2:08pm

Tue December 3, 2013
Station News & Events

Today on PRI's The World

A British parliamentary committee grills the editor of the Guardian newspaper over its dealings with Edward Snowden and its coverage of NSA surveillance. We'll hear details, plus find out what the British public thinks about the breadth of NSA spying activities.

Also today, more on the war in Syria now that the UN's human rights chief Navi Pillay has implicated the Syrian government and president Bashar al Assad in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

We'll also continue our look into language and dialects in China. In Part 2, China's minority dialects aren't just in remote villages, they're on the edge of big cities. And if you think people who speak Mandarin Chinese can understand them, think again.

Plus, a fungus is eating away at coffee trees in Central and South America. An estimated 400,000 people are now are out of work, and as the climate warms, things could get worse. Thousands of miles north in New England, coffee shops and bankers are working to make sure that doesn't happen.

And finally, a listener wrote in to say we missed a golden opportunity to tell people about the life and work of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone (and many other instruments). So...we'll do a little fun something on Sax.