Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.
National identity often is tied to tradition and lessons from the past. But, sometimes, customs and beliefs, arts and relationships cross borders. We explore our diversity and, also, those practices that connect us.
Men and women ski on the same slopes. A rock band performs in the capital. It's all part of the constant tug-of-war between religious conservatives and those seeking more social freedoms.
Rwanda is a hot country, and people love dairy products. But the culture discourages public displays of need, including hunger. The women running the lone ice cream shop are trying to change that.
A television network was conducting a live interview with a woman about Rio's rampant street crime when a robber brazenly ripped a gold chain from the woman's neck.
Some Ukrainians insist the show is funnier when dubbed in Ukrainian rather than Russian. In the recent crisis in Ukraine, much has been made of the country's language divide.
NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro recently compared sexism in the Middle East and Latin America. It generated a massive response from readers, and she addresses some of those comments in this followup.
A recent study ranked France at the bottom in Europe when it came to English proficiency. But some French are trying, like those who take lessons on high-speed commuter trains.
After the Civil War, Horace Wilson left his farm for Japan, where he introduced baseball. He's a legend there, something his relatives, including NPR's Theo Balcomb, didn't know for generations.
President Obama took a moment from his European tour to stroll through Amsterdam's spectacular Rijksmuseum. That got NPR's Ari Shapiro wondering about which painting captures the current global mood.
Nuns run La Posada Providencia, a shelter in south Texas, just across from Mexico. But the asylum seekers are a veritable United Nations, coming from places like Ethiopia, Albania and Nepal.