How people are connecting in the coronavirus crisis

How people are connecting in the coronavirus crisis

Our government closed the cities and then we realized that this was really, really dangerous. It definitely feels like a movie. The streets are empty. And all of the stores are empty. The situation is very dramatic. Your brain starts to function in another way …

Delhi’s deadly riots, explained by an expert

Delhi’s deadly riots, explained by an expert

“The US president has arrived in India.” “A lavish spectacle.” “…whole world watching the US president’s visit to India.” A lot of the news coming out of India has revolved around Trump’s visit. But I know that there’s a lot more going on in India …

How San Francisco erased a neighborhood

How San Francisco erased a neighborhood

It was the night of August 4th, 1977. “We won’t move. We won’t move.” Thousands of protesters gathered in San Francisco. And formed a human barricade around this building to protect its residents. “The police are on their way now. The police are on their …

How robot writers could change the internet

How robot writers could change the internet

A mildly fun thing to do when you’re bored is start the beginning of a text message, and then use only the suggested words to finish it. “In five years I will see you in the morning and then you can get it.” The technology …

Why new diseases keep appearing in China

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were …

The conspiracy behind this famous statue

The conspiracy behind this famous statue

These are all the same woman. Which one do you recognize? Why? How did the Venus de Milo, an armless ancient statue, go from being lost on a tiny Greek island to an international icon? It’s part of a story that spans centuries – and …

How the British royal family makes money

There’s no question that the British royal family is wealthy. Look at their homes,  their transportation Their weddings. Their jet-setting — They live the lifestyles of the richest people on earth. So, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they wanted a new financial relationship …

America’s presidential primaries, explained

America’s presidential primaries, explained

In December of 2007, a US Senator named Barack Obama was running for president. It didn’t look like he would beat the well-known front-runner, Hillary Clinton. She was nearly 20 points ahead of him in the national polls. But then, one month later… A huge, …

This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution

This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution

In 1966, Mao Zedong had a problem. The Chinese leader who had led a peasant army to victory in the Chinese Civil War, and established the communist People’s Republic of China in 1949, was getting old. Worse, his radical policies had devastated the country, and …

How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump’s foreign policy

How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump’s foreign policy

There’s a church in the city of Bethlehem. It was built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born. It’s called the Church of the Nativity. If you consult UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites, or ask travel expert Rick Steves, both will tell …