Lifestyle & Belief

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

History

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.

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

Sports

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

‘We are struggling’: Malawi’s farmers hit hard by fertilizer prices

Women fight for respect in Japan’s sumo rings 

Japan in Focus

Mexico City’s bike culture is thriving

Lifestyle

Mexico City is the biggest city in North America, and like most big cities, it has a lot of cars and traffic. Yet, over the past 30 years, it’s gone from being considered the most polluted city in the world to ranking 999th among global cities for air pollution. A small part of that has been taming traffic and the development of a robust bicycling culture. John Burnett reports from Mexico City.

‘It’s a lifelong injury’: From Gaza to Doha, children bear the scars of war 

Israel-Hamas war

An estimated 17,000 kids have lost or been separated from their parents in Gaza, according to UNICEF. At least 3,000 have suffered a limb amputation. The small Gulf nation of Qatar has taken in more than 1,600 Palestinians in recent months, including dozens of injured children.

A visit to an all-fungi restaurant in Mexico City

Food

Mexico has a long history of mushroom cultivation and consumption since pre-Hispanic times. But for a long time, those traditions were dismissed and forgotten. Now, the country is rediscovering recipes and methods for cultivating, eating and preserving wild mushrooms.

How Spain’s rent control is failing locals

Lifestyle & Belief

A one-year-old law in Spain meant to control soaring home rental prices has had the opposite effect: Prices have continued to climb. It’s part of a trend going back a couple of decades now. But this year alone, in some cities, rents have jumped by more than 20%. Experts – and renters – say finding an affordable place to live is now next to impossible. The World’s Gerry Hadden reports from Barcelona on why Spain’s rent control law has backfired.

Japanese dads struggle to reform fatherhood

Japan in Focus

Statistically speaking, for every baby born in Japan, two people pass away. The country’s rapidly shrinking population is, according to Japanese officials, a “national emergency” threatening its future prosperity and entire way of life. They’re struggling to reverse this trend but some believe fixing this problem calls for a revolution in Japanese fatherhood. The World’s Patrick Winn reports with Aya Asakura in Tokyo.