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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.








Former Google employee speaks up, Japan needs workers, marijuana is now legal in Canada

A former Google employee refused to work on censored Google products for China. Also, Japan is in desperate need of foreign workers to take care of its elderly population. And, in Canada, pot is now legal.


The financial ties that bind the US to Saudi Arabia, Brazil's 'anti' vote, a #MeToo surge in India

There's mounting pressure on the Trump administration to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist. But it will be tricky, given the deep financial ties between the US and Saudi Arabia. Plus, Saudi oil is no longer as important to the US economy as in the past. Also, why Spain's life expectancy is on the rise. A hint: it involves olive oil.


Native American ancestry, Facebook in Myanmar, Dalí heist from Rikers

How do you define and measure Indigenous groups? The World's Rupa Shenoy looked over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American ancestry and how it all fits into a history of the US government trying to define Native Americans. Plus, a Myanmar campaign to spread anti-Rohingya propoganda on Facebook. And, how a Salvador Dalí painting was stolen from Rikers Island.


Mohammad bin Salman and the West, the changing Arctic, family separation

Not too long ago Mohammed bin Salman was seen in the West as a reformer. Now, after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his image is called into question. Plus, the first installment in our series on the Arctic Circle. And, a family separated at the border is back together now in Guatemala, but the parents say their daughter has changed.


Vulnerable US weapons, Indonesia limits foreign aid and suing Harvard over race

Today, we look at hacking vulnerabilities in US weapon systems: Next-generation weapons being developed by the Department of Defense are highly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Plus, the complicated challenges surrounding foreign disaster relief. And, Harvard University is accused of discriminating Asian Americans — and the trial starts on Monday.


US-Saudi relationship under stress, suspected Chinese spy arrested, Arizona's changing demographics

The long and close relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia has become more complicated after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Plus, a suspected Chinese spy is in jail for stealing US trade secrets. And, we hear about Arizona's changing demographics.


What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? US and Saudi ties, Navy installations in the face of the storm

What happened to the missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi? A week ago, Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. No one has seen him since. Host Marco Werman speaks with reporter Borzou Daragahi about claims from Turkish media and government officials that a 15-person Saudi hit squad entered the country hours before Khashoggi disappeared. And we hear from Tamara Cofman Wittes, former deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs. She says President Donald...


Nikki Haley resigns, felons and voting rights, ancient sword found by 8-year-old

Nikki Haley announced her resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday. The outgoing ambassador boasted that America is stronger now and more respected internationally than before Donald Trump's presidency. We look at Haley's record while at the UN. Also, most states ban felons from voting. How does that compare to other Western democracies? And, we caught up with an 8-year-old girl who found an ancient sword while she was swimming in a lake in Sweden.


Bolsonaro wins first round in Brazil, UN warns on climate and missing Saudi journalist

Jair Bolsonaro could be on his way to becoming Brazil's president, despite opposition from women outraged by his sexist views. And yet, many of Brazilian women still support him. We find out why. Also, a UN panel says urgent action is needed soon if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Plus, we remember the late Juan Romero, who was haunted by the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Romero was there. He was the busboy who was photographed cradling Kennedy's head...


#MeToo one year later, backlash against Brazil's presidential frontrunner and the Nobel Prize for peace

It's been a year since the public learned of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. We take a look at the global #MeToo movement one year later. Plus, there's an online war against Brazil's presidential frontrunner. And, playwright Eve Ensler talks with us about this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners.


Russia accused of more hacking, Pence warns China, combating disinformation in Brazil

Russia has again been accused of cyberattacks around the world. Also, Vice President Mike Pence warns China that the US will not back down from Chinese intimidation. And, Facebook's effort to combat disinformation in Brazil's election campaign.


Lifetime appointments, alert systems, China and the US have a near miss at sea

As the FBI gets ready to wrap up its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past, we ask which other countries appoint justices for lifetime positions on their highest courts? Also, did you receive the test alert from US President Donald Trump on Wednesday on your mobile phone? We explore other alert systems around the world. And, the back story on a naval confrontation between China and the US.


Amazon's carbon tipping point, prison segregation, laser archaeology

The Amazon rainforest used to absorb greenhouse gases. Now it may be emitting them and that's bad news for the climate. Reporter Sam Eaton has more. Plus, Inside California prisons, inmates have been segregating themselves along ethnic and racial lines. And, a laser has helped reveal a lost civilization.


Death toll still rising in Indonesia, a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada and remembering Charles Aznavour

Indonesia has a system designed to give people warning when a tsunami is coming, but the system wasn't working when a major earthquake triggered a tsunami last week. The death toll keeps rising. Also, a video that showed an atrocity being committed went viral this summer, but no one knew where it took place. The BBC's Africa Eye investigative team figured it out using satellite imagery. Plus, remembering Charles Aznavour.


Kavanaugh and the global #MeToo conversation, the "No. 1 Soviet Beatles Fan"

The US Senate's handling of the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are definitely making headlines around the globe. We hear perspectives from Sweden, Brazil and India. Also, India's Supreme Court overturns laws that codified discrimination against women. Plus, we remember the late Nikolai Vasin, a Russian counter-culture icon best known as the "Soviet Union's No. 1 Beatles Fan."


Watching Kavanaugh hearing, China's feminist awakening, melting ice sheets in Greenland

Host Marco Werman joins The World's Carol Hills and Andrea Crossan to discuss women around the globe who are following the Kavanaugh hearing. Plus, a new book on a feminist awakening in China. And, the second in our series of stories about the link between rising sea levels in New York City and the melting ice sheets in Greenland.


China meddling in US elections? Trump blasts the ICC and rising seas

President Donald Trump accused China of trying to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, but didn't offer any evidence. Also, the president used his time at the UN to blast the International Criminal Court. And, a reporter goes on a scientific quest to Greenland, to find out how worried she should be about sea levels rising around her home in New York City.


Trump at the UN, tensions between the US and Iran and North Korean cuisine

President Donald Trump told world leaders on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly that America rejects "the idea of globalism," but it accepts the "doctrine of patriotism." Plus, Trump defended his decision to pull the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran. And, we learn why peace on the Korean peninsula is driving a surge in interest in North Korean-style noodle dishes.


Washington in turmoil, China advertises in Iowa and Facebook Dating in Colombia

What's next for the US Justice Department, the Russia investigation and the status of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? We ask a reporter in Washington. Also, the Chinese government reaches out to voters in Iowa. And, Facebook tests a new dating feature in Colombia.


Healthcare after Maria, Southeast Asia's criminal underground, planting Lebanese cedar trees

Healthcare and recovery in Puerto Rico: We look into the long-term effects from Hurricane Maria on the health of some people on the island. Also, Southeast Asia's organized crime underworld. And, planting Lebanese cedar trees in the US in places named Lebanon.