PRI's The World: 08/25/2016Several 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: 08/24/2016We 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: 08/23/2016Today, 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.