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A massive explosion has devastated a large area of the Chinese port city of Tianjin, leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured. Also, Cuban poet Ricardo Blanco shares his thoughts on his upcoming trip to Havana to help re-open the US Embassy. Finally, we end the show with some ska music, courtesy of filmmaker Brad Klein who traces the history of ska in a new documentary.
Global markets are spooked by China's moves to devalue its currency, but what does that mean for US consumers? Plus, an ad by the pen maker BIC telling women to "look like a girl... think like a man" has not gone over well with many women in South Africa. Also, when Pope Francis visits the United States next month, gay and transgender Catholics are hoping to hear some encouraging words from the Pontiff.
Google undergoes a major restructuring with a new parent and a new leader. Also, Nigerian-German author Jennifer Teege made a terrifying discovery — her grandfather was an infamous Nazi commander, the one portrayed in "Schindler's List." Her new book is called, "My Grandfather Would've Shot Me." Plus, we hear why South Sudan's only brewery may soon have to shut down.
Japanese officials are preparing to restart one of the country's nuclear power plants, which has been closed since the Fukushima disaster four years ago. Plus, we'll introduce you to the bravest and perhaps proudest postal worker in all of Bamako, Mali. Also, Boston has a new Chief Resilience Officer charged with helping Bostonians dealing with climate change, terrorism and social unrest.
The intersection of environment and politics is our starting point. This week's announcement of President Obama's Clean Power Plan calls for big reductions in emissions from US power plants, while in China the government may have an easier time at shifting to clean energy. Plus, we hear more about the murder of a Bangladeshi blogger — the fourth since February. And we close the week with a Brazilian jazz big band that's touring the US for the first time.
In this fourth and final podcast marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, A-bomb survivors are helping people who lived in Fukushima's nuclear danger zone to deal with fear, radiation and discrimination.