International

President Trump threatened to ban TikTok last week over privacy and security concerns. He now says TikTok’s Chinese parent company has until September 15 to sell it to the U.S.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In “ Rigged,” historian David Shimer documents both countries attempts to manipulate democracies abroad — and comes to some questionable conclusions

from Scheer Intelligence

Today’s magnitude 4.2 earthquake in the San Fernando Valley wasn’t quite   “the big one” that many Angelenos have been bracing for.

How California can prep for a big earthquake: Lessons from New Zealand

Today’s magnitude 4.2 earthquake in the San Fernando Valley wasn’t quite “the big one” that many Angelenos have been bracing for.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The French are turning wine into hand sanitizer. Winemakers are being forced to send truckloads of their products to distilleries to turn into sanitizer.

Pour one out: French wine is being turned into hand sanitizer

The French are turning wine into hand sanitizer. Winemakers are being forced to send truckloads of their products to distilleries to turn into sanitizer.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Instagram has recently been filled with black and white photos of women, all with captions that read “challenge accepted.”

‘Challenge Accepted’ social media trend draws criticism for overshadowing Turkish femicide campaign

Instagram has recently been filled with black and white photos of women, all with captions that read “challenge accepted.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

German authorities are investigating a series of death threats sent via email to politicians and other prominent figures.

A closer look at a series of death threats sent to politicians and other prominent figures in Germany

German authorities are investigating a series of death threats sent via email to politicians and other prominent figures.

from Studio Berlin

Various countries are starting to reopen. In Taiwan, baseball stadiums are filling up with fans. In Spain, nonessential workers are heading back to the office.

How to change public opinion: Applying Ebola lessons to coronavirus

Various countries are starting to reopen. In Taiwan, baseball stadiums are filling up with fans. In Spain, nonessential workers are heading back to the office.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In the Caucasus region, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in conflict over the apricot.

Why Armenians and Azerbaijanis are fighting over the apricot

In the Caucasus region, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in conflict over the apricot.

from Good Food

The war in Afghanistan has been going on for nearly 19 years. The soldiers who were initially deployed have children who can now be sent there too.

‘Father Soldier Son’ documentary follows an Afghan war soldier and his family for 10 years

The war in Afghanistan has been going on for nearly 19 years. The soldiers who were initially deployed have children who can now be sent there too.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Japan, only 1000 people have died from the virus. Japan is home to the world’s oldest population, the largest city, and one of the first big outbreaks outside China.

Japan’s COVID-19 success story

In Japan, only 1000 people have died from the virus. Japan is home to the world’s oldest population, the largest city, and one of the first big outbreaks outside China.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

While attending USC, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (KHK) lived out of the Beverly Wilshire hotel with his own butlers, drove flashy sports cars, and took expensive…

The life of a Qatari prince as a USC student

While attending USC, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (KHK) lived out of the Beverly Wilshire hotel with his own butlers, drove flashy sports cars, and took expensive…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks are in the U.S., with 140,000 deaths, and Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive again for the virus.

What COVID-19 outbreaks in Brazil and US have in common

The world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks are in the U.S., with 140,000 deaths, and Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive again for the virus.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This is the worst economic crisis in American aviation history, says airline reporter Brian Sumers.

What it’s like to fly during COVID-19, and how the industry is bleeding money

This is the worst economic crisis in American aviation history, says airline reporter Brian Sumers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

During the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci from Romania catapulted herself to fame with her performance on the uneven bars.  
    
  Her coaches, Béla and Márta…

Béla and Márta Károlyi built a gymnastics empire, but it collapsed due to the Larry Nassar abuse scandal

During the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci from Romania catapulted herself to fame with her performance on the uneven bars.  Her coaches, Béla and Márta…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Berlin lifted more pandemic restrictions this week, but the city’s clubs remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Is the party over?

Berlin lifted more pandemic restrictions this week, but the city’s clubs remain closed for the foreseeable future.

from Studio Berlin

Joe Biden today is unveiling a 10-year, $775 billion plan to provide daycare, elder care, and care for the disabled.

Extra unemployment money will run out soon for millions of Americans. Will Congress extend it?

Joe Biden today is unveiling a 10-year, $775 billion plan to provide daycare, elder care, and care for the disabled.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

KCRW looks at the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, the importance of both safety and effectiveness, and the complications of rolling out a vaccine on a global scale.

COVID-19 vaccine: How long immunity will last and other unknowns

KCRW looks at the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial, the importance of both safety and effectiveness, and the complications of rolling out a vaccine on a global scale.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The offerings of regional Mexican food in the greater LA area is staggering even during this pandemic,  and yet Afro-Mexican food hasn’t been represented until now.

A trip to the Costa Chica region of Guerrero — via Watts

The offerings of regional Mexican food in the greater LA area is staggering even during this pandemic,  and yet Afro-Mexican food hasn’t been represented until now.

from Good Food

Today the U.S., U.K., and Canada accused Russian spies of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research. On Wednesday, there was a massive security breach at Twitter.

Russia tries to hack vaccine developments, and celebs fall victim to a Bitcoin scandal

Today the U.S., U.K., and Canada accused Russian spies of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research. On Wednesday, there was a massive security breach at Twitter.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In the wake of nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany’s Green Party wants to change Article 3 of the nation’s Basic Law by removing “Rasse” – in English, “race”…

Should the word ‘Rasse’ (or ‘race’) be removed from Germany’s constitution?

In the wake of nationwide and international protests against racism, Germany’s Green Party wants to change Article 3 of the nation’s Basic Law by removing “Rasse” – in English, “race”…

from Studio Berlin