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As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.

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11:00 PM - 11:07 PM December 18, 2014

Sony Criticized for Cancelling Political Comedy 'The Interview'


10:30 PM - 10:39 PM December 18, 2014

As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.


7:40 PM - 7:44 PM December 18, 2014

Indonesia Reports Increase in Citizens Joining Islamic State


5:29 PM - 5:34 PM December 18, 2014

Turkey Rejects Criticism of Raids on Opposition Media


3:41 PM - 3:46 PM December 18, 2014

How the U.S. Deals with its Sexual Assault Problem


2:09 PM - 2:12 PM December 18, 2014

Robot Finds Unexploded Underwater Mines


10:30 PM - 10:39 PM December 17, 2014

As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.


9:47 PM - 9:56 PM December 17, 2014

As It Is 12-19-14


6:15 PM - 6:21 PM December 17, 2014

Helping California’s Homeless


5:34 PM - 5:37 PM December 17, 2014

A Los Angeles Christmas


10:30 PM - 10:39 PM December 16, 2014

As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.


10:03 PM - 10:12 PM December 16, 2014

South Africa Suffering from Worsening Power Outages


10:03 PM - 10:08 PM December 16, 2014

Disagreement Over Lower Mekong River Dam Project


10:01 PM - 10:11 PM December 16, 2014

As It Is 12-18-14


8:42 PM - 8:50 PM December 16, 2014

How Much of You Does Facebook Own?


5:00 PM - 5:05 PM December 16, 2014

Japan’s Prime Minister and Allies Keep Majority in Parliament

Shinzo Abe’s economic reforms will continue although the country’s economic is suffering from recession.


11:18 PM - 11:23 PM December 15, 2014

Objections Grow to China’s South China Sea Claims


10:30 PM - 10:39 PM December 15, 2014

As It Is

As It Is takes a daily look at issues in the news in the United States and around the world.  On Saturday and Sunday, the program explores developments in health and medicine, economic news, education, technology and other subjects.


9:36 PM - 9:46 PM December 15, 2014

As It Is 12-17-14


7:35 PM - 7:40 PM December 15, 2014

3-D Printed Model Heart Guides Surgeons, Saves Lives

    Audio Low-Cost Incubator May Save More Babies

    Premature birth is the biggest killer of children worldwide. About one million babies around the world die of problems because they are born too early. Many of these babies could have been saved if they had been placed in an incubator. A young British researcher says he has found a solution.

    Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

    If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post.

    Audio India Joins Pakistan in Mourning Murdered Students

    India and Pakistan have long disagreed about many issues. But on Wednesday, Indian lawmakers and students lowered their heads and observed two minutes of silence in memory of 132 Pakistani children. The children died on Tuesday in an attack on their school in the city of Peshawar.

    Video Shinzo Abe's Victory Likely Raises Conflict with Neighbors

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in Parliament on Sunday. Mr. Abe’s win will permit him to continue economic reforms. At the same time, he can also pursue policies likely to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.

    Audio In US, Support for Death Penalty Is Strong

    Public opinion surveys show 60 percent of Americans want judges and juries to be able to sentence criminals to death. But the same studies show that many Americans have concerns about the justice system and the way executions are carried out. | As It Is

    Video Dinosaurs Live Again at an American Museum

    Many millions of years ago, the last dinosaurs lived in what is now the American West. Now, scientists studying dinosaur fossils have documented what happened to the ancient creatures. An exhibit showing some of the results has opened at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

    Audio Objections Grow to China’s South China Sea Claims

    The Philippines has taken its territorial dispute with China to an international court. China says the court has no power in the case. Vietnam supports the Philippine case and rejects China’s claims in the South China Sea. The U.S. says the claim has no basis in international law.

    Audio Myanmar Military Largely Untouched by Reforms

    Many changes have taken place in Myanmar over the past few years. The government has eased restrictions on the media and released political prisoners. Foreign investment has risen in Myanmar, also known as Burma. But there have been few changes in the country’s armed forces.

    Audio Plastic Bags: To Ban or Not to Ban?

    This is the holiday season in the United States. People are buying gifts and carrying them home, usually in plastic shopping bags. They are only a small amount of the huge number of disposable plastic bags that are used all year long to contain groceries and other items.

    Audio Concerns Raised for Uber, Ride-Sharing Services

    Some cities start to ban Uber after one of its drivers was accused of a sexual attack in India. The incident raises questions about companies that use apps to match drivers and passengers. The issue has grown more important with the expansion of what is called the “sharing economy.”

    Video Colombia, Uganda Find Alternative to Plastic Waste

    People around the world use disposable plastic containers for water, food and other uses. But these plastics can pollute water systems and damage the environment. Plastic waste is a real problem in many poor countries. But two countries have found answers to the problem.

    Audio To Survive, Herders Become Farmers in Northern Kenya

    The northern part of the East African nation of Kenya is hot and gets little rain for several years. Many of the herders have no animals left, so they are forced to become farmers. In their culture, being a herder brings them power and respect. Farmers are not as respected as herders.

    Video Will Technology Benefit Very Young Children?

    Scientists and educators in the U.S. and China say it's important to introduce very young children to new technologies. They advise developing skills from computer programing to designing electronic circuits. They say that with the right approach, children learn abstract thinking.

    Video Scientists Warn of Threat to Coastal Reefs

    American scientists are warning of a threat to the world’s coral and rocky reefs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has identified four reasons for the threat. They are human population growth, the warming of Earth’s atmosphere, pollution and overfishing – catching too many fish.

    Video Out-of-this-World Espresso for Astronauts

    Will the first Italian woman in space have good coffee to drink? Read more to find out how an Italian coffee maker and an engineering company teamed up to make space a little more civilized and a little more Italian. Besides espresso, the ISSpresso machine can also make tea and clear soup.

    Audio Elephants, Hippos Attack Villages in Cameroon

    Some of the world’s biggest animals are harming villagers in far north Cameroon. The people say hundreds of elephants and hippopotamuses have caused major damage to farms and destroyed their villages. They say all this took place during the past three months.

    Video Have Police Incidents Hurt America’s Image?

    African-Americans die after incidents with police, but the officers were not charged with a crime. The decisions by two grand juries caused protests in the US and other countries. We listen to what some students studying in London think about the decisions. | As It Is

    Video Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide

    A new Freedom House report examines 65 governments on their policies toward online content. Thirty-six countries rated lower on measures of Internet freedom than in the year before. Only 12 nations saw their measures of freedom increase. Myanmar, Tunisia, Cuba, and India...

    Audio Vietnam Detains Second Blogger in Two Weeks

    Vietnam has arrested another well-known blogger as part of what critics see as a continued campaign against government opponents. Nguyen Quang Lap was detained on Monday. Vietnamese officials accused him of violating a controversial rule that makes “abusing democratic freedoms” illegal.

    Audio Mobile Health Apps to Become First Line of Defense

    The first line of defense against deadly diseases might just be your cell phone. A new software application combines health worker registries with information about patients and open messaging systems. The app, mHero, helps to make sure of a fast response to health care crises and natural disasters.

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  • The MOM Incubator could save more babies in refugee camps who die due to complications of premature birth.

    Audio Low-Cost Incubator May Save More Babies

    Premature birth is the biggest killer of children worldwide. About one million babies around the world die of problems because they are born too early. Many of these babies could have been saved if they had been placed in an incubator. A young British researcher says he has found a solution. More

  • A screenshot from Cuban television shows President Raul Castro addressing the country, in Havana, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Audio US, Cuba Normalize Relations

    After the release of Alan Gross from prison, U.S. and Cuba announce policy changes that end more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation that began in the Cold War. Also in the news, India joins Pakistan in mourning after Tuesday's Taliban attack. And Sony Pictures cancels release of "The Interview." More

  • Audio How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

    If you use Facebook, your friends may have posted an update recently saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. But how much of your data -- things you post -- does Facebook legally own? Experts say Facebook's terms of service agreement clearly says they own most of what you post. More

  • India schoolgirls offer prayers for victims killed in a Taliban attack on a Pakistan military-run school, in Mumbai, India, Dec. 17, 2014.

    Audio India Joins Pakistan in Mourning Murdered Students

    India and Pakistan have long disagreed about many issues. But on Wednesday, Indian lawmakers and students lowered their heads and observed two minutes of silence in memory of 132 Pakistani children. The children died on Tuesday in an attack on their school in the city of Peshawar. More

  • Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki, center left, gestures next to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center right, as they pose during an election night event at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Dec. 14, 2014.

    Video Shinzo Abe's Victory Likely Raises Conflict with Neighbors

    Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in Parliament on Sunday. Mr. Abe’s win will permit him to continue economic reforms. At the same time, he can also pursue policies likely to increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors. More

Featured Stories

  • Video Music Shows in Private Homes Gain Popularity

    Attending a live musical performance, be it in a huge arena or a small cafe, is an exciting experience. But here in the U.S., a very different kind of performance is gaining popularity: house concerts. “There's just a totally unique experience as opposed to playing like a coffee shop or a bar." More

  • Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomatox

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered. More

  • Uganda Playground for Disabled Children

    Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

    You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic. More

  • A microneedle used to inject glaucoma medications into the eye is shown next to a liquid drop from a conventional eye dropper. (Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

    Audio Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world. In the United States, more than two million people suffer from the disease. Now, researchers are developing very small needles that may offer a more effective and painless treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. More

  • The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas

    Audio Mob Museum Tells About the Mafia in America

    The U.S. government has long used public money to fight organized crime. Now, public money is also paying for a museum in Las Vegas to tell about "The Mob,” and not everyone is happy about that. But some say it helps the local economy by bringing people to a part of Las Vegas that few visit. More

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