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Stories that provide depth and context to interrelated economic issues, including the best from PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, Living on Earth, and other popular programs.

Stories that provide depth and context to interrelated economic issues, including the best from PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, Living on Earth, and other popular programs.
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Stories that provide depth and context to interrelated economic issues, including the best from PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, Living on Earth, and other popular programs.






Sexual harassment at work is a global problem. Now, the world is finally talking about it.

The sexual harassment allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein have sparked a global conversation about the issue of harassment in the workplace. We devoted all of Friday's program to this issue.

Duration: 00:46:04

As global shipping explodes, it presents a logistical and security challenge

Containerized shipping has revolutionized consumer behaviors, but it presents a new set of logistical challenges.

Duration: 00:05:59

Meet the women combing through Puerto Rico, searching for veterans in need

The VA team goes from one hurricane shelter to another, assisting veterans.

Duration: 00:07:54

Some of the frozen seafood sold in US supermarkets has been linked to North Korea

Some of the fish you buy from your local grocery store may have come from factories in China where North Koreans are working. An investigative team from The Associated Press tracked the products from China to US freezer cases.

Duration: 00:04:17

Human trafficking is a hidden aftermath of natural disasters

After a natural disaster, people scramble to rebuild their houses, get food and water. But for sex traffickers, it can also be a scramble to cash in.

Duration: 00:06:00

Many countries have a simple, fair tax system. Could the US be next?

The US tax code is notoriously dysfunctional. Meanwhile, countries from New Zealand to Estonia have devised equitable, effective tax structures.

Duration: 00:05:33

How Facebook saved a dying mill town

Everything people post on Facebook actually lives somewhere in real life — like a small town in central Oregon decimated by the loss of manufacturing industries.

Duration: 00:05:50

For Puerto Rico, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria 'looks like a humanitarian crisis'

People are running out of supplies, and it's unclear whether help is on the way.

Duration: 00:07:55

Instead of fighting global competition, Alaska's salmon industry is (reluctantly) embracing it

Alaska’s salmon fishermen were nearly destroyed by a worldwide glut in farmed salmon. But they went from fighting global competition to embracing it.

Duration: 00:08:08

North Korean hackers are trying to steal bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

North Korea is making a play on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Duration: 00:03:50

Ireland's youngest PM is under tough criticism

Some on the left had hoped the new taoiseach, as a gay man and son of an immigrant, would usher in a progressive agenda for his center-right party, Fine Gael. But Varadkar has held fast to his conservative politics, and that’s proving to be a lesson for the left.

Duration: 00:04:31

After generations working in coal, young West Virginians are finding jobs in solar

West Virginia's economy has long been reliant on coal. But as coal jobs dry up, many are looking for jobs beyond coal.

Duration: 00:06:41

Wealthy Russians are having babies in the US, for passports

The Daily Beast is reporting that rich Russians are coming to the United States to give birth to get US citizenship for their babies. Many are being steered to Donald Trump-brand properties.

Duration: 00:04:55

Silicon Valley takes a stand against President Trump's DACA decision

Tech industry leaders, from Apple to Facebook to Google, are calling on Congress to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Duration: 00:03:58

Syrian refugees resort to child labor in Lebanon

To get through a hard day's labor, refugee children sing work songs, they told The World’s Richard Hall.

Duration: 00:04:37

Why scrapping DACA could cost the US billions

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Eliminating the program would not only have devastating psychological effects on current DACA recipients and their families, but the potential to negatively affect the US economy, according to various studies.

Duration: 00:04:32

Humans are damaging the fragile Galapagos ecosystem. Maybe coffee can help save it.

The Galapagos Islands are known for the astonishing wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin. But the unique ecosystem of the isolated Pacific islands is in trouble, and now it’s getting an assist from an unexpected source: a local coffee plantation.

Duration: 00:04:28

When life gives you too much rain, make beer with it

Amsterdam has a beer habit. It also has a big flooding problem. Now a local entrepreneur is trying to put the city's thirst for beer to use in reducing its flood risk.

Duration: 00:03:43

Seattle becomes first US city to try dockless bike sharing, the system that’s transforming China

Seattle had bike sharing, but the system didn’t work out. But the new system — dockless bike sharing — is already off to a hot start.

Duration: 00:06:08

Brazil defies (positive) expectations

Roiled by two years of recession, the impeachment of one president and indictment of another, and its worst corruption scandal ever, Brazil is not exactly on the path predicted at the beginning of this century, when it was hailed as one of the globe's most promising rising economic powers. What happened? Inequalities and imbalances at home may have been papered over in boom times, but they didn't go away, and now Brazil's leaders face the challenge of finding a more sustainable and...

Duration: 00:29:05

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