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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.

PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.
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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.








Turkey makes accusations about US, better to-go cups, the death penalty in Myanmar

There are a lot of ups and downs in the US-Iran relationship. Host Carol Hills speaks with reporter Thomas Erdbrink about what it's like to live in Tehran as one of just a few Western reporters left in the city. And, the latest on rising tensions between the US and Turkey. Plus, we learn about the life of Louisa Adams, the wife of President John Quincy Adams.


CIA director authorized torture, Braille in the age of the internet, music in 1968

Newly declassified CIA memos written by current CIA director Gina Haspel reveal torture techniques at a secret US prison in Thailand. Also, the mother of Osama Bin Laden speaks out. And a look back at the songs that topped the charts during the first week of August around the world and through the decades.


Beat-the-heat, ice cream in Cuba, speaking Basque

It's been a long, hot summer with near record temperatures around the world. In Berlin, some are finding relief by going underground into old World War II bunkers. Plus, how ice cream in Cuba reveals the growing divide between rich and poor. Also, how the Basque language survived.


Conspiracy theories across borders, third-culture kids, cannabis drinks in Canada

What is the appeal of conspiracy theories around the world? We compare Russia's fascination with such theories to that of the US. Also, the decision to keep or remove conspiracy theories on the internet differs from country to country. And, the challenges of language when you're a "third-culture kid."


Canada and Saudia Arabia feud, the word 'hen,' sunflower selfies

A public spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia gets out of hand on social media. Also, one Mexican restaurant is offering relief for firefighters in northern California. And, the word "hen" has new meaning for a gender-neutral pronoun.


Questions over alleged assassination attempt in Venezuela, the letter X, help for California firefighters

Monday marks the 73rd anniversary since the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We meet one of the survivors who dedicated his life to finding the truth about the number of people who died in the bombing. Also, was it a coup plot behind an attempted assassination of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro? And, we learn about the letter X. It's all part of a week-long series on language and social change.


Not enemies of the people, Toastmasters Ramallah and drought during the Maya collapse

The UN warns that President Donald Trump's attacks on the media may trigger violence against journalists in the US. Also, climate scientists in Iceland venture out into some of the worst weather you can imagine, to learn more about a key part of our planet's climate system. Plus, we learn about "entre chien et loup," a unique French expression for "dusk."


Threats to the midterms, identifying remains from North Korea, Google and China

Leaders in the US intelligence community say Russia is still trying to interfere in American elections. Also, the long process of identifying the remains of American service members lost during the Korean War. Plus, Google is making moves to re-enter the Chinese market.


Sweden's plane protester, 3D-printed guns, 'This Is Iraq'

We speak to the Swedish activist who tried to halt the deportation of an Afghan man put on a plane. She tells us there's more to the story the media hasn't picked up on. Plus, courts have put a stop to the release of blueprints for a 3D-printed gun. It's a temporary measure, but how easy it is to print a 3D gun and what is the possible impact? And, we find out about the story behind the music video "This Is Iraq."


Iran rejects Trump's offer, weaponizing immigrant data, sanctuary for LGBTQ asylum-seekers

Iran rejects the offer to meet with President Donald Trump. Plus, trade tensions impact soy farmers in Illinois. And, foreign spies at American universities.


Ethiopian's prime minister is in Minnesota, Trump threatens shutdown, Australian musician Tash Sultana

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed visits Minneapolis as part of a three-city US tour, and we look at recent changes in Ethiopia which include making peace with neighboring Eritrea, freeing political prisoners and putting a stop to ethnic conflict. Also, there are presidential elections taking place in Zimbabwe and music from Australian singer Tash Sultana.


Northern hemisphere feels the heat, Pakistani election outcome, Google celebrates Soviet chess champion

The US, Greece and several other nations in the northern hemisphere are battling deadly wildfires and extreme heat. Also, a group of parents in San Diego sue the school district over an anti-Islamophobia program. Plus, a Japanese mayor challenges sumo's ban on women entering the ring.


Deadline to reunite immigrant children and parents, hacking US electric companies, long-toed lizards

Thursday was deadline day for the Trump administration to reunite hundreds of migrant children with their parents. Plus, US tariffs are making life hard for small newspapers. And why lizards with long toes can survive a hurricane.


Trade war patience, childless in China, parenting across borders

President Trump asks for patience on trade and tariffs, but economists worry. Plus, a former steel town re-invents itself. And, growing up along the US-Mexico border with family on both sides.


North Korea starts dismantling missile facility, return to Kuku island, sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers

North Korea starts to dismantle a key missile facility. Plus, why some Syrian refugees have decided to leave Lebanon and go back home to Syria. And, we travel with some Vietnamese refugees back to an Indonesian island called Kuku to find the graves of their relatives.


Trump threatens Iran, a migrant escapes sex work and Jonathan Gold dies at 57

President Trump has made threats against Iran. We hear about a German soccer star's complaints of racism. Plus, we remember Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold and his ability to capture the different cultures and cuisines.


Rhetoric and reality on Russia, when does world history begin and fake news from Macedonia has a Nevada connection

The news cycle this week has been dominated by words from President Trump regarding Russia. But what's the reality behind the rhetoric? High School students in Advanced Placement world history classes are being exposed to a controversial new curriculum: history now begins in the year 1200. And some Macedonian teens were putting out fake news during the 2016 US elections. Turns out they were getting support from some prominent Americans.


Putin's 'incredible offer,' a global sand crisis and Egypt's Jon Stewart comes to Los Angeles

President Donald Trump called it an "incredible offer" from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin offered to allow US investigators to question some Russians about US election hacking, and in exchange, the Kremlin would be allowed to question 11 Americans, including a former US ambassador to Russia. Host Marco Werman speaks with that ambassador, Michael McFaul. And sand mining is becoming a big business, but it can destroy ecosystems. Plus, Egypt's Jon Stewart had to flee his country....


Homeland Security Advisory Council resignations, soybean tariffs, Thai boys speak publicly

We're putting the focus back on President Trump's immigration policy. Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council resigned this week. They cited the Trump administration's "morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered" family separation policy. Also, some of the children who were separated from their parents at the border were housed inside a vacant Phoenix office building that lacked proper sanitation facilities. Plus, how China's new standards for processing...


What is treason? Russia dodges on MH17, Joan Baez reflects on our times.

What's the fallout from US President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Is the word "treason" a fair way to describe Trump's performance? Plus, the arrest of a Russian national and friend to the NRA. And, protest music past and present with Joan Baez.