Tour guides in Greece's capital face are trying to convince visitors that Athens is more than the clouds of tear gas that ring Parliament these days. How do you do that when graffiti coats the statues and homeless people sleep outside the museums?
Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
As a journalist, Lauren Frayer came to Pamplona to see if Spain's dismal economy would dampen the spirit of the country's biggest summertime festival, the running of the bulls. But there was another reason, too.
In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found something worth looking at. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.
The French Revolution conjures up memories of Marie Antoinette and the guillotine and angry peasant uprisings, but middle-class vegetarians may have also played an important role in the politics of the day.
On July 12, 1962, AT&T's satellite Telstar 1 became the first commercial spacecraft to beam television images from the United States to Europe. But the satellite soon began to malfunction. Cold War radioactivity scrambled its instruments. Host Scott Simon talks to engineer Walter Brown, who helped build the satellite.
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