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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories in an hour that reminds us just how small our planet really is. PRI's The World, the radio program, is heard on over 300 stations across North America.


  • Melbourne under lockdown again following coronavirus spike

    Melbourne under lockdown again following coronavirus spike

    10/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    While the US struggles to contain its first surge of COVID-19, Melbourne, home to nearly 5 million Australians, is on its second lockdown. And, Canada’s ethics commissioner is looking into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the country’s conflict of interest law over his ties to a children’s charity. Also, over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of anonymous letters have been traded in Medellín, Colombia, through a project called Love in the Time of Coronavirus — inspired by the famous Gabriel García Márquez novel.

  • US Supreme Court rules Trump can’t block release of financial records

    US Supreme Court rules Trump can’t block release of financial records

    09/07/2020 Duration: 49min

    The US Supreme Court weighed in Thursday on the question of presidential power. The justices decided 7-2 that President Donald Trump cannot block the release of his financial records to prosecutors in New York. And, Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics is under fire for polluting waters near its factory in Louisiana. Also, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan has released a video telling people not to scream out loud to help prevent the spread coronavirus-carrying droplets. Instead, park officials are asking patrons to “please scream inside your heart.”

  • (Special) The wrong apocalypse — this is not a drill

    (Special) The wrong apocalypse — this is not a drill

    09/07/2020 Duration: 31min

    Are we in the middle of a new Cold War — or have we rewritten the game? With old nuclear arms treaties expiring and no new ones being signed, are we adapting to the times — or playing with fire? In episode four of the third season of "Things That Go Boom," our partner podcast from PRX, host Laicie Heeley looks at the past and present of civil defense and nuclear arms control and asks what we can do — as individuals and as a nation — to prevent the existential threat of nuclear war. Guests: Alex Wellerstein, professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and historian of nuclear weapons; Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation. Additional Reading: NUKEMAP Trump Will Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty, The New York Times Time Running Out on the Last US-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty, Defense News Will Donald Trump Resume Nuclear Testing?, The Economist

  • US colleges to lose foreign students after ICE announcement

    US colleges to lose foreign students after ICE announcement

    08/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    US colleges are bracing to lose many foreign students this fall after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new guidelines that require international students in online-only courses to transfer schools or leave the country altogether. And the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has warned that its name and logo are being illegally emblazoned on false documents to facilitate a scam selling supposedly valuable statues in Mali and Cameroon. Also, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced Wednesday a plan called "Eat Out to Help Out." During the month of August, people who dine-in at restaurants in the UK will receive 50% off their meal, excluding alcohol, with about a $13 limit per person.

  • Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus

    Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus

    07/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    After months of flouting the threat of the pandemic, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on live television that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is planning his first international diplomatic mission to Washington to celebrate the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. But his visit is generating tough questions back home. Plus, to celebrate his 85th birthday, the Dalai Lama has released an 11-track album called "Inner World" featuring mantras and teachings all set to a relaxing bed of music.

  • Coronavirus Conversations: How the pandemic is exacerbating food insecurity and global inequities

    Coronavirus Conversations: How the pandemic is exacerbating food insecurity and global inequities

    07/07/2020 Duration: 59min

    The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated existing crises of food insecurity and health disparities. And mass protests around the world continue to spotlight deep-seated inequities faced by communities of color. As part of our weekly discussion series on the global pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation exploring the global food supply and inequities, presented with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  • Facebook suspends Hong Kong user data requests

    Facebook suspends Hong Kong user data requests

    06/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    Facebook and other tech giants will temporarily stop processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities after China imposed a security law on the city that calls for greater supervision and regulation of Hong Kong’s internet. And, many sex workers continued to work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, putting them at risk from abusive clients as well as the coronavirus. Now, brothels across the content are reopening, and authorities have issued a long list of hygiene rules. Also, most Pride activities around the world were canceled or moved online this year, but Shanghai Pride events continued as usual. But “as usual” means something very different in China compared to other places.

  • Scientists study the coronavirus immunity puzzle

    Scientists study the coronavirus immunity puzzle

    03/07/2020 Duration: 47min

    If one thing is clear about this teeny tiny new coronavirus, it’s that it has changed the world. Scientists around the world are trying to understand how immunity to the coronavirus works — but, as The World's Elana Gordon reports, it's a maddening puzzle. English pubs are reopening this weekend. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is encouraging the British public to enjoy, but also to use good judgment. Also, how the pandemic is getting people to rethink the ways they work. One municipality in Nova Scotia experiments with a four-day work week. Plus, a new album from the Djibouti national radio band is the first global album release in the country's 43-year-history. The World's host Marco Werman speaks to one of the co-producers of the album, called "The Dancing Devils of Djibouti." 

  • Fauci: Weve got to do something about the coronavirus numbers

    Fauci: 'We've got to do something' about the coronavirus numbers

    02/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sees COVID-19 as a formidable, global foe. But he tells The World's host Marco Werman he's cautiously optimistic there will be more than one safe and effective vaccine available. Also, could pulling CO2 directly out of the air be an effective way to fight climate change? Plus, in Brazil, wildfires in the Amazon are threatening a region already hit hard by the novel coronavirus. And, the next Women's World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The 2019 soccer FIFA World Cup was a smashing success, with well over a billion viewers. Expectations are high for 2023.

  •  New security law in Beijing targets protesters

    New security law in Beijing targets protesters

    01/07/2020 Duration: 48min

    In Hong Kong, a restrictive new security law enacted by Beijing is being used to arrest protestors on its first day in effect. we hear from pro-democracy activist Isaac Cheng. Plus, in Russia, it’s the last day for citizens to vote on a large bundle of constitutional amendments that include a measure that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. And, we look at how the coronavirus has impacted migrants in the seafood industry in the US.