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WorldLink connects global voices: People around the world tell their own stories and help us understand what political, economic, cultural developments mean for their lives. Listen to emotional stories that show the human element behind the headlines.




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WorldLink connects global voices: People around the world tell their own stories and help us understand what political, economic, cultural developments mean for their lives. Listen to emotional stories that show the human element behind the headlines.




WorldLink: Contamination & Endangerment

Have you heard about DW’s new environment podcast? This week, we feature two episodes of On The Green Fence. The podcast's presenters — Neil King and Gabriel Borrud — travel to a small town in Southern Germany, where water contamination is plaguing residents and they visit a farm outside Berlin to hear how the expansion of agriculture and the use of pesticides is endangering insects.


WorldLink: Jingle Jangles

Just in time for the holidays, we're bringing you stories from across the world about some unique Christmas traditions. From a town called Santa Claus in the US to festive frolics on hot-hot Hawaii, this program features narratives of Noel.


WorldLink: Children & Conservation

On the Green Fence is a new podcast from DW - dedicated to all things environment. On this week's WorldLink, we feature two episodes from the podcast, presented by Neil King and Gabriel Borrud. We hear from a woman who believes that the best solution to combating climate change is to stop having children and we learn about how conservation efforts have led to the return of wild wolves in Germany.


WorldLink: Art smart

On this week's show, we're going to India to meet a group of comedians known as Aisi Taisi Democracy who are taking a no holds barred approach to satire. We'll also talk to Russian rap legend Ptakha about the political shakedown on the rap scene there.


WorldLink: Past, present, future

On this week's show, we'll go behind the scenes of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. We'll also find out why people are fighting to speak French in Louisiana. Then it's off to Italy to meet a Down's syndrome drag troupe that's changing perceptions, followed by a report from Seoul about a safe dance space for the LGBT+ community. Rounding things out is a look at music and arts in the Middle East.


WorldLink: Music to my ears

This week on WorldLink, we meet rising pop star Lipa Schmeltzer who's been called the Jewish Lady Gaga, and hear the story of how an Uzbek cleaner found her passion DJing in night clubs in Moscow. We also speak to the Turkish jazz musician credited with creating fusion jazz, and travel to New Zealand, where a 2500 year old tree survives in one of the last remaining patches of native forest.


WorldLink: Striking a chord

We hear from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where armed militants have gained a foothold in the world's largest refugee camp. And we discover how Rohingya are using songs and stories to preserve their culture. Plus, we meet the Colombian musician turning guns into guitars, and the South Korean activist making her country more inclusive for people with disabilities.


WorldLink: Freedom and remembrance

This week on WorldLink, we meet a man who crawled to freedom through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall, and hear from someone who was there the night the divide finally fell. We speak to a woman piecing together her grandfather's experience of WWII, and visit the most famous military cemetery in the US.


WorldLink: Faultlines

On this week’s program we take stock of the situation in Chile where President Pinera has been making some concessions in a bid to stem the country’s fledgling protest movement. And amid claims that US sanctions on Venezuela have resulted in the death of at least 40,000 people we’ll also be taking a closer at just how the international sanctions are impacting on Venezuelans.


WorldLink: Home and Away

On this week's show, we hear from an Italian-born woman who's lived in England since she was two but no longer feels welcome in Brexit Britain, from Moroccans who long to experience another country outside their own, from the fight for LGBTQ rights in India, Chile's first transgender school and we attend the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, which is celebrated in Brazil.


WorldLink: Still fighting

On this week's show: Canada's liberals brace for an election battle, Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria puts US-Turkish relations on edge, and the widow fighting to uncover the truth about her husband's murder during Northern Ireland's Troubles. Plus, the environmentalists striving to protect Australia from the damage caused by gold mining.


WorldLink: Power move

On this week's show: We look at how Poland's ruling party is targeting young voters, and follow student protesters in Brazil. We hear the difficult story of Nigerian migrant women who have returned home, and how Brexit is inspiring new music in Northern Ireland. And DW's Southeast Asia correspondent Charlotte Chelsom-Pill catches us up on protests in Hong Kong.


WorldLink: Trees, tear gas and home videos

This week on the show, a look at the escalation of violence on the streets of Hong Kong, and the Brazilians who are planting trees in defiance of arsonists seeking to destroy valuable forests. Plus, how a newly unveiled trove of home videos is shedding light on life in former East Germany, the plight of mothers in German prisons, and South Africa's township wine.


WorldLink: Home, sort of

This week, we meet villagers in India who fear the government is trying to strip them of their citizenship, and Iraqis who are at the forefront of a cultural renaissance in Anbar province. Plus, a Cambodian refugee returns home 40 years after fleeing the Khmer Rouge, and the Spanish maestro who created the remarkable Concierto de Aranjuez.


WorldLink: Time to save the world

As people around the world come together for the largest mass climate protest in history, we introduce you to DW's brand new environment podcast, On the Green Fence, examining issues of climate change, pollution and conservation. Hosts Neil and Gabe visit a Bavarian town where the water has been tainted by a dangerous chemical and head to the Black Forest where the legendary wolf has returned.


WorldLink: What's it like to be blind in Germany?

Join DW reporters Neil King and Gabriel Borrud as they team up to find out what it's like to be blind in Germany. They spent some time with a man who gradually turned blind and a teenage girl who was born blind. They also visited Germany's most prestigious high school for the visually impaired.


WorldLink: The 'Greta effect'

As the climate crisis heats up across the globe, we focus on the people determined to fight for the future of the planet. Young students in the US have finally joined the Friday's For Future Movement inspired by Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, while in Germany, the Parents for Future Movement is just getting started. We also ask why not everyone feels the urgency of climate change.


WorldLink: Brazil's Amazon fires and other fishy stories

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the impact of the Amazon fires on Brazilian politics. Then it’s off to the UK for the story of the woman who shaped London’s sushi scene and found a surprising source of fish along the way. We’ll also take you to Ethiopia to visit a somewhat unusual community. Plus, a sound essay from co-producer Evelyn McClafferty about the hardest part of living in Berlin.


WorldLink: Targets

On this week’s programme: The widely revered civil society leader Sombath Somphone is believed to have been abducted in Laos in 2012. We'll hear from his wife, who is still haunted by her husband's disappearance. We'll also hear how tenants in Berlin are fighting back against rent hikes. And the heated debate in Italy over whether Roma people should be given public housing.


WorldLink: A moment of peace

On this week's show: This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Troubles. We'll hear the story of a boy from Northern Ireland who was shot — and later befriended the soldier who pulled the trigger. And in New Delhi, people from Kashmir are growing increasingly worried about their families after India scrapped Kashmir's special status. Plus: making the outdoors accessible to minorities in the US.