“Winemaking was “immigrants’ business, because America drank beer.”—Today, the United States is the world’s number-four producer of wine, and its number-one drinker. But in 1958, when Miljenko “Mike” Grgich arrived in Napa, only slightly more than half of Americans drank alcohol at all. Most wine wasn’t the table wine Americans drink today, but fortified wine like sherry, and it wasn’t very popular.
What does China’s declaration of a new air-defense zone mean for the men and women of the US navy?
Japan and China dispute which country owns several islands in the East China Sea. With its recent unilateral declaration of an air defense zone, China risks triggering an accidental conflict that could involve the US.
“There’s a curious situation here where Americans are outraged to discover they are being spied on and watched. And Britons give a kind of polite shrug of the shoulders and ‘so what.’”—Jonathan Freedland, columnist for The Guardian
“I sometimes tire of the relentlessness of what we do, the information overload, the arbitrary deadlines, the overdose of sitting and the computer eye glaze. But in these moments, as history unfolds, as fellow humans crave news and connection and inclusion and meaning, I always feel I’m in exactly the right place.”—Show producer Jeb Sharp, who takes us into The World’s newsroom the day Mandela died.
“The way people recall the Kennedy assassination? Colombians know where they were when government forces cornered and killed Escobar on a Medellin rooftop.”—Yolanda Perdomo, wbez reporter on her memories of the death of Pablo Escobar in Colombia.
“I was very encouraged and surprised to see the number of countries that are now performing in the top tier that also have significant levels of child poverty. They are the not the Nordic utopia of Finland that you hear about.”—Amanda Ripley, journalist and author of “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,” on today’s announcement of results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA).
Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know my hair stylist Laila Karachi, from Morocco. Every time I get my hair cut, she shares stories about her life, her children, and recipes for authentic Moroccan tea! Last week, I asked Laila to tell me her #FirstDays story for @pritheworld and photographed her in action.
"I never thought I would come to America until I met my husband," she said.
She left her town of Ben Slimane, near Casablanca, in 1999 after marrying her husband. He lived in Boston, but was from a nearby town in Morocco. The two met when he was visiting family back home. When Laila arrived in the U.S., her husband drove from Boston to JFK airport in New York to pick her up. She didn’t speak any English then, so she didn’t think she could take a connecting flight alone. Those first days here were lonely, since she missed her family in Morocco. One of 11 siblings (she’s the middle child), Laila is the only one in her family to move to the U.S. She later enrolled in English classes and, three years ago, became a hair stylist. Just in the past year, she says she’s become more and more confident speaking in English. Whenever she cuts my hair, we can’t stop talking!