November 1, 2005 |
Airing on PBS over the next three nights, "Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge," is the somewhat dry title of a compelling, six-hour overview of health crises around the world, with detours into medical science and history. As a TV experience, it's a medical thriller, in a sense, about outbreaks.
March 22, 1992 |
The Thais make salads with raw garlic, cashew nuts, fried eggs, sardines . . . almost any ingredient they can think of. But a salad made with condoms? It's the signature dish of a Bangkok restaurant called Cabbages & Condoms, which partly exists to raise funds for AIDS prevention and family planning. But not to worry.
June 9, 1989 |
The inflation of Malcolm Potts' six-story condom on a vacant lot next to the Montreal convention center this week may go down in the history of the AIDS epidemic as a small but telling symbol of the strange marriage of science and guerrilla theater. For one bright, shining moment, the banana-colored prophylactic bobbed gracefully against the crepuscular Quebec sky. Television cameramen spilled forth from the Fifth International Conference on AIDS to seize the first Nielsen-pleasing visual of a long, long day. "I'm going to take a picture of my own condom!"
August 1, 2004 |
After a three-year retirement from walking the seediest neighborhoods here, Thai Sen. Mechai Viravaidya is back, greeting passersby with a firm handshake and a packet of brilliantly colored condoms. "Take it, don't be shy," he says. "It can save your life."
February 27, 2000 |
Poverty is a birthmark for the people of Thailand's northeastern provinces, where a bicycle suggests middle-class status and jobs outside the sugar cane fields are few. For most, Bangkok is the honey pot and migrating there is a rite of passage into adulthood. One of every six Thais works in the metropolitan Bangkok area, which is said to produce half the country's gross domestic product. Wages in the capital are 12 times higher than here in Chakkarat.
November 30, 1993 |
The classic image of Asia is rural: A peasant in straw hat stooped over in a verdant green checkerboard of rice paddies. But the bucolic vision of Asia is being rapidly transformed. By the year 2020, according to projections by the United Nations, most of Asia's population will live in cities. The new image of Asia is a slum dweller, living without such necessities as sanitation and fresh water and commuting to a factory job through increasingly gridlocked traffic.