International | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio


RSS Feed

'Abenomics' Get Vote Of Confidence In Japan

Voters in Japan handed a big victory to the ruling party in parliamentary elections Sunday. It's a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ambitious economic agenda, which goes by the name of Abenomics. Abe has pledged to stir up Japan's moribund economy, but it will mean challenging some entrenched interests.

In Nairobi, A Maasai Detective Pursues Elusive Justice

Richard Crompton wrote his first novel, a crime thriller, to explore the value of justice in the developing world. Hour of the Red God stars Detective Mollel, who is charged with investigating a homicide in a city many still know as "Nairobbery."

Would Brits Throw Out Royals With Baby's Bathwater?

The world is awash in "Royal Baby Fever," but in London, the much-trumpeted affliction is more of a summer silly season snuffle — spreading faster around the world than it is in the U.K.

The 100th Tour De France Wraps Up With A Win For The British

Organizers feared this year's Tour de France wouldn't generate the excitement of previous years, but viewership was up and there's been a lot of excitement generated by the win of a British cyclist for the second year in a row.

British Bask In Summer Of Sporting Triumphs

Titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Tour de France are just a taste of what British sports fans have been waiting a long time to experience.

Japan's Ruling Coalition Wins Control Of Upper House

The vote is seen as a mandate on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus programs, which have spurred growth after decades of deflation.

Belgian King Abdicates, Crown Prince Assumes Throne

King Albert II's 20-year-reign comes to an end as his eldest son, Philippe, becomes the country's seventh monarch.

'Rapturous' Reception Expected For Pope In Brazil

Pope Francis travels to Rio de Janeiro on Monday for Catholic World Youth Day. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks about the trip with Rocco Palmo, who writes the Catholic blog, "Whispers in the Loggia."

A Convert Travels To World Youth Day

A South Carolina woman, new to the Catholic Church, is on her way to Brazil to see the pope. She tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin that she feels Francis is a role model for young Catholics.

India's Massive Challenge Of Feeding Every Poor Person

India's government has a plan to feed 800 million poor people with subsidized food grains. Critics say it's too expensive and designed primarily to win elections next year.