door from the driver's seat, try using your right hand. It's how people in the Netherlands do it. And if one cyclist in Boston has his way, the entire US will soon be using the "Dutch Reach."
Curitiba, Brazil's model sustainable city, was largely the brainchild of Jaime Lerner. As three-time mayor of the city, he created a rapid transit bus system, increased the amount of green space, and encouraged children and adults alike to recycle. Jaime Lerner joins host Steve Curwood and says all cities have the potential for environmental success.
Four decades ago, a group of South Americans joined together to create an ecological utopia. The village, called Gaviotas, was based on the idea that they could use limited resources to create a sustainable community. Guest: Journalist Alan Weisman
From anthems about clean energy to ballads on fresh fruit, a number of hip hop's socially conscious artists are on a green streak. Living on Earth and Planet Harmony's Ike Sriskandarajah explores the greening of hip hop. From Living on Earth.
Britain's ban on public smoking has had an unintended impact, it's putting a damper on bingo clubs, so many smokers are staying away from bingo halls that now many are in danger of shutting down, as The BBC's Helena Merriman has the story.
Despite the escalating violence in Afghanistan, for some Afghans who can afford it, there are still some luxuries to enjoy at least for now, as Reporter Gregory Warner visited the only plastic surgery clinic in the capital, Kabul.
Reporter Kevin Kim has details on the destruction of one of South Korea's most treasured landmarks -- the Gate of Namdaemun, and a 69-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of setting the 700-year-old gate on fire.
For our Geo Quiz today, we're looking for the name of the desert in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The answer is the Thar Desert -- also known as the Great Indian Desert. One village there is famous for its annual Camel Fair. Reporter Anna Sussman sends us an audio postcard.