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We start our show today with a look at how two Islamic militant groups are competing more than cooperating — and how the rise of ISIS has overwhelmed al-Qaeda. Also, we get a rare glimpse inside life in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Plus, we bring you the story of a man on a mission in Shanghai. He gathers data on the city's soup dumplings in an effort to scientifically determine which ones are the best.
In Ghana's capital, Accra, tens of thousands of girls are the breadwinners for their families. They work as porters, carrying everything from groceries to lumber through the city's bustling markets. We profile some of these young women as part of our ongoing project, Across Women's Lives. Plus, we hear about women in the Pakistani armed forces. We'll also look back at the life and work of British actor Christopher Lee, the man who scared generations of children as Dracula and other baddies.
Nobel prize winners are smart, right? Well, except when they say silly things. British scientist Tim Hunt found that out in South Korea when he commented about "girls working in laboratories." Also, as the US and Cuba move toward normalizing relations, we hear from a Cuban blogger about what's changed and what hasn't. Plus, Belgium has just released a 2.50 euro coin that's causing a dust-up with the French.
Today we get a rare glimpse into life under ISIS control in Mosul, Iraq. Plus, some women in China are learning English to help them shop for products online. We also dig into the weird and wonderful document known as the Magna Carta — that forerunner to the US Constitution that turns 800 this year.
The ruling party in Turkey lost some of its grip on power over the weekend. We find out why this matters for a nation at the crossroads of East and West. Also, in Mexico, we hear how voters are being allowed, for the first time, to vote for candidates running as independents. Plus, what kind of tricked-out robot makes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency sit up and take notice? A team from South Korea knows.
Suspicion falls on China after a major hacking attack on US government computers, but the investigation is just beginning. Plus, a solar-powered lightbulb helps break gender barriers in rural Zanzibar. Also, the French Open tennis tournament finishes up this weekend at the Roland Garros complex in Paris, but who WAS Roland Garros exactly? We hear the story on the name from a journalist who's in Paris right now.