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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.


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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.








The USS Theodore Roosevelt faces an outbreak of the coronavirus

The US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked off the island of Guam, a US territory. Onboard, an unknown number of sailors are sick with COVID-19. But Guam itself has its own coronavirus outbreak. And, the government of India has shut down the entire country, to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, millions of Indians have lost their jobs, which has triggered unprecedented mass migration as poor migrant workers return home. Also, a herd of wild goats has taken...


China steps up support as US and Europe struggle to contain COVID-19

As the US and Europe struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak, China is sending aid and medical supplies around the world. And, over 70 million displaced people around the world are stuck in overcrowded refugee camps. The coronavirus outbreak is putting a strain on already poor living conditions. Also, archaeologists have discovered the remains of 3,400-year-old ball court in the mountains of Oaxaca in Mexico. The discovery may shed light on how Mesoamerican societies developed. Our...


Deciding how to allocate scarce medical resources

With masks and ventilators in short supply, how health care providers around the world deciding to allocate scarce resources? And, Moscow residents got a four-hour notice Sunday before the city went under a sweeping quarantine. The order from the mayor of Moscow came just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a week-long, paid, stay-at-home holiday. Also, the new Social Distancing Festival was created as an online space for artists to showcase their work if a performance or...


Trump's medical advice triggers run on malaria drugs in Mexico

US President Donald Trump’s unproven endorsement of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has triggered a run on the drug worldwide — including in Mexico. Also, the spread of the coronavirus and the border closures have slowed down humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria. Host Marco Werman speaks with David Miliband, the chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee, about what help is available for Syrians. Also, a round of applause for doctors, nurses and medical...


Understanding COVID-19 from the front lines

The novel coronavirus is novel in a number of ways. It's disturbingly easy to spread, often coming from people with no symptoms. Infectious disease epidemiologist Gabriel Leung, who has been at the forefront of understanding the coronavirus, explains what we now know and what remains a mystery about COVID-19. And, we speak with former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta about the challenges that limit the movement and role of US troops to help combat the coronavirus crisis. Also, how do you explain...


What's next after India's coronavirus lockdown?

As India settles into a nationwide lockdown, a looming question is whether its health care system will be prepared for what's next. And, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have all been praised for "flattening the curve" of COVID-19 outbreaks. But sadly, these places can't celebrate just yet. If you're an ant the size of a sesame seed, danger can come in many forms. New research has found that Myrmecina graminicola ants have a unique defense: They tuck into a ball and roll. Our...


80: 'Harry Potter' and the Yiddish translation

From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 80. The worldwide sensation that is the "Harry Potter" series has been translated into over 80 languages. One of the latest translations is Yiddish. Translator Arun Viswanath describes the process and teaches us how to say some magical words including “magic wand” in Yiddish. The Number in the News is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed....


Number of lockdowns grows as countries try to counter the coronavirus

About a fifth of the world's population is now under some sort of lockdown to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, China has announced it will be lifting the restrictions on people in Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei, where the virus was first identified. And, in states like California, in shelter-in-place mode because of the coronavirus, farmworkers are considered essential. The farmworkers still go out and work, but there are increasing concerns about...


Doctors in Italy struggle to keep up with COVID-19

Italy now has reported the most deaths from COVID-19, and doctors are scrambling to keep up with the demand for hospital beds and ventilators. More than 300 million students in China are stuck at home and getting their schooling through online classes. We report what massive experiment in online learning has been like for kids, parents and teachers across the country. For many athletes around the world, the Olympics are a time to shine. The coronavirus has disrupted many athletes' training...


The week in coronavirus

Everybody, everywhere is discussing one thing: the coronavirus pandemic. The World's public health reporter Elana Gordon lays out we've learned about the science of the virus this week. And, The World speaks to a bioethicist to clear up several of US President Donald Trump's false statements on treatments for coronavirus. Also, radio DJs across Europe send a musical message to people across the continent: You'll Never Walk Alone. Our coronavirus coverage has never been behind a paywall. No...


Is China turning the tide on coronavirus?

China reported that there were no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. But in Italy, the death toll from coronavirus overtook China's, as hospitals said they were being overwhelmed and the government prepared to prolong emergency lockdown measures. And, governments around the world, including the US, are working to counter crashing economies. US Congress passed two coronavirus-related spending bills totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Also, art museums around the...


3: Your burger's carbon footprint

From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 3. Restaurants have been adding caloric values to their menus alongside dishes for years in an effort to better inform their customers. Now, a diner in Edmonton, Canada, is going one step further by adding carbon footprint information to its menu. In this week’s special feature of The Number in the News, hear from the owner of the Highlevel Diner about why it’s important to know what impact your dinner has on the...


The uncertainty wrought by the coronavirus pandemic

A global pandemic is bringing new questions, concerns and confusion every day. We're trying to stay on top of the latest information on how COVID-19 is spread and what epidemiologists are discovering as the coronavirus moves around the globe. And, the US and Canada have agreed to partially close its northern border to non-essential travel. Also, with millions of people working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, many have been tethered to their screens. 90s fitness guru Derrick Evans,...


COVID-19 rattles the global airline industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on people's lives in so many ways, from health to education, the economy to politics to the arts. First, what's this all going to mean for the airline industry? Flights are being shut down all over and airline staff are being laid off. We're also looking to see how this all ends. And, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to close the country's borders to all except for the US. Also, researchers have been working for months to...


World leaders scramble to slow the spread of coronavirus

The international community has been scrambling to confront the global threat of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, multilateral diplomacy hasn't been used to effectively beat back spread of the outbreak. And across much of Asia, it's incredibly hard to find a hospital-grade face mask — so the black market has stepped in. Also, coronavirus-related toilet paper shortages have raised an awkward truth: Americans are outliers globally when it comes to toilet paper usage. Our coronavirus coverage...


Coronavirus puts spotlight on global sick leave policies

The latest on the global impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, including a look at sick leave policies around the world, the reaction in Lebanon and the impact on businesses in India. And, thousands of migrants and refugees are trying to leave Turkey to get into Greece. The World’s Lydia Emmanouilidou reports on a group of migrants that landed in Lesbos, including one Syrian stuck on a beach. Also, a wide-ranging discussion with Bassem Youssef, the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” including discussing...


22,000: Yoshi the turtle breaks tracking record

From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 22,000. A loggerhead sea turtle named Yoshi has been on an incredible journey. In December 2017, Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, released Yoshi into the open water after 20 years in captivity. Since then she has swum more than 22,000 miles from Cape Town to the western shores of Australia. The aquarium writes that Yoshi has traveled the longest-ever recorded journey of a tracked animal. In this week’s...


US restricts travelers from Europe to halt the spread of coronavirus

US President Donald Trump announced sweeping restrictions preventing most foreign nationals traveling from much of Europe from entering the US for 30 days in an effort to try and combat the spread of the coronavirus. The move sent travelers scrabbling at airports around the world. And, the federal government has taken a lot of flack for inadequate testing for the coronavirus. How does testing in the US compare to other nations? Also, our new series, The Big Fix, launches. It's an ongoing...


WHO says the coronavirus is now officially a pandemic

The World Health Organization has designated COVID-19 a pandemic. Today, we find out how epidemiologists predict the path of the coronavirus. And, as many US colleges cancel classes and boot students off-campus, they're creating logistical and financial nightmares that could leave some students in a bind. Also, scientists have discovered that lettuce grown in space is safe to eat and nutritional.


A lockdown for the entirety of Italy to contain the coronavirus

From the boot's top to its toe and heel, Italy is in lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus. And, on the Greek isle of Lesbos, residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in camps there. Also, who knew that hand-washing could spur so much creativity online? Amid concerns about the new coronavirus, memes about how to wash your hands have been going viral.