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How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.

How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.

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United States

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NPR

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How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.

Language:

English


Episodes

We (Still) Don't Say That

12/16/2020
France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're going to meet the people who took a very French approach to change that.

Duration:00:51:34

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': White Supremacy And Its Online Reach

12/9/2020
For close to a year, Talia Lavin went undercover in white supremacist online communities, creating fake personas that would gain her access to the dark reaches of the internet normally off-limits to her, a Jewish woman. That research laid the groundwork for her book, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy. Lavin talks to It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders about what it was like to infiltrate those online spaces, what she learned, and how white supremacy cannot...

Duration:00:29:20

Welcome To The New World

11/25/2020
What can a young refugee who's survived a war teach a novelist about writing young adult adventure?

Duration:00:33:21

All Eyes On US

11/11/2020
Just because you can't vote, doesn't mean you're not watching. We crisscross the globe to understand how people see their fates and fortunes in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. election.

Duration:00:39:03

Presenting 'Louder Than A Riot': Lyrics On Trial

11/6/2020
On this bonus drop, we feature an episode from the NPR podcast Louder Than A Riot called "Lyrics on Trial."

Duration:00:33:55

Radical Rudeness

10/28/2020
After a Ugandan scholar is suspended from her university job, she discovers a new tool for resistance: extreme public rudeness. Will it work against a strongman president?

Duration:00:46:01

The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian

10/14/2020
What if more evangelical Christians in the United States fought climate change with the same spirit they bring to the issue of abortion? We go back to a surprisingly recent period when that happened.

Duration:00:36:47

How To Be An Anti-Casteist

9/30/2020
How does India's caste system play out in the hiring practices of Silicon Valley? And what happens when dominant caste people in the U.S. grapple with their own inherited privilege for the first time?

Duration:00:34:07

Dream Boy And The Poison Fans

9/16/2020
A Chinese idol had millions of fans who adored him for his kindness and good looks. Then, this February, one group of fans accused another of violating their image of him. What happens is a lesson in morality and revenge, love and hate, and how these feelings are weaponized on the internet.

Duration:00:36:59

New Season: School of Scandal... Coming Sept. 16

9/9/2020
We're back with a special series, Rough Translation's "School of Scandal," stories about people around the world calling each other out and taking each other down to change the status quo.

Duration:00:01:39

El Hilo: Walking To Venezuela

7/22/2020
One man's mission to get hundreds of his fellow Venezuelans back home from Ecuador in a pandemic, even if it means walking all 1,300 miles. This story was originally reported for El Hilo, a new podcast from the makers of NPR's Radio Ambulante.

Duration:00:30:54

Hello, Neighbor

7/8/2020
Ireland's "cocooning" policy during the coronavirus lockdown asked people over age 70 to stay at home and not to leave for any reason. Suddenly, neighbors and strangers leapt to help them with everything — if the cocooners would let them.

Duration:00:24:00

So Long, Black Pete

6/24/2020
Resolving conflict through consensus is a very Dutch tradition. But how do you compromise when it comes to racism? This week on Rough Translation, the controversial Dutch character Black Pete, and how Black Lives Matter may have helped change the holiday season in the Netherlands forever.

Duration:00:30:42

The Global Legacy of George Floyd

6/10/2020
Five personal stories from five continents on the global impact of George Floyd.

Duration:00:29:27

From Niqab To N95

5/27/2020
The French republic "lives with her face uncovered," say the posters. But now face masks are mandatory. We look back at why covering your face in France used to be a sign of bad citizenship, until it wasn't.

Duration:00:20:41

Hotel Corona

5/13/2020
One hundred and eighty recovering COVID-19 patients. One Jerusalem hotel. Secular, religious, Arabs, Jews, old, young. Their phones are out, they're recording. And the rest of Israel is... tuning in.

Duration:00:34:21

American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

4/29/2020
Back in 2017, we brought you the story of a Chinese mom who hired an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needed something from the other that was hard to admit. Their relationship became a crash course in transcontinental communication and the meaning of family. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, we check in with them.

Duration:00:47:25

The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

4/17/2020
Public shame is a powerful tool. But how useful is it when trying to curb a global pandemic? Shaming stories from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.

Duration:00:26:33

WeChats From The Future

4/1/2020
She felt the urgency before her husband did. A story about the time lag between the arrival of the coronavirus in two different nations, and how that played out in a marriage

Duration:00:17:51

How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

3/18/2020
This week on Rough Translation, we check in with NPR international correspondents in China, Germany and Greece about the ways that culture shapes—and is reshaped by—responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:22:08