Max J. Rosenthal is a former Digital Editor for PRI.org.
Max J. Rosenthal is a former Digital Editor PRI.org. He has previously reported for The Huffington Post in Beirut and Cairo, and the Associated Press in Jerusalem. He's also a veteran of the US Army and a so-so Arabic speaker. He's covered mostly foreign news and military affairs, but also loves a good sports story and anything space-related.
Max holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Columbia Journalism School.
The military picked up plenty of slang and phrases over the course of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pretty much all of it is unprintable or unknown to people who didn't serve. Here are a few choice terms that you can put to use.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un finally made another public appearance on Monday, or so the country's state media claims. But no matter what, his disappearance — and reemergence — didn't seem to have much of an effect in North Korea itself.
For one community, Columbus Day is a marker of genocide and shame. For another, it's a celebration of history and heritage. Now some cities like Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis are siding with the former, rebranding the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day.
When Damien Chazelle wrote a film based on his experiences as a young jazz drummer, he got plenty of encouraging comments — and no funding. So he shot an intense, violent scene from the surprisingly bloody movie to showcase his project, and Whiplash is now highly sought after following a big win at Sundance.
Ronald Reagan couldn't have become president without Southern votes, and many of those votes simply wouldn't have been there without the invention of air conditioning. Such innovations and their unforeseen consequences on history are the subject of a new book from Steven Johnson.
After the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept YouTube, European young people are hoping for viral success with a campaign to bring world attention back to the conflict on Ukraine's eastern border. Meanwhile, killing is the subject of newly-published scientific research. In this case, the killers, though, are chimps. And a Chinese tennis star retires in her 30s, having brought tennis and a bit of sports freedom to her home country, in this weekend's Global Scan.
It's not much of a looker when it comes to feline curves, but MIT's robotic cheetah sure can run. It is novel in both its motors and the math that calculates how hard it springs across uneven terrain. In Scotland, bankers are preparing for the worst — a run on banks if Scots vote "yes" to separate from Britain on Thursday. And we look at the sexy brewing device for coffee that was a favorite of James Bond and is coming back into fashion. All that in today's Global Scan.
When ISIS accounts were kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, the terrorist group turned to Russian social network VKontakte to keep up its propaganda and fundraising. A new report from a Russian news site exposed the extent of the militants' use of Russian sites and that seems to have started a crackdown by authorities.
Tourism is way down in Egypt due to the last three years of political unrest there. But if you have always wanted to explore the pyramids, Google Street View is now ready to help you. As the US prepares for war on ISIS, the terrorist group has extended its propaganda front with a western-focused, cutting-edge video production wing. And we ask whether western media should show the gruesome images coming from war and terrorism, all in today's Global Scan.
The passenger pigeon was hunted out of existence a century ago, but it turns out extinction may not be permanent after all. Scientists are working on a way to use the numerous surviving passenger pigeon samples to re-engineer the living thing.