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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.








Helping fire evacuees in California, rebuilding Raqqa after ISIS, the changing sounds of nature

The owner of a taquería in Chico, California, says his heart told him to help people forced to flee their homes by deadly wildfires. So, he drove his taco truck over to an evacuation center and handed out hundreds of free meals. Also, how the latest American sanctions on Iran are impacting US-based businesses. Plus, a Colombian locksmith known for his love letters.


Migrants get mixed reception in Tijuana, refugee kids see snow in Canada, day of silence in Korea

Hundreds of migrants from Central America are in Tijuana, and some have already slipped across into the US. The reception from local residents has been mixed. Also, the US gave the warring parties in Yemen 30 days to start peace talks. Halfway through the 30 days, the war keeps going. Plus, a video of refugee kids from Eritrea dancing in the snow in Canada went viral. We have the back story.


The deal with Brexit, losing track of Gitmo detainees, the Taj Mahal of brutalism

The UK moved significantly closer to a formal divorce agreement with the European Union. But it's not a done deal yet. Also, the US government used to have an office to keep track of former detainees after their release from Guantanamo. But the Trump administration shut it down. Plus, why Boston's much-maligned City Hall came to be considered the Taj Mahal of brutalism.


El Chapo trial starts, Paradise wildfire survivor, 7-Eleven and ICE

The trial of Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán started in Brooklyn today amid tight security. His trafficking operation in Mexico continues to do business despite his arrest. Also, we check in with a survivor of the devastating wildfire in Paradise, California. Plus, how 7-Eleven used ICE raids to punish its own franchise owners.


California wildfires, Iranian American veteran, wildfire science

The giant wildfires blazing in California are dominating headlines around the world. We’ll hear from a journalist based in South Africa who learned her dad's home was burning in California when she saw a picture of it in an Associated Press report. Also, a discussion on the science of wildfires, the connection to climate change and how nobody really knows how severe fires will be in the future. Plus, in honor of Veteran's Day, a profile of an Iranian American vet who says an experience he...


New asylum rules, US troops on the border and Jewish refugees in the Dominican Republic

The Trump administration announced changes to US rules on asylum. We hear about what the changes mean and the possible ramifications. Plus, US troops are now deployed along the Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. And, the story of a New Hampshire man who stumbled onto a largely overlooked moment in history.


What’s next for the Russia investigation, #MeToo becomes #WeToo in Japan, an AI news anchor in China

President Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week raises concerns over the future of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Also, Florida's first Iranian American state lawmaker tells her story. Plus, French composer Francis Lai just passed away. His theme song for the film "Love Story" was a huge global hit in the 1970s and has been made and remade many times.


Sessions out as attorney general, midterms impact foreign policy, the festival of lights

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at President Trump's request the day after midterm elections gave control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. Also, an Australian film crew observed the midterms and concludes that America is an unhappy and divided place right now. Plus, how the vote is likely to impact US foreign policy, immigration, climate issues and trade. And what we learned about fighting online misinformation this campaign season.


Election observers monitor Georgia vote, politics divide families in Brazil, Filipino fast food in Manhattan

The global spotlight is on the US midterm elections today and that includes international observers monitoring the voting process in the state of Georgia. Also, US sanctions are expected to hit the Iranian economy hard. One side effect? More expensive Persian rugs here in the US. Plus, the popular Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee is opening a store in Manhattan and hoping to appeal to non-Filipino customers.


Spotlight on Georgia governor's race, 'rings of peace' in Toronto, mood music Monday

Immigration and voter suppression concerns have both been big factors in Georgia's hotly contested governor's race. Also, the indigenous Sámi of Arctic Scandinavia say the world can't solve the climate crisis without perspectives like theirs. Plus we hear from another first-time voter, a woman from South Africa, who tells us how her parents taught her the importance of casting her ballot.


New citizen voters, climate change on the ballot and mini-books the size of smartphones

We asked new US citizens to tell us how it feels to be first-time voters this election cycle. We got some passionate responses. Also, voters in a handful of states may be thinking about the future of the planet when they cast their ballots next week, because of ballot initiatives that focus on energy, and by extension climate change. Plus, the Zanzibar roots of Queen's late lead singer Freddie Mercury.


Trump's focus on immigration, a Somali American candidate for Congress, no water in Mexico City

President Trump continues to focus on immigration ahead of the US midterm elections. We fact-check some of his recurring speech lines. Also, a Congressional candidate in Minnesota has been called by some, "the first Somali American woman to run for office in the US." Plus, how the US ranks in comparison to other countries when it comes to internet freedom.


The most powerful passport, midterm election monitoring, what is citizenship?

What’s the world’s “most powerful passport?” There are plenty of rankings that are easy to find online. But who exactly comes up with these lists and what are they good for? And, how do nations decide what citizenship means, how it works, who gets it and who doesn't? Also, an Australian political strategist is traveling across the US and speaking to American voters. What’s he been hearing from voters ahead of the midterm elections?


Ending birthright citizenship, undocumented and outspoken, Klaus Voormann’s artwork for The Beatles

President Donald Trump says he wants to end birthright citizenship, but he might not have the full authority to do that. Plus, we speak with one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in America — Jose Antonio Vargas. And, you may not recognize the name Klaus Voormann. But some of his artwork is likely familiar, because he worked closely with The Beatles.


Pittsburgh synagogue attack, extremism in Brazil, Ai Weiwei in America

The man accused of carrying out the attack on Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue vented his anger at HIAS, a Jewish organization that helps refugees resettle in the US. We hear from the group's vice president. Also, the permafrost in the Arctic is no longer permanently frozen, and that's a problem for us all. Plus, a conversation with Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.


A suspect in custody, Amazon’s facial recognition tech, Irish vote on blasphemy

A suspect is in custody in connection to the explosive devices mailed to prominent Democrats and CNN this week. Also, what it sounds like in countries like Germany and Greece when a US president calls himself a nationalist. Plus, a musician in Lisbon works to make traditional fado music more inclusive of the LGBTQ community and fado purists push back.


Extreme election rhetoric, training immigrants, New Hampshire’s former refugee candidate

The US midterm election season has produced unusually extreme rhetoric. But Susan Glasser, a staff writer at the New Yorker, says the media and public shouldn't discount the impact of the heated rhetoric at US President Donald Trump’s rallies. Also, in Portland, Oregon, there's a push to train immigrant workers to become skilled welders. And, a 27-year-old political newbie is a former refugee from Afghanistan. Now, she's running for office in New Hampshire.


Walking with the migrants, Universities tested over Saudi ties and Egyptian pop star Dina El Wedidi

Who are the migrants walking toward the US southern border? Few in the so-called "migrant caravan" seem to have an understanding of how the US or Mexican asylum process works. Plus, the moral questions US universities are facing when dealing with Saudi Arabia. And, a conversation with Egyptian pop superstar, Dina El Wedidi.


US confirms plan to ditch nuclear treaty, immigrants overcome US educational barriers, a puppet master in Cairo

The Trump administration says it will soon give official notice that it's pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. Also, how age rules push immigrant students out of school here in the US. Plus, a new film restores and colorizes old World War I film footage, bringing it to life like never before.


Migrants continue north, tariff pinch in Tennessee, working in US weapons sales

Thousands of migrants from Honduras and Guatemala are traveling north trying to make their way to the US border. Now President Donald Trump is threatening to cut off US aid to Central American countries that fail in "stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the US." Also, in Tennessee, farmers, whiskey distillers and all kinds of small businesses are feeling the pinch of Trump's tariffs. Plus, a reality check on the number of jobs Americans hold in the weapons...