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First today, we take a look ahead to this weekend's mid-term elections in Mexico. The traditional parties are being shaken up by a few independent candidates who are polling well. From our history desk, we hear about some newly found, ancient Latin documents in Britain. Also, the richest eight families in Florence, Italy have held on to their wealth for six centuries. Plus, some African folk tunes get a modern-day remix.
We hear about the parody Twitter account called @DarthPutinKGB, which was suspended temporarily earlier this week. It seems the Kremlin isn't fond of those who poke fun at Russia's president. Also, what actually happens to the electronics we try to recycle here in the United States? Plus, we talk about the dagger that used to belong to King Tut was made of iron ore — that came from a meteorite.
We have two huge stories in Brazil today. One is a shocking sexual assault case involving a 16-year-old girl and as many as 30 men. Host Marco Werman speaks with an activist in São Paulo about the case, and about the everyday sexism and harassment that many Brazilian women face. The other big story in Brazil is the ongoing presidential impeachment saga. The elected president, Dilma Rousseff, is suspended while awaiting impeachment proceedings, but the acting president is now having troubles of his own. Plus, speak with Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. You'll hear how he met Dizzy Gillespie and the role Dizzy had in helping him leave Cuba.
We hear one refugee's response to discrimination she's witnessed in Europe, and we also hear the lengths that Thailand's military rulers will go to shut down dissent. Plus, do you know the difference between a phizzwizzard and a trogglehumper? Those are words you would encounter in stories written by Roald Dahl. In honor of the centenary of the author's birth, a special Roald Dahl dictionary has just been published in Britain.
Today, we ask why Memorial Day can sometimes feel awkward for veterans. We also get an update from Guantanamo where pre-trial proceedings begin for the self-described 9/11 mastermind and his alleged co-conspirators. Plus, we hear music from a New Zealander whose work could be described as "Americana," but he says this kind of music doesn't belong just to Americans.
President Obama visited Hiroshima today, making him the first sitting US president to do so. While Obama didn't apologize for the nuclear attack on the city more than 70 years ago, he did call for an end to all nuclear weapons. We ask our community of veterans their reactions to the president's trip. Plus we learn about a new generation of Japanese students who are trying to make political protests more a part of everyday life, and a Russian trying to save an endangered indigenous language in Japan called Ainu.