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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.








Harvey Weinstein arrested, Sweden's new consent law and an Aussie town overrun by ants

Harvey Weinstein's arrest is making headlines around the globe. We'll take you to New York for the latest. Then, we head to Sweden to talk about a new consent law that's about to go into effect. Proponents of the measure say will make it easier to prosecute rape cases. And as if Australia didn't have enough killer fauna ... we'll have the story of the town of Lismore, which is currently overrun by a colony of yellow crazy ants. Yep, that's their name.


Trump terminates the summit, the effect of tariffs on solar panels, and the science of sinkholes

President Donald Trump has called off his planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. So now what? Also, as the Trump administration considers whether to impose new tariffs on auto imports, we look back at the effect US tariffs on imported solar panels have had on the renewable energy sector. Plus, you may have heard about the sinkhole that appeared on the White House grounds. We'll get an explanation of why sinkholes happen, and how best to deal with them.


Grading Mike Pompeo's first weeks, Ireland's abortion debate and remembering Philip Roth

There's so much going on in Washington right now that Mike Pompeo's first three weeks on the job as Secretary of State have felt more like three years. We'll look at his vision for American diplomacy in the age of Trump. Also, Ireland will hold a national referendum on abortion later this week. We'll profile one podcaster whose been trying to hear from Irish women on both sides of the debate. And readers around the world remember the work of Jewish-American author Philip Roth, who has died...


Seize the summit, coping with an eating disorder while fasting during Ramadan, and New Zealand offers an escape

President Donald Trump today seemed to express doubt as to whether the planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un will go ahead next month. We hear from North Korea watcher Joel Wit, who says that Trump should pull out all the stops to make sure it happens. Plus, we speak with Adeline Hocine, who has written about what it's like to suffer from an eating disorder while fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And if you're looking to leave America's dysfunction behind, you might...


Pakistan mourns a slain student, Venezuela's slide into chaos and Mo Salah's winning ways

Today, we'll introduce you to one of the 10 people killed in last week's school shooting in Texas — an exchange student from Pakistan named Sabika Sheikh. Author Bina Shah tells us about how the country is dealing with the news of her murder. Plus, we head to Caracas to hear the latest on Venezuela's elections, and about how a scarcity of food is making life difficult for farmers and truck drivers. And we'll tell you about England's newest soccer superstar, Egypitan-born Mo Salah, who plays...


Life after the migrant caravan, Kenya tackles fake news, and Janet Jackson's record-breaking run in Tokyo

Remember the "migrant caravan" moving through Mexico that Trump said had to be stopped? Today, we meet one family who made it to the US and is applying for asylum. Plus, Kenya goes after fake news with a new law, but critics worry it will be used to stifle free speech. And host Marco Werman remembers when Janet Jackson sold out three shows at the Tokyo Dome in mere minutes.


Trump calls some immigrants 'animals,' Germany's unicorn craze and North Korean hackers

President Donald Trump publicly calls some immigrants "animals." We'll speak with Omar Jadwat of the American Civil Liberties Union about how rhetoric like that can strip people of their rights. Plus, part two of our deep dive into the workings of North Korea's version of the CIA. Turns out, North Korean hackers are very good at targeting — and robbing — banks. And we'll find out why Germans have gone a bit unicorn crazy. Unicorn sausage, anyone?


North Korea throws a tantrum, Tony the Tiger decides to ditch Venezuela, and things get ... surreal.

North Korea threatens to pull out of the planned summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. Plus, the political and economic situation in Venezuela continues to worsen and now cereal giant Kellogg has joined other big, multi-national companies pulling out of the country. And 90-year-old surrealist painter and author Desmond Morris weighs in on just how surreal things have gotten these days.


A view from Gaza, choosing coffee over nationalism in China and choosing Mandarin over Russian in New York

Is there a way forward for Israelis and Palestinians that doesn't involve more violence? We'll get views from both inside and outside the Gaza Strip today. Plus, reporter Isaac Stone Fish visits the world's largest Starbucks in Shanghai to ask patrons whether they'd give up their American coffee if the Chinese government asked them to. And Alina Simone, who has a Russian background herself, talks about why she'd rather have her daughter learn Mandarin than Russian.


The US embassy in Jerusalem officially opens, fears of Ebola and Egyptian women embrace their curls

Amid protests and violence in the nearby Gaza Strip, the US officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem today. The World's Matthew Bell has been following events in the Middle East. Also, scientists and doctors are monitoring what may be an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And one of our BBC colleagues discusses a new push in her native Egypt to get women to stop straightening their hair.


Protests shake Nicaragua, #MeToo in Haiti, pothole-fixing robots

Anti-government protests in Nicaragua threaten President Daniel Ortega's grip on power. That's where we start today. Then, how a peace deal in Colombia has spurred increased deforestation. Plus, London's mayor wants to ban junk food ads on the subway.


More fallout from the Iran deal, an assault on intelligence, and the fight over Socotra

A lot has happened in the Middle East in the past 36 hours. We'll get an update and try to untangle some of the knots. Plus, former CIA Director Michael Hayden says President Donald Trump keeps a "routine distance from the facts." And Arab governments are fighting over an island paradise in the Indian Ocean that few people have seen.


The return of sanctions, an Egyptian satirist is arrested, a plan to save koalas

President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal means US sanctions on Iran are coming back. Also, a resident of Tehran is worried about the impact of reinstated sanctions on Iran's economy and politics. Plus, an Illinois doctor flies to Bangladesh to help treat Rohingya refugees.


Trump bails on the Iran deal, Black Cube, Puerto Rican students in Maine

President Trump is pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal. We look at how that could impact relations with Iran, as well as future talks with North Korea. Also, a Frontline documentary takes a closer look at violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, and Puerto Rican students in Maine prepare to go back home.


From Cold War to hot peace with Russia, Italy's Five Star outsiders and mental health in Bhutan

Today, we start in Russia, where yet another new term begins for Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Plus, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush is now running for elected office. And Afghanistan's first female Air Force pilot has been granted asylum in the US.


Nobel scandal, US funding for Syrian White Helmets, NAFTA visas

The Nobel scandal in Sweden and how #MeToo has been playing out in a country that takes pride in promoting gender equality. Also, the Trump Administration is reviewing its support for the White Helmets in Syria. Plus, how exotic animals are smuggled into the US from Latin America.


Jorge Ramos feels like a stranger, more random acts of kindness, and a visit to the world's largest furniture show

Marco Werman speaks with journalist and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos about his new book "Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era." Plus, we recently asked our listeners to share their favorite "random acts of kindness" stories. It was inspired by our interview with Filipino artist Bren Bataclan, who told us how he often gives his paintings away to strangers. He returns to the show to pick his favorite stories, and give away a couple of paintings. And we head to...


A former negotiator talks about the Iran nuclear deal, Ronan Farrow's 'War on Peace,' and North Carolina's furniture industry fights for its life.

Ernest Moniz served in Barack Obama's cabinet. He was one of the lead US negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015. Now, Trump wants out, and we want to know what Moniz thinks about that. Also, journalist Ronan Farrow discusses the decline of US diplomacy, which he chronicles in his new book, "War on Peace." And for more than a century, North Carolina was the furniture-making center of America, but now, foreign competition has shrunk the industry there and many of the jobs have...


What it means to seek asylum, making beer out of stale bread, and the DJ making Corpus Christi 'Cumbia City'

Tuesday, we ask an immigration lawyer about the legal process facing the migrants in the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, over the weekend. Many will be applying for asylum in the US. We'll unpack that process. Plus, carb lovers rejoice, because The World's Carolyn Beeler reports on the British brewery that's trying to cut down on food waste by turning stale bread into beer. And Marco Werman speaks with El Dusty, the DJ who is trying to put Corpus Christi, Texas, on the musical map.


Migrant caravan reaches US border, tourist turnstiles in Venice, and studying melting ice shelves

Today, we check in on the so-called "migrant caravan" that had been traveling through Mexico. The migrants, many of them from Central America, reached Tijuana over the weekend. We'll check in on that, and also look at the history of migration from Central America to the United States. Plus, The World's Carolyn Beeler reports on the launch of a new effort to measure the relationship between melting ice shelves in Antarctica and rising sea levels worldwide. Plus, why officials in Venice have...


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