Northern Ireland A Poignant Location For G-8 Summit
Northern Ireland is host to this year's G-8 summit and is using the international attention to showcase local vistas, golf courses and how far the area has come since the days of brutal political violence. Melissa Block speaks with Peter Shirlow of Queen's University in Belfast about the changes he's seen and where Northern Ireland is today.
Calif. Wonders About Energy Future After Nuclear Plant Closes
Summer is almost here — and in California that means it's the season to worry about rolling blackouts. There's even more cause for concern this year. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is shutting down for good. It's been off-line for more than a year after a pipe was found leaking radioactive steam. When fully operational, San Onofre produced power for more than a million homes.
NSA Leaker Snowden Defends Actions In Live Web Chat
The man who leaked secret National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden, defended his decision to reveal details of U.S. surveillance programs in a web chat on Monday. Snowden said he's still in Hong Kong and claims he wouldn't get a fair trial in the U.S. He also said he has not been in contact with the Chinese government and that there are more disclosures to come.
Anti-Government Protests In Turkey Reach Syrian Border
The anti-government protests taking place across Turkey have not bypassed Antakya, down near the Syrian border. Nightly marches and demonstrations take place in the majority Alawite part of the city, but the protesters are a mix of minority Alawites and majority Sunni Muslims. In addition to the common complaints that Prime Minister Erdogan is growing more autocratic, some are convinced that the government's policies are pulling Turkey into the Syrian crisis and they fear more violence like the bomb attacks that killed at least 51 people in a border town last month.
New Iranian President Known As The 'Diplomat Sheikh'
Melissa Block talks with Vali Nasr about Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rowhani. Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, has closely followed Rowhani's career. In this week's Foreign Policy he calls the election outcome a "game-changer" for U.S.-Iran relations.
The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism
Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.
Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel'
Among the many culinary treats Italy has given the world is gelato, a frozen dessert with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. Gelato lovers from all over the world are flocking to a university outside Bologna, Italy, to master the art of gelato-making. Here's a free lesson: Don't call it ice cream.