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August 25, 2016
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PRI's The World: 08/25/2016 Several French cities have outlawed full body swimsuits, known as burkinis, for being un-French. Now, those bans are being challenged in the French courts. Also, an Asian American journalist writes about being attacked ? and then spared ? because of his race at a Black Lives Matter protest. He joins us on the program to give his very personal perspective on that experience. Plus, there's a debate raging in Thailand right now about whether it's better to squat or sit when using the toilet.
PRI's The World: 08/24/2016 We begin in Italy, where an overnight earthquake struck several towns and killed at least 120 people. We'll take you to one of the places devastated by the quake to bring you an eye witness account. We also hear why the tire company Michelin has decided to refuse to purchase rubber from suppliers who have engaged in deforestation. Plus, we take a trip to the Arctic for a journey through the Northwest Passage on a cruise ship. Climate change means that's now possible ? but it's still a risky proposition.
PRI's The World: 08/23/2016 Today, we explore the topic of race in the US with Nigerian American writer Teju Cole. His new collection of essays is called "Known and Strange Things." We also hear about a tech entrepreneur who thought he had a great idea to help improve living conditions in India and Africa. Things didn't go as planned, and now he's teaching his lessons of failure at MIT. Plus, there's a new craze for ramen noodles as currency in prisons.
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One last hit The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the Philippines' dark underbelly of police raids, dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament.
Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts Hundreds of aftershocks rock areas of central Italy devastated by an earthquake that left at least 250 people dead, hampering rescuers.
Brazil court summons Lochte to give evidence over robbery claim Police in Brazil say they want prosecutors to charge US swimmer Ryan Lochte over his claim to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics.
Some NGOs in Nairobi have to pay locals to attend meetings
For years, NGOs have poured money into Kenya but many residents are skeptical over the groups' intentions.
Frank Ocean and the business of really fancy music videos
Is the music industry's future all-visual-albums, all the time?
Ryan Lochte turns expertly from apology tour to comeback
He landed his first endorsement since the robbery scandal. He'll also be on 'Dancing with the Stars.'
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