Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson recently completed a series on climate change and small island nations. This report from Tonga explore the origins of tapa, an ornate papery cloth made from pounded tree bark, and the ta’ovala, the traditional woven mat worn around the waist, which is also derived from local plants.
Watch the full show from Thursday, March 25. A special edition on preserving the past: Maintaining Roman antiquities has residents worried about the high cost of history; the challenge of building a new subway line in Rome; Greece battles for ancient sculptures; and, an unchanged Ethiopian town.
Long-distance running is not only Ethiopia’s national sport; it is a source of pride for Ethiopians all over the world. Worldfocus contributing blogger Tesfaye Negussie went to Ethiopia and interviewed Derartu Tulu, who won the New York City Marathon in 2009, about what it takes to be one of the best runners in the world.
Religious politicians are usually considered to be on the right of the ideological spectrum. However, we look at three figures -- Iyad Jamal Al-Din in Iraq, Menachem Froman in Israel and Mehdi Karroubi in Iran -- who advocate pacifism and pluralism yet are grounded in traditional spirituality.
Watch the full show from Wednesday, March 24. A special edition on immigration: A look at anti-Muslim sentiment in France; plans to build a new mosque draw a powerful response from the right in Germany; and, as Spanish unemployment rises, some immigrants are scorned.
Tonga, a remote chain of 176 lush islands spread over 500 miles of the Pacific Ocean, faces potentially devastating effects from climate change. As part of her series on small islands and climate change, Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson visited Tonga and documented the government's campaign to get the word out about the issue -- both at home and abroad.
Watch the full show from Tuesday, March 23. A special edition on health care challenges around the world: The battle against cervical cancer in Nicaragua; helping more women survive childbirth in Guatemala; the struggle for basic care in Uganda; and, tuberculosis still takes a heavy toll in India.
Watch the full show from Monday, March 22. The Health of Nations special edition: in Chile, how fast you get treated depends on what ails you; in Brazil, emphasis is on medical care for the poor; Singapore's health care is funded by an unusual savings plan; and, Canada saves on admin costs.
In southern Yemen, opposition to the central government is growing. Some fear that the rebellion may be turning more violent and that increasing instability in the fragile nation could create room for Al-Qaeda to grow. Supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, freelance reporter Paul Stephens reports on the latest developments from Sana'a, Yemen.
Watch the full show from Friday, March 19. A special edition on Mexico: hundreds of thousands of immigrants risk their lives fleeing into Mexico; how the recession is affecting ordinary Mexicans; Mexico City becomes the first place in Latin America to legalize abortion; and, how the arts are used to preserve Mayan languages.