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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.








Mercury rising

It's official: Last month was the hottest June on record for our planet. We'll take a look at past and future temperature trends. Plus, tensions between the US and Iran have created a high alert situation in the Gulf region. And, some Muslims question whether to go on the hajj this year because of Saudi Arabia's human rights record.


A Trump supporter reacts to the president's comments

A Latino Trump voter in Georgia weighs in on the latest controversy surrounding President Trump's comments aimed at four congresswomen of color. And, we meet Brazil's first Afro Brazilian transgender lawmaker who's calling out her country's history of homophobia and racism. Plus, a look at France's plans to expand its national defense strategy into space.


El Chapo gets life in prison

Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life in prison— plus 30 years. A US veteran, originally from Belize, was unable to enter the US for a citizenship interview on Monday. Brazil's president wants to put more armed police officers in the country's public schools. And, we meet a dancer who is making the male-dominated tango scene in Buenos Aires a safer space for women.


A Russian perspective on America's moon landing

When Apollo 11 lifted off 50 years ago on Tuesday, the goal was to beat the Soviets to the moon. Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and a former Soviet missile engineer, looks back on the era. Also, how people in Tehran perceive the increasing pressure on Iran from the White House. And, Brazil's autocratic new president tries to undo laws that favor Indigenous Brazilians.


Trump announces new asylum rule for the US

President Donald Trump rewrites United States asylum policy to shut the door on most Central American asylum-seekers. How does the new policy squares with existing international agreements? Also, the first in a series of reports from Brazil, which has a migrant crisis of its own on its border with Venezuela. And, a look at what Germany and the United Kingdom are doing with renewable energy and their aging power grids.


The British ambassador in Washington resigns

The British ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch, resigned on Wednesday amid controversy over his leaked emails that described the Trump White House as dysfunctional, clumsy and inept. Also, an update from the US-Mexico border, where frustrations are growing for migrants trying to cross into the US and criticism of conditions at migrant detention facilities continue to mount. And, we say goodbye (again) to the Volkswagen Beetle.


Trump stills wants citizenship question on the census

The Trump administration is still looking for a way to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, despite a Supreme Court ruling that put the plan on hold. And, we hear from two immigrants on opposite sides of the census debate — one who thinks immigrants are unlikely to fill out the form, and another who thinks her activist group can calm the fears of those who see participating in the census as a major risk. Plus, the story of the Edinburgh Seven — seven women who enrolled to...


Is the Iran deal dead?

Iran says it has breached a nuclear enrichment level set out in the 2015 nuclear deal. But Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, says the UK hasn't ruled out the possibility of getting Iran back into full compliance with the pact. Also, as billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein faces charges of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls, The World looks at the problem of international sex trafficking and the legal jeopardy its victims face....


A deal in Sudan



Airstrike kills migrants in Libya

The United Nations calls the attack on a migrant detention camp in Libya a possible war crime. Also, Montreal is experimenting with providing a driverless bus service. And, how did a tiny arctic fox manage to travel thousands of miles, from Norway to Canada?


Migrant detention centers draw more criticism

Congressional Democrats are putting more pressure on the Trump administration to address conditions at migrant detention facilities at the US-Mexico border after a group of House members visited two border detention facilities in Texas. Also, we hear from a veteran eclipse watcher who is in La Serena, Chile, for the best viewing of the total solar eclipse on Tuesday. Plus, a popular movement in Indonesia to swear off dating and marry someone you barely know.


Hong Kong protesters storm Legislative Council

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong show their resistance to China's growing control. Also, a reality check on whether or not Iraq has connections to al-Qaeda. And, the final story in our long-term reporting project on climate change and Antarctica, and the potential for one single glacier to raise global sea levels by as much as 11 feet.


The Supreme Court and the census

The US Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration's census citizenship question ... for now. Also, President Donald Trump is off to Japan for the annual gathering of 20 global powers where trade is expected to top the agenda. Plus, the push to legalize abortion in Argentina.


The story behind a tragic image

A single photo with the power to focus the world's attention on the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border this week. We analyze the impact of the image depicting a father and his toddler drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande river. Also, the confrontation with Iran reverberates across the Middle East. And, the G-20 meets in Japan this week, and climate activists have something to say about it.


A mixed message to Tehran

Iran is calling new US sanctions "idiotic" and says the door for negotiations with Washington is now permanently closed. So, what happens next? Also, an update on the case of an Iranian-British dual national jailed by Iran on espionage charges for the past three years. She maintains her innocence, and her husband is staging a hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Plus, on the eve of the first Democratic 2020 presidential debate, we hear what main themes are emerging from the...


New US sanctions target Iran's supreme leader

A former State Department official who worked on Iran sanctions during the Obama administration tells us his thoughts on the latest round of tough economic sanctions on Iran. Plus, the risks we face from the melting of one massive glacier. And, how did Australian airline Qantas manage to make a commercial flight from Sydney to Adelaide waste-free?