National / International News

When the world sang with whales

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:31
The curious sounds from the ocean discovered by Dr Roger Payne that led to a global hit

How a blogger teaches art of good Instagram food photos

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:21
Meet Kimberly Espinel, the blogger earning a crust from teaching people how to photograph food for Instagram.

Ken Burns: Vietnam War 'central' to modern America

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:18
Documentary maker Ken Burns says Vietnam is 'unfinished history' for Americans.

The 'Godfather of Coral' who's still diving at 72

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:16
Charlie Veron's been diving for 50 years and has discovered more than 20% of the world's coral species

Dissident Who Was Snatched Back By Supporters In Ukraine Is Arrested Again

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:15

This time former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili wasn't rescued from a police van, as he was earlier this week. The stateless politician was taken to a police station.

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War of the World Cup animals

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:07
A meerkat, a raccoon, two turtles and an otter try to predict the results of next year's tournament.

Algerians angry at France over 'traitors'

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 15:05
President Macron has angered Algerians by asking their government to allow the return of anti-independence fighters.

Will Congress reconcile the GOP tax bill?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-12-08 14:45
Sheelah Kolhatkar from the New Yorker and Kate Davidson from the Wall Street Journal join us to talk about this week’s business and economic news. They touch on the latest numbers out of the Labor Department released this morning and discuss the potential effects of the Republican tax bill on everyday Americans and big business. Kolhatkar and Davidson also talk about the process that the GOP tax bill has gone through and whether the House and the Senate can successfully reconcile their versions of the bill.

Saakashvili: Ex-Georgia leader detained by police in Kiev

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 14:25
Mikheil Saakashvili's detention comes days after he was freed from police custody by his supporters.

Roy Moore Accuser Admits Adding Notation To Yearbook Inscription

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 14:17

Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore sexually assaulted her as a teen decades ago, a claim Moore has denied. Now Moore is pointing to Nelson's admission about the yearbook to attack her credibility.

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Paper review: 'Brexit deal' as cabinet battle looms

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 14:14
Saturday's papers have their first takes on the Brexit deal and the battle the PM faces in cabinet.

Man Utd v Man City: Jose Mourinho on Pep Guardiola's 'political message'

BBC - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:31
Jose Mourinho does not think he would be allowed to make a political statement on the touchline like Pep Guardiola.

His father fled China and rode the escalator of globalization

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:25
Scott Tong's father escaped communist China on the first of two boats. The second boat sank. Thus began his journey to America and better life. He went to college, became an engineer and landed his dream job at IBM. He climbed the "escalator" of globalization and lived what has become the quintessential story of a successful immigrant. Tong himself went on to become a correspondent for Marketplace. But, as he writes in his new book, his father had a brother who wasn't so fortunate. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down with Tong to talk about his book, "A Village With My Name." Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. Kai Ryssdal: I thought for a while about where to start with this book because there is a whole lot in it. I want you to start with your dad. Tell me about your dad. Scott Tong: Sure. My dad is the great globalization American story. So my dad was 10 years old when he ran. He fled out of China with his father in 1949. So the communists came and he gets out and there were two boats that were taking refugees from China over to Taiwan. And he gets on the boat that didn't sink. The one that did had casualties on the order of the Titanic, you know, more than a thousand people. So every family has one of these miracle stories when you start looking into it, and that's part of it. So he goes to Taiwan, it's part of this American umbrella, and basically takes the ladder, takes the escalator of globalization, comes to the United States. He's an engineer. He goes to graduate school in Minnesota, works for IBM, the only company he ever wanted to work for. We all have heard a lot of those stories, and that's the story that I grew up with, the narrative and the framing. I just didn't have the story of those who didn't make it out. Ryssdal: Which is the next question, because your dad has a brother. Tong: Yeah. Ryssdal: And he is the guy who was left behind. Tong: That's right. Ryssdal: And it's a long convoluted family story. I'm going to ask you to compress it for radio's sake. Tong: Absolutely. But he was the eldest son. My father was the fortunate one to get out. And my uncle was the one left behind. And until I went to China in 2006 for Marketplace and got to know this uncle, I didn't know his story, and it is, for Americans far away, this great under-told story of what happened behind the curtain of China under Mao. His story is one of great suffering, being punished during the Cultural Revolution, and the reason he was punished was because he had overseas relations. This is when it was not OK to be connected to the outside world. Ryssdal: And to be clear, the overseas relations, that's your dad and your grandfather, the ones who left. Tong: That's right. Having relatives overseas in Taiwan, and it was his father who was connected to the previous regime that lost the war. Ryssdal: One of the things you and I have talked about, both when you were in China and since you've come back and when I was over there with you and we were doing our reports there is how intertwined our economic fortunes are, our two countries. It seems in this current moment that there is a will on the part of the leadership of the United States to try to disentangle those futures. Do you think that's possible? Tong: I think it's pretty hard. I think the well-being of people in China is very connected to the United States. When China opened up, a lot of the capital that flowed in was American. The markets that China sold their goods to, a lot of them came to the United States. A lot of the students came here. I mean, you can draw all of these dotted and straight lines I think between China and the United States for the Chinese side of the story and the U.S. side of the story. Free trade has brought, by one measure, a measure of a basket of clothing. The price hasn't gone up since 1986. I mean, we don't really think about how prices have stayed low for a lot of basic kind of commodity things, and part of that is globalization. Part of that is the most efficient countries produce what the world uses. So the story up to now is a pretty interconnected story. It would be hard to disentangle that, although, you know, the United States, the administration is kind of doing what it can to try to do that. Kind of pulling back from these trade deals. You pull back, you're just losing customers, right? You're raising your drawbridge a little bit from the world. Ryssdal: I want to go back to your dad on the way out here, and the book, "A Village With My Name." You found your family's village. Tong: We didn't think it existed. We had old, bad information about whether it still existed along the Grand Canal in eastern China in the middle of nowhere, kind of Jiangsu province. In the end, it took a full day, almost gave up, and we did find it. Everybody there has the same last name. Very surprising. And we got the story of my great-grandfather, who was the first out of the village, kind of the first mover in our family. It was a great story except it was incomplete and parts of it were wrong, which means you always have to go somewhere twice to get the real story. Related Immigrant lending clubs provide capital, at a cost Xi urges stronger Chinese stand again "grim" challenges

Homeless In Los Angeles: A Growing Problem

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

The number of homeless people in the U.S. has gone up for the first time since 2010. Joryelle Marage tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about her experience being without permanent housing.

Palestinian Novelist And Jerusalem Resident Recalls City's History

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Palestinian novelist Sayed Kashua. He remembers Jerusalem, and how the city has changed over the last few decades. The city is tense since U.S. recognized it as the capital of Israel.

More Violence In Jerusalem After U.S. Recognizes City As Capital

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

Demonstrations and clashes broke out around the West Bank and Gaza two days President Trump's announced Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Encore: Hiroshima Survivor Remembers

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

Setsuko Thurlow will jointly accept the Nobel Peace Prize this Sunday with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group she's worked with since it was launched several years ago. Thurlow survived the bombing of Hiroshima and shared her story with NPR's Kelly McEvers.This story originally aired on May 26, 2016 on All Things Considered.

U.N. Peacekeeping Force Suffers Deadly Attack In Eastern Congo

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

Insurgents attacked U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo, killing 14 and wounding scores more. It was the deadliest attack on U.N. peacekeepers in recent memory.

Thoroughbred Horses Killed In California Wildfire

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

NPR'S Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dan Dunham, trainer at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. Several thoroughbred horses were killed there, caught in a California wildfire.

Not All Politicians Accused Of Sexual Misbehavior Forced From Office

NPR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

Several members of Congress announced their resignations this week over allegations of sexual harassment. President Trump continues to back Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with teenagers.