The World

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PRI’s The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Hosted by Lisa Mullins in Boston, it is the first global radio news program developed specifically for an American audience.

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Why did we start using fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July?

8 hours ago

Fireworks have been a part of the Fourth of July since the very first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The cities of Boston and Philadelphia both included fireworks displays as part of the celebrations of Independence Day in 1777.

One of the Founding Fathers, John Adams, predicted that Independence Day would become America’s greatest holiday. This is what he wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3rd 1776:

US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Thomas Trower

This year's 4th of July won't be the same for the people of Feltwell, England.

There won't be any fireworks or any of the celebrations that normally are put on by the US Air Force base there. Royal Air Force Feltwell in Norfolk, Britain is used by the US Air Force.

Officials have announced that "due to local threat assessments," all celebrations are canceled.

REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Until recently, Colombia — a country once rife with violence — seemed relatively calm. But this summer has changed that, with a string of bombings targeting oil pipelines and now two offices in the capital of Bogota.

The most recent bombings took place Thursday, and targeted a private pension firm called Porvenir. At least seven people were hurt, though none of the injuries were severe.

Camila Kerwin

She was kidnapped by leftist guerrillas at age 11 and held for nearly a year.

Now, 13 years later, she's helping former guerrillas get reintegrated into society.

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Muslim Punk. Yeah, I know the label confuses people.

Just the word punk conjures up angry people. Then you add the word Muslim, and you get angry Muslim punks. It's a difficult stereotype to break.

But check out The Kominas. The name, by the way, means "scoundrels."

Adapted from Solar Impulse

Now that a solar-powered plane has set an amazing record, we're ready with the next question: Will there soon be a fleet of solar-powered planes?

Not quite, but airlines are moving in that direction.

What does Independence Day mean for a new citizen?

13 hours ago

July 4 is the day when America became independent, and July 4 is the day when I became an American citizen. It’s a big day for America. It’s a huge day for me.

I’m going to celebrate this day with a bunch of people who are from all around the globe: Colombia, Brazil, Slovakia, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Sweden and of course, the United States.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... trampoline?

16 hours ago
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Even in summer, Iceland is known for often being extremely cold and windy. But Icelanders are used to the cold, and the wind wouldn’t be such a problem … if it weren’t for the trampolines.

A solar-powered airplane is breaking records over the Pacific Ocean

17 hours ago
Thomas Peter/Reuters

Miles above the Pacific Ocean, Andre Borschberg is stuffed in the cockpit of a tiny solar plane — and he's at the point of no return.

If successful, Borschberg’s flight from Japan’s Nagoya Airfield to Hawaii will be the longest solo flight in history taken by a solar plane. The trip is expected to take five days, as the plane doesn’t go faster than about 35 miles per hour.

This Fourth of July, a tip from a Japanese grill

17 hours ago
Steve Dolinsky

This Fourth of July, why not go Japanese?

Any holiday BBQ'er could get a few tips from the first powerful whiffs of char-grilled chicken meat and skin wafting through the dining room of Robata JINYA, in Los Angeles, particularly around the perimeter of its square-shaped robata bar.