Japan, South Korea face graying future [program]

Japan and South Korea face stark demographic change. Longer life spans and low birth rates in both countries have led to rapidly aging populations. At 126 million, Japan's population is already declining and...

Payola and the press [program]

It’s sometimes called “brown envelope” journalism. This is the practice of journalists taking money or gifts from companies, politicians, or even international charities to give them favorable...

Fixing Africa’s booming cities [program]

Back in 1950, Kenya’s largest city Nairobi was a sleepy colonial town of about 100,000. But as tens of thousands of people from the country began to move to the city, the Kenyan capital surged. Today,...

China’s new Silk Road

Chinese workers have built bridges in Serbia, a huge railroad tunnel in Uzbekistan and a gas and oil pipeline across Myanmar. These are just a few of the dozens of massive foreign infrastructure projects China...

Cuba eyes information revolution

Cuba has long been one of the world’s least connected countries. Cubans weren’t allowed to buy personal computers until about a decade ago, and didn’t have access to the Internet until 2013. But...

Ending period poverty

At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on the subject of menstruation taboos in India and the story of a group...

Australia’s refugee ‘islands of despair’

Australia's continued detention of about 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers on two remote Pacific islands has garnered international criticism as details emerge of alarming rates of attempted suicide and poor...

Netanyahu’s last stand

Later this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister in its 71-year existence. To reach that mark, both he and his right-wing Likud party will...

Ghana, Egypt face assaults on press

On the surface, Ghana and Egypt couldn't be more different places when it comes free expression. Ghana ranks higher than the U.S. and U.K. by some measures of press freedom, while Egypt's government is now...