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US director, actor, screenwriter Melvin Van Peebles is seen during a tribute for his career at the 38th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France

This film professor says Melvin Van Peebles taught her that 'when Hollywood is closing the door, you find your own way'

Racquel Gates, a professor of film at Columbia University, and the consulting producer and editor for the Melvin Van Peebles Box Set — being released by The Criterion Collection next week — discussed his work, life and legacy with The World's host Marco Werman.

This film professor says Melvin Van Peebles taught her that 'when Hollywood is closing the door, you find your own way'
Black and white photo of prisoners at Buchenwald.

How new legislation could improve Holocaust education in US public schools

How new legislation could improve Holocaust education in US public schools
A person wearing a gray shirt holds two paper ballots and places them in a box.

Relying on electronic voting machines puts us at risk, security expert says

Relying on electronic voting machines puts us at risk, security expert says
Leticia Arcila, a 20-year-old voter in Atlanta, Georgia, said health care is her top priority in a presidential candidate.

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden

In Georgia, a young Latina reluctantly casts her primary vote for Biden
A film still of a man sitting at a dressing room mirror with lights

In 'The Humorist,' Soviet comedy is no joke

In 'The Humorist,' Soviet comedy is no joke
A mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb.

How the race for nuclear power began

The begging of the nuclear age at the end of World War II happened, in large part, due to fears that Germany would detonate an atomic bomb first. See how the United States pushed itself to become the world's first nuclear power.

How the race for nuclear power began
women at a prison

As opioids land more women in prison, Ohio finds alternative treatments

"We cannot arrest our way out of the problem," some advocates say.

As opioids land more women in prison, Ohio finds alternative treatments
Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An EPA penalty of $15 million for selling emissions defeat devices was decreased by $3 million under the Trump administration in December 2017.

Environmental prosecutions under Trump projected to be the lowest in two decades

Despite promises to "promote clean air and water," environmental prosecutions and penalties have drastically decreased during Trump’s first year.

Environmental prosecutions under Trump projected to be the lowest in two decades
Woman stands at front of meeting room with microphone, one man at table raises hand

In Minnesota, a measles outbreak exposes the gaps in public health

An outbreak grabbed the headlines for Somalis in this northern state. But advocates hope it can bring more than just an emergency response.

In Minnesota, a measles outbreak exposes the gaps in public health
Back of agent looking over river

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico

President Donald Trump wants to stop illegal immigration at the southern border. More than 100 years ago, many Americans were trying to get into Mexico, illegally, to escape slavery.

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico
Eljuri, one of the artists featured on The World this week.

The World's music features this week: Eljuri, Kady and Greg Lake

Each week on The World, we feature a unique selection of musicians, and every week we put it together for you here.

The World's music features this week: Eljuri, Kady and Greg Lake
Mohamed Awad Elhassan hopes to introduce his daughter, Sameira, to STEM fields when she's older, but wonders what kind of stereotypes she'll face because of her name and appearance.

Sudanese American parents look at Ahmed Mohamed and think of their own kids

After a Sudanese American teenager was arrested and detained in Texas for bringing a homemade digital clock to school, Sudanese American parents wonder what Ahmed Mohamed's story means for their kids growing up in the US.

Sudanese American parents look at Ahmed Mohamed and think of their own kids
A police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, on Wednesday.

US veteran says police response in Ferguson 'isn’t the country we fought to protect'

The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."

US veteran says police response in Ferguson 'isn’t the country we fought to protect'
A computer with a series of numbers and the logo of the United States' National Security Agency (NSA)

It's a rough time to be a US diplomat, when your country is caught spying

Spain has learned that the NSA secretly monitored 60 million phone calls — in just one month. The revelations, and the angry reactions, are presenting challenges to American diplomats in the field.

It's a rough time to be a US diplomat, when your country is caught spying

Plan to ship Wyoming coal to Asia runs into opposition from Northwest greens

With coal use falling fast in the US but still growing in Asia, western coal producers are pitching a plan to build five big new coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but opponents warn of big new environmental risks.

Plan to ship Wyoming coal to Asia runs into opposition from Northwest greens