Touring Japan: A ‘Kyoto + Osaka Weekend’ (2023)

Brandon Li Unscripted (May 7, 2023) – Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. 

Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It’s surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.


Africa: The Potentials Of Nigeria Cassava Farming

Insider Business (May 7, 2023) – Nigeria grows 63 million metric tons of cassava (also known as yucca) every year, but most of the country’s supply is eaten locally as fufu or garri. Experts say Nigeria could be missing out on billions in exports of lucrative cassava products like bubble tea pearls, starch, or ethanol.

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro 1:48 History of cassava 2:58 Growing issues 5:42: How garri and fufu are made 6:54 Transportation issues 7:36 How cassava is processed 10:06 Global demand is so high for cassava

Challenges along the country’s entire supply chain have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in cassava spoilage. But one entrepreneur, Yemisi Iranloye, thinks she has the solution. She’s introduced higher-yielding seed varieties and moved processing plants closer to farms.

Now, her farmers earn four times more for their product, and her cassava starch and sorbitol have landed her clients like Nestle and Unilever. Could Yemisi’s model be the way for Nigeria to feed itself and cash in on exports?

Food: How The Michelin Guide Rates Restaurants

CBS Sunday Morning (May 7, 2023) – First published in France in 1900, The Michelin Guide has been awarding stars to restaurants for about 100 years. Today, it rates the work of chefs around the world, including in the United States.

Correspondent Kelefa Sanneh talks with an anonymous Michelin restaurant inspector, and with chefs at a restaurant with a coveted Michelin star.

Climate Change Films 2023: Switzerland- ‘The Last Ice’

Alessandro Rovere Films (May 3, 2023) – The Last Ice showcases two cultures, laying on the same longitude on opposite sides of our planet, who have for generations relied on their deep connection with nature to sustain their way of life.


However, the devastating effects of climate change have begun to threaten the future of a Swiss mountain village and the Yupik people, on a small island in the Bering Sea, Alaska.

The film was created in collaboration with, and exhibited at, the German Climate Museum, Klimahaus Bremerhaven, as a reminder of the common ground and concerns shared by communities worldwide in the face of climate change and humanity’s heavy dependence on nature.

Sunday Morning: Stories And News From London

May 7, 2023: Emma Nelson, Latika Bourke and John Everard on the weekend\’s biggest talking points including the coronation of King Charles III. We also speak to Monocle’s Hannah Lucinda Smith in Istanbul and our Balkan correspondent Guy De Launey.

Artists: French-American Artist Louise Bourgeois’ Iconic “Spider” Sculpture

Sotheby’s (May 6, 2023) – Fraught with chilling grandeur, Spider from 1996 is the ultimate embodiment of Louise Bourgeois’ singular contribution to the history of Modern Art.

Among the earliest monumental iterations of Bourgeois’ Spiders, the present work represents the absolute zenith of her artistic practice and the most ambitious embodiment of her signature motif; decades later, her towering Spiders stand among the most iconic sculptures of the twentieth century.

In its elegant yet otherworldly presence, Bourgeois’ spellbinding Spider speaks to the conceptual concerns at the very heart of her oeuvre: an unflinching confrontation of her own emotions and psyche, translated into sculptural form.

Front Page: The New York Times -Sunday, May 7, 2023


War, Weapons and Conspiracy Theories: Inside Airman Teixeira’s Online World


A review of more than 9,500 messages obtained by The New York Times offers important clues about the mind-set of a young airman implicated in a vast leak of government secrets.

At Least 9 Dead, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Texas Mall

Shoppers leave as police respond to a shooting in the Dallas area’s Allen Premium Outlet, after a shooting incident left multiple people injured in Allen, Texas.

A police officer on an unrelated assignment nearby rushed toward the sounds of gunfire and killed the gunman.

Charles Is Crowned King in Ancient Ceremony With Modern Twists

The coronation, the first since Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953, was a royal spectacle of the kind that only Britain still stages.

‘Only Word for Them Is Heroes’: How 2 Students Rescued Dozens in Sudan

As feuding generals turned the Sudanese capital into a war zone, two university students navigated a battered Toyota through the chaos and saved at least 60 desperate people.