Juneteenth offers a ‘window into the complexity’ of US history with slavery, says author


June 19 commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. But the legacy of African enslavement continues to reverberate in much of the world. Howard French, the author of “Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War,” speaks with host Marco Werman about the persistent damage in West Africa and beyond.

Even in the ‘Oasis of Peace’ — where Arabs and Jews are neighbors — residents struggle to talk about the Israel-Hamas war 

Israel-Hamas war

Lacquerware artisans are still displaced by earthquake in Japan

As flood waters drop, Brazil faces a waterborne disease outbreak

Natural disasters

Colombia joins efforts to boycott Israel — but other countries in the region take a more cautious approach 

Israel-Hamas war

Latvian basketball fans are rooting for ‘unicorn’ Porziņģis in the NBA finals


The Celtics are in the NBA finals, and one of the team’s most impactful players is Latvian center Kristaps Porziņģis. Fans in Latvia are rooting for him to become the first Latvian NBA champion. The World’s Daniel Ofman reports from Riga, Latvia.

Haiti’s new leaders vow to take on gangs

Conflict & Justice

Haiti’s new leadership has vowed to take on criminal gangs as the arrival of a thousand Kenyan security forces hopes to bolster the country’s police force. The World’s host, Marco Werman, speaks with AyiboPost editor-in-chief, Widlore Mérancourt.

Out of Eden Walk: Walking Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor 

Out of Eden Walk

Afghanistan’s wild and mountainous Wakhan Corridor is an isolated region, home to the rare snow leopard and to a human culture that has gone unchanged for centuries. People still get their flour for baking from water-powered grist mills. Host Marco Werman speaks with National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek about his trek through this rugged alpine wilderness.

This club in the Netherlands offers a much-needed break from technology


Most people are at least a little addicted to their phones. In the Netherlands, three young Dutchmen came up with an idea to counteract that. It’s called the Offline Club, where attendees pay for the opportunity to spend an evening phone-free.

To prepare for college in the US, some South Korean students receive an international education close to home 

To many South Koreans, a degree from a prestigious American university is seen as a ticket to success. And for some students, there’s an alternate educational system and industry focused on getting  them into the school of their dreams.