Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the implications of the Roma child found living with a couple in Greece, and the October 26 protest by Saudi women in defiance of the country's traditions against driving.
Later, a conversation about water and sanitation in Africa with the University of Oklahoma 2013 International Water Prize winner Ada Oko-Williams, and University College London hydrogeologist Richard Taylor.
Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ada Oko-Williams and Richard Taylor.
Ada Oko-Williams grew up in Nigeria, a country with more than 160 million people, but where only half the population has access to safe drinking water. Even fewer people have acceptable sanitary facilities.
She now lives and works in Sierra Leone, and over the past half-decade has worked with charities and non-governmental organizations in West Africa to create open-defecation free communities that benefit hundreds of thousands of people. Oko-Williams says the health problems associated with unsafe drinking water are well-known, but there are other dimensions to a lack of access.
The European Union is now pledging to help Italy after a boat capsized last week and killed hundreds of African migrants. Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss how European governments are struggling with refugee and asylum policies.
Richard Clarke is famously known for criticizing the Bush Administration for not doing enough to stop 9/11. But he now focuses on issues of cybersecurity and intellectual property theft, especially by the Chinese government.
Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the foreign policy implications of the partial federal government shutdown, and the lingering effects of last month's mall shooting in Nairobi on Kenya's tourism industry and political stability.
Later, Suzette talks with Reggie Whitten, the founder of the Oklahoma City-based charity Pros for Africa. His foundation works closely with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a nun from Uganda who operates a school for children affected by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
In February 2002, Reggie Whitten lost his 25-year-old son Brandon in a motorcycle accident after his son became addicted to prescription medication. For months, Whitten felt lost, and said he had no reason to live.
He joined friends on a trip to Africa, in a part of Northern Uganda then-dominated by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army he built with kidnapped children.
Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 3:07 pm
Satellite imagery and seismic data have identified two huge underground aquifers in Kenya's drought-prone north, a discovery that could be "a game changer" for the country, NPR's Gregory Warner reports.
The aquifers, located hundreds of feet underground in the Turkana region that borders Ethiopia and South Sudan, contain billions of gallons of water, according to UNESCO, which confirmed the existence of the subterranean lakes discovered with the help of a French company using technology originally designed to reveal oil deposits.