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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.
There's trouble (again) at Guantanamo Bay. President Barack Obama is determined to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison before he leaves office — but the Pentagon seems to think otherwise. Then we head to Brazil, where a young American landscape architect is unearthing the secrets of Rio's slave trade with Africa. And we hear about the head-banging life of Motorhead frontman, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister.
Today we hear about an agreement seven decades in the making. Japan has agreed to apologize for forcing hundreds of Korean women to work as sex slaves during Tokyo's colonial rule of the Korean peninsula. In other news, we'll find out why the city of Killeen, Texas, has become a kind of capital of Korean food in the state. Plus, a PBS documentary describes the life of an 8-year-old boy who is the son of undocumented migrant workers.
On this Christmas edition of The World, we check in on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands more refugees from Syria and Afghanistan are being welcomed. But, as we'll hear, the welcome is wearing thin. Also, what's the top Christmas Day song in the UK? If you guessed Justin Bieber, try again. If you guessed a choir of doctors and nurses, you already knew the answer. Plus, we bring you a story about the little-known history of Siberians in Hawaii, and how one woman has a heart-to-heart conversation with her grandparents - when she only speaks English, and they just speak Chinese.
On this Christmas Eve edition of The World, we hear about how an American woman and her Iranian husband bring together their family for a halal Christmas dinner. We also have a story about a chance meeting in a World War Two Japanese internment camp: Two boys who would later become leaders in Washington, Alan Simpson and Norman Mineta, talk about injustice and friendship. Plus, we'll hear how the North Pole became part of the Christmas tradition, and why Halifax, Nova Scotia sends a giant Christmas tree to Boston every year.