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US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power talks Burundi. Power sounds an alarm about mass atrocities there and warns that "history could repeat itself" in central Africa. She tells host Marco Werman her recent visit there gave her a window into the "darker tendencies" of Burundi's government. Also, as the Zika virus continues to make headlines in the Americas, Brazil considers its preparations for the summer Olympics. Plus, we have a real Friday storytelling treat, courtesy of The World's Bradley Campbell. Bradley thinks his father killed Spanish — at least in his own family — so he travels back to his hometown in Oregon to speak with his Honduras-born dad about why he only spoke English to his children as they grew up.
First today, more dire warnings about the Zika virus. Health experts estimate that the next year might see three to four million cases of Zika in the Americas alone. The potential explosion in numbers has global health officials on alert. But what's the danger, really? Plus, a look back on the Challenger disaster, which happened 30 years ago today, from someone who witnessed the event from the former Soviet Union. And, we hear the story behind a rare Frida Kahlo painting on exhibit right here in Boston.
From Brazil, we hear how authorities are battling Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that's been linked to severe birth defects. It's all happening as the country prepares for Carnival and the Summer Olympics. Also, Italy is the last country in Western Europe not to permit civil unions or same-sex marriage, but tomorrow, the Italian senate debates legislation to change that. Plus, we hear from a Persian rug dealer in LA who's hoping for a boom in business with the end of sanctions on Iran.
First today, we head to Denmark, where lawmakers have passed a law that allows authorities to confiscate the property of migrants in order to help pay for their stay in that country. Also, we visit a local café that offers a safe haven for Kurdish migrants in the north of France. We also bring you a chat with the director of the Oscar-nominated film, "Mustang," about five Turkish girls forced into a rigid, pious lifestyle by their parents.
Today marks five years after the start of the Egyptian revolution. Cairo's Tahrir Square became ground zero in Egypt's version of the Arab Spring, so where do things stand today? We'll get a number of perspectives, including a chat with Charlie Sennott with our WGBH partners, The GroundTruth Project. He's in Cairo, learning the fates of five activists he profiled in years past. Also, as the East Coast of the US digs out from a deadly snowstorm, we head to Taiwan, which is also dealing with a bad bit of winter weather. Plus, the French computer keyboard gets a makeover.
As oil prices sink even lower, how is this affecting the global economy — and how are oil companies preparing for the future? Also, those falling oil prices mean higher prices in Canada, where cauliflower's running about eight bucks a head right now. Plus, with the mid-Atlantic about to get socked by piles of snow, we hear from some Syrian kids who are experiencing their first toboggan ride.