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As Buster Bluth and Gary Walsh, Tony Hale Stole the Spotlight in 2013 | The Takeaway | WNYC

As Gary Walsh on "Veep" and Buster Bluth in "Arrested Development," actor Tony Hale has perfected the art of sycophancy. Gary and Buster each …

Arrested Development

Same-Sex Marriage in 2013 and Beyond | The Takeaway | WNYC

The Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, the case that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, marked just one of the many …

Same-sex Marriage

Iranian Musician King Raam Makes Connections, Musically and Politically | The Takeaway | WNYC

In our series of profiles of Iranians, both in and outside of Iran, we speak with musician Raam, of the post-punk band Hypernova. The band left …

Post Punk

Edith Windsor on Love, DOMA and Life as a Civil Rights Icon | The Takeaway | WNYC

"I can't walk down the street without people stopping me to say thank you," says Windsor, who shot to stardom this year after winning the Supreme …

Civil Rights

The State of American Privacy | The Takeaway | WNYC

As we look back at 2013, perhaps the most important story of this year, if not of this decade, may be the revelations of the surveillance programs …

National Security Agency (NSA)

South Sudan: The World's Youngest Nation in Crisis | The Takeaway | WNYC

South Sudan gained its independence nearly three years ago, but as the country marks its third birthday, few have reason to celebrate. Violence …

South Sudan

Movie Date: Best Documentaries of 2013 | The Takeaway | WNYC

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen round up some the best documentaries of the year. From the front lines of late-term abortion …

Abortion

Director Ryan Coogler on "Fruitvale Station" | The Takeaway | WNYC

It was almost four years ago that Oscar Grant was killed in Oakland, California. Grant was a young, black man, shot in the back by a white BART …

Fruitvale Station

So You've Hit Your Peak. Now What? | The Takeaway | WNYC

Have I peaked? It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one. …

Clemson University

Wondering why there's Christmas in a Muslim country? It's just business, as usual

It’s that time of year again. The mall is festooned with lights, wreaths and ornaments. What looks like a giant evergreen tree towers over the atrium. In one store, there’s even Christmas music.<p>The thing is, I’m not back home in Virginia. I’m in Istanbul, Turkey — a country that is officially 99.8% …

Here are the books that we loved reading this year, and you might too

It was a great year for books. Though, we say that every year.<p>We read a lot of books here at The World. Fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, anything we can get our hands on. And, since it's that time of the year, we wanted to offer some of our favorites global titles.<p>"We Need New Names" by …

Beer brews up a following in France's wine country

In the southern port city of Marseille, France, one man is brewing up a bit of a beer culture, in a country traditionally valued for its wine.<p>At an outdoor terrace in Marseille, three couples bring their glasses together to make a toast — with beer — regular, old, watery, tap beer. In French, one …

This rebel unit in Syria was a major player, now they're disbanded

This is a tale of two brothers, Hassan and Kamal Hamami. Though 14 years apart, the pair had always been close. Before the revolution, they sold meat and dabbled in real estate in their sun-drenched, seaside hometown of Latakia.<p>When demonstrations began in March 2011, the two brothers became …

This Antarctic expedition is chilling while it waits for rescue boats to free ship from pack ice

It's an expedition frozen in ice.<p>A group of scientists and tourists aboard the research ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, has been stuck in dense ice pack since Tuesday.<p>The team on board is recreating Sir Douglas Mawson's historic voyage to Antarctica about a century ago.<p>But a blizzard and strong …

Why is the Yasukuni Shrine so controversial?

The Yasukuni Shrine is enormously controversial in the Asia-Pacific region. Any time it's visited by a Japanese leader, it provokes howls of protest across the region. Thursday's visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was no exception. But why does paying respect to war dead create such a hostile …

I can't promise you this photo will change your life, but it did for the photographer

I've got a book recommendation; it's by photographer Steve McCurry.<p>The book is, "Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs."<p>Sure, there are amazing photos in it. But that's not what kept me up reading at night. It was the words. They tell the story behind the iconic photos he's taken over the …

Is Sudan saying 'I told you so' to South Sudan?

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir told journalists earlier this week that his government is deeply concerned by situations on its borders.<p>By "situation on the border," Bashir means both the violent crisis in the Central African Republic and the escalating instability in Sudan's other neighbor to …

So far there are few signs of any progress in ending the violence in South Sudan

Thursday was another day of violence in South Sudan with heavy fighting continuing in some cities.<p>Many residents have left their homes to take shelter in camps provided by the United Nations. According to Heidi Vogt, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who is in Juba, the city is facing a …

Discussion: Why is citizenship so significant in the debate on immigration reform?

One of the sticking points in the debate over immigration reform is whether undocumented immigrants should be given a “path to citizenship.”<p>A bi-partisan group of senators, known as the "Gang of Eight," included a path to citizenship in Senate bill 744, which senators passed in June. House …

Who would steal manhole covers? Organized gangs around the world

Manhole covers are not the easiest things to steal.<p>For one thing, they weigh more than 300 pounds. For another, they’re right in the middle of the street. Yet thousands of the covers are disappearing in Colombia every year.<p>Thieves, using customized trucks with holes in the floor, park over the …

Daily Dividend Report: BAX, MMM, LTD, HUN, PRI

This morning, Baxter International (BAX) declared its quarterly dividend of 49 cents per share, maintaining the amount paid to shareholders the prior quarter. Based on the current stock price, investors can expect a yield of about 3% going forward. Shares of Baxter were higher on Tuesday, climbing …

Books can have soundtracks too. Here's one for Daniel Alarcón's highly-acclaimed novel

If you’re out holiday shopping, your list might include a few new books. One novel that’s appearing on several "best of" lists for 2013 is from author Daniel Alarcón. He's also the leader of one of our partners here at PRI: Radio Ambulante, a radio program that gathers stories from the US and Latin …

Portraits Made Electric by Luminescent Neon Paint

Flecks of vivid neon paint glow brilliantly off faces and shoulders in this series of portraits by Portuguese photographer Hid Saib. At times, the glowing paint seems like the scattered embers of a fire or an explosive shower of sparks racing across the cheeks of the model. In other instances, the …

2013 Year in Review: Design Store(y)

Our second year of our column, Design Store(y), sent us around the world spending time inside design-focused shops, interviewing shop owners to hear …

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

Tag: Design Travel

Moka & Vanille: Restored Farmhouse Luxury in Belgium<p>by Julie Carlson<p>Material Interiors: A Shoppable Apartment in New York, Design Luminaries …

Hot Springs

Inuit Families Photographed At The End Of The Earth

Imagine a world far far away from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the world's major cities, a place so harsh and isolated that only a few …

European Parks—Rivers, Lakes, and Shores

See photos of rivers, lakes, and shores in European parks in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

European Travel

The 6 Best Places for 2014: Can You Guess?

So, once again we combed the planet, turned over the stones, took the pulses, danced the boards, and basked in the wonders. Over the years we've plumbed over 180 countries, but we do not choose a "best" because "it is a great place," and certainly not because it has fantastic hotels or restaurants. …