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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.
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.