Vasil and Vasil Lolo are a father and son musical duo who specialize in traditional Gypsy music. Both see performing as a way of keeping their culture alive. Shot on the Gold Coast in March of 2012.
The Evanston Escola de Samba, based in Evanston, Illinois, is a samba school that teaches the tradition’s music and dance to people all around the Chicago area. I had the privilege of taping their performance in the town’s 4th of July parade this year. Here’s the result. Evanston Escola de Samba
Pitch is a tar-like substance that has a viscosity billions of times that of water. In this 85-year old experiment, observers can see what this looks like in action. Originally run on “Distillations” on August 20, 2012. (link)
Australia has a refugee problem. Every year thousands of would-be asylum seekers pay smugglers to ferry them by boats to Australia, and many die trying to make the illegal journey. This has been a hugely divisive issue that has prompted the government to consider re-opening a controversial detention center on the island of Nauru. Originally …
Some of the most immediate threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in far-north Queensland are not in the water but on land. Originally appeared on Cosmos Magazine on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (link) Read full PDF of article here.
Over the past ten years, Australia has seen some of the worst droughts and floods in its recorded history. These unpredictable conditions have forced citizens to adapt in a variety of ways. Michael Rhee reports from Brisbane. Originally aired on America Abroad on June 6, 2012. (link)
At 9 a.m. on a recent Friday, a slightly disheveled Dan Kang drags himself out of a restaurant booth and throws a black White Sox cap over his tousled hair. For the third or fourth time in the last couple weeks, the 45-year-old head chef has worked through the night perfecting sauces, cutting vegetables and …
Homosexuality remains an extremely taboo subject in South Korea, where gays and lesbians can face severe discrimination and persecution from society. A group of young people is trying to change that. Originally aired on PRI’s The World on January 21, 2011. (link)