PRI: Science, Tech & Environment

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A daily public radio broadcast program and podcast from PRX and WGBH, hosted by Marco Werman

On October 21, [The Skyonic Corporation](http://skyonic.com) hit the ON switch at a cement plant in San Antonio, Texas. Within a year, it expects to capture about 75,000 tons of CO2 from the plant and turn it into industrial liquids and solids to sell at a profit. Skyonic’s process, [called SkyMine](http://skyonic.com/wp- …
Sometimes you shoot for the stars and you land ... well, nowhere. The unmanned Antares supply rocket [exploded shortly after lift-off in Virginia](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29812139) on Tuesday. Its journey to the International Space Station was cut off in a huge fireball just six seconds into the flight, the first such disaster since …
Picture this: An alien creature lays its eggs inside your body. You begin to feel terrible pain — so much pain that you can’t function or think. You writhe on the floor in agony. Finally — mercifully — you pass out. And you never wake up. It’s all over. Sounds …
In its successful quest to become energy independent, the German village of Feldheim had an ace up its sleeve: poop. Feldheim is a rural village in former East Germany, not far from Berlin. It only has 130 residents, but many of them are farmers who raise pigs and cattle. And …
It’s almost Halloween, and millions of kids will be out trick-or-treating. Anxious parents may worry that their kids will get cavities or eat too much sugar, but right now there’s another more potent risk: traces of the powerful neurotoxin lead that can be found in licorice. “Lead is what I …
Approximately [one million tourists each year](http://www.tradingeconomics.com/maldives/tourist-arrivals) visit the Maldives, a tiny island nation south of India, for its sunny, warm weather and stunning natural beauty. But all those visitors, along with the country's 395,000 residents, are creating an ugly trash problem. The government decided in December of 1991 to use …
The World Votes Nov. 7, 2012
Only American citizens are entitled to elect the American president. But presidential influence extends far beyond the borders of the United States. The World's Marco Werman visits London, speaking with people from across the planet about the US presidency and its effects on their lives.
An exam that every British child used to take at age eleven often determined a life's path. It may now be making a comeback. Also, a young professional Egyptian woman talks of her hopes and fears a year after she participated in the Tahrir Square protests. And, the fate of …
In India, society is less bound by the intricate distinctions of caste than it used to be. But in areas like marriage and coming-of-age ceremonies, caste persists. Also, we visit a rural province of China where most people remain poor, despite promises of change under communism and, more recently, capitalism. …
September 11th, 2001 was a defining moment for PRI's The World as well. We covered the attacks on New York and Washington, their many repercussions and international implications while America re-focused on global issues that played an important role in the tragedy 10 years ago. Find our recent anniversary coverage …
September 11th, 2001 was a defining moment for PRI's The World as well. We covered the attacks on New York and Washington, their many repercussions and international implications while America re-focused on global issues that played an important role in the tragedy 10 years ago. Find our recent anniversary coverage …
September 11th, 2001 was a defining moment for PRI's The World as well. We covered the attacks on New York and Washington, their many repercussions and international implications while America re-focused on global issues that played an important role in the tragedy 10 years ago. Find our recent anniversary coverage …
September 11th, 2001 was a defining moment for PRI's The World as well. We covered the attacks on New York and Washington, their many repercussions and international implications while America re-focused on global issues that played an important role in the tragedy 10 years ago. Find our recent anniversary coverage …
Toilet Tales June 8, 2011
The humble flush toilet is a technological wonder that carries our waste safely away from our homes and workplaces. Yet roughly 2.5 billion people don't have access to decent sanitation. And even for those who do, the toilet is an imperfect solution that often creates problems of its own. The …
Rationing Health April 13, 2011
Some experts say to control medical costs, America must ration health care. Others argue that care is already rationed in the U.S., often in hidden ways.It's a highly charged issue. Even the term "rationing" is subject to dispute.PRI's The World takes a global look at the topic with four perspectives …
The World's Lisa Mullins notes in this special podcast that even for those of us who watch the news unfold minute by minute, it's rare to know that at that moment, our world is being transformed. She posses a couple of questions about the role of religion in the protests …
The World's Lisa Mullins notes in this special podcast that even for those of us who watch the news unfold minute by minute, it's rare to know that at that moment, our world is being transformed. She posses a couple of questions about the role of religion in the protests …
China and Coal Jan. 27, 2011
In this special podcast, The World's China correspondent Mary Kay Magistad looks at the consequences of China's dependence on coal, and the country's efforts to reduce both its use of coal and its environmental and health impacts. Also, journalist Jeff Goodell talks about the state of coal use today in …
PRI's The World, in conjunction with GlobalPost.com and The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, presents "Inside the Taliban," a four-part series that takes you to Pakistan and Afghanistan to explore where the Taliban has been, and where it's going. Veteran reporter Charles Sennott takes you inside a Pakistan refugee camp, …
PRI's The World, in conjunction with GlobalPost.com and The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, presents "Inside the Taliban," a four-part series that takes you to Pakistan and Afghanistan to explore where the Taliban has been, and where it's going. Veteran reporter Charles Sennott takes you inside a Pakistan refugee camp, …