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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.








Syrian refugee 'hero swimmer' out of prison, Michael Flynn's fate, is Krampus losing his edge?

The sentencing of Michael Flynn. Our take on it will examine his long military career and how he got into President Donald Trump's orbit. Also, we preview President Trump's plan B for a southern border wall. And, a young Syrian swimmer rescued migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. The people she saved from drowning called her a hero. The Greek government now calls her a people smuggler. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


More on the death of a 7-year-old at the US border, Putin seeks to reign in rap, abortion pills on the web

How did a 7-year-old Mayan girl die while in the care of US Customs and Border Protection? We retrace her steps, beginning with the community in Guatemala where her family originates. Plus, nearly 200 countries decide to keep the Paris climate agreement alive, even with some obstruction from the Trump administration. And Russian President Vladimir Putin and his plan to reign in his nation's rap scene.


A historic week for Yemen, a safe city for women, another rough day for Theresa May

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died hours after she was taken into Border Patrol custody, apparently of dehydration. She and her father were with a group of migrants who crossed into the US illegally along a remote strip of New Mexico desert and then turned themselves into Border Patrol. Plus, Russia's air force sent two strategic bombers to Venezuela this week. And an American newspaper has asked for stories about petty crime on social media, only to be met with British snark.


Friendship between women in El Salvador's prisons, a 'Crazy Rich Indian' wedding, a far-right advent calendar

A second Canadian citizen has been detained in China. We find out what these two arrests have to do with the previous detention in Canada of a top Chinese business executive, and with ongoing trade disputes between the US and China. Plus, in El Salvador, a miscarriage could land you in jail. And a who's who at a Crazy Rich Indian wedding. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


History of Trump's business with Russia, the fashion and power of yellow vests, Australia's new encryption law

We learn more about President Donald Trump's business ties to Russia. Plus, the latest on Maria Butina, the first Russian who is expected to plead guilty on charges related to Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election. And, how individual people are becoming collateral damage in the US-China trade war. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


Recognizing climate migrants, transgender rights in the Philippines, can Brexit be funny?

Journalists who have risked their lives to report on authoritarian rulers and their abuses of power are named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year." And, world leaders are recognizing that one cause of migration is climate change in this year's UN Compact on Migration. Plus, an 8-year-old listener takes host Marco Werman to task over a line from one of our recent stories.


Elvis lights up in Germany, Congress takes on invasive insects, Brexit vote postponed

British Prime Minister Theresa May delays a vote in Parliament on her Brexit plan — an indication of how the move to separate Britain from the European Union continues to tear the nation apart. And in France, "yellow vest" demonstrations have led to calls for President Emmanuel Macron to step down. Plus, a German town honors Elvis with new traffic lights. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


Trump's new pick for UN Ambassador, potential for peace in Afghanistan, the secret shelters for Iraqi women

President Donald Trump's new pick for UN Ambassador does not have a lot of experience in diplomacy. How much does that matter? Plus, there's both optimism and anxiety whether the Taliban and the Afghan government will ever come together and talk peace. And, how barbershops became a safe haven for African men. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


'Friends' gains popularity with Syrian millennials, an arrest at Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Gaelic singer Christine Primrose

The surprising arrest of an executive at a Chinese telecom giant. The reason for the arrest remains a mystery. Also, an Italian radio station is running a competition to find the next big stars of TV and movie dubbing. Plus, a Gaelic singer is about to be awarded an honor from the Queen for her contribution to Scottish music and culture. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


Russians swept up in the Mueller probe, drama for Dolce & Gabbana, Bangladesh building remote Rohingya island

There are a lot of Russians who've surfaced in the long-running inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller. We learn who the main Russian characters in the probe are, and where they are now. Also, there was a time when Planned Parenthood enjoyed bipartisan support. One of its biggest Republican supporters? George H.W. Bush. Plus, a fashion brand is criticized for releasing an ad for the Chinese market that many around the world found insensitive and racist. Those stories, and the news,...


A 360-degree music video, Canada's monument debate, the fallback of cutting climate pollution

A friend of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli company that he says provided the spyware that allowed the Saudi government to spy on their conversations. Plus, Canada's debate over statues honoring its founding father Sir John A. Macdonald. Many Canadians feel it's time to reassess his legacy. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


President George H.W. Bush's legacy in the Middle East, dogs of diplomacy, truce in the trade war with China

The role former President George H.W. Bush played in the Middle East and the legacy of the Gulf War. Also, a look at OPEC, following Qatar's announcement that it plans to withdraw from the oil cartel next month. Plus, Monday mood music and the next installment of the Big Melt, our series on how the Arctic is changing because of climate change. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


What's next in Mueller's investigation, Mexico gets a new president and Disney's 'Moana' is translated into Hawaiian

What's next for the Russia probe? Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff clues us in. Also, what does it mean for the Trump admistration's trade and immigration policies when Mexico officially gets a new president on Saturday? Plus, a new version of the hit Disney film "Moana" is being translated into Hawaiian to help young people reconnect with the language.


A tear gas factory in Pennsylvania, G-20 convenes in Argentina, reggae is a cultural treasure

US President Donald Trump and other world leaders are gathering in Argentina for the G-20 Summit and among the group is Saudi Arabia's controversial crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Plus, a factory in Pennsylvania produces tear gas canisters used all around the globe. And the United Nations announces the newest addition to its list of global intangible cultural treasures — reggae.


The longest-serving death row prisoner, designer babies, Spongebob Squarepants around the world

Today on The World: A Dutch railroad company will compensate individuals whose Jewish relatives were deported on its trains to Nazi death camps. The decade-long civil war in Colombia ended and that's led former fighters to seek new careers. And the popularity of Spongebob Squarepants around the world. Those stories, and the news, today on The World.


GM announces plant closures, France looks to a post-coal future, Senate could pull US out of Yemen

General Motors says it plans to shut down five North American assembly plants and lay off some 14,000 workers as it concentrates on its best-selling vehicles, mostly SUVs and trucks. We hear from autoworkers in Oshawa, Ontario, whose jobs will disappear. French President Emmanuel Macron says his country is proceeding with plans to leave coal behind and move to clean energy. Plus, host Marco Werman speaks with Jin Park, the first DACA recipient to be offered a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford...


Chaos in Tijuana, asylum-seekers could be asked to stay in Mexico, no fast food ads on London transit

Over the weekend there were chaotic scenes in Tijuana, Mexico, as a peaceful march by migrants to the US border crossing ended with some migrants attempting to rush the border and US border patrol responding with tear gas. We'll hear from one migrant mother who worries that the path to US asylum for her and her daughters will only get more difficult now. Also, the incoming president of Mexico discusses a plan that would require asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their US applications...


Bilingual love, rainbow laces in rugby, Posse Comitatus

Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act in 1878 to restrict the use of US military forces for domestic law enforcement. Now that law is in the news again, after President Trump's order authorizing US troops deployed to the border to use lethal force if necessary. Also, Mexico has its own debate over the domestic use of its military as part of the country's battle against organized crime. Plus, two rugby teams will be wearing rainbow laces on their cleats this weekend, in solidarity with a...


Asylum-seekers Thanksgiving, the history of Braille, Magos Herrera

Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen opens her home to queer asylum seekers in New York every Thanksgiving. This year, the tradition has even more relevance for her, with President Donald Trump making it more difficult to get asylum in the US. Plus, a Native American chef who grew up on a reservation in South Dakota says he considered abandoning the holiday because it whitewashes what his ancestors endured. But in the end, he decided to reinvent it. And we share music from Mexican-born jazz...


Business as usual with Saudi Arabia, LGBTQ migrants in Tijuana, politics at the Thanksgiving table

What message does President Donald Trump's stance on Saudi Arabia send to other nations? A terrible one, says New Yorker writer Robin Wright. Also, the Greek town of Mati was devastated by fire this summer. Now young people from Mati are sending a message of solidarity to people displaced by the Camp Fire in California. Plus, how blockchain technology could track romaine lettuce and other produce through the global supply chain and, in the process, help make our food safer.