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North Korea says it's tested a hydrogen bomb, and while many in the intelligence community are questioning the validity of the claim, there's no doubt that it's raising new nuclear fears on an already tense Korean peninsula. Plus, author and playwright Wajahat Ali has an interesting take on the militia stand-off in Oregon. Ali says if those involved in the stand-off were Muslim, or black, this would've played out much differently. We also hear Marco's profile of a Kenyan musician named Muthoni, the Drummer Queen.
Reaction to President Obama's gun-control initiative is the story of the day here in the US, but gun-related violence is also a huge problem in Mexico. We follow the story of a mayor in the central state of Morelos who was gunned down just one day after taking office. Also, what's happening to Hong Kong's booksellers? Five of the city's bookstore owners have gone missing recently. All of them are associated with a publisher who specializes in books that are critical of the leadership in Beijing. Plus, The World's Jason Margolis reports from Texas on efforts to get more young Latino voters to the polls in 2016.
Tensions are running high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric over the weekend and Iranians responded to the execution by storming the Saudi embassy in Tehran. We'll hear from someone who used to work at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, and we'll also get an Iranian viewpoint. Plus, Sweden introduces more checks on the border with Denmark. The idea is to reduce the number of migrants getting into Sweden, but for the Danes who regularly commute to Sweden, the new regulations may prove to be a giant pain. We also hear a story of Russia's female cosmonauts.
Today, we celebrate 20 years since our first broadcast on January 1, 1996. Host Marco Werman was there at the start, and has a quick look back. Also, we get an update on the latest security alerts in Europe, where officials remain concerned about possible terrorist attacks. And finally, Marco dips into the archives to reprise a particularly memorable interview he did with cartoonist R. Crumb — about his extraordinary collection of vintage musical recordings from all over the globe.
It's our last edition of The World for 2015, which means we're marking endings and beginnings. Two obituary writers join us to celebrate lives well lived and reveal why their craft is anything but depressing. Plus, we hear about a Turkish journalist who has written an open letter to would-be ISIS recruits, proposing an alternative jihad. He'll tell us what he means by that. Also, the story of children adopted by Americans decades ago who discovered recently that they're not US citizens. They're effectively stateless, and some of them are even being deported.
A Canadian woman whose son died fighting for ISIS says it's not easy to pinpoint which young people will be vulnerable to ISIS recruiters. Plus, we hear a story about a Korean model stuck between two worlds: Considered too big to strut the runway in Seoul but too skinny to be a plus size model in LA. But she's making her own way as South Korea's first plus size model. We also bring you a real-life ghost story. Actually, it's more of a super-natural experience. But fans of Sherlock on PBS will definitely want to give it a listen before watching Friday's new episode.