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Cargo ships are taking strange routes to European ports, passing through Syrian, Libyan and Lebanese waters and that's raising serious security concerns. Plus, we hear about the value of Parmesan cheese. It's so valuable that one Italian cheesemaker is issuing bonds backed by the giant aged rounds. Also, Maurice White, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Died this week at the age of 74. The band blended soul, funk, jazz and a bit of everything else. White himself, though, was heavily influenced by the study of ancient Egypt.
Today we hear from reporter Jeanne Carstensen in Flint, Michigan, where she connects the dots between Flint and the Greek island of Lesbos. Also, in Syria, peace talks have broken down, even as aid groups work to secure more funding to help the country's beleaguered population. Plus, a young Pakistani woman who toured her country on a motorcycle — and documented every moment of it online.
Can the Zika virus be sexually transmitted? Since the Zika outbreak began, health officials have been looking to see if the virus can be spread by more than just mosquitoes. Now, a case in Texas seems to point to sexual transmission as a possibility. Also, we bring you a chat about Japanese spiritual beliefs, and how they influence the ways stories are told and understood. Plus, we follow the trail of Muammar Gaddafi's golden pistol.
Today we hear how one family in Wichita, Kansas, lives with microcephaly. The global health alarms raised by the spread of the Zika virus have put a spotlight on the disease, and we speak with the mother of two daughters with the condition. Plus, a refugee camp in Jordan is struggling to cope with recent arrivals from Syria. Also, host Marco Werman has a conversation with Yanni.
Let the caucusing begin. The 2016 race for the White House starts in earnest today in Iowa. Host Marco Werman, who has covered many a presidential race himself, admits he's still a bit fuzzy on the details of "caucusing." Marco turns to a foreigner who's had to get his head around it. Also, drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may be behind bars again, but his name is set to adorn a variety of products. Guzman's daughter has trademarked his name. Plus, we hear how some professional cyclists are now doping their bikes.
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.