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Today we hear about the history of performance-enhancing drugs in the Olympics and other major international sporting events. Plus, we take a look into what happened to Romania's once vaunted women's gymnastics team. Also, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs want to sell you on the merits of man-made diamonds — but the diamond industry says it's not what you think.
Monday on The World, we look at Rio through a Russian lens: A doping scandal has left the Russian Olympic team decimated. Many Russian athletes are not allowed to participate, and those who are competing have been taking a lot of flak. Also, have you been wondering what those circular purple marks are on some of the US Olympic athletes, including swimming great Michael Phelps? They come from a centuries-old form of therapy called cupping. Plus, an Iranian American musician who creates all of his tunes on his iPhone.
The Olympic opening ceremony lights up tonight in Rio. We delve into the dirty, smelly history of Olympics past. Also, we head to Germany, where a new mobile phone app helps refugees navigate the country's complicated bureaucracy. And then we talk Apple's new gender-neutral emojis.
The 2016 Summer Olympics gets underway on Friday. We check on the mood in Rio, and hear about all the residents there who were evicted from their homes to make way for Olympic venues. We also learn about an effort to protect grizzly bears in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest. And, we meet a depressed egg cartoon character that's captured hearts and minds in Japan, and beyond.
Today we take a look at how to understand the failed coup in Turkey and why it's so important to US Middle East policy. Plus, it took bad weather and 20 years to save Canada's Great Bear Rainforest. And Netflix doubles down on a Norwegian show — about knitting.
The political and economic crises in Venezuela mean that many families are having a hard time putting food on the table. Plus, an Olympic swimmer from Syria who only a few months ago was a refugee navigating the waters between the Middle East and Europe. Also, should active US servicemen and women be allowed to weigh in publicly on the upcoming presidential election?