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Why We Open Our Hearts And Wallets For Some Disasters—But Not Others

Flooding in Louisiana has caused tens of millions of dollars in property damage and untold personal misery. But public response has been slow. Join us to talk about why we open our hearts and wallets for some disasters and not others.


In A Tiny German Town, Residents And Refugees Adapt

Klosterheide, population 280, is hosting 60 refugees. Some locals are wary. "Those who don't try have no chance to correct their bad prejudices," says a local official who coordinates refugee housing.

Mysterious, Encrypted Medieval Manuscript Set To Be Published In Replica

Want to try to crack the code of the Voynich Manuscript, written in an unknown language with unrecognizable illustrations? You might soon be able to buy a precise copy of the book ... for some $8,000.

NBC Declares Rio A 'Media' Success, Though TV Ratings Were Down

NBC broadcast more than 6,000 hours from the Summer Olympics on various platforms and hailed it as a big triumph, even though TV ratings dropped off substantially from London in 2012.

Ex-French President Sarkozy To Run For Presidency In 2017

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he's running once again for the presidency — years after a failed re-election bid that was seen as a rebuke to his leadership.

In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

The grito is a spontaneous burst of emotion — a shout — that is part of the mariachi tradition. Some younger Mexican-Americans are reclaiming the grito for a new generation.

The Rio Olympics: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Uncertainty

The nuanced vibe of a city can't be captured by an aerial "spider camera" that crawls far above everyone's heads.

Militant Who Destroyed Mali Cultural Sites Pleads Guilty To War Crimes

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi deliberately damaged buildings and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu in 2012. It is believed to be the first time an act of cultural destruction has been treated as a war crime.

Conservative Leader Sarkozy Announces Bid To Retake French Presidency

The former president, who was unseated in 2012, is pushing hard-line policies on immigration and security.

Bombing At Turkish Wedding Raises Questions About Country's Stability

The weekend bombing of a wedding in Turkey raises new questions about the country's stability and the rough area near the Syrian border where it took place.